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Impatiently Waiting For: Into White by Randi Pink

Feiwel and Friends To Be Published Spet. 13, 2016 288 Pages
Feiwel and Friends
To Be Published Spet. 13, 2016
288 Pages

Sixteen-year-old Latoya Williams, who is black, attends a mostly white high school in the Bible Belt. In a moment of desperation, she prays for the power to change her race and wakes up white.

– Goodreads

Manga Review: I Am a Hero by Kengo Hanazawa

Dark Horse Manga April 26, 2016
Dark Horse Manga
April 26, 2016

Hideo Suzuki is a manga artist that struggles with dealing with reality and his inner thoughts. When the zombie apocalypse unfolds right in front of his eyes, Hideo knows that he will be the hero. 

I normally review a manga when I am either finished or really deep into it. But this series . . . I only made it 3 volumes in. Hideo is an idiot. That is the first word to come to mind, when I think of him. I don’t have an issue with the main character being off and unsure of themselves. I don’t have an issue with the main character being average and struggling with that. I have an issue when the main character has no common sense and considers his selfishness as a heroic move.

I was so frustrated with Hideo that I pushed myself to read to second and third volume. Some may say the third volume is too soon to make a decision on the entire series but I couldn’t read it anymore. Which is a real shame because beyond him, I enjoyed this.

Art work was graphic and realistic. It was really gruesome at times; which is fitting for a zombie manga.  I liked what the author did in regards to the zombies. For anyone that actually wants to read it, I can’t say what it is but it is really cool.

Pace of the manga was good; there was movement that wasn’t just filled with constant action. I had hope for this but couldn’t get passed the idiot.

2.5 Pickles

Impatiently Waiting For: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill

Harcourt Childrens Books To Be Published Dec. 27, 2016
Harcourt Childrens Books
To Be Published Dec. 27, 2016

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force. –Goodreads

NetGalley Review: The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine

           Ebury Press  Published Oct. 24, 2013             512 Pages
Ebury Press
Published Oct. 24, 2013
512 Pages

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

17 year old Joe Gray has moved to a new town with her mother and is feeling lost; not because she misses her friends back home (she really didn’t have any) but because she has to start anew.

When helping a old lady bring flowers to her husband’s grave, she meets Tristan and love at first sight is an understatement.  However, Tristan has a secret that can either make or break their relationship.

Firstly, this cover is beautiful! However, the story was bad. Naming your daughter Joe is the most ridiculous thing ever. Her nickname being Joe is fine but not as her first and only name. I think the author was trying to be cute by making her the tomboy who knows martial arts and who is witty and takes crap from no one. But it just fell short. Joe is literally the most beloved character.

Everyone loves her expect for the most popular boy in school and the man after Tristan. The author over did it with this point. She made her the perfect girl. Her mother allows her to do what she wants (her mother is a bit of a bird brain), she is extremely happy to be a boarding school, and finally every guy around her is handsome and wants to protect her.  I was a bit sick of it.

Tristan is a brat. For a 17 year old who was dead for 60 years he is a brat that throws tantrums. That whole he is amazingly sexy flew out the window with that.

The writing was amateur and if the author was comparing the book to Twilight (which despite how horribly written it was I loved it), then I can see why she choose not to care.

As much as I wanted to love this book I couldn’t. Overall score: 2 Pickles

Book Review: Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard

               Amulet   Published Jan. 7, 2014              400 Pages
Amulet
Published Jan. 7, 2014
400 Pages

This is book two of the Splintered series. If you haven’t read the first one check out the review here.

It has been a year since Alyssa has been down the Rabbit Hole and literally all hell has broken loose in the real world and in Wonderland. Her mother is being overprotective, Jeb doesn’t remember anything about Wonderland, graduation and prom is approaching and mostly importantly the Red Queen is in the real world.

All Alyssa wants to do is graduate and go to London with her boyfriend for school. But Morpheus needs Alyssa to save Wonderland if she doesn’t the consequences can be UN-fixable. 

If you saw my review of the first book, you will understand that I really didn’t care for Alyssa or Jeb for that matter. I still don’t. Actually I think I dislike them more in this book and I honestly didn’t think that was possible.

