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Hometown Legend, by Jerry B. Jenkins

Hometown Legend

Hometown Legend

This novel by the New York Times bestselling co-author of the “Left Behind” series is an interesting read.  I picked it up at a donated book sale at the public library about a year ago, during a break between safety ergonomic classes I was teaching to co-workers in the library’s lecture hall.  I recognized the author, and thought it might be a good read some day in the future.

So, it sat on my bookshelf in the dining room until a few weeks ago, when I remembered that there were a few unread fiction books I had tucked away until a day off.

I seldom read fiction, although I am repeatedly admonished by those closest to me to “lighten up” or “chill” a little more often, and to seriously attempt being less serious!  I was the child who truly read through the dictory and encyclopedia, crossed legged on the floor in front of the book shelves and engrossed for hours at a time.  As I grew into my career, technical journals, software user guides, management literature and law books replaced the encyclopedia.

One of those wise people who periodically remind me of the effort-worthy goal of pursuing more amusing reading is the Obsessive Bookworm, who knows me only too well!  She laughs at my excessiveness and can even get me to laugh at myself now and then, too.  (But then, again, who is she to talk about excessive, obsessive behavior, anyway?)

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What I hoped it would be

After the recent death of a family member, I was seriously looking for something not so serious to do while I was sitting around during my bereavement leave, in between dealing with his end-of-life affairs.  I needed a light, pleasant read to give me some emotional balance and to divert my mind temporarily from the soberness of the week.  Remembering this book, I pulled it off the shelf, poured a cup of coffee and dove into the welcome diversion.

This book was every thing that I hoped it would be, and exactly what I needed at just the right time.  An absorbing and believable tale centering around a small town football team, its long-time coaching legend, and the football manufacturing company that helped feed the community economy.  The well-painted complex personalities and relationships made the story engaging, depicting business and global competition for quality goods “made in America” made the story relevant.

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Carrying me away into the lives of a circle of people who were struggling to establish their faith through threats against the future livelihood of their town, my heart was warmed and challenged.  Reading this book felt like the author was actually biographing his personal hero to his readers, and artfully sharing the secrets of a great man’s faith and quiet, unpublished personal heroism.  He showed the strengths and shortcomings, and revealed the inner conflicts and tough choices small businessmen often face.  The hero of the story is human and flawed, and that made it more realistic.

This book touched me unexpectedly as I saw the all-too-close parallel to the experiences I have faced in recent years, as a government manager trying to balance budgets and preserve the jobs of my staff.  I experienced this book personally, and was encouraged by the reminders to walk by faith through uncertain times, and to believe in God’s goodness through seemingly unacceptable circumstances.

The plot takes an unexpected leap that keeps the story engaging to the last page.  This is one of those stories you wish would have a few more chapters before getting to the back cover.

This book was an unexpected blessing, and I would recommend getting it new if you see it, or buying used online at Amazon.com.

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Book Review: Awaken

Book: Awaken
Author: Meg Cabot
Recommend: Worth finishing the series but only just…

I loved the first two books in this series. It was actually fun to read which was shocking considering how much the author usually annoys me. However, this book seemed to have far too much going on with no breath between any action sequence – at all. The author was attempting to go for fast paced and exciting but it became so frenzied that it toppled over and caused me as a reader to become annoyed and detached due to the fact that it never slowed down. This one needed to be longer and not quite so easy to predict.

It wasn’t all negative though. the story was decently pulled towards a reasonable conclusion and I find it satisfying to reach the end, even though I was not even remotely as enamored with the characters as I had been. I also think that it would have been better if I had read them as a complete set instead of having to wait for book three. By the time it came out, I was so far removed from the first two that it was hard to get back into it.

Not a bad read but nothing that made me super excited to check out.

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Weekly Reader No. 1

So, I have this problem. I’ve been reading tons and tons of books and feeling very guilty about not writing reviews on all of them. After all, what is the point of book blogging if I read and don’t blog?? However, I’ve been on a major reading binge ever since school got out and the idea of sitting down to write reviews on all the amazing (and some not so amazing) books that I’ve been reading, just seemed like a bit much. Also, when I read this way I get a huge backlog of book reviews. So I’m going to try posting things that I’ve read from week to week on Mondays. If I feel like a book needs a lengthy review, I’ll write it but most books are going to get a few sentences. For the purposes of this format, we are going to go to a simple five-star rating system (regular reviews will still use the regular blog system).

