Tag Archives: Adventure

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

30 Jun

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By Kathy Reichs
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Sunnie is an ex-troubled kid, an ex-Army vet, an ex-cop and not the most pleasant to be around.  But, when she is dragged in to a case, she takes it strongly and personally.  There is a child, kidnapped and who-knows-what for the purposes of a fringe radical group.  It’s up to Sunnie, her twin brother, and the police on the job to find the child and stop the madness.  Only Sunnie’s constant anxiety keeps her alive.  Can she save the child?  Should she?

This is a fast-paced thriller with the interspersed vignettes that make little sense until you near the end of the book.  What is happening to the child?  Is it the vignettes?  Is it something else?

I had not read a novel by Kathy Reichs before and this certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.  While I’m now in high school, I don’t think I’ll purchase it simply because I’m not seeing those sort of thrillers moving in the checkout area.  I will be sure to recommend that students go down the block to the local library if its in their interest areas.

Recommended: Adult

 

 

 

 

Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee & Stuart Moore

31 May

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Zodiac Legacy: Convergence
Book One

By Stan Lee & Stuart Moore
Published: Disney Enterprises, 2015

Asian-American 14 year old Steven Lee is on a school trip to Hong Kong.  He hears his tour guide cry and follows her to secret cavern under the museum.  Steven finds himself in a the middle of an on-going war between Maxwell and the Vanguard versus Carlos and Jasmine involving the powers of the Chinese Zodiac.  Steven is a Tiger and indeed assumes the power of the Tiger.  Now he’s life is about to get interesting.  Now to find the others with the powers of the Zodiac.

The book zooms through fights, adventures, teamwork and keeps on going.  Some how, during the fights, no one is permanently hurt but the tension builds to a surprise ending.  Book Two: The Dragon’s Return is due out on October 27, 2015.

This book was on the end of the year Scholastic Book Fair.  The cover and inside drawings by Andie Tong draw you inside the book.  The name “Stan Lee” on the outside – THE Stan Lee of Marvel Comics – makes you take the book off the shelf.  But what made me purchase it might surprise you.  The inside book cover description says “And then there’s the Vanguard, the corrupt organization in the middle of a dangerous ritual to harness those powers.”  As a member of my school district’s Vanguard Team, that phrase alone made the book irresistible.  I’m torn as a reader between rooting for Steven and wondering if I’m a member of the evil, power-hungry Vanguard.  Fun!

Recommended:  Ages 8-13.