Alyssa is a selfish girl. All she cares about is Jeb. For the past year she has disregarded her duties as Queen of Wonderland and because of that the Red Queen was able to take control and destroy so much.  Her selfishness throughout the book is so sickening, reading this book was a struggle.

Alyssa also decides not to tell her mother most of what happened. So there is a struggle between Alyssa and her mother. Alyssa doesn’t trust her and her mother is fighting that. I also did not understand this because Alyssa went into Wonderland to lift the curse to save her mother and yet now she can’t even be near her.

Finally, my biggest issue was if Alyssa couldn’t understand something or didn’t like the way things was going it was Morpheus fault. Really? You have a evil Queen destroying Wonderland and hunting you down in your real world and it is the guy who sacrificed his life for you fault?

Not feeling this book. Overall it gets: 2 Pickles

Book Review: My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt

     Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)   Published Sept. 4, 2012           256 Pages
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Published Sept. 4, 2012
256 Pages

I don’t usually read realistic fiction but I made a promise to review more of these genres.

16 year old Angel meets Call at the mall when he sees her shop lifting. Instead of turning her in he buys her food and tells her he loves her. After some time he offers her candy (drugs) and Angel no longer thinks about her mother who died and pretty soon she is addicted.

Kicked out her house, Angel moves in with Call and begins working on the corner to receive more candy. When her friend Serena disappears and Call brings in a new girl, Angel decides a stand must be taken.

This book is told in verse so it was a fairly quick read but that doesn’t mean it was any less emotional. But because this book is still a fiction novel I have to judge it as such and state what I felt was wrong with it.  I felt that there should have been more detail as into why Angel began stealing. I understand her mother passed away but did she have friends?  If not, why? How close was she to her mother? We obviously know she wasn’t close to her father but was she no old enough to not take drugs? She is 16.

I am not stating that it cannot happen it just didn’t seem realistic to me that is all. Also when Angel spoke it was if she never went to school a day in her life. As if she was always living on the street.

What I enjoyed about the book was the emotions. You felt Angel’s pain, and confusion. It was powerful. Do I think it would have better if the book wasn’t written in verse? No, I think if it was written as a typical novel the author would have to stretch Angel’s before and after story.

Overall, I thought the book was a good scared straight tactic which I am assuming was the point of the story. I give it an 8 out of 10. I needed a bigger reason for why a 16 year old girl made the decision she made.

Pickles

Book Review: The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block

         Self Published   Published Jan. 1, 2008            312 Pages
Self Published
Published Jan. 1, 2008
312 Pages

Abel Haggard is a hunchback elderly man who lives in what is left of his family’s farm in the Dallas suburbs surrounded by the memories of his loves. In Austin, teenager Seth Waller is dealing with some issues. His mother has been diagnosed with a rare disease. Seth who knows nothing about his mother’s past or family decides to find her relatives and find her genetic history.  This story is told two voices; Abel and Seth. Technically three if you count the medical language.Without knowing it Seth and Abel are connected and that changes everything.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book for several reasons. The book was predictable. It didn’t take much to realize that Seth is connected to Abel by Seth’s mother. It didn’t take much to realize that Seth would figure that out. However, there was a pretty interesting twist between Abel and Seth’s mom that I didn’t see coming.

In the middle of the book I felt a disconnect and that is because a lot of medical lingo began (because Seth wants to be a doctor and wants to understand his mother’s condition).  I was able to push forward and enjoy the story. It was extremely well written and it kept me engaged because I needed to know what happened. Throughout the entire story I felt there was going to be this really sad ending and it was sad but not the sad I was expecting.

The biggest thing that bothered me was Seth’s mom. . . I still can’t grasp the fact of why she left her home. I don’t feel she had the greatest reason in the world to go. It should have been more depth than that.

Overall, I enjoyed Abel’s story more than Seth and that was because there was more story and more feeling. The author tried to make Seth have a struggle not only with his mom but with being a teenager i.e. asking a girl out. I felt that if that was how it was to be written then Seth should have had friends.

This book gets 8 out of 10.

 

Pickles