From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Blaize Clement
Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter
Dixie Hemingway, no relation to the famous personage, is a pet sitter in the Keys of Florida. She was a former deputy until a personal tragedy derailed her calm and her career. Her brother and his partner are her support system. Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter and Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund are the first and second books in the series respectively. They are humorous reads and one can almost feel the caress of the ocean breezes and inhale the salty tang. Dixie, due to the murdered bodies she is uncovering in the course of her pet sitting duties, is slowly reawakened to the joys and awkwardness of life. She meets, over the corpses, two intriguing men. One is a detective and the other an attorney. Dixie communes with the animals and these undemanding creatures have allowed her space to heal. I cannot wait to read the continuing saga of Dixie and her pet sitting pitfalls.
From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Maberry, Jonathan
Rot & Ruin
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, is a great sci-fi novel about how humans would exist post-apocalypse. Benny’s earliest memory is of the First Night, when his brother Tom ran away with him, leaving behind his parents to be taken by zombies.
Now, fourteen years later, the two Imura brothers live in the village of Mountainside, where only a fence separates them from the Rot and Ruin, home of the zombies. Fifteen-year-old Benny now has to get a job in order to keep his food rations, and he finds one in the “family business” of bounty hunting. However, his entire view of the world is altered when he ventures into the Rot and Ruin for the first time with Tom. All of his heros aren’t who they seem and he realizes he is always in constant danger, both from zombies and people. All the while, this teen has to deal with his crush on his best friend and the loss of his parents. I would definitely recommend this book (9 out of 10 stars) because it has action, suspense, mystery, and romance all in one. So go out and read this book!
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Thurman, Rob
Blackout : a Cal Leandros novel
What would you do if you woke up on a beach littered with slaughtered giant spiders? Usually, this is a typical day for Cal Leandros but he doesn’t know who he is or where he is, he just knows that he is a killer. He begins to discover little things about himself and starts to create a new life until one day someone arrives in town who claims to be his brother and wants to take him home. This brother, Niko, is a stranger and home is a place where monsters live. Blackout is the sixth book in the series.
From Chloe Rafferty
author: Byars, Betsy
This book is about three children who are sent to a foster home. Their names are Charlie, Harvey, and Thomas J. It’s really hard for all of them at first. Carlie said they were all pinballs being bounced around. But later, as time went on, they realized that they aren’t pinpalls and they can SO control their own lives. all of them fight at first, but then treat each other like brothers and sisters. This book also gives us a taste of reality for some people.
From Jackie Cantwell
author: Schmidt, Randy L.
Little girl blue: the life of Karen Carpenter
This is an extremely well-written and well-researched biography of Karen
Carpenter, the singer of The Carpenters. Full disclosure: I grew up on
her music and to this day, when I hear her voice, I’m completely
transported to another place and time. Mr. Schmidt delved into the early
days of the group, with her brother, Richard. A biography of Karen is
also a biography of Richard, so inextricably were their professional and
personal lives entwined. Richard was immensely talented in music as a
child, so his mother Agnes nurtured that, and even relocated the family to
California to expand his opportunities. As it turns out, Karen was
talented as well, in drums and as a singer. Karen and Richard both
attended California State University at Long Beach, which contributed to
their early success. Laymen will learn a lot about the music business.
Readers will learn how Richard was adept as an arranger, composer and
pianist and how he was always on the lookout for songwriting talent.
Sadly, both brother and sister had turmoil in their personal lives. I
knew that Karen died from anorexia and laxative abuse, but she also abused two other substances as well. Highly recommended for a complete picture of a supremely gifted musician.
From Rosalia Milan:
This book was extremely interesting. Steve Almond basically visits several factories that are owned and run by regional candy makers. The descriptions of the candy’s themselves and the people he meets are extremely honest and captivating. Many of the stories regarding his childhood and candy disputes between him and his brothers are very amusing. Unfortunately towards the end of the book when Almond starts to theorize on his reasons for taking this trip, he goes into a depressed state discussing his own depression in a way that makes the reader (or me at least) get annoyed with his whininess. I didn’t read this book to listen to someone whine about miserable they are. Fortunately it really doesn’t last long and it’s only towards the very end.
In Bone By Bone by Carol O’Connell, two teenage brothers go into the woods, only one returns home. Twenty years later the other returns bone by bone. This chilling mystery keeps you guessing; there is an entire town of suspects, secrets and guilt.