Thursday, October 22, 2009

I finished one book last night and another this morning, so, instead of just two more reviews I am posting four! Yay!

Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

Kendra and Seth are still at their grandparents’ home. The Sphinx’s loyalties are in doubt. And, yet again, danger is lurking right around the corner. While Kendra goes on a mission with the Knights of the Dawn, Seth discovers a mysterious plague that is rapidly spreading throughout the creatures of Fablehaven.

Can the siblings help their grandparents save Fablehaven from complete destruction?

As with the previous installments of this series, Grip of the Shadow Plague is action packed and full of adventure. Even at 477 pages, it is a fairly quick read. I can’t wait for the next book to arrive at my library!

All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg

Matt’s Vietnam is not the one he learns about every month at the adoption agency. His Vietnam is full of smoke and bombs and fear. Matt struggles to find his place in his American home…in his American life, and to understand why his birth mother sent him there.

Set after the Vietnam War, this poignant tale is written in first person verse. A quick read and an excellent story.

Are these my basoomas I see before me? by Louise Rennison

Georgia is back for the tenth and final edition of her confessions. The fifteen-year-old is still stuck on the rack of love with lots of confusing decisions to make. Massimo, the Luuurve God, is her one and only….right? But what about saving her ex, Robbie, from the octopussy arms of the foreheadless Wet Lindsay? And then there is Dave the Laugh, who she has accidentally snogged a time or few…

I’ll admit that when I first started this book, I wasn’t too keen on the writing. Perhaps because it felt that it was the same story as the previous nine books. By halfway through, though, I was literally laughing out loud at Georgia’s misadventures in love and her general day to day antics.

Sacred Scars: A Resurrection of Magic, Book Two by Kathleen Duey

Continuing where the previous book left off, Sadima still hopes of escaping with the imprisoned boys (and Franklin), and Hapt is still struggling to survive. As with the first book, the chapters alternate between Sadima and Hapt.

As Hapt continues to learn magic, he struggles with the changes in himself and what he feels needs to be done. Even more, he struggles with the uncertainty of who can be trusted.

At first, when Sadima and the boys manage to escape, she is always on edge – fearing that Somiss will manage to find them. After several years pass, the fear becomes less, and they all begin to truly enjoy life.

Then Somiss comes and Sadima’s life is forever changed.

This installment is much longer than Skin Hunger (book 1). There are a few sections that seem to go too quickly, with years of Sadima’s life passing in just a few paragraphs, but overall the stories told are captivating. I need to see when the next book will be published!

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