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review 2017-10-01 16:20
Youth - Isaac Asimov Youth - Isaac Asimov

 

Loved it! Such a great short story.

I loved the changing perspectives of the narration. The story progresses from multiple points of view, leading to a great twist.

A perfectly entertaining story for Asimov fans. 

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review 2017-09-18 00:44
Hunter and the Grape by Eoin C. Macken - My Thoughts
Hunter and the Grape - Eoin C. Macken

I do love Eoin Macken's writer's voice.  He has lovely turns of phrase and a thoughtful way of seeing things that verges on the poetic at times.  Which shouldn't suprise me, he does write poetry. 
I loved Eoin' s first book, Kingdom of Scars, and was looking forward to reading this, his next offering.  Now these books are not in genres that I often, if ever, read.  Gonna be honest, I read the first one because I love Eoin on TV and was curious.  I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the man could write!  And write well! 

So, Hunter and the Grape.  I didn't love it as much as I loved Kingdom of Scars, I will admit.  This time, the hero is a little older - he's eighteen and his life just totally sucks.  He leaves home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, meets up with a girl and the adventure begins.  This book would make a terrific movie.  I found it reminiscent of My Own Private Idaho, Heathers, Beautiful Thing and What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Reading this book made me wish I was 16 again.  Not because I want to live my life over or anything, but because then I could enjoy this book totally and fall in love with Cat/Hunter, the main character and wish I was Grape.  They're so screwed up, but not.  They get into so much trouble and then get out of it.  They can make $87 stretch FOREVER. 

It's a beautifully written book.  I love Eoin's words.  This is YA literature, in my humble opinion.  :)

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review 2017-04-02 02:45
THE KNAVEHEART CURSE by Adele Griffin
The Knaveheart's Curse - Adele Griffin
  Maddy and her family are hybrid vampire-fruit bats who are trying to become fully human and have moved to the New World. Unfortunately the 9th Knaveheart has followed them and is trying to find its heir so it can retire. Maddy must be on her toes so the 9th Knaveheart does not succeed.

This was fun. It can be read as a standalone. I loved Maddy. She is everything a pre-teen should be including being a vampire. She is sarcastic, snarky, and funny. She still holds onto some of the vampire ways but is trying to fit in. Her family is different. I enjoyed her brother. The two are what siblings should be.

The story was fun as Maddy met some otherworldly creatures. It is up to her to save the day and protect the Knaveheart heir from coming to fruition. I have got to find the first book in the series and I hope there are more books to come.
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review 2017-04-02 02:07
MY LIFE AS A CARTOONIST by Janet Tashjian
My Life as a Cartoonist - Janet Tashjian,Jake Tashjian
  I enjoy this series as it follows Derek on his junior high adventures. This time Derek is leading a cartoon club at school. A new kid transfers into his school and makes Derek's life miserable. If Derek retaliates he looks like the bad guy. Derek and Umberto have to come to a compromise over their problem.

I like Derek. The drawings are still in the margins for words he does not understand. Sometimes their definitions are broad but make the point. I enjoy learning more about capuchin monkeys and how they are used as animal assistants for people with disabilities. Bullying is the topic but it is not preachy about it. It does show how bullies come in all shapes and sizes and how perceptions come into play. I was on Derek's side the whole way but since he was always caught retaliating or getting mad I could see where the other people were coming from.

I hope there will be more books in this series because it is one of my favorite youth series.
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review 2017-02-21 03:25
LUNCH LADY AND THE CYBORG SUBSTITUTE by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute - Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Lunch Lady turns out to be a superhero.  She is discovered by some students when something is not adding up with a substitute teacher.  Lunch Lady wants to know what is up. 

 

This was clever and fun.  It was different and I want to know what happens in this series.

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