 

89507-hp5The week started with a reread of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I used to reread all the time. I love the thrill of going back to something familiar. It’s like visiting an old friend from college. You rehash the same stories with a joyful air knowing exactly what will happen. You catch greater nuance and discover things you never knew but it still has a comfort level that a new book simply misses.  This time through the books, the complexity of the relationship between Harry and his muggle family stood out to me most. Petunia and Dudley in particular.  I do wish that we had seen Dudley standing on platform 9 and ¾s during the epilogue. It would have been poetic justice.  I love going back to visit this world and will always wish that Rowling would go back to her magical world. While I’m excited to read her latest, nothing will ever quite compare to Harry Potter. Rating –  ★★★★★

 

I had a bit of book hangover after reading that series. I couldn’t seem to pick up anything for a couple of days. Finally I settled down and dove into VIII by H.M. Castor. A fictional retelling of the life of Henry the VIII which was exactly the kind of thing I needed to get through my Harry Potter book hangover. So often historical fiction about his reign comes form the point of view of one of his many wives. It was interesting as the author strove to get inside his brain. I think what I found most interesting was all of the politics that went on with his first marriage. This book would be a great starting point to create interest about Henry the VIII. Rating – ★★★★

 

I have a love/hate relationship with Charles de Lint. I love some of his stuff and simply can’t get through other things he writes. I think it’s largely me. I’ve picked up some of his Newford stuff and loved it. However I tried to get through Dreams Underfoot, the first book and I simply couldn’t do it.  Sadly this one went back in my library bag, mostly unread. I might return to it at some point. I think I just picked it up at the wrong time. I hesitate to rate it right now but I rate everything so… Rating – ★

 

I’m not a judge a book by it’s cover kind of girl, but this one is lovely.

I’m not quite done with The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White but should finish in the next hour or so.  I have a feeling I know exactly where this book is going and I think I’m going to enjoy getting there. I love the idea of looking at Egypt’s mythology as the focus. So far the main character is very enjoyable to read and the author captures the idea of not fitting in anywhere in a somewhat simplistic but sincere manner.  While it is definitely light reading, it is entertaining. Rating – ★★★

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Book Review: The Elite

Book: The Elite

Author: Kiera Cass

Recommend: If you are a fan of angst, this one is for you – if not, run far and fast!

I hoped. I really did. I was all ready for something somewhat simple. I hoped actually that it wouldn’t turn into this big huge fight over the prince but I knew that it would have to be that. I mean why else would you write a book like this honestly? This one feels much more like a reality TV show and less like a classic story except for a scene stolen from Anna and the King (or The King and I – whichever you prefer). I get all the conflict. I really do but I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to go through all that angst. I really wanted something simple and sweet instead of catty, conflicted and confusing.

Honestly at this point in the story, one of the main players is feeling completely unnecessary. I really wish this character would just disappear, even though I know he or she won’t because they are too central to the plot. While I really enjoyed this one, there were some times through the book that it almost went flying across the room.

The big negative for me was the change in the prince. Yes, I get that we are seeing past his veneer in some ways but I feel like it could have been handled in a much more graceful manner. He does redeem himself throughout the book but there are also points where America’s conflict feels somewhat forced. I also think the story could have gone on just fine without a couple of scenes that made me want to hurl a little.

I would say the biggest strength of this series is the complex storyline that they author is able to balance while still focusing on the small group of main players. I am rather annoyed with the second book but in a way that will make me rush to get the third installment, The One, in my hands as soon as I can. I’ll be hunting down this one as soon as possible.

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Book Review: The Selection

Book: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Recommend: Surprisingly yes!

Okay, I’ve heard about this book from fellow reviewers and when I heard the main character’s name I simply couldn’t get over it and decided that I wouldn’t read this one even though there was a ton of buzz about it. An author who can’t even come up with a decent name was not about to take up my time. However, when I had a close friend tell me that I simply had to read it despite the name, I reluctantly picked it up and I’m so glad that I did!

