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Sunday, October 26, 2014

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga



Release Date - April 2013

Barry Lyga
Little Brown

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

I am so glad I stumbled onto this series. It's creepy and definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. I Hunt Killers is the first in the Jasper Dent series, and I can't wait to read the others.

Jasper "Jazz" Dent spent much of his youth being trained to follow in his father's footsteps. His father's choice of career, however, wasn't one that would win friends. His father was a serial killer who has now been behind bars for many years.

When a woman is murdered in Jazz's town, he knows the townspeople will start suspecting him. The truth is that Jazz wants to be of use to the police. He knows how killers think, and he feels that makes him incredibly useful. He's convinced this murder is the work of a serial killer, but he's having a hard time convincing them.

Every word in I Hunt Killers had me mesmerized. Police have a hard time taking Jazz seriously, he is after all only 17, but his insight is pretty intriguing. His character also has a bit of a struggle as he tries to recall some of his earliest memories, but he's blocked them out and fears his long-missing mother may have been one of his father's victims.

 While the book is marketed as a young adult mystery/crime novel, I found it very enjoyable as an adult. I think this is a great book for any fan of serial killer/murder mystery stories. The writing is crisp, the plot moves quickly, and the story is creepy without being excessively gory. It's a thumbs up read in my opinion!




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia



Release Date - October 2013

Kami Garcia
Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Unbreakable reminded me of a cross between Sleepy Hollow and Supernatural. It's addicting!

Kennedy Waters and have mom have handled life just fine since Kennedy's father walked away from the family a number of years ago. Things take an odd and then downright tragic turn after Kennedy heads to a local graveyard to find her runaway cat. The cat begins acting odd after that, but things worsen when Kennedy's mother is found dead. Kennedy is now alone.

That's just the beginning of the weird changes in Kennedy's life. On her last night in her home, she awakens to find her cat sitting over her, possessed by a demon that wants her dead. If it wasn't for the intrusion of Lukas and Jared, twin brothers and demon hunters, Kennedy may not be alive. She soon learns she's the missing part of the Legion that Lukas, Jared, and two other teens have been trying to locate. These five teens need to find the missing disks to a device that is supposed to defeat evil. Each of the disks is guarded by a ghost who definitely does not want to give it up.

I quickly became addicted to Unbreakable. I happen to be a fan of the earlier years of Supernatural, and Jared and Lukas reminded me a bit of Sam and Dean. The quest to find the missing disks also reminded me a bit of Sleepy Hollow, another show I liked until the end of the season. Having the blend of those two shows was a nice treat for a rainy fall day. I read it in one sitting.

Having finished it, however, I am more than eager to read the next book in the series. I hate waiting to find out what happens next, which is why I prefer when an entire series is released in a boxed set or one large compilation. The next story has just come out though, so I'll be eager to get my hands on a copy.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cool Cars by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker



Release Date - October 28, 2014

Tony Mitton
Ant Parker
Kingfisher Books

Book Review by Bob Walch

Learn all about cars and how we rely upon them in this little, inexpensive paperback . The rhymed text explains not only how a car works but also the ways it impacts our lives.

A variety of cute animals are featured driving the cars here and we see them behind the wheels of sports cars, taxis, race cars, and even the family station wagon.

Lively word play, vibrant art, and a glossary of car parts make learning about cars as much fun as taking a ride in one!