Friday, May 31, 2013

SR--Timekeeper by Alexander Monir

Timekeeper is a sequel to Timeless and is about Michele, a young girl who found out that she is part of a special group of people who can travel through time.  However, she learns much more as she finds her father's journal in an attempt to save her life.

Okay, I better back up...Rebecca Windsor lived in the late 19th to early 20th century, but she is haunting her descendants in an attempt to get even with Irving Henry.  Irving Henry is the father of Michele, and Rebecca has vowed to get even with Irving Henry by erasing all traces of him including Michele.  Michele must figure out what happened between Irving and Rebecca in just 7 days because that is the amount of time that Rebecca must be in the current time period for 7 days before she can fully materialize.

As if that is not enough for Michele to deal with, the love of her life shows up at her high school--but they fell in love in 1904.  She knows that it cannot possibly be the same person, but she cannot focus on anything until she figures that out either.

So...Michele must figure out why Rebecca wants to kill her, how her father got his gift, what her gift is, and who this boy is that just appeared one day at her high school bearing a striking resemblance to her love from the early 20th century.

It is a quick read and definitely a page turner. Now, I must warn you that I usually love a good romance, but this one is a bit sappy even for me.  That being is still what I would consider a good read.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

When I started reading this book,  I could not put it down.  It was wonderful except for the ending--but I will get to that.
Cinder is a teenage mechanic who is well known for being the best mechanic in town.  As you can probably guess from the name, she is similar to another famous literary character who has an evil stepmother and stepsisters.  Cinder is a bit different in that she has synthetic parts including, you guessed it, one of her legs that later on will be significant at a ball.  Hmmm...are you with me?
Of course, Cinder is working hard one day when an attractive young man walks in with something for her to fix.  He is the prince who will one day be taking over the throne.  There are some sparks between them, but Cinder does not want him to find out about her true identity.  Will she go to the ball and fall in love with the prince and live happily ever after?  You will have to read to find out the interesting twists and turns in this new take on an old story.  Oh, about the ending that I mentioned just ends with me dying to read the next in the series.  Which is titled Scarlet.

SR--Legend by Marie Lu

Well, so many people had been telling me to read this book that I put it to the top of my stack and read it over the weekend.  It was rather good, but I have to admit that it was really similar to another dystopian trilogy I just finished.  That being said--it was a good read.
There are 2 main characters--June and Day.  They are from different social classes but both of them are looking to survive amidst war and grief in their personal lives.  June is the prodigy who made a perfect score on her qualifying test while Day supposedly failed his.  June has been sent to the best school and even after she has a personal tragedy is expected to find the Republic's worst criminal.  Day is a renegade because he failed his test and bad things happen to the ten year olds who do not pass the test.  You guessed it--Day is the renegade that June must find and bring to justice.  She does indeed bring him to justice, but it is not exactly what she envisioned.
The book has many nuances that I appreciated including allusions to present United States as well as the weaving of the different characters' stories.
This one definitely falls under the GOOD category.  I highly recommend reading this one, and in fact, I plan to pick up the sequel--Prodigy--as soon as possible. For your enjoyment--here is a video to give you more of the story.

Friday, May 24, 2013

SR--The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Well, I should have realized that by the title this was not a complete stand alone book.  In other words, there was a book before this one.  Yikes!  However, I still got the gist of the novel.  I enjoyed it quite a lot, so let me tell you a bit about it.  Ginny receives 13 blue envelopes in the mail from her aunt that died from cancer.  These envelopes lead her on an adventure in Europe that also affords her the opportunity to meet some rather interesting characters.  She even meets and has a relationship with a certain young man.  She has one more envelope left, and she decides to take a swim in Greece.  Ginny and her friend leave their belongings with some Greek boys--hmmm...sounds like trouble.  Well, you guessed it her bag was taken and along with it all of the envelopes.  She does not get to find out what her aunt has left in store for her.  Now, that all happens in the first book.

Finally, up to the second book--the one I actually read...the last little blue envelope.  Ginny receives an email telling her that someone accidentally got possession of her letters.  He offers to meet her to give them to her. Ginny is excited and makes plans to go to Europe for Christmas and spend it with her aunt's husband.  She also hopes to meet up with her love interest.  She can hardly wait to see what is in store for her.  However, when she meets the boy who has the letters, she gets more than she bargains for and she is in for another adventure.  Interesting read about life not always being what you expect.

I do recommend this one as a GOOD read.

Here is a quick video for both books.