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The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.

Goodreads Summary


Amy Lennox, the main character, literally lives my dreams. When her mother and her head back to where her mom's family resides, she discovers that she has the ability to jump into a story and watch the action unfold (even talk to the characters!). As Amy becomes more and more comfortable with her jumping abilities a dangerous presence is slowly leaching the life from the books and damaging them. Amy must find who or what is causing all the harm in her beloved book world. 

Amy's character is so-so. I like her for her bookish ways, but I didn't like how she seemed to have no confidence in herself. I wish she was a little less stereotypical mousy. Will and Betsy are brother and sister and book jumpers, as well. Will is a little stand-offish and Betsy is stuck up. The pair act slightly as antagonists. I wish the characters were a little more fleshed out and likable. The plot was fast-paced and the book could easily be finished in less than a day if the reader is as excited about the story line as I was. I liked the setting and the descriptive writing style of the author. Teens/young adults/adults will find this book an absolute joy to read.

4 Stars

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Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie

Monday, January 9, 2017

A teen enters a reality TV dance competition to win money that’ll allow her to finally escape her small hometown, where she and her sister must live with the repercussions of their unstable runaway
mother.

Goodreads Summary

I personally love dancing/gymnastics/sports books. I was pretty excited to read Spin the Sky because it combined dancing with competition. Magnolia, the main character, enters a competition with her best friend George and their friendship is tested as obstacles and personal issues come up. Magnolia's favorite thing to do in the world is dancing. She feels happy, free, and beautiful when she dances. There was a lot of drama in this book to the point of it almost being on the edge of too much, but, at times, the drama kept my attention. The overall tense feel of the book also kept the book moving along at a fast-pace.

Magnolia's character was so-so for me. I didn't particularly love her, but I didn't dislike her either. I loved her as a dancer and I loved her poise and slight delicacy. She was a little too competitive for the wrong reasons and sometimes I felt like her and the other characters could care less about anyone else. I liked the lyrical writing style and how the book felt "floaty" in many areas. The dialogue was snappy and fun. This book would be a fun read for young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Friday, January 6, 2017
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Goodreads Summary

I expected to like this novel much more than I actually did. Don't get me wrong; the world-building and fantasy was there, but I had a really hard time connecting to the characters (maybe the highly unusual  names with no history/real background attached to them or the characters?). Cyra and Akos are enemies by culture. They have currentgifts that do not seem useful at the moment to either of them in particular other than they can be used to benefit other people (sometimes negatively). Cyra's gift is particularly cruel. She can torture and kill someone just by touching them. Her brother uses her currentgift to his advantage more often than not with no regard for Cyra. Akos's touch soothes Cyra's constantly painful existence, but she does not like or want to be dependent on someone to stop the pain and, initially, he isn't too fond of helping. 

Ryzek is Cyra's cruel and hardened brother. He caustically uses Cyra for his own personal gain and maintains an iron fist leadership role. I almost felt like he was the most developed character in the novel though I know that is not what Roth was going for. He had few redemptive factors and seemed almost psychopathic in his inability to care for his sister. The overall setting was interesting. I believe the book was meant to be set in space, but I could easily see the plot unfolding pretty much anywhere with two dueling groups of people. I liked how fast-paced and unusual the novel was. I did not feel like I was reading yet another sci fi book. The novel does fit the novel young adult genre, but I think adults could read it and enjoy the book just fine. I wish the relationships between each character were a little better developed, but I enjoyed it all the same.

4 Stars


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