With hints of the Biblical story of Esther combines with reality TV, this series has a fresh new spin that has been lacking for quite a bit of the YA I’ve read lately. The main character is truly conflicted and is trying to figure out who she is and what she is capable of. I love how this character really struggles with what she she do in a way I haven’t seen in much YA recently. There really isn’t an obvious choice and I have picked a boy that I’m hoping to win for the first time in a long time because it’s not obvious what her choice will be.

The only real weakness with this book is the names. They really are painful but after a while they can be avoided.

This is definitely one to pick up if you are a YA fan.

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Book Review: Monument 14 Sky on Fire

Book: Monument 14 Sky on Fire

Author: Emmy Laybourne

Recommend: This was interesting but a bit thin in both length and depth of material.

I loved the first book in this series even though on paper it sounded like almost every other dystopian novel I had read. So when I heard about the second book in the series I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible so I put in for a reserve. Well, it came out and I read it and was sadly disappointed. It had nothing on the first book and was a pale imitation.

First of all, the first book was on the shorter side. The second book hardly qualified as a full book. While this definitely furthered the plot, it seemed rushed. The author seemed to have been forced to write this one on a very short timeline or the editor overdid it and cut far too much. I was hoping for a strong follow-up and instead got a pale imitation instead. Not worth the time and I don’t think I’ll be finishing this story.

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Book Review: Infinity

Book: Infinity

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Recommend: If you like paranormal fiction this one is an interesting read, although not for everyone…

This author is well-known for her Dark hunter series, which I have  read a couple of books out of, although I have to say I end up skipping over quite a bit of the books due to their adult content. So, while I have read enough to understand what is going on, I will say that I know little about some of the storyline due to the fact that I haven’t read the whole series. This series is a YA one and so it is much cleaner which I appreciate (aside from the main character’s mother’s occupation).

The story centers around Nick who is fighting to live a life that is better than the one he grew up in. His mother’s only wish is that he would grow up to better himself. However, there are a ton of people who seem to want the exact opposite for him. Some want to see him become a corrupt and powerful force of evil as he grows up.

I really enjoyed this one. I enjoyed a trip into the paranormal that wasn’t trying to be a ripoff of Twilight. Hurray for originality and an interesting storyline. Worth a read. Can’t wait to get into the next book in this series and with four already out, I know I’ve got a significant amount of reading ahead of me as long as this stays as good as the first book was.

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Book: Taken

Book: Taken

Author: Erin Bowman

Recommendation: I think I’ve read too much YA lately to be fair to this book or this author..

I have decided that I need to go on a YA diet. I have been reading way too much of this stuff because it has gotten to the point where they are all sounding the same. Taken is the story of a society where the boys disappear at at eighteen never to be heard of or seen again. When the main character Gray goes searching for answers he finds much more than he ever though possible and that his whole life is a lie.

Dystopian fiction? Yep. Love Triangle? Uh huh. Super predictable plot? Yep.

I think that this book had quite a bit of potential. However it was sadly ruined by plot holes and uneven characters. The main character Gray was somewhat inconsistent, but Emma was the worst. There were so many places in this book that I wanted to roll my eyes and send an email to the writer expressing my annoyance because the decisions were for the convenience of the plot and not true to the characters. I honestly found the whole book somewhat annoying but not so much that I didn’t finish it.

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Book Review: The Gates

Book: The Gates

Author: John Connolly

Recommend: This one is not for everyone… but it might be for you.

Alright, warning everyone now, this is not a book for everyone. This deals with demons and hell in a way that not everyone will appreciate. I would liken this book a combination of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dante’s Inferno, The Screwtape Letters with tons of sarcasm and snark thrown in. It reads a bit like Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams and J.K. Rowling sat down and decided to write a book together.

I thought it was absolutely hilarious. I’ve read The Book of Lost Things and I think I liked this one even better, although many who are fans of that one, have said just the opposite. I was planning on putting this one off for a bit longer. I actually own this one but I picked up the second book in the series by accident at the library and figured that now was as good a time as any to get into it.

A bit of a note, this one might be extremely offensive to some because they might feel that it treats hell in a less than respectful manner and there are demons as main character and not all of them are clearly the bad guys.

