{mini}Book Review #1

{mini}Book Review is a weekly meme hosted here at The Book Curmudgeon and focuses on reviewing books from the past.  This can be an old favorite,  a book read in quick abandoned passion (i.e. read too quickly to fully review) or a hidden treasure that should see the light of day.  Everyone is welcome to join in at any time!


 

The Dead and Gone

Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event–an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.

With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities. {goodreads.com}

My thoughts:

I love this series. It was truly one of the first dystopian novels that I read. However, this installment was a bit redundant to its predecessor: Life as We Knew It. It was essentially the retelling of Life as We Knew It, but from a male perspective. That being said, I still recommend not only reading this addition to the series, but to read the entire series, as they truly are a great example of true dystopia.

Midnight Crossroad

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawn shop (where someone lives in the basement and runs the store during the night). There’s a diner (although those folk who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident: Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

If you stop at the one traffic light in town, then everything looks normal. But if you stay a while, you might learn the truth…{goodreads.com}

My thoughts:

I loved this story, and was excited that Charlaine Harris was finally going to write something that had absolutely nothing to do with Sookie (insert terrible southern accent). I loved the characters, they were all kooky and very well-rounded. I liked that Harris created a main character that was not a woman, and that although Harris wants the reader to believe that Manfred is the main character, all the characters are truly main characters, as they all take a part in telling the story.

I also loved that Harris is pulling characters from two of my favorite series: The Harper Connelly series and The Lily Bard series. I cannot wait to see what Harris has in store for us with this new series!

The Glass Demon

Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land—Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact. The medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass is believed by some to be lost, by others to have been destroyed, and by virtually all to be haunted. A mysterious letter persuades Dr. Oliver Fox that he can be the one to find it—but someone else is determined to ensure that the glass stays hidden forever.

First, an elderly stranger is found dead in an orchard, then one of Oliver’s contacts is mysteriously drowned—both bodies inexplicably surrounded by shards of colored glass. As dark superstitions simmer, Lin embarks on her own search to find the glass. As her life comes to resemble the grimmest of fairy tales, she realizes that what she must find is not only the truth about the legendary glass but a way to save the lives of those she loves. {goodreads.com}

My Thoughts:

If you love a good mystery with a paranormal twist then this story is for you. I absolutely loved the old world feel of this story. A small hamlet has been tormented by this great monster, only to be interrupted by the new world family who do not understand that old things are best left undisturbed. Lin is a wonderful character who takes her inner strength and growing friendship with Michel to solve a hundreds year old mystery. If you like old world charm, true mystery, and paranormalcy then The Glass Demon  is the book for you.

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