Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book of the Week - Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie

This amazing debut novel makes the reader feel what seventeen-year-old Matt feels. His beloved older brother has died in Iraq. His abusive father bullies him and is forcing him to follow his militaristic dreams not letting Matt be who he wants to be. Matt has major anger issues that drive him to attack another student. The small package of T.J.'s personal effects disappeared shortly after the funeral so when T.J.'s footlockers arrive at the house, Matt wants to go through them before his dad can spirit them away as he did with the photos everything else that confirm the one time existence of T.J. What he finds starts him on an unforgettable journey. I loved this because I never knew exactly where it was going, it surprised me at every turn. I loved that Kokie was able to make me empathize with a character I could of easily dismissed had I met him in real life.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Book of the Week - The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Very different from Brightly Woven this is set in a brutal dystopian future when a disease decimates the population of pubescent kids. The few who survive have psi (paranormal) powers. Ruby discovers her horrible power when she realized that when she went into their room on the morning of her 10th birthday and bestowed kisses on her parent, she erased her entire presence in their memories. Taken away to one of the camps to house the children who did not die of the disease, her life is grim until she is taken away and finds other kids who have escaped. Lots of action and adventure in the second half of the book turns it into a real page turner that makes the reader anxious to read the next book in the series