Posts Tagged ‘mystery’


Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Deathmatch Vol. 1Deathmatch Vol. 1

Imagine a whole world of superheroes and villains abducted by a mysterious power and forced to fight one another to the death until only one person survives. This is the essence of Deathmatch. While it is an extremely fun to see these characters fight it out one on one I found the that the mystery of the abductions and the strong characterization of this cast to really make this a must read for me.

On one hand comic of this type need to present characters we are familiar with (like Superman) but have them different enough so as not to infringe copyrights. That way we as readers can pretend we are reading a story where Batman fights Spider-Man to the death.

On the other hand these comics need something more than just this fan service; they need a depth to give these fights an emotional depth. Jenkins and Magno do amazing work filling us in on the continuity of this superhero universe: about the great fights, crossovers, and who is an archenemy of who while also showing the characters depth and despair through their faces and actions.

If this sounds like something you would like than I highly recommend this book. It is appropriate for ages 14 and up only because it obviously has its fair share of violence.

Period 8: A Review by Daniel

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Period 8 by Chris Crutcher

Period 8 follows a group of students who attend Mr. Logsdon’s (Logs) class known as Period 8. In Period 8 students can eat lunch, talk with one another, discuss issues and do whatever else they want as they are keeping it real and honest. The main character of the story is Paul Baum, and is known as “Paulie Bomb” by his peers for his strong physique, charming personality and his relationship with the equally charming Hannah. Paulie and Hannah’s powerhouse relationship ends after he cheats on her with another girl. Hannah thinks that Paulie is just like his father (constant adulterer in a struggling marriage) and ends their relationship. This is only the beginning of strange and upsetting events in Paulie’s life; Mary, the top student in the class has disappeared from school and home, Paulie’s best friend “Stack” has been acting very strange, and Mary’s family seems to be having strange secrets within their household. Paulie is on the verge of going crazy with the mass hysteria going on in his town. The only things that are keeping him sane are his nightly swims with his teacher/mentor Mr. Logsdon and their Period 8 class. Paulie thought nothing worse could happen to him than his break up with Hannah, but soon he finds out he could not be more wrong; after Mary returns from her strange disappearance there appears to be something wrong with her, very wrong, which raises suspicion of her, other classmates and other members of the community. Before too long Paulie, Mary, Hannah and the rest of period 8 will find themselves in more trouble than they could have ever imagined.

Period 8 is a well written story with very realistic feeling characters and a story line that sucks the reader into the book immediately. The main character Paulie is easy to like and almost seems too good to be true at certain points in the novel. The story goes along at a solid pace keeping the reader interested and builds suspense as it goes along. The main action in the story comes almost out of nowhere; the action feels rushed and ends before the reader even knows what happened. There is some adult language, sexual activity and drug use, but very little. The book jumps around from characters point of views from time to time but outside of this the story is very easy to follow and is a quick read. I would recommend this book to a high school, maybe even a later (16+ year old) audience. Not because of the little amount of language or sexual activity but because older high school students will be able to have a much better understanding of the main characters and their relationships, thus making it a much more interesting story to the reader.

Etiquette & Espionage

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Sophronia is more a tomboy than a young lady and young girls simply do not climb and explore in Victorian Age England. That’s why her mom wants to ship her off to finishing school. However the school that is interested in Sophronia wants her exactly for the talents she already has: getting into and out of trouble. This school is actually a training ground for lady spies. Sure they will learn to curtsy, but they will also learn to throw a knife. :)

Gail Carriger is an excellent author and she brings a sharp wit to this alternative history/steampunk adventure story. It is set in the same universe as her Parasol Protectorate series (marketed for adults but appropriate for ages 14 and up). So expect vampires, werewolves, fashion, and all sorts of clockwork creatures.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Its funny, suspenseful, and such an enjoyable romp in a highly creative narrative world. If you need something different definitely give this new series a try! Its appropriate for all ages.

Beautiful Creatures

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan is just a normal boy who suffers from abnormal nightmares. He is always dreaming of a girl who he is trying to save. When he wakes up his dreams leave a physical manifestation, for instance he will be covered in mud or soaked in water. He tries to ignore what is going on but he cannot; since the girl in his dreams happens to be Lena, the new girl at school.

Soon they begin a romance together and Ethan learns that Lena is a caster, someone who has supernatural abilities. History calls them witches but casters prefer not to use that term. He also discovers that Lena will either become a dark caster or a light caster, evil or good, when she turns sixteen later n in the year.

Can Ethan and Lena uncover the mystery behind her caster family? And if they do will they survive?

Beautiful Creatures is a great Twilight alternative. It has everything that series doesn’t: plot and character development, as well as a better romance. However this book is long at times and drags a bit in the middle. If you need a new supernatural romance you can’t go wrong with this series. It is appropriate for ages 14 and up because of the intensity of angst filled love. ;)


Monday, February 11th, 2013

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Dodger is a young man in Victorian age London. He lives life as a tosher, a person who explores the sewers for lost jewelry and coins and who isn’t above a little bit of thievery when it’s needed.

One night, as Dodger emerges from the sewers, he notices a pair of men beating up a young woman. He quickly comes to her salvation and beat the bad guys until they run away. However this event is noticed by another pair of men, who turn out to be well to do and just want to help. One of the men goes by the name of Charles Dickens. They set up the young girl at one of the houses and proceed to ask Dodger everything he knows about the event.

Soon Dodger is covertly working for Mr. Dickens to get to the bottom of why someone would want to attempt to murder this young woman. Dodger is definitely up for the task, he has all the skills he has learned from a lifetime on and below the streets of London. However what he doesn’t know is that he will have to deal with some of London’s finest. Learning manners, and being clean may just be what gets Dodger in the end. :)

Dodger is a fun historical fantasy; part detective story, part thriller. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs some excitement in their lives. It is appropriate for all ages.