7 days at the hot corner is not really a baseball book. When third baseman Scott finds out that his best friend since childhood, Travis, is gay, he doesn't handle the news well. In fact he does everything that a friend shouldn't do and it takes him the rest of the book to get his feelings figured out and start acting like a real friend. This was a great story about a topic that doesn't get much attention. Fast, easy to read, and well written, it confronts almost every prejudice dealing with homosexuality that has ever been verbalized. Highly recommended.
Extraction has some Hunger Game qualities; the Core and iits Developers are very similar to the Capitol, and the Earth levels are very similar to the Districts. It also has some Divergent similarities with Clem being allergic to the injection that subdues all of the extracted thus making her different from most of the citizens. Clementine is also a rebellious strong female who fights for the underdog even though she has a attained a better life for herself. I would have liked it more if it had been a stand alone title. I'm tired of series and felt that this one just went on a little too long. Having said that, I'll still be interested in reading book two which is sure to involve a reappearance of Sam and Commander Charlie, as well as hopefully Fred. I also predict that Marden will play a big role in the second book.
Fantastic books always flow through my brain like a blockbuster movie. The scenes and characters exist in full action cinematic splendour. After I've finished the book I have to work really hard to remember whether the plot is from printed pages or a visit to Cineplex. That's how I know when I've read something really REALLY good, and that's what happened to me with Love and Other Variables. I could cast the characters right now and have them practice my most vivid scenes; Charlie touching Charlotte's neck in the Krispy Kreme donut line, Greta walloping James after the bee scene, Charlie driving through Mrs. Dunwitty's garden, Charlotte and Charlie throwing mud at each other, the stargazing episode, the dancing in the rain scene, Charlie asking Becca if he can ask Charlotte out, the restaurant date...I could go on but I won't. This book is fast paced, heartbreaking, humorous,mathematical, delicious and wise all at once. I don't think I've ever said that I "loved" a book but I'm saying it now. It's full of metaphors and brilliance and maybe it's the teacher in me that loved Charlie and his logical math brain but found myself rooting for Ms. Finch... It doesn't matter. This book is FANTASTIC and I am exhausted from reading it because it grabbed hold of my heart starting with, "Beginnings are tricky things." I don't think I can even look at another book for a few days so you know how serious I am about the epic awesomeness of this story. Go now... buy, beg or borrow yourself a copy. You can thank me later. :-). Would love to hear from you when you finish it. I'm betting that this copy won't spend more than five minutes on our library shelf. Any takers?
(If I was an author I would hate to have MY book compared, even favourably, to another, but I would be remiss if I didn't say that this is a perfect selection for your readers who loved TFIOS. Sorry Shannon Alexander, but it is true.)
Jenna Strong, Mia Richardson, Jessica Stone, Jessica Denbrough...it's no wonder that Jenna has a hard time getting all of her memories straight. She's a threat to the Agency for Crime Investigation and Defense so they frame her for the murder of her parents and force her to undergo cognitive realignment which replaces the memories they want her to have instead of the real ones. When she is broken out of prison and set up with a new life in a modern version of a witness protection program the thing they intentionally forget to do is keep her in the loop and make sure she knows her purpose in their plan. When she gets identified accidentally while helping the son of the man who helped her escape from jail, she and Max are forced to go on the run and end up with a terrorist group determined to bring down ACID. When she refuses to be part of their plot, the leader, Jacob, turns her in to Acid who realign her brain once again. Won't spoil the ending. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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