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review 2017-07-03 05:07
Beware of wasps...
The Nest - Jon Klassen,Kenneth Oppel

 

The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels.

- first sentence

 

Well, this was a bit quirky. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

 

Steve is a worrier, and what he worries about most nowadays is his baby brother. His parents are worried too. The baby has things wrong with him, and he isn't strong enough for the operation yet. The wasp queen visits Steve in his dreams and says she can make things better. All Steve has to say is "yes." But, things aren't always what they seem, and the queen may not have the baby's best interests at heart after all.

 

This book asks us to question what is normal and decide if an imperfect life is still worth living.

 

This book is nominated for a Sunshine State award, grades 6-8 (2017-18). It might be a bit creepy for kids though. The wasps are scary and there are some life or death situations. Steve doesn't know who to trust or how to protect his brother. He wants to do the right thing and readers will certainly root for him. Steve is scared at times, but he shows true bravery to protect his baby brother.

 

Just keep in mind, this is a horror story, a fairy tale horror story, but still...

 

This is my second Free Read Friday book. It has 272 and is worth $6.00

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quote 2017-07-01 04:49
There were a lot of things I was supposed to get a grip on. I just wasn't much good at it.
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text 2017-07-01 04:09
My 2nd Free Read Friday - BLopoly
The Nest - Jon Klassen,Kenneth Oppel

 

I chose this book for my second free read Friday. It's a Sunshine State 17-18 nominated book and I plan to read as many as I can. It is a weird premise though, a wasp queen invades a boy's dreams to offer to fix his baby brother.

 

Not sure how I feel about this one...

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review 2016-10-25 06:44
Finding Fossils, Finding (Insta)Love...
Every Hidden Thing - Kenneth Oppel

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out.

 

But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

 

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other? 

 

 

If you're not a big fan of "insta-love" then you'll probably be doing some major face palms while reading this book. Two of the main characters, Rachel & Sam, don't just 'think' they're in love, they go from full fledged bumbling innocents 

 

to married business partners,

 

(spoiler show)

in record time- with ALL details included unfortunately! 

 

I liked how the characters deviated from the norm though and didn't follow their strict society rules. I wasn't expecting their bold, rash moves which I have to give them credit for. It made for a nice change and was hilariously entertaining! 

 

The rivalry and fighting between their two fathers though felt too contrived and became a little irritating after a while. There was just too much of it I think. 

 

Anyone who has an interest in paleontology or fossil hunting or even if you just enjoy a grand adventure, you'll especially like this one! Don't take it too seriously though and just have fun with it and you'll enjoy it a lot more!

 

*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge

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review 2016-05-11 00:00
The Nest
The Nest - Kenneth Oppel,Jon Klassen Review to come.
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