I hurt my ribs today and let me tell you, this book is NOT one to read when laughing hurts.

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Book Review: The Lost Girl

Book: The Lost Girl

Author: Sangu Mandanna

Recommend: A very unique read with unusual conflicts..

What if there was someone else out there who looked exactly like you? What if they knew everything about you because if something was to happen to you, they would become you? What if you were the one who was studying someone else’s life in order to step into it one day. How would you handle it when you had to step into their life and act as if you were the other person, even though you were someone unique?

I loved how original this plot line was. While I’ve read others where the clone is somehow flawed by their creation and happened to be unusual in some way, this one take it head on that they are different but somehow the one must learn to act like the other. I love how the main character seem sto fight against what she was designed to do and can’t seem to get things right and the people who care for her almost want her to be her own person. I thought the love story in it was brilliantly played out and I loved that they thought things through instead of just giving into what they wanted immediately.

I would say that the only flaw I can see with this book was that I wanted a more definite ending. After reading the author’s website, it seems like she would like to continue the series if the first book sells well but she didn’t want to leave it too open of there wasn’t going to be another one. I honestly hope that this one sells enough that she is able to write a follow up.

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Book Review: Promised

Book: Promised

Author: Caragh M. O’Brien

Recommend: Great conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.

I literally picked this one up the moment I finished writing the review for the last one and couldn’t put it down. This follows Gaia and the rest of Slyum who decides to go back with her and escape the horrible forest, where they were dying out one male birth at a time. She takes them back to Enclave where they are waiting for her and she begins a revolution that may cost her everything.

Okay, this book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. There were a few times that I wasn’t sure exactly how it was all going to work out. Unlike the last book in the series, this one has no ambiguity to it. There are definite rights and wrongs and you want the right to win out. This book is a roller coaster of emotion and keeps the reader going until the very last pages. I loved the hints of other works but especially the author’s subtle nods to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens throughout the work including using the recalled to life line for example.

I think the only thing I would have liked to see was a little bit longer conclusion. I wanted to see the struggle as they attempt to put their society back together again instead of having it handed to me on a silver platter some time after the fact. I find it to be an annoying trend in YA fiction as of late.

I’m actually really sad to see this one end and would love to read more from this author.

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Book Review: Prized

Book: Prized

Author: Caragh M. O’Brien

Recommend: If you read Birthmarked, this is a great follow-up.

I mostly loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the other two. I’ve got a reading pile a mile high but I jumped this close to the top when I got them in. I was not disapointed when I got into the second book.

A second book can sometimes be a bit risky. I’ve seen many authors completely bomb book two by following something far too formulaic. If it is too similar to a popular series like Twilight or The Hunger Games, the reader is going to be turned off because it is just going to feel like a rip off of either one. This book, doesn’t fall into that trap or many of the others that can befall book number two.

The biggest thing this author did right was the love square. First of all, she admits it’s a problem. Second, she actually makes the choice hard on the main character. As I reader, I actually like both of the guys she doesn’t choose better and so you actually feel bad for them. I get why she had the main character make the choice that she did, but for once it wasn’t clear cut, in my opinion.

I also thought the conflict between Gaia and the main female character was amazingly well done. I wanted to reach through the cover and smack them both – repeatedly but I was also able to be sympathetic towards both characters.

I think the biggest flaw in this book was that in the effort to make it not all about solving the puzzle, it was almost too easy and the information showed up far too late. It would have been much better if the information about her grandmother had been doled out in smaller pieces rather than handed to the reader all at once. The author needed to spread that out more. I also think that sometimes the emotional reactions of the characters were just a bit off but it could all be explained away with what Gaia finds out at the end – I guess.

Throw in a visit to the stocks, the most disturbing autopsy I’ve ever read and more drama than I knew what to do with, this was a great follow up and I can’t wait to get started on the third (which I just might do as soon as I finish up this review).

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Book Review: Fragments

Book: Fragments

Author: Dan Wells

Recommend: Definitely worth reading if you’ve checked out Partials.

