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- Northwoods Deep
on July 26, 2010
This book had me hooked from the beginning. I could hardly put it down! The writing made me feel like the characters were old friends. Lots of unexpected twists and an original plot made this a great book. I will be telling my friends about it. Well worth the price!
- Snow Burn
on March 09, 2011
Snow Burn is a novel about two teen boys who decide to go on a winter adventure without their parents’ knowledge and end up getting into way more trouble than they could have ever imagined. What seems like a harmless adventure turns into a nightmare when the boys find a half-frozen man and decide to help him and things end up taking a scary turn, forcing the boys to see how far they will go to save their lives. Told from a high-school boy’s perspective, the story telling is very true to life and the characters are well developed. The conversations in the book reminded me of all the guy talk I overheard in the halls in my high school. From the first page, the author had my attention. The characters were likable, very believable and the story unique and entertaining. In a world full of novels directed at teen girls and bookshelves that seem to be full of fantasy and science fiction for teen boys, to have such a believable, unique story and well-written book aimed at mid-teen boys is very refreshing. I have read a few other books by this same author and have always found his writing to be exceptional and have never been disappointed. Snow Burn is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone, especially for the teen boy looking for something original, entertaining and fast-paced; you will not be disappointed.
- The Love You Crave
on July 30, 2011
Don't know how John Locke does it, but somehow each book in the Creed series just gets better and better. Leaves you CRAVING more! :) The characters and storyline are even more fun, more outrageous and are just one wild ride that makes it impossible to put this book down. Nothing not to love here!
- Ox Cart Angel
on Aug. 27, 2011
Ox Cart Angel will transport you back to a time that your children may never knew even existed. It is so hard to realize that there were days before highways, before cars, before grocery stores with everything we could ever need were on every corner. This book reminds us that it really was not that long ago in our timeline that these conveniences were not available to us.
The story starts out with a girl, Claire. Claire is Métis, her mother being Indian and her father French Canadian. After the death of her mother, Claire finds out her father wants to pick up and move from the little town of Pembina to the big city of St. Paul. She does not want to leave the only home town she has grown up in and the friends she loves, but she has no choice. Her father has decided to sell what they can and move his photography business to St. Paul. All they can afford is an old, half blind ox the town children call Bone Bag and a rickety old cart. Having missed leaving with the big wagon train of Métis, but hoping on catching up with them, Claire and her father set out on their difficult journey.
Along the way, Claire refuses to leave her mother’s wedding gown, so she wears the dress almost the entire trip, even though it is uncomfortable, as Claire feels the dress is one of her last connections to her mother. As this little crew runs into people, they start to comment on how she appears to be an “angel.” Their trip with the old ox and cart is long, monotonous and oftentimes dangerous. This story is about all of the people they run across, the good and the bad, the adverse situations they have to deal with and the unknown future that awaits them. This is also a story of a relationship between a daughter and a father and how hard times make young people take on grown up responsibilities and how these responsibilities turn children into adults.
It took me a while to really get into the story of Ox Cart Angel, but when I did, it was so filled with interesting characters that the father/daughter team met along the way, it was hard to put down. Arnold’s writing was so descriptive it was easy for me to picture all of these people in my head. Each new situation the little ox cart team ran into was like another tiny story within the story and it was fun to see what these little side stories were about. I found the book very creative and original, not like any other book I have read set in that era. I think once a reader gets to know the characters and gets into the story, the rest of the book is so entertaining it just flies by. I was excited to see a sequel is in the works for this story as there is so much more that can be written here. I can’t wait for the next installment!
- A is for Amnesia, B is for Bullet
on Sep. 02, 2013
There is just so much fun to be had in an Alex Cheradon book. The goofy adventures never stop, and his crazy dialogue just keeps getting crazier. The things that go through Alex's mind remind me of the 13-year-old comic book readers I knew that never grew up, and those are always the people who are the most creative and fun to be around. Fun is the magic word for this book as it is fun from the first page to the last. There is just something I love about Alex and can't get enough of. Another comic book without the pictures, this is a great, light, humerous story that will take you places you can't imagine.
- Fruitbasket from Hell
on Sep. 02, 2013
This was my very first Alex book. I had gotten it for free and I only downloaded it because it was free. This is not my usual book as I am not into reading the supernatural. When I finally got around to reading it, I just wasn't sure what I was reading. This book starts off strong with Alex right in the middle of his sarcastic, smart-mouthed, deadly situations. But the more I read, the more in love with Alex I fell. He is an original PI, filled with dumb luck and quick wit. I could not get enough of this guy's witty banter, especially between him and Nick. I would sum it up by calling it a comic book with no pictures--plenty of action, nonstop.
- Little People, Big Crimes
on Sep. 02, 2013
I just love an Alex Charadon book and this is right on track with the others. The fun does not stop, the witty banter, the sarcasm, the crazy situations, the time travel, the blow ups. There isn't anything that can't happen in an Alex book and you just can't imagine the crazy situations that come up. That is what is so fun. One minute you can't fathom how he is going to get out of the mess he is in and the next comes the impossible answer that has you laughing and shaking your head. Krumbine has such a wonderful imagination and a way with dialogue like no one else. Another fun Alex book!
- One Time Only (Alex Cheradon #1)
on Sep. 02, 2013
I have read and loved all of the other Alex Cheradon books, but this is a new one, a stand-alone. Marked as #1, it is a new beginning for Alex and Co. If you have read the other books, you will know the sarcastic wit that is Alex. If you are a new reader to Alex Cheradon, you will not need to know anything from the other books and can sit back and enjoy this one. But once you read this book, you probably will want to read more about this time traveling private investigator.
This book seems to be a "set up" book to launch the next books to come. There is not a lot of interaction between anyone but Alex and Time Cop, but this sets the stage for future books. Alex has always had a certain charm for me and his interaction with Time Cop was so much fun to hear--I just love Alex and his sarcastic banter. His former partner, Christian, is always a favorite too, popping up with his bombing craziness. There were some major changes in this book to Alex's friends and their lives, and since I am a long-time reader of Alex and know his background with these people, it changes things a lot in my mind. I will just have to reserve judgment and wait for the next book or books to see what will come from these changes. There was one character in particular that had a major change, which I was very disappointed to see. This character was one of my very favorites and I am hoping that this will work out in future books. I think this is one of the reasons I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5.
Overall, the book was filled with fun Alex dialogue, was a good reboot (as Jason Krumbine put it) and I will just sit tight on the character changes to see what happens in the future for them. I am an Alex fan and will be anxiously awaiting the next book to see what the next chapter of the Cheradon series will bring.
- Welcome to Crazytown (Alex Cheradon #2)
on Sep. 02, 2013
I keep saying it, but Alex is one of my all-time favorite characters. I say that because I could read his snappy, sarcastic dialogue all day long. It is a special talent of Krumbine's writing that keeps me coming back for more Alex every time. This book is more of the same, which is great. Lots of goofy dialogue, bombs and blow ups, and this time Alex and Christian working side by side trying to chase down the bad guy. Never thought that would happen, but the two of them play off each other really well as characters and the chase scenes are hilarious. There is nothing not to love about this book. Like reading a comic book without the pictures, but the pictures Krumbine's story triggers in your mind are probably way more interesting than any illustrator could have come up with.