Mini Review: The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

 

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The Rains is a cross between Charlie Higson’s The Enemy and War of the Worlds. It was not quite the “zombie” tale I was expecting, but the engaging narrative did drag me into the story. It’s a creepy, fast-paced horror story with emotionless monsters whose highest directive is to capture any kids who have escaped their evil clutches.

After an asteroid crashes into Chance and Patrick’s small farming community, it’s the adults against the kids as anyone over 18 is turned into a mindless drone. Overall a fun, but ultimately forgettable, read, barring the annoying cliffhanger.

Grade: C+

Review copy obtained from my local library

About the book

The first YA page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz
In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek’s Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding.
Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen–and Patrick’s birthday is only a few days away.
Determined to save Patrick’s life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites–and what they find is horrifying. Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.

Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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First, the setting was a delight. I am so tired of contemporaries, and dystopian settings in YA are a dime a dozen. Historical fiction set in the Ottoman Empire? It’s nice to see a book set in a time other than 1800 Europe or America – we need more variety in the stories offered by publishers, instead of cookie-cutter copies of the next ‘big’ thing.

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Blog Tour: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

 

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The Square Root of Summer releases today, and I’m geeked to be part of the blog tour. 

The Square Root of Summer focuses mainly on change.  How Gottie changed from one day to the next because of the loss of her grandfather, and how she changed from one summer to the next because of all of the other losses in her life.  The loss of her first love, her best friend, her ability to communicate.  Unfortunately, some of Gottie’s losses are self-inflicted.  Her grief is so intense that she doesn’t know how to deal with it, and it morphs into grief over other losses, so she doesn’t even know what she’s grieving for.  She also has all of this guilt to reconcile herself with, and she understandably has a difficult time processing all of the emotions and changes in her life.

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Blog Tour: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen releases today, and to celebrate, I have a quick Q&A with Roshani Chokshi!

What’s one thing you won’t leave home without? My eyebrows.

If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be? Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat.

What is the most exciting part about publishing your first novel? Interacting with readers. Talking to the YA community gives me so much life.

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Review: Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon

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Here is another series I love in premise, but not execution.  Bryn and her dragon friends are recovering from the attacks from the traitorous dragons.  Parts of the school have been destroyed, and many of the students have been injured.  Because a damaged dragon is a social embarrassment to the snobby blues, those students with life altering injuries are asked to stay home and be home schooled.  Bryn isn’t having any of that, so she and her grandmother plan a party to entice all the students back to campus, with mixed success. 

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Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

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What a cool concept!  Cas is a Reckoner trainer-in-training.  She’s been surrounded by the humongous sea monsters since she was a baby.  The Reckoners are commissioned by large corporations to protect ships from the pirates that infest the NeoPacific.  When Cas’ first solo job ends in disaster, she is captured by pirates and forced to train their secret weapon: a stolen baby Reckoner that will help the crew attack bigger, better protected ships. 

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Mini Review: Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

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Up From the Sea is a moving story of a boy who survived the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. The account of his fear during the quake and flight from the deadly ocean surge is suspenseful and very scary. I can’t imagine experiencing it myself. His worries about the fate of his family is also very emotional. Kai has lost everything, and his helplessness and hopelessness resonate through the author’s use of free verse. How can he go on, knowing that his mother, grandmother, and grandfather have all died? Everything he loved and took for granted is gone. His family, his friends, his school, even his soccer ball – gone.

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