Definitely messed up my weekly count this month! Six books again this week! My favourites were This Mortal Coil, Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic and The Magic Misfits. My least favourite was A Shadow Bright and Burning – soooo slow! But there were way more wins than losses!
This Mortal Coil – Emily Suvada (Australian author) (4 stars)
The twists, the turns! Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She is skilled at hacking into the body tech every human wears to enhance their DNA. And her dad is the top geneticist in the world. This is SUPER interesting – I love anything to do with genetics. There is a killer disease which is literally causing people to EXPLODE, and infect everyone in the radius of the blast. The biggest corporation in the world decides to snatch Catarina’s dad, leaving her to fend for herself in the craziness of the world. But then a boy comes to find her, a super-soldier. He tells her that she is the key to unlocking a vaccine to this dreadful disease, and convinces her to join him. But who can she trust? And what has her father been keeping from her? This book gripped me completely, and I couldn’t predict any of the amazing twists and turns! YAY!
Whimsy & Woe – Rebecca McRitchie, illustrated by Sonia Kretschmar (Australian authors) (3 stars)
This is what I wish A Series of Unfortunate Events could have been. Whimsy and Woe were abandoned by their thespian parents during a game of hide-and-seek. They are sent to live with their aunt, forced to work in her boarding house The Idle Slug. They are maudlin and miserable, until one day they discover the charred remains of a letter that sets them on a course to find their parents. This sets them off on a wonderful and wacky adventure to find their parents. It was darkly funny, but so much more entertaining than ASOUE! The ARC I read didn’t have illustrations, but I have seen some and they are SO NICE! The final version will also be hardcover which just makes it so much more appealing to me!
Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic – Armand Baltazar (4 stars)
In the spirit of, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Doldrums, this is a rollicking adventure story with beautiful illustrations! It is set in a totally unique world, mashing up time and history – this means that giant robots and dinosaurs can co-exist. IT WAS AMAZING. Diego’s dad gets kidnapped by some scary Roman warriors, and so he embarks on a journey to find him. Along the way, he meets pirates and forges close friendships. It’s a really fantastic book, and in the final version all of the illustrations will be full colour! It’s going to be INCREDIBLE!
A Shadow Bright and Burning – Jessica Cluess (2 stars)
This book was soooooo boring. It had a pretty cool idea – a female sorcerer in a world dominated by men. There has been a prophecy stating that a female is needed, and Henrietta Howel, a girl who can burst into flames, seems to be the answer. Only she doesn’t think that she is… So there is A LOT of insecurity… And then the love interests – there are TOO MANY! She is sent to live at her new teacher’s house, along with his other students, five or six boys. At least two of them are potential love interests, and then she has her oldest friend from childhood as well, who might potentially have a dark side… Could have been cool, but I WAS SO BORED THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH…
The Monkey’s Mask – Dorothy Porter (Australian author) (3 stars)
I first heard about this book through the ABC’s The Book Club. It was described as a lesbian detective story written in verse. I was pretty much sold. I loved it; it was creepy and marvellous and the characters were so twisted and screwed up. It was so interesting, though the ending did bother me quite a lot. I need my crime to be totally tied up, or I start freaking out about how dreadful the world is…
The Magic Misfits – Neil Patrick Harris (5 stars)
READ IT! It’s the tale of Carter, a street magician who runs away from his con-artist uncle. He meets an amazing group of friends, and together they work to take down a crew of crooked carnies. The cast of characters is incredibly diverse, the story is incredibly entertaining, and Neil Patrick Harris is a confirmed genius! It’s so good! 🙂 🙂 🙂 READ IT!