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  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

    Posted by SUSAN SLOAN on 2/23/2020

    Four Dead Queens       

    Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte is a particularly quick read.  Four Queens, each in charge of a quadrant of the country of Quadara, live together in a palace to govern as one.  There is a plan to remove the queens and change the course of Quadara forever.  Enter petty thief and pickpocket Karelie and messenger Varin.  Each coming from a different quandrant and super judgey about each other's lifestyles.  These two unlikely allies come together to prevent the overthrow of the thrones.  Both hiding dark secrets that could derail their quest to save the queens.  Fast-paced, thrilling and action filled, this book will engage readers from beginning to end.

     

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  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

    Posted by SUSAN SLOAN on 7/21/2019

    Monster Orphan Spy

    After her mother is killed during an attempt to flee Nazi Germany, Sarah meets a mysterious man who changes the course of her life.  This deeply disturbing novel tells the tale of the length one might go to to in the name of patriotism.  Going undercover in an elite German all girl's boarding school to cozy up to the daughter of a high ranking Nazi Scientist - who just so happens to be making a devastating weapon, she puts her life on the line.  Just when you think thing are bad they get worse for Sarah as she stubbornly refuses to flee her country in the wake of the Holocaust.  This read is very fast-paced and references real life heroes and villains of the holocaust. I found myself wanting to explore some of the topics more on my own to find out what really happened. 

    A must read for anyone who has suffered a loss, been bullyed, felt betrayed, been the bystander, been a victim of racism, and oh so much more...

     

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  • The Supervillain and Me

    Posted by SUSAN SLOAN on 6/21/2019

    The Supervillain and Me

     

    The Supervillain and Me has a great subtitle:  Never Trust a Guy in spandex.  The subtitle is a clue into the off beat rom com feel to this story.  Key elements include:

    1.  Supers (Everyday folk who randomly develop powers and turn into Superheroes) are necessary to abate the rapid increase in crime.

    2.  Having an older brother who is one of those Supers can be just plain annoying.

    3.  Keeping said Super brother a secret from your best friend is more than awkward.

    4.  Falling for the new super hottie lead for the school play = awkward!

    5.  Thinking your new leading man is a Super turned Supervillain is very confusing.

    Filled with drama, action, comedy and romance this book has a bit of everything.  Although a bit predictable, the one is binge worthly and fun.  Highly recommended for those who want something sassy and sweet.

     

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  • #murdertrending

    Posted by SUSAN SLOAN on 6/19/2019

    #murdertrending .

     

    If you are looking for something that will keep you guessing until the very end, #murdertrending is the book for you.  Think of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None with a social media twist.  Serial killers "hunt" convicted criminals at Alcatraz 2.0 on a live streaming show in order to promote merchandise and increase their social media status.  There is no build up to the story.  The reader is plopped right in the thick of it. Great descriptions of the island and murder scenes help the story move along at a rapid pace.  Tweets from the outside world on the "feeds" give a glimpse of what the outside world really thinks about the show and adds to the enjoyment factor.  Solid read.

    Loved the nod to classic movies - Breakfast Club, Rambo, Die Hard, Dirty Harry and more -  and the references to old school horror flicks.  While this book does not leave you hanging with a true cliffhanger, the second book in the series is out in the fall.  Cannot wait to see what happens next....

     

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  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

    Posted by SUSAN SLOAN on 8/5/2018

    Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

     

    This novel is one of the most anticipated young adult books for this year.  So of course, I wanted to know what all the buzz was about!  There is quire a bit of genre bending with this novel.  Part historical (set in post US Civil War), part dystopian (there are zombies!), a little bit of romance (ahhhh!) and a whole lot of humor!  There is a bit of a train wreck vibe going on that sucks the reader right in, but it is the true depiction of ignorance, racism and slavery that really makes for a powerful read.  Set in an alternative history with a wise-cracking heroine as the lead, this a suspenseful and compelling read. 

     

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  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

    Posted by SUSAN SLOAN on 8/5/2018

    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

     

    I was looking for something that would pique my mystery interests.  I have read many mystery books and rarely make it to the end without having already figured out "who done it".  Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson is the first book in a mystery series that has me stumped.  I have some pretty solid guesses, but can't pinpoint exactly who I think the "bad guy/gal" is just yet.  I like that. 

