Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: The 5th Wave By: Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could not put this one down!!! A MUST read!!
"It's been a long time since humans were prey animals. A hundred thousand years or so. But buried deep in our genes the memory remains: the awareness of the gazelle, the instinct of the antelope. The wind whispers through the grass. A shadow flits between the trees. And up speaks the little voice that goes, Shhhh, it's close now. Close."

Breathless and beautifully written, prose and poetry in a story that will have you horrified and devouring the pages.

Cassiopeia Sullivan is living despite the odds. The first wave, all power gone - The second wave, water swallowing the coast - The third wave, a disease that was plague like - The fourth wave, the silencers -- She knows the fifth is right around the corner, but has no idea just how scary the truth is.
Cassie is not alone, Ben Parish, her brother Sammy, and the mysterious Evan Walker each play a part in this amazing tale.

Questions arise after reading this - questions about humanity, about who to trust when you can trust no one, and as Stephen Hawkins (quoted in the book) said, "If aliens ever visited us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."

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Review: Someday Someday, Maybe By: Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, MaybeSomeday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Franny Banks has been in New York for far too long, her deadline to break into show business is coming up fast. Not wanting to be a waitress trying to make it happen for the rest of her life, she has put a date down.
Taking place in 1995, Franny is one of the most fun characters I have ever read. The craziest situations (falling onstage and revealing herself, finding out her 'back up' has gone and got engaged, going to a premiere wearing the same dress as another), yet she is pure and endearing. This isn't a romance, this is a story of a girl finding herself and giving herself that love and acceptance - everything else is bonus.
A great read with lovable characters, you will get lost in the pages and want to stay there.

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Review: Life After Theft By: Aprilynne Pike

Life After TheftLife After Theft by Aprilynne Pike
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jeff Clayson is new in town. The new boy at a very privileged private school filled with perfect or practically perfect teens that drive BMWs, live in "mastles" (mansion/castle combo), have private beaches. A few years ago Kimberlee Schaffer died, yet she has been wandering around the halls of the school waiting for a chance to make things right. Kimberlee died with a secret that she was a klepto and took the most valuable of things from the people around her, with a cave full of these items - she has finally found a helper that just might release her from being earthbound. Jeff begins to help and uncovers just how ugly a person Kimberlee was and it doesn't help having her hover when he is falling for a girl she made her personal target.
These teens are reminiscent of the Sweet Valley High perfect teens, even down to the bullying - too saccharine to enjoy, too fake to care.
There was a depth within the characters that was found lacking which is surprising since the Wings books were one of my favorite. This is advertised to be a "clever twist on The Scarlet Pimpernel" - apparently no one read The Scarlet Pimpernel or chooses to insult Baroness Orczy.
A quick beach mindless read.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Review: STRUT By: Bruce and Carole Hart

StrutStrut by Carole Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What a cute story - filled with a girl trying to fulfill a dream. Holly hasn't had it easy, the only girl, the youngest, and she was 13 when her mother passed leaving her in the hands of her father - a cop. Holly loves music and singing and she has a dream to be a rock star. She also has a guardian angel of sorts, a ghost - former musician Jasper Rollins. With the inspiration of Jasper, Holly starts the steps to her dreams and goes into a showcase showdown.
A cute quick read that makes the reader think that all dreams are possible.

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