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review 2017-04-30 00:00
Blue's Prophecy
Blue's Prophecy - Emily Ross,Diane Lore Blue's Prophecy - Emily Ross,Diane Lore Robo once had a very loving and caring human family that he truly loved being with. Then one day Robo was taken away from his beloved human family by scientist, who turned him into a hybrid, half dog half robot. By the time he escaped from the clutches of the scientist Robo’s heart and the way he felt towards humans and the whole world had changed. Now Robo wants nothing more than to get back at the humans for the way they have always treated him and other dogs. Robo gathers up his own army to help him fight against the humans and take over the world.

Blue is a city dog that lost her mother a long time ago and has been alone ever since. Blue has to be very careful living in the city or she will get caught and be taken to the pound which has happened on more than one occasion. But one day when Blue is captured she is taken by scientist this time but these scientist are different that the ones took Robo. These scientist experiment on Blue as but they don’t make her a robot like Robo not they only make her stronger and smarter like Robo.

Blue finds two puppies Destiny and Max on the street with no one to take care of them Blue adopts them sort of. One day Blue and pups are attacked and Max is taken. Blue learns that Robo has Max and is using him to get to her. Blue also finds out about Robo wanting to take over the humans and the world. Blue sets out to find Max and to stop Robo before it is too late. Blue has a lot of miles to travel, a long hard road ahead of her with many obstacles in the way.

Blue’s Prophecy is unlike any book I have ever read before and I would have to say that I have loved every minute of it. I loved reading about dogs and what they have to say and how they would deal with any given situation. I have four dogs of my own and I know they have a lot to say and they talk to me every day in their own way of course. They are very smart animals. My husband and I are always trying to figure out what they are trying to tell us.

I would recommend Blue’s Prophecy to anyone who loves a good story and who loves dogs.
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review 2016-04-04 17:20
Dreamy, Haunting YA Thriller
Half In Love With Death - Emily Ross



At the center of Emily Ross’s YA thriller HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH is Caroline. Caroline is the dreamy middle child, younger sister of brash Jess. And last night Jess snuck out the bedroom window. She has not come home.


The perfect choice for narrator, Caroline is the only character with access to everyone—their parents, Jess’s friends, and to Jess herself. And she’s a sweetie. New in town with few friends, she longs for white go-go boots, for the cool fashion of Courrèges and for Tony, Jess’s boyfriend, to hold her hand.


The book is set in Tucson, Arizona the year the Beatles broke open America. A naïf, Caroline’s innocence mirrors America’s circa 1964. Post Vietnam, Watergate, 9/11, Gulf Wars I and II, Black Lives Matter, San Bernadino, Paris and Brussels, it is hard to imagine such a trusting fifteen-year-old today. And that’s part of the allure of HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH, to visit (or re-visit) that time in our history.


Caroline believes she is partially to blame for her sister’s disappearance and she is disgusted with her parents, who argue and drink but fail to find Jess. So Caroline investigates. She teams up with charismatic Tony, Jess’s boyfriend, and asks questions of him and his friends. The answers she hears are hazy, confusing, even contradictory. Did Jess really go off to California in a red car with a strange boy? When kids said they saw her in the car, was she screaming or laughing? Is she really living in Redondo Beach?


Perhaps because Caroline is “drawn to things that were not what they appeared to be” she willingly suspends disbelief and is drawn deeper and deeper into danger.


Ross grew up in the Sixties and she based her novel on a real serial killer from that era, “The Pied Piper of Tucson.” (Joyce Carol Oates based her story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” on the same serial killer.) In Ross’s post for Dead Darlings, How the Pied Piper of Tucson Led Me to My Story, she writes that “[a]s an adult…I wondered if the feelings that drew Tucson teens to [the murderer] weren’t all that different from those ‘magical’ feelings of connection that drew me to my friends in the Sixties.”


Thankfully for readers, Ross stepped through that “small dark door” and wrote this haunting, suspenseful tale that won’t let you stop reading until the very last sentence.





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