Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Unwind

Neal Shusterman
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
My Review:  This book was amazing. I was brought into a world that boggled my mind. I have to read the rest of the series. This book blew me away with such an unusual concept, and the way it was handled was spectacular. My son and I talked about this book for over an hour. I can not express how much I really enjoyed this book. The adventure the main characters went on was eye opening and interesting. As we read we bond with each of them for different reasons. I loved how all three of the kids in the book grow and become their own person, but their stories still intertwine together to show us this unique world that Neal Shusterman has created. A world I would never want to live in but I did enjoy visiting. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review : Freak

Jennifer Hiller
Pocket Books

Sitting alone in a maximum-security prison cell, Abby Maddox is a celebrity. Her claim to fame is the envy of every freak on the outside: she’s the former lover of Ethan Wolfe, the killer who left more than a dozen dead women in his wake and nearly added Puget Sound State professor Sheila Tao to the tally. Now Abby, serving a nine-year sentence for slashing a police officer’s throat in a moment of rage, has little human contact—save for the letters that pour in from demented fans, lunatics, and creeps. But a new wave of murders has given Abby a possible chance for a plea bargain—because this killer has been sending her love letters, and carving a message on the bodies of the victims: Free Abby Maddox.

Jerry Isaac will never forget the attack—or his attacker. The hideous scarring and tortured speech are daily reminders that the one-time Seattle PD officer, now a private investigator, is just lucky to be alive. Abby Maddox deserves to rot in jail—forever, as far as Jerry’s concerned. But she alone may possess crucial evidence—letters from this newest killer—that could crack open the disturbing case. With the help of Professor Sheila Tao, seasoned police detective Mike Torrance, and intuitive criminology student Danny Mercy, Jerry must coax the shattering truth from isolated, dangerous Abby Maddox. Can he put the pieces together before Abby’s number one fan takes another life in the name of a killer’s perverted idea of justice? 

My Review:  What a sequel. I love Jennifer Hiller writing style and fast pace. I could not put this book down. A wonderfully delightful continuation of her first book "Creep" I can't wait for the next installment at least I hope there is more. The plot was just as good as the first book and I grew more invested in Jerry's life this time. What a great character . My only question is what happens now . I need to know. Plllllllllleeeeeeeeaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeeeeeee.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review: Dead (A Lot)

Dead ( A Lot)
Howard Odentz
Bell Bridge Books
Last Friday night, the world changed-and not for the better.
Zombies are among us. School's out for the foreseeable future, and with Mom and Dad at the lake house, my twin and I are on our own in this mess. Which is fine as long as we can avoid being on the menu.
Tripp Light's teenage world is suddenly filled with "poxers"-the infected ones, the ones that have the Necropoxy virus. In an entire world gone mad and bad, Tripp's only hope of survival is to clear a path through zombie land with his sister and head for the hills (aka his aunt's farm) to rendezvous with his parents.
Success clearly favors the fittest and the fastest. Survival demands the twins make hard, ruthless decisions, but that all changes when Tripp and his twin hear a distress call via the radio. Prianka Patel, a girl Tripp loves to hate, is trapped and surrounded in a bakery. Soon, the twins have quite a collection of misfits and survivors and miles to go before anyone can sleep safely again.
No matter where Tripp looks, everyone everywhere is dead.
Like really dead... a lot.
My Review :
I would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for my copy of this book for my honest review.
 I thought this was going to be a typical zombie story because they are popping up everywhere now. I was surprised to see this was a story more so about family and the courage of two young people who are faced with unbelievable odds stacked against them. The courage and strength they display when their world comes tumbling down is a wonderful story. I really enjoyed this heart warming story about twins Tripp and Trina and how they come together in the hour of need. The secondary characters  I also liked because they show the diversity of humanity and how we can expect great things from everyone around us. Even the people we least expect it from. I am recommending this book to some friends that I think will truly enjoy the range of characters and the power of family ( related or not) .