Thursday, May 23, 2013

HOLLOWLAND by Amanda Hocking

Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was kind of a fun story, but disappointing in some ways. The coolest thing was the lion the kids found during their trek north. Remy could be a great character, but it takes every page of the book to really get her defined/developed as a character; the other characters are very thin. The periodic, frequent, zombie battles are tiresome--the same each time. The notion that the world can fall prey to a zombie creating virus seems familiar (like a dozen others), but played out OK, just not great.

I expected more, but it wasn't terrible, it was an easy, quick read, I liked Remy's heroic decision at the end, but overall was not happy with the ending, and the door was left wide open for #2. I suppose it's good for YA audiences, just not too Y.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Hit by David Baldacci

The Hit (Will Robie, #2)The Hit by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Baldacci's pretty reliable. Will Robie, if you can get past the fact that he's an assassin, is one of the good guys . . . a professional killer with a heart. This time his heart nearly got the best of him, but . . .

Sorry, can't tell more. It's a good story, a little frightening in the sense that it might be going on in the real world, but entertaining with the kind of ending I prefer.

It's not a kid's book, but the author doesn't use profanity, the sex is less graphic than prime time TV, the violence nothing compared to blockbuster movies, and there's plenty of action and intrigue; and, I admire Baldacci's style.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Nevermore by James Patterson

Nevermore (Maximum Ride, #8)Nevermore by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought I had read at least one Max Ride book, but I guess not. My initial impression of the series is that it's another one that JP engineered or directed, but didn't really write. I didn't enjoy it. The characters, Max, Fang, Dylan, Angel, are likeable enough, but what's with the wings? They don't add anything to the story. They could have been any mid-teen kids struggling with growing up with the added twist that someone is out to kill them. And, the ending wasn't an ending---I've said this before, but I like endings when the mystery is solved, the good guys win, the bad guy is vanquished. None of that happened; so, is this really the last adventure?

Who knows? Maybe kids will like this, but it's not JP's best work and not really for grownups.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read (and occasionally re-read) about 60 books per year and have done so for 50 plus years; and, I can count the really, really good ones on one hand--now I have to add a finger from the other hand. You have to know that any story whose main characters are kids with advanced-stage cancer cannot end well. My 14 year-old son talked me into reading this. "It made me really angry," he told me. We didn't have time to discuss it further, but now I understand; anger is one of the many emotions evoked as I read it. Unless you're a complete sociopath, this story will get to you.

I strongly recommend this to any reader. I'd like to tell more, but can't really without spoiling it. Yes, the main characters are kids with cancer, but they're funny, smart, and strong--you'll love them.

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