Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I love the Lisa Yee books...and one of the things I love best is that you don't have to read them in order.....each one stands alone, though they intertwine like through the various events and children's lives.  Warp Speed stars Marley who is lightning fast at running, but only because he uses it as his only escape from all the bullying he goes through on a daily basis.  The issues tackled are real, but not overwhelming and are solidly aimed at middle school.....and the kids feel like people I know.....all around a good, solid book.

Sparrow Road is one of those amazing books that's hard to's a book about family and about growing up and is such a pleasant quiet read that it never seemed like something I would enjoy....but I did.  The story centers around an artist retreat where Raine and her mother go for the summer.  Raine isn't sure why, but is positive she will be miserable in this quiet sleepy town....instead she bonds with the various artists and begins to discover her own talents.  She also meets her biological father for the first time and begins to come to terms with who he is and how she feels about him.   This is a really good example of a "sleeper".....but if you are someone who wants a good story, then this is for you.

Personal Effects is a really hard read, but completely worth it.  Matt's brother died in action in Iraq and his father's decision of how to deal with it is to ignore it and work on "toughing" Matt up so he too can join the military.  When Matt finds some personal letters in his brother's personal effects, he decides to take a car and travel across country to meet this girl his brother was involved with but had never mentioned.......and when he arrives, he finds that there are many aspects of his life that his brother kept secret.   This was an emotionally packed story that hit me hard, but I would highly recommend to anyone.

I wasn't sure about this book, seemed like it would be yet another werewolf book, but it isn't......instead it was a completely original tale delving into the Native American legends of skinwalkers (aka shape changers).  Maya is dealing with backlash of the death of her best friend, when Rafe, the new kid in town, shows her that her birthmark marks her as a skinwalker.  She is trying to figure this out as well as what really happened to her friend when a fire breaks out and they have to evacuate.....this is the start of a trilogy, but was an exciting and fast read.

Boy at the End of the World is an alright story of a young man who wakes up in a birthing pod who is trying to figure out the world around him and also save the other "stored" animals and people from machines gone awry.  This is an alright story but rather predictable.

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