Monday, April 16, 2012

Agartha's Castaway by Chrissy Peebles

This is a delightful romp into what could be.  Even though it was all explained eventually it was nice to explore a world of possibilities as the characters moved from reality to could it be true to that’s impossible.  I very much enjoyed the journey with them and was sad when it ended.

As an adult reader, however, I found the constant bickering between the boys became annoying beyond belief.  As a teen reader, I would probably have found it cute.  Peebles did an awesome job of portraying teens as they are at their most annoying and it defiantly brought out the mother in me in that I wanted to smack their heads together!  I’m not sure, though, that I would change anything.  Maybe tone it down a bit or let them grow up a little.  After everything they go through I would think they would get some level of maturity.  Maybe.

I very much enjoyed reading this book with its twists and turns, constant adventure and even the time I wanted to smack those boys for being so immature!  This is a definite must read.

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Secret Lives of the Unemployed by Liz Bartucci

The style of this book was unique.  You don’t find many books that are written first person diary form anymore.  But even saying that, it wasn’t quite like that either.  At first I thought it was just a poorly written manuscript and that it bounced around.  Then I realized it was done that way on purpose to draw the audience into the life of the characters and make them your best friend.  It worked.

I suffered along with the characters and enjoyed every minute of it.  Been there, done that came to my head a lot.  But she handled things way different than I would have which sometimes put me against her.

At times I had trouble staying with this book but wanted to see how it would end, as apparently the author did!  I found some profound dialog and some that made no sense at all.  But all the way, I felt it was a believable story and one that most of us that have suffered unemployment have experienced.  I wouldn’t take this as a story that happens to everyone but it has association points and for that it’s a good read.  

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Fall Leaves and the Black Dragon by Erik Gustafson

I had a hard time getting into this story.  At first it seemed like the normal (if there is such a thing as normal) boy meets world type of book.  As the book progressed it became apparent that was not the case.  At first I thought most of his ‘dreams’ were symbolic and I was just about to put the book down and send the author a note saying I was sorry but this wasn’t the type of book I first thought and that I couldn’t review it for him.

However, as I made my way further into the book I realized I was very wrong.  And I got hooked on trying to figure out the mystery along with the characters.  Typically I don’t devote this much time to a single book because I have so many I’ve committed to reading, but there was something about the characters that kept bringing me back.

Maybe it was the sense of mystery from the beginning that kept gnawing at me to figure it out, I don’t know.  I do know the story is very well written and the end is more than suspenseful and definitely becomes a page turn about half way through.  But don’t neglect the first of the book, either, because you have to read that part to know who to champion! 

Reviewed by Sue Owen