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- Into the Mist: Silver Hand
on April 04, 2012
I got "Into the Mist: Silver Hand" by Steve Finegan from a member giveaway. "Into the Mist: Silver Hand" is about Gabe Wren a thirteen year old boy who loves to sketch and and draw. Gabe is an excellent artist with a lot of imagination. His favorite character to draw is "Corvus" a crow man. At the beginning of the book, Gabe has just moved to new town and is starting a new school. As if dealing with these things was hard enough, Gabe also has a secret. Gabe has a form of epilepsy called TLE. Which was caused by a head injury he received in an accident when he was six years old. Because of his epilepsy he sometimes has auras, where he sees, smells and hears things that are not there. Sometimes his TLE makes him lose his temper and he lashes out at people. When he was at his old school, Gabe got upset in front of his classmates and stated knocking things off the table. Gabe's older brother Sam calls him a "freak" and a "nut-job" because of the way Gabe acts when he has an aura or a mild seizure. To make matters worse, Gabe's mother is extremely overprotective to the point of treating him like a baby. Because of these difficulties, Gabe has never had a friend.
Until he meets his new next store neighbor Ellie Yvonne. When Ellie sees his drawings and finds out that Gabe has epilepsy, she is convinced that Gabe is someone special, someone bound for destiny. After making friends with Ellie during a trip to the Brynmor Woods strange things start happening to Gabe. His aura's intensify. Not only does Gabe draw Corvus, he draws the warrior Mabon, The sorcerer Merlyn. The Grayman and Arawn. The Grayman and Arwan are battling King Bran and Merlyn for control of Elfyth. Merlyn believes the young warrior Mabon is Elfyth's only hope to survive. To Gabe, the world in his drawings is real. Gabe feels as if he becomes the character Mabon when he has his aura's.
This book can truly be two stories in one. The story of Gabe in his world and the story of Mabon in Elfyth. During the course of the book, Gabe has many challenges in both the his "real" world and in the world of "Elyfth." He has to battle bullies at school in his "real" world. He has an an oath with Ellie to protect the Brymor Woods from being cut down because of a rec center being built. If the Brymor woods gets destroyed, Gabe and Ellie fear the Elfyth could be be destroyed also.
The book was sometimes hard to follow, but it is a very interesting read. The author goes into great detail about "Gabe's world" and the world of Elfyth. Gabe is great character that I truly care about. His struggles in life having TLE and how he reacts to them make him very realistic and engaging. The friendship between Ellie and Gabe. the way they interacted with each other was realistic also. I found both Gabe's world and the world of Elfyth full of suspense. The book ended on a cliffhanger and I can say I am excited to read the next book in the series "Into the Mist :Bringer of the Dawn."
- Venture Untamed
on April 04, 2012
"Venture Untamed" is about a young boy named Venture. Venture is a bonded servant who wants to go into the career of Prize fighting to rise above his class. The character of Venture is very intriguing. He is an extremely strong person you can't help but root for. While reading this book I felt like I was with Venture every time he stepped on the mat during his training. The fighting scenes in this book are very vivid. I felt every punch and choke-hold while reading this book. This book is full of energy and suspense.
- Kings & Queens
on May 04, 2012
I received the book Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail from Member Giveaway's on Library thing. Kings & Queens is about a teenage girl named Majesty who overhears a plot for a church massacre. To add to this trouble Maj (as she is called in the book.) had lost her father in a tragic car accident five months earlier. Only Maj does not believe it was an accident. She keeps hounding the police and the police are sick of her. Now she has to find a way to tell the police about the overheard planned church massacre.
Throughout the book Maj is trying to figure out who is responsible. The group responsible creates many diversions and tries to get two outcasts to take the fall. Majesty is trying to do everything in her power to stop the church massacre from happening. Meanwhile while all this is going on; Maj has to live the life of typical teenage girl. She has a baseball team to help run. She has family obligations. Majesty also has to deal with a love life. She has feelings for both of her best friends
Derek and Alec. Having to deal with a love triangle while trying to stop the church massacre brings about many unexpected complications for Maj.
I enjoyed reading Kings and Queens. The plot was slowly building into a frenzied pace and had many different twists and turns that left me reeling with surprise. This book always kept me guessing with each page. Kings & Queens had some sub-plots that threw me off. It was interesting how all the plots came together in the end. I would think I knew where the story was heading, then boom I was shocked and confused when I read the next page. I thought the author Courtney Vail had excellent scene descriptions. I felt like I was inside each setting of the book. I thought the character descriptions were great . I felt like I knew and could picture every character in the book. I enjoyed the dialogue. The dialogue was full of banter and fun.
If you like dark twisted suspenseful tails, I recommend Kings & Queens for you.
- Dirty Little Angels
on July 16, 2012
Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tulsa is about a young girl named Hailey and the people in her life. Hailey is growing up in New Orleans with her "dysfunctional" family. Hailey's parents are thinking about getting a divorce. Hailey is very close to her older brother Cyrus. Her brother always gets in trouble with the law. Hailey often prays for God to save her family. Hailey in the end has to put things right so her family can be "saved" and be happy again.
I thought that Dirty Little Angels was very realistic in its description of life for a poor young girl. I thought the dialogue was raw and real. The characters were believable and memorable. This book proves that (To quote Moses Watkins) "Some people got to suffer before they get saved" Hailey because of her struggles definitely needs a "dirty little angel" What are the angels dirty for? "They have to eat our souls before we can go to Heaven. The dirt's from our souls. It rubs off on their hands and their mouth when they eat it."