I was really excited for this one. When I got it in my hands I wanted to race through it immediately. Unfortunately, I had a couple of other books that I needed to get to first and it sat for a few days. However, I didn’t let it become forgotten in my massive to be read pile. I was super excited for this one and it didn’t let me down.

After the end of Partials, I knew it couldn’t be as simple as the author had made it out to be there were some serious issues left to be resolved. It simply couldn’t be that simple and it wasn’t. I can’t wait to see where Dan Wells takes this series next! I honestly hope it’s going to be more than three books at this point. This one had a complex storyline with lots of great twists and turns. There were a few times the author completely had me freaked out. I loved his nod to the hunger games as well with the talking dogs.

The only issue I found with this book was that the idea of finding some unknown perfect society with a massive hidden flaw has become so incredibly cliche that not only did I know it was coming but I knew exactly what they would find where because I’ve simply read this scenario so many times. Authors please do something different. Please.

Other than one rather regrettably predictable section, this book was a great read and I can’t wait to see how things develop for Samm and Kira in the next book of the series.

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Book Review: Level 2

Book: Level 2

Author: Lenore Appelhan

Recommend: This one was strange… even for me.

Picked this one up because I’ve had it in my hands five or six times and haven’t read it yet. Decided that instead of it being on the bottom of the stack that it should be on the top so that I would finally get to it. Which I did. Kind of wishing it had stayed on the bottom and hadn’t gotten read.

Okay, this is about a girl who dies horribly in a car crash and goes on to basically limbo. Already losing my interest here. Unbeknownst to said girl, she is stuck right in the middle of the war between two factions of angels. My thought was – really? I’ve seen this about a hundred times. One set wants these departed souls to move on, the other doesn’t. Yep. Seen this before too. Then the author starts into tying everything into Greek mythology loosely. Wait? What? I thought we were doing some strange version of the Christian afterlife. Guess not. Then said girl joins the rebels reluctantly. Seen this before and whatever interest the author gained by combining the two ideas of heaven is now gone. The rest of the book follows a predictable pattern. There is a love story – of course – but it is every bit as uninteresting as the book.

The only thing I found unique about this was that the main character had some definite issues to work through and when you found out what those issues were she started to make a whole lot more sense but by the point you figure out what is going on with her, you’ve been so bored for so long that it is hard to really get into it.

Overall, this was just a strange little book and won’t be surprised to see it go nowhere.

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Book Review: A Million Suns

Book: A Million Suns

Author: Beth Revis

Recommend: Actually it was much better than the first one. Still reeked of Orson Scott Card though..

Okay, this one has Amy and Elder searching for answers while Elder attempts to run the society now that Eldest is gone. With the ship not working properly, they are desperately searching for answers. When everything they thought they knew is wrong and a choice must be made, will Elder be able to choose or will everything break down into anarchy?

I actually really liked the characterization a lot better in this book. Amy and Elder make so much more sense. I like that the author doesn’t force them into this unnatural agreement with each other when it is obvious that they will not agree due to their vastly differing backgrounds. I also like how the conflict is dealt with in most ways. There are a few moments where I was a bit annoyed at the easy escapes the author took but it was much better than the first book.

The big flaw of course is the idea that this is a slightly better but still weak imitation of Orson Scott Card.

I have to say that now I am more excited to read the next book in the series.

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Book Review: Across the Universe

Book: Across the Universe

Author: Beth Revis

Recommend: Well, it was different..

I feel like I have this reading list that I will never reach the end of. There are now so many books on it that I feel like even if I read the rest of my life, I would never finish. This book is just one of many that has been sitting on that list for far too long. I thought the whole idea of a book set on a space ship would be great. Honestly, I think this author read a bit too much Orson Scott Card as a kid. The whole generational star ship business is right out of one of his books. Elder is an interesting character and I liked how they kept the conflict centered around figuring out who was unfreezing the cryos, however when I read the ending, I have never been so let down in my life. Instead of being the shocking revelation that the author intended, it made me flat out annoyed. After such an interesting story (rather stolen from Lovelock but – different for most YA being written right now) the fact that the author took it in such a stereotypical YA direction was painful.

I’m really not sure if I’m going to continue this series or not. It was enjoyable but I get annoyed when I can see the structure underneath the book.

