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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

In YA Book Reviews on June 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I was not into this book, but here is another blogger’s review of the book:


Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

In YA Book Reviews on June 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

This is the first in a trilogy, so be forewarned. The story centers on Gwen,a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in London and comes from a family where certain members get the special gene that enables them to time-travel. Everyone is under the impression this gene bypassed Gwen and and was given to her “perfect” cousin Charlotte. That ends up not being the case, and the plot thickens. There is a secret society involved and a lot of mystery going on. The plot really started getting interesting just as the first book ended, so I feel the need to read on. I did like the main character. She had some great lines and she had spunk, as they say, though it was a bit of a stretch to think of her as a 16-year-old. She struck me as acting closer to a 12-year-old. The book was translated from the German and a movie is being made even as we speak. So, it is a very popular book. I thought it was a good read, but not particularly engaging (enough though, that I am interested in the finishing the series). I think this book is likely more appealing to girls. There are few action scenes, so, other than time traveling, there isn’t much to keep boys interested.

Other reviews of this book


Peter and the Starcatchers (Starcatchers Series #1) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson

In YA Book Reviews on June 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Peter and the Starcatchers (Starcatchers Series #1) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson

This is the first in a series that serves as a prequel to the classic novel Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. It is a long book (over 400 pages), but,with its many relatively short chapters, it is an easy read. However, with the cliffhangers ending each chapter, it is not easy to put down. The characters are truly characters, in every sense of the word. Boys will especially appreciate the gross details of the stinky pirate. It has an engaging plot involving the young Peter Pan before he got his special powers. He, along with a group of other orphans, is sailing to a questionable future with a cruel king, when he gets involved with a girl on the ship, a mysterious trunk, and the pirates who are after the trunk. I am fascinated with the back story on Peter Pan and getting answers to those burning questions that have haunted me for years – how he got the power to fly, who are the Lost Boys and how did they end up in Never Never Land, and much more. All in all, a good read, especially if you are already a fan of Peter Pan.

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

In YA Book Reviews on June 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Some books are plot driven, but this book is more character-based. And there are some definite characters in this book – Addie, Mommers, and the quirky people who run the minimart across the street. Addie’s family life has never been what she would call “normal”. Her mom is unreliable, all or nothing, excited about a new business venture one day, chain smoking in front of the TV the next. And sometimes Mommers leaves for days at a time. Addie’s ex-step-father Dwight looks out for her as best he can. He lives with her two half-sisters in another town and though Addie loves him and he loves her, he can’t get custody because he’s not blood related.

Addie manages to cope fairly well and has the most amazing positive attitude. She’s learned to cook with whatever groceries Mommers leaves for her, dividing up the food to stretch it as long as possible. Although she has dyslexia, she works hard at her school work and her music. She keeps a vocabulary notebook, yet seems to think that she doesn’t have the “Love of Learning”. But as long as Addie can remember, she’s just been getting by, taking each day as it comes… and always, always waiting for normal. She’s tenacious and full of life, despite the obstacles in her path. For those looking to read a book with a main character you’ll love to get to know and a handful of interesting secondary characters, this book entirely fits the bill.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

In YA Book Reviews on June 3, 2013 at 2:35 am


This Newberry Honor historical fiction book takes place in the Depression Era, definitely an era where times were tough, but so is Turtle, the narrator of this story. Her mother is a housekeeper, and when she takes a job with a woman who does not like kids, she sends her daughter to her sister’s family in the Florida Keys – relatives Turtle has never met. Florida’s like nothing Turtle’s ever seen before. It’s hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure and a surprise run-in with Ernest Hemingway! Before she knows what’s happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she’s spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Filled with adventure, humor and heart, Turtle in Paradise is an enjoyable read that both boys and girls with like.