Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Tilt is the story of a boy struggling with the complete chaos his life has become....his mom is drinking too much and leaving too much on his shoulders...his dad left.....he has a crush on a girl that his friends say is a lesbian.....and he desperately wants to make it onto one of the basketball teams (though the cancellation of JV Basketball has destroyed that dream).  So, when his father waltzes back into his life along with his half brother, Stan is completely overwhelmed.  I really enjoyed getting to know Stan, who is lost and KNOWS he is lost but is really struggling with finding someone to just converse with, and hoping for a sign showing him what he is supposed to do while his world is crumbling around him and all the adults are less than trustworthy.  My only complaint is that the end got a bit wonky for me, as it felt like the author wasn't sure whether to tie up all the loose ends or leave them dangling....so did a bit of both.....

Sister Mischief SOUNDED like a very interesting story.....group of girls in Minnesota who have a hip hop group and are just trying to get through high school without being dragged down by the judgemental and stifling uber-conservative school they are in......unfortunately, I didn't fall in love with any of the characters......and the main character felt ....off.....like the author was trying soooo hard to sound like a hip lesbian rapper that she lost the voice of the teen character.  Maybe I just am not "cool enough" to buy it.....give it a shot and see what you think.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Then is a really rough read, being told by a young child fleeing persecution as a Jew in Nazi controlled territory.  Gleitzman does a great job of making you feel like your inside his head though as he struggles with survival and finding kindness in strangers.  This will make you cry, but when reading Holocaust fiction, you know that going in.







I was excited at the prospect of reading this, but sadly it didn't live up to my hopes.  This book is set in a post-plague dystopia in a vaguely Victorian time period (essentially making this a steam-punk dystopia).  Everyone wears masks that can afford to thanks to a deadly plague that has decimated the world.  Araby goes to clubs in the bad side of town seeking escape through drugs and alcohol from the horrors of her reality.  Then she is caught up in a revolution and even more caught between two opposing sides of a revolution......and everything begins to unravel.  I really liked this, but at the end the book seemed to lose steam....which was disappointing.


Anna Dressed in Blood, by contrast, lived up to its awesome cover and in fact, exceeded my expectations!  Cas is a ghost hunter, and is trying to accumulate enough experience to go back and defeat the ghost that took his father's life.  He comes to town looking to defeat Anna; and instead of a simple vengeful ghost finds a young girl who hates killing but is compelled to.  Cas is drawn to Anna as he has never been to any living or dead being.  In addition, for the first time in his life, Cas finds himself surrounded by friends.....in spite of his vow to remain apart from everyone.  Can his new friends help him save Anna from her curse?  I loved this title with it's doomed romance and creepy ghost story aura........it was an exciting read and one that compelled me to find the sequel....soon......

Ananya Singh, 11th Grade Book Review of Embassy Row by Quinn Fawcett

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