Beautiful Darkness April 29, 2013
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Virals by Kathy Reichs February 15, 2013
Tory Brennan, the fourteen-year-old grand-niece of famed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, has arrived in South Carolina to live with her father. A father she’s just met. Tory never knew her father until after her mother’s death. Kit didn’t even know he had a child until Tory arrived on his doorstep. But here she is.
Just like her famous aunt, Tory has a brain for science and a nose for mystery.
Exploring the grounds of a top secret medical experiment lab on the island, Tory and her three friends stumble onto Coop, one of the wolf-dog pups, caged for what looks like an experiment. Designated as having a type of parvo virus, the kids free the pup and flee. Haven’t they seen any of those end of the world virus movies? It always begins with the well-intentioned release of some infected animal. That’s not the case this time, but what Tory unleashes will definitely have consequences.
I don’t want to give away any more of the plot, but I will tell you Virals is a fast-paced thrill ride of a book. Mystery, science fiction, action…this one has it all. You’ll be on the edge of your seat, flying through the super short chapters. I began reading and looked up to find myself on page 200! No need to worry if you’re not familiar with Kathy Reichs’ other books. Virals is a strong stand alone novel. Fans of forensic mysteries, the Bones series and James Pattersons’ work are in for a treat. I welcome Tory Brennan and the rest of the Virals to the shelves with resounding applause. Look for the second book in the series, Seizure.
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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl February 12, 2013
Lena Duchannes is new in town and living with her uncle, resident hermit Macon Ravenwood. It’s not easy being accepted in small-minded Gatlin where daily life is dictated by the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Life-time resident, 16-year old Ethan Wate is drawn to the mysterious Lena. What is their connection? You have to go back 150 years to find out! And what is so different about the Ravenwoods? Lena’s 16th birthday is fast approaching, and things will never be the same.
Colorful extended-family members and a dog named Boo Radley add charm and depth. Homage to Anne Rice, Stephen King’s Carrie, and Harper Lee is appreciated by the eclectic reader.
First published in 2009, Beautiful Creatures is sure to generate a lot of hype as the long-awaited movie is about to be released.
Check this out in audio book or manga, gorgeously illustrated by Cassandra Jean.
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