Midnight Hour: A Shadow Falls Novel
C. C. Hunter
St. Martin's Griffin
The Ravens of Solemano or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black (The Young Inventors Guild)
Faye, Noah, Wallace, and siblings Jasper and Lucy are the only members of The Young Inventors Guild. They are on a train with their parents and their nanny, Miss Brett. They are all being taken care of by the mysterious Men in Black, whose communications are lacking communication. They are fleeing Komar Romak, who wants their inventions, but when they are separated from their parents, the children, and Miss Brett, are brought to the Men in Black’s hometown to hide. But not everything in this town is how it seems; there are poisonous cakes, murderous shepherds, and ancient mysteries that the children must unravel before it’s too late.
There is good characters development and realistic characters, who are creative, interesting, and (mostly) likeable. The perspective switched from character to character, which was fun and interesting and kept me engaged. I loved the setting in early twentieth-century Italy. The Men in Black were a welcome comic relief – they are so serious but so funny to read about. Together with exciting plot twists, fascinating characters, and fast-paced action, this is a book to remember.
Ranger’s Apprentice: Book 12: The Royal Ranger
This is book twelve and it says it is the last book in the series. I haven’t read all of the books yet, but I have read some of them and I love this story. The main character, Will, started his apprenticeship with the best ranger, Halt, when he was just a kid and now he is faced with an issue that makes him feel like giving up and walking away. Halt thinks this is not the way to help him and tells Will he is good enough to take on his own apprentice and this might help him.
This book might look really big but the words are nice and big and it makes it easier to read, especially for kids who really want a challenge because this is the best series to start with. It is full of action, mystery, and might remind you a little of a kids’ version of Lord of the Rings. I hope they make a new series with the princess ranger. I would definitely buy this entire series and start with the first one. You won’t be able to put them down!
Revealed (House of Night)
While I haven’t been the biggest fan of the books in this series, I was won over by the novella Neferet’s Curse so when I got my hands on this book, which is also about Neferet, I was eager to continue the journey of her story. Again we find her life in utter turmoil with death looming, a dire fight in the midst and an ending, well, the ending just never happens leaving the book open to yet another book in this series. This book, like the title, reveals Neferet’s past giving a bit more info into her world laying out her story and all of its darkness. Then there is Zoey who now has to deal with her return.
I just can’t help but feel that the Cast’s are trying to relate and write like teenagers, but it is done poorly and the overuse of the F word makes teens look like we are all awful, foul mouthed, wildlings. It is just too extreme and almost offensive. However, I really like Neferet and most of the problems can be overlooked because of her. I am on the fence about buying this book. Maybe just grab a copy from the library first.
The Nazi Hunters
This is a true story about a group of people who captured Adolf Eichmann, the person who ordered the death of six million Jews during WWII. The book starts with the story of a Jew whose family was killed by Eichmann’s men. It continues by explaining what happened to Eichmann after the war. He fled to Argentina and lived under an assumed name with his family. The book covers a fifteen-year period, and jumps around a lot; it tells about several people who were essential to his capture. One man’s teenage daughter dated one of Eichmann’s sons for a while, but when they realized it was Adolf Eichmann, they contacted the Israeli police, because they realized the Argentine government was sympathetic to Nazis. After the agent they contacted disregarded their story, another man picked up the trail and asked the MOSSAD (the Israeli secret police) to help track him down. Eichmann was eventually apprehended, and executed in 1962.
It was interesting to read about the components that went into capturing him, like the struggles that the countries were going through (Argentina, Germany, Israel). The book was written in a gripping, fascinating way, with great dramatic tension.
All Marvin wanted was a chance—a chance to become a superhero. He even had superpowers, but since the government determined they were “dirty,” he wasn’t allowed to use them. When he and a couple other friends with dirty powers, Yvonne (who can “drug” people) and Kent (who can melt and mold into different shapes), “accidentally” drug major superhero Streak, his hopes are dashed. One day, on his way home from his “normie” job working as a busboy in a diner, he stumbles on a mugging and unleashes his powers to save the poor family. When that illegal heroic act catches the attention of the beautiful Eliza Todd (also known as Roisin), he has found his chance. Or has he?
When I first saw this, I had my doubts, not having been into the superhero genre, myself. But I found myself enjoying it. The writing is really action-packed and moves so fast, it’s almost like reading a comic book, even though there are no pictures. I even found myself squealing out loud for excitement in some places. If you like superheroes, or even if you don’t, you might want to give this book a try.