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Book Review: Origin

Book: Origin
Author: Jessica Khoury
Recommend: Meh. Nothing amazing but not bad either…

I picked this one up hoping for a unique YA read. I needed something that wasn’t dystopian or love triangle business. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of those but, sometimes you need something new and different. New and different is definitely waht I got with this book.

I honestly think that the plot line is the best part about this book. It is a fresh idea with a different spin. Girl hidden from the world because she is immortal. Raised by scientists, what is she going to do when she is given a chance to taste life in the outside world? When you finally figure out what is going on, you get angry at the other characters.

The major flaw of this book is the main character Pia. I know that the author is trying to show how naive she is and how black and white her view of the world is but I honestly thing that for someone who is supposed to be so intelligent, she makes some very strange choices. There is also something missing with this character. She is somewhat hard to connect with. Her motivations don’t make a whole lot of sense some of the time.

Overall, I think it was an interesting read but not one I could see myself revisiting or even remembering after a while.

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Book Review: The Always War

Book: The Always War

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Recommend: Eh. It was alright and not a long-term commitment…

I found the concept interesting even though I think I’ve read everything dystopian that is possible lately. I am addicted, hoping to find something outstanding. This wasn’t it. Now mind you, this wasn’t bad. It was fast, interesting and had decent characters but it just lacked that pizzazz to make it really good. I wouldn’t be upset if I had bought this but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this one anytime soon. If there was another book, I would read it but it would be another library pick up.

The basic idea is a war that seems to have gone on for forever. No one can remember a time before the war and it seems that there will be no time after it. When a war hero runs away and finds out that things are not what they seem, how will the world handle a sudden change in reality?

Basically Ender’s Game meets every other dystopian novel ever written. It made me want to pull out my Orson Scott Card again 🙂

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Book Review: Underworld

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Book: Underworld

Author: Meg Cabot

Recommend: Definitely worth reading. Better than the first book!

After reading the first book in this series, I had to know what happened next and so I requested book two from the library. More often than not, the second book in a series is not a strong. There are many reasons for this including a much shorter time to write it, using something to prolong the story or the introduction of a poorly planned love triangle. This book however, suffers from none of these things and while it isn’t the strongest bit of writing I’ve ever read, this is a big step up from the creator of Princess Mia.

A modern retelling of the story of Persephone, this story follows Pierce as she tries to save her cousin from school bullies who place him in a life threatening situation. As she tries to help her cousin she learns more about her situation in the Underworld and who John really is.

I think the writing was far better in this book and the plot clipped along at a good pace. Overall, it was a much stronger read than the first book. At one point I wanted to shout at the main character like the dumb girl in every horror movie you’ve ever seen that goes into the scary house instead of calling for help and waiting outside. Yep. She has not one but two big moments where she is really that clueless. I mean does she not know the story of Persephone at all?

There were a couple of plot points in here that were a little too lame to be real and while the writing was better, I wanted more insight and detail than the author gave.

While this was a much better read than the first books, it still wasn’t among my favorites.

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Book Review: The Eleventh Plague

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Book: The Eleventh Plague

Author: Jeff Hirsch

Recommend: An easy, fun, post-apocalypse read.

Confession: I picked this one up for the cover alone. It’s a great one. I didn’t even read the jacket flap before it found the inside of my book bag. Sad but true. I really do try to not judge books by their covers but sometimes it happens. I had a feeling this was either dystopian or post-apocalypse and I was right with the second one. Honestly this reminded me a bit of The Postman meets the The Passage (minus the vampires) written for younger teens.

Steve is a scavenger. He wanders what is left of a civilization he can’t remember looking for scraps of what they had lost when their whole society collapsed due to an overwhelming plague. When his father is injured, he has no choice but to trust a group of strangers and he ends up in a small pocket settlement in what used to be a gated community. However, in this world a single error can tear everything apart.

I think the best thing about this book is that while there was a small romance, it wasn’t overdone. It wasn’t the focus of the book. In the end, Steve made his choices based on what he needed and not what a girl wanted. While that would bother me normally, for some reason in this book, it was a refreshing change of pace.

It was enjoyable. I wouldn’t go as far as memorable, but not bad for a debut.

Final Rating:

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