Staff Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Ever read a book that made you laugh at loud on nearly every page, and you feel like an idiot reading it in public because people might think you’re a little insane? Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of those books. As the title suggests, this is a book about a teenager, his sort-of friend Earl, and a dying girl.

Greg Gaines is a senior in high school, and he’s managed to get through the past few years by blending in with all the cliques and never getting too close to anyone. This is no easy feat; it takes hard work and constant vigilance to melt with ease through the various social groups. On his first day of senior year, he realizes that maybe all that hard work will pay off and his final year will be awesome. That is, until he gets home from school and his mom drops the bomb: a girl he went to Hebrew school with has leukemia and Greg should really spend some time with her. Thus begins the story of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Continue reading “Staff Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Aliens, Enemies and Secrets…Oh my!

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I must admit that I was very skeptical when this book was recommended to me….Aliens? Really?

My favorite genre is fantasy, closely followed by sci-fi, so there is no reason why this book would not appeal to me.  But I think I am just too used to reading about vampires and werewolves that for some reason aliens sounded far-fetched to me.  Go figure!

Contrary to my initial reaction, this book was awesome!  I sat and finished the second half of the book in one sitting because I could not put it down.  There are also 4 books in this series currently, so I cannot wait to pick up #2!  I loved the characters witty banter and complex relationship.  It was so refreshing to see a teen book where the main character did not immediately fall in love with a boy that she barely knew!  Below is a little teaser of the storyline to get you hooked: Continue reading “Aliens, Enemies and Secrets…Oh my!”

Win, Lose or Draw!

The Plague Year

by Edward Bloor

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Okay, so to start, let me just say that fantasy is usually my go-to genre.  Feeling adventurous one day, I decided to pick up this novel, a piece of literature that is realistic fiction.

Trying to get out of my comfort zone, this books looked like it might be a nice break from my regular reading.  This story is set in a small town in Blackwater, PA.  The story centers on Tom, a regular, run-of-the-mill  high schooler, who is actually kind of boring in my opinion.  The synopsis of the story on the book cover tells you that it’s about the drug Meth and how it will take over this small town that Tom lives in and turn its residents into “zombies.”  There is even a quote on the back of the book that read “I see walking death” that really caught my attention.   Sounds like a really interesting and compelling story, right??  WRONG!

This book was such a big disappointment to me.  I was excited in the beginning of the read at the prospect of a great depiction of drug use and its effects on people.  By the time I was 3/4 of the way through the book, Meth might have been mentioned 2, maybe 3 times in passing.  An example is when one of Tom’s teachers mentioned that this is a new drug in town called Meth….BORING!  I stopped reading the book at about the 3/4 mark because I was bored to death.  The characters were flat and dull, there was hardly any mention of the topic that the books was supposed to be centered around and the plot went nowhere.   Since this book was such a big disappointment….I’ll have to call it a LOSER!

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia….but she will have the chance to live a while longer.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.  She must learn about all known poisons by tasting them herself and experiencing their horrible effects.  To make sure she shows up to work everyday the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds Yelena a poison called Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

To get the whole story pick up this enticing read!