Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Reading TUMBLE & FALL by Alexandra Coutts on my iPad

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

THE FOX INHERITANCE by Mary E. Pearson - REVIEW


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Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.

Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.

Everyone except Jenna Fox.
Review:

NOTE: It isn't imperative that you read THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX before you read this book, but you might have a better understanding if you do.

Once upon a time, three friends, Jenna, Locke, and Kara, were in a terrible car crash. The accident left their bodies damaged beyond repair. For Jenna, the 18 months spent in a coma was miserable. Something she wouldn't wish on anyone - especially not her best friends. When Matthew Fox, Jenna's father and a brilliant scientist, discovered a way to save Jenna, it released her from the dark prison of her mind. Too bad Locke and Kara were left behind.

260 years later, Locke and Kara finally get their lives back. Living a privileged life on a giant estate, they have their every need taken care of, the finest clothes, the finest food, the best of everything. The only thing they don't have is their freedom. When Kara convinces Locke the importance of escaping they end up in a world they know nothing about. Their families are dead, their homes are gone, nothing is as it used to be. They have nothing and no one to help them - except Jenna.

The long overdue reunion between friends might not turn out like Locke hopes it will. While he has constantly thought of Jenna with love and affection, Kara hasn't. Kara has formed some deep feelings of rage and betrayal over being left in the digital limbo for 260 years. When Locke and Kara are separated while on the run from the scientist that brought them to "life," he fears the worst and is determined to reach Jenna first so he can attempt to calm Kara before she does something terrible.

THE FOX INHERITANCE is a wonderful sequel to THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX. I was lucky enough to listen to it on audio (thanks to Macmillan Audio) and enjoyed every minute of it. The narrator, Matthew Brown, does a great job of expressing Locke's feelings throughout the story. Poor Locke. He is totally in love with both Jenna and Kara. At times he can seem very weak as he himself talks about how he followed them around like a puppy before the accident. I love that Mary E. Pearson told this part of the story through Locke's eyes. Watching him grow and change from beginning to end was great. The final chapters of the books are very emotional and intense. I had tears in my eyes at the end (which can be dangerous when driving the car). THE FOX INHERITANCE is a story of friendship and sometimes friendship is the thing that gives you the strength to keep going.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and Catherine Hardwicke - REVIEW


Absolutely amazing! This re-envisioning of the classic fairy tale is captivating. Valerie lives with her family in an isolated village that has been held in the grips of fear for years. A werewolf has terrorized the village once a month since before Valerie can remember.  Each family takes turns providing an adequate sacrafice in order to keep the wolf at bay. When Valerie was seven-years-old and it was her family's turn to provide the animal, she slipped out of the house in order to attempt to rescue her precious pet goat from slaughter.  She came face-to-face with the beast instead.

Ten years later we find Valerie a bit restless with her surroundings, in a love triangle, and in the middle of a wolf rampage.  After her sister is murdered by the wolf during the Blood Moon, the village goes into a panic.  The local priest sends for support to help bring down the wolf. Once help arrives, the people in the village become suspicous of each other because they find out the wolf lives among them as human during the day and becomes the beast during the full moon.

Who is the wolf? Who can Valerie trust? Should she marry Henry, the weathy young man she is betrothed to or should she throw caution to the wind and run away with Peter even though he is hated by everyone in the village?

RED RIDING HOOD is a wonderful mix of new and traditional story elements. The reader will hang on every word of the wonderful narrator, Erin Moon. In addition to the narration, a beautiful score is included during pivotal moments of the story.  I can't wait to see the movie.