     

    The story take place at a remote boarding school set up by a dead philanthropist who believed that students who showed promising skills in certain subjects (and not just your traditional school subjects) deserved the opportunity to hone those skills for free.  Stevie Bell is one of those students.  She is an old school crime buff.  She loves mysteries and true crime.  Well, she has come to the right place.  Shortly after Albert Ellingham set up this elite private school his wife and daughter were kidnapped.  His wife's body was found a few days later, but his daughter is still missing long after Albert Ellingham's own suspicious "accidental" death.  Between classes Stevie investigates this cold case on the grounds of where it all took place.  That is derailed, however, when the modern day body count starts to rise.....

     

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  • Scyth and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

    Posted by SUSAN SLOAN on 8/5/2018

    Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

     

    In this world, there is no aging, no disease, no poverty, an no war.  What could possibly be wrong with that?  Well, there are gleanings.  When the Scythe comes your time is up and there is no coming back.  It is humanities new way of population control.  Each Scythe determines the manner of gleaning and the is a quota to be met.  It is just the way it is.

     

    Citra Terranova and Rowan Damisch are chosen to become Scythe apprentices.  They have no choice in the matter.  Only one will make it through the rigorous training and the other will be gleaned. These two reluctant enemies have to figure out how to master the art of death  - their survival depends on it.

     

    These first two books in the Arc of Scythe series are amazing!  Rarely, the sequel surpasses the first novel and leaves the reader wanting more! Universal has picked up the rights to the first books.

     

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  • Winter by Marissa Meyer

    Posted by Susan Sloan on 1/17/2016

    Winter

     

    I finished it and it was amazing!  The final book in the Lunar Chronicles is over.  What a ride.  From beginning to end this series delivers a rapid paced retelling of many favorite fairy tales complete with strong female leads and dashing male support cast. Cyborgs, man-wolf hybrids, evil alien queen, mind-controlling assistants and many more interestingly engaging characters make this a thoroughly go-to-read-it-now set of books.  Coming in at 827 pages this book reads a quickly as 250.  Could Not Put It Down until the very end.

    Highly recommend this series!

     

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  • The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

    Posted by Susan Sloan on 4/3/2015 1:00:00 PM

     

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      "Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, Twylla isn't exactly a member of the court.

      She's the executioner." From Amazon.
       
      I was very intrigued by this opening description.  There are many books about girls hoping to be moved into the castle and win the heart of the handsome prince.  Twylla was forced to go to in order to save her younger sister.  She is shunned at court because her touch is lethal, and her only companionship is that of a loyal guard.  She was forced to kill the only person who dared to become her friend, so she doesn't try to seek companionship.  Her betrothed, Prince Merek, who is immune to her touch, is returning to the kingdom after an absence of several years.  Her old guard falls sick right after a new guard joins her security detail, and Tywlla begins to form a connection to him, causing the queen to ramp up to new levels of crazy. 
       
      I thought Twylla was a believable character, and her  hesitation over who to trust logical in the face of her circumstances.  She didn't hesitate to try to improve her situation and fight for herself.  I thought the world building was great and the story had twists I didn't see coming, which is always fun.  I hate seeing the ending coming from the third chapter! 
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  • Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

    Posted by Susan Sloan on 4/2/2015 1:00:00 AM
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    Infinite Sea is the second book in The 5th Wave series.  Boy, does it deliver.  Unlike many trilogy series the second book is well written and fast paced and is more than just a bridge between the first book and the last.  I would be a very happy reader if the final book is just as good. 
     
    In this book we find out the back stories of more of the central characters.  We already know about Ringer and Cassie, now we find out about Evan Walker and Poundcake.  Some pretty amazing side characters get introduced like Razor and Grace.  Oh, and we find out why the aliens didn't just eradicate the humans in the beginning....why there were  5 waves. Or did we....there is so much we haven't been told!  Waiting for the next book will be torture!
     
    Love found and love lost.  Hopes promise and failure.  Vincit qui patitur - He who endures conquers!
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