Monday, February 27, 2012

REVIEW: Bird by Angela Johnson

Bird by Angela Johnson

Blurb from Goodreads:
Bird, a thirteen-year-old girl with a mission, has run away in pursuit of her stepfather. She's sure she'll be able to convince him to return home--to fill the hole he left in their family. And while she hides near his sister's farmhouse, she becomes entwined in the lives of three people who also have holes to fill: Ethan, whose heart troubles have kept him too sheltered from kids his own age; Jay, whose brother has died unexpectedly; and Mrs. Pritchard, whose house has been too empty since her husband was moved to a nursing home.
Through the unique voices of the three kids, an eloquent, affecting story unfolds--the story of how one individual's warmth and kindness can heal so many hurts. Bird will leave you thoroughly uplifted.

My thoughts:
A rather thought provoking book which delves into the lives of several individuals. The life paths of whom the lines cross over and over again. The first person point of view is intrinsically useful as many sides of the stories are told at once.

Monday, February 20, 2012

REVIEW: Wizard's Hall by Jane Yolen

Wizard's Hall by Jane Yolen

Blurb from Goodreads:
"Poor Henry. It’s not enough that his mother has sent him away from home to learn magic. It’s not enough that everyone at his new school calls him Thornmallow because he’s “prickly on the outside, squishy within.” It’s not enough that the only talent he shows at Wizard’s Hall is an ability to make messes of even the simplest spells. Now, when Wizard’s Hall is threatened by a cruel sorcerer’s fearsome beast, it is up to Henry—er, Thornmallow—to figure out how to save not only his new friends but also the entire school for wizards."

My thoughts:
A short cute tale that is a simple joy to read. The twists that occur throughout that make you think one thing only to turn out wrong. The ending was what one might expect but did not come about in the expected manner. Overall a very good book to read.

Monday, February 13, 2012

REVIEW: Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by  

Blurb from Goodreads:


Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever.

There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed."

My thoughts:
An incredibly humerus book. This book is one that resists being put down and warps time. Meaning to read for a few minutes only emerge from the pages two hours later. The commentary by Harry, breaking the fourth wall, is wonderful and teaches the reader about the world of the book without taking away from the story and characters themselves.

Monday, February 6, 2012

REVIEW: Someone's Watching by Sharon Potts

A nerve wracking tale as the book drags the reader into emotional involvement through Robbie and her glimpses into the life of the missing Kate. It is incredible how the author has made me want to scream at the characters that Kate is right there!