Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Books Recently Read

Chasing Luck (A Serendipity Novel, #1)Chasing Luck by Brinda Berry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Malerie is a young lady who knows a lot about loss. When she was seven, she survived a bombing that killed her mother and hundreds of other people. As a recent high school graduate, she watches her beloved uncle get gunned down at a restaurant. One of her uncle’s business associates hires Ace, a twenty-something entrepreneur, to be her bodyguard. As Ace takes care of Malerie, he realizes that she’s both strong and innocent, and that the bloodshed is not over. Someone is after her…both of them since he’s now a part of her life. A sweet romance may or may not happen during all of the suspenseful tumult that surrounds them, and it is fun to watch how things develop.

 Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alongside Captain Underpants, George and Harold face the menacing Turbo Toilet. Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold—the results of a time travel snafu—also get involved. As you can tell from the cover, the Turbo Toilet is a fierce creature. The book is filled with non-stop action and humor. This is such a fun read. I’m glad I had a chance to read it through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.

 The Hero in YouThe Hero in You by Ellis Paul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This children’s book has an amazing array of heroes—historical figures who changed the world around them, with their contributions felt to this day. The author encourages readers to find the heroes inside themselves. The illustrations are colorful and spectacular.

 GhostingGhosting by Edith Pattou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At first, I put this ebook down after reading about 10%. I couldn’t get into it. Then when I went to look at the early reviews, which were 4 and 5 stars, I wondered if I should give the book another try. What a surprise this novel-in-verse ended up being.

A group of friends do something crazy on a dare. They go to a ghost house. Imagine desiring a night of spooky fun with your friends, something insanely dangerous happens instead, and everyone ends up fighting for his or her life. That’s what happens in this novel. By the time I hit 40% of the e-ARC, I was invested in the story. Past the midpoint, I couldn’t put the book down.

The multiple points of view were a bit confusing until I got used to them. I enjoyed the teen characters, their voices, and their personal struggles. I’m glad I finished this YA novel despite my initial reservations. I read this via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.