Friday, September 19, 2014
Welcome to YA Friday! One of my favorite days of the week. Today I am looking at the new release from Kristen Lippert-Martin, Tabula Rasa. And for my readers- Egmont USA is giving away a SIGNED copy. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it click 'read more'. To check out the entire blog tour and see all the stops click here.
Sarah believes that she once committed murder. To live with her conscience she allows herself to undergo procedures that will wipe her memory. As a tabula rasa, a blank slate, Sarah believes that she will be a better person. But, during her last procedure something goes wrong and the laboratory where she lives is attacked by soldiers.
Fleeing into a blizzard, Sarah attempts to escape, only to end up trapped with a computer hacker that has plans of his own at the laboratory. Together, Sarah and Thomas attempt to avoid the elite soldiers, only to end up stuck back inside the lab building in the basement with "failed" test subjects. As more time passes from missing her last procedure , Sarah begins to have memories, memories that don't involve crime and murder. Who is she? and why do the soldiers want her specifically dead?
I love themes like this. Sarah can't remember her past and believes that she is undergoing experimental procedures to help mankind. Then the memories begin and voices sound familiar. Who is she? Why is she there? And why do the soldiers want her dead? Such great questions, and you have to read the whole book to figure them out.
The story also contains a blossoming romance. Sarah and Thomas go through the feelings of first crush with the potential of a relationship. I think this side plot was handled nicely and with the short timeline, appropriately.
The only thing that pulled at me was the motive of the villain, Hodges. Her way of dealing with things is way extreme and I just couldn't see someone doing the things she did. Overall, the story is fun and adventurous. 4 stars!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
You'd think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he'll mummify himself.
Granted the gift of immortality by the gods-or is it a curse?-Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut's father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon-Set, the god of Chaos.
The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut... and if Tut doesn't find a way to keep out of their clutches, he'll never make it to the afterworld alive.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Twelve-year-old Mark Young has a destiny. Unbeknownst to him he is a Magi, a descendant of magical persons that fight evil and seek to help all mankind. Before he was born, Benrah (the book's evil villain), tried to kill him. Now old enough to learn the truth, Mark is taken to the Seventh Mountain where he is trained to be a Magi. He makes close friends and together they overcome several perils and fight for good.
I read other reviews about this book before I bought it, even though it was free. I didn't want to waste my time. Most of the reviews mentioned that is was a Harry Potteresque book with a more Christian tilt. I love fantasy/adventure books, so I gave it a go. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the story. It's sad that every book that involves, magic, youth and a school is immediately considered a Harry Potter knock-off. Most aren't, it is just a common archetype.
The story is fun and unique. The Magi fight for good and having been doing it through the ages. There is a lot of action, mystery and puzzles to solve. The one thing that I do have to be critical about are the point of view switches. The author jumps into character heads willy nilly and there is no rhyme or reason. This is a pet peeve of mine and this author goes to an extreme. He wants you to know what everyone is thinking, so you pop in and out of different characters. Ugh, tell the story from one pov or at least one chapter per pov.
The author also moves through some events really fast, I would have liked some expanded details during certain events.
Luckily, the story is great and I can recommend it. 3 stars! I'm already on book 3.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Monday, September 8, 2014
Blurb- Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty. Sofia learns that Maddi’s family doesn’t have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she’ll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she’s faced with a difficult decision: to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi’s empty fridge.
Filled with colorful artwork, this picture book addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on antihunger groups, is also included.
And it is already getting great reviews- Kirkus Reviews calls Maddi’s Fridge “Notable…A thoughtful and well-executed look at the challenge of childhood hunger."