Reviews by Brad B.
Non-Fiction for Teens With Some Action
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Tense, gripping, and even at times gruesome, this mystery has an extra punch from the fact that it's true. If you are looking for a great bit of historical non-fiction that reads as well as any fictional thriller then check this out. Chasing Lincoln's Killer chronicles the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth in all its harrowing detail. It's excellent as an audio book too with voice work by Will Paton.
Back From The Dead (in more ways than one)
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Green Lantern has gotten a huge revitalization from Geoff Johns over the last couple of years. Blackest Night is the culmination of all of that. It’s really like a fanboy’s dream, as hero’s come back from the dead, possessed, to fight their friends. It definitely has an "epic" feel, and the tension is high. Never did I think that Green Lantern might be as exciting as, say, a Batman story, but if you’re a comic book fan I suggest giving this a try. Also, if you're feeling up to it, read the Sinestro Corps War, Rage of the Red Lanterns, and Agent Orange before you dig into this one to get the full backstory.
Stand Out
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In the seas of paranormal romance out there, this one stood out to me. Despite the perhaps slightly overly melodramatic title, it’s actually got some depth as it explores what living forever might do to someone’s psychology. Nastasya, the main character, has to deal with her slipping humanity, and joins a sort of recovery program with a group of immortals under the tutelage of immortal instructors. She’s extremely likeably, in her “snarky, jaded, but still trying to do right” sort of way. There’s romance, of course, and magic, and plenty of suspense. Though, I’ll warn you this book is only the start of a trilogy and ends just as it really gets going.
Very Entertaining
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This is a good book for Twilight fans who are looking for something else to read.Yes, yes, maybe sometimes it does feel like it borrows a thing or two from the former, but Carrie Jones' Need is quite an engrossing page turner of its own. Well developed characters; clever chapter titles (each one is a different phobia); nicely plotted mystery; dangerous pixie king looking for a queen; girl befriended by a mysterious overprotective werewolf at school. All in all it's a very entertaining, quick little read for those looking for something supernatural.
An Overlooked Gem
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This is one of Patricia Mckillip’s overlooked books I feel like. It’s quick (only about 144 pages), but serves as a great little introduction to her…and it’s a beautiful read. A girl who has lost everything to the sea, including her fisherman father, curses the sea itself with hexes everyday and suddenly it appears to have taken effect. Strange things start happening, including a sea serpent on a chain rising from the deep, a magician for hire lurking about, and a forlorn king’s son mysteriously drawn to the water. This books has very creative fantasy elements, romance, and of course Mckillip’s signature lush lyrical prose, making it a joy to read.