It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Last Week’s Books:
We have a new book club at one of my middle schools, and the students decided that everyone should read a dystopia for our upcoming November meeting. I had just purchased Everland by Wendy Spinale, and then saw it featured at our Scholastic Fair, so I figured it would be a good choice. The premise is that London has all but been destroyed by the German ruler’s son, Captain Hook, who bombed (among other things) a medical facility that housed a deadly virus. Now, nearly all adult and female children are dead, and the Lost Boys are eeking out survival in the presumed-destroyed London Underground. Meanwhile, Gwen is a teenager trying to take care of her little sister, Joanna, and her brother Mikey. On a late-night scavenge she meets Pete and Bella, and the three soon become entwined in a mission to save kidnapped Joanna and to discover if Gwen is truly The Immune with the potential to save humankind. Great premise; however, the execution falls just a bit flat. Other characters from Peter Pan are woven in, sometimes not as successfully, and Hook waivers too widely between a sympathetic character and a monster. Still, students who enjoy Peter Pan and devour retellings will be pleased.
Adult: Amber Fang: The Hunted by Arthur Slade is a fun romp for readers, especially librarians. I mean, how are those of us who like horror supposed to resist the tag line: “Librarian. Assassin. Vampire.”? After spending all her time pursuing her master’s degree in Library Sciences and researching her next meal (she eats ethically–murderers with no remorse only), Amber is recruited by the mysterious League as their newest assassin. Dermot, her “handler,” promises that “meals” will meet her standards so that everyone wins. As Amber embarks on her new career, readers will enjoy the fast pace, Amber’s quick wit and inside jokes for librarians, and the potential for romance. Although Amber is a vampire and there is some unsettling talk of bloody meals, this series is shaping up to be more of the fun, thriller type, and I will definitely enjoy reading further installments. Note: There is nothing in here to preclude interested teens in reading this book; it is just aimed at a different audience. Though not truly horrifying, this book counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2016 because “vampire bloodlust rage.”
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