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review 2017-10-09 20:32
Wow! What an Ending!
Asylum - Madeleine Roux

The kids in the Teen Book Club asked for a scary book that wouldn't scare them. No dolls, no clowns, etc. This fit the request. It was creepy and had a mystery to it. 

 

A group of teens has come to the college in NH for college prep. They are to live in the dorms (what used to by the asylum) for the 5 weeks while attending different classes every day. On the first day, Dan Crawford, meets his roommate, Felix, and Abby and Jordan. Abby, Jordan, and Dan become friends, to the point of being called the Hydra by a professor, but at the end of a week, their friendship has hit some bumps. They separate the next week and rarely come together. They are dealing with their own issues (Jordan is gay and has to stay in the closet, Abby's parents are going through problems and she just wants to find her aunt and Dan has moments where he doesn't remember things, blanks in his memory). They all explore the rooms that are supposed to be off-limits. After their first trip into those rooms, they start to have dreams and the dreams cause them to change. They explore the basement areas a few times, together and alone. Things start to happen and they are all beginning to have issues. 

 

Really good suspenseful book and I do recommend it. It was a very fast read, for my youngest and I. The older girls are dragging on it as the suspense builds and creeps them a little more. 

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review 2017-10-05 21:04
Worst Nightmare Come to Life
The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

When my kids were little (and even now), I worried that someone would take them. In this, 6 children are taken from their school and held for 11 years. But before their 16th birthdays, they are returned to their families, all but one. The story follows Avery, the younger sister of the child who doesn't return, Lucas and Scarlett. 

 

It had many errors and there were times where I felt that the conversations should have been from someone else, not the one talking. On the whole, it was a good story. I don't recommend this book to anyone with littles because it would be too close to home. 

 

This book deals with shooting at schools, memories being modified and kidnapping of children. The emotions of the families affected, the children who were taken and trying to get back to some form of normal. 

 

 

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review 2017-08-15 21:29
Wow! Just Wow!
Riders by Veronica Rossi (February 16,2016) - Veronica Rossi

These beings have attempted to find a key, that will allow them to control other beings and go into the world and make slaves of others. Gideon was training to be a part of the Army RASP, when during a training exercise, his chute failed. When this happened he hit the ground and died, but the other members of the RASP worked on him to bring him back. He went to the hospital and was sent home with many broken bones. He got better faster and was then found by Daryn, who is a Seeker. Together they gather the other riders of the Four Horsemen and together they gather to become a group. 

 

The story was fascinating and looked at how they come together and how they trained and helped each other and grew and learned about themselves and each other. 

 

I started the book one night, staying up until after midnight reading it (only about 2 hours) and it is a library book, my daughters brought home for their book club. Every now and then they get a book that when they discuss, I feel like reading and seeing what the story is about. So this led to my only reading when I could get my hands on a copy of the book (theirs). 

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text 2017-08-14 00:54
Reading progress update: "Riders"
Riders by Veronica Rossi (February 16,2016) - Veronica Rossi

My girls are in a Teen Book Club at one of the local libraries and this book is the next one for reading. The girls were excited about it and were discussing it and so I borrowed it, in e-book format, from a library, too. It is told in the first person, with flash backs to what had happened. The kid being interviewed was in the Army and part of RASP (paratrooper) when he was involved in a horrific accident while doing a practice jump. His chute doesn't open and he "bounced" and was brought back by his friends and comrades doing CPR on him in the field. He healed super fast and found a bracelet on his wrist. When he goes to his sister's apartment, he is found by a young woman who takes him on the adventure that he relates while strapped to a chair. 

 

He and four others are the Horsemen and they are brought to help the young woman stop a catastrophic event. 

 

When I first started this book, I read until I couldn't keep my eyes open. I read when there isn't anyone around asking me questions or I have to put the book down, mostly because I have been getting into the book and enjoying the story. I want to find out who the other Horseman is and what they are protecting and why they are being held in the rooms, separate from them and who actually has them. 

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review 2017-01-03 02:52
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

October 29, 2010

The only problem I had with this book was Todd's way of talking. (I don't think first-person books should be written in dialect, because our way of talking always sounds both natural and neutral to us. It only sounds like dialect to other people.) Other than that, I loved it. The very best thing that Ness did, was deal with how the lies and ignorance lead Todd to doubt everything. Beautifully done. I'd recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games

And yes, I'm eager to get the sequels and find out what happens next.

As an aside, according to the respective authors, both this and Feed come out of the same idea, the constant stream of info into modern lives. Very different books.

Library copyThe Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness  

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