Wolves & Roses
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Monster House Books, LLC
Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral
Cyberbullying is a widespread problem in today’s increasingly computer-connected society. With so many online interactions, it stands to reason that some of these would be both harmful and degrading. Many teens who are on the receiving end of cyberbullying feel helpless and despairing. This book helps them overcome their feelings of hurt and fright, and also gives bystanders and the bullies themselves ways to end cyberbullying.
The book contains some good tips for general good online habits. It has some tests you can take to determine if you are depressed, being bullied, or if you are bullying others, and also to see if you are suicidal due to bullying. There are a lot of stories from those whose lives have been affected by cyberbullying. It is a major issue for teens today because they are so reliant on praise from their peers and are constantly barraged by text and other online messages. The authors encourage teens to recognize the impact of their messages to each other and find words that build others up rather than tearing down. However, I feel that the target audience will not have much interest in trying the recommendations of this book; I hope that I am wrong.
Battle Lines: A Department 19 Novel (Department Nineteen)
Department Nineteen is in shambles after it was attacked by a horde of super-powered vampires. Protagonist Jamie is assigned to a new squad, where he is forced to train a handful of raw recruits. The director of Blacklight is missing, the newly-formed intelligence division is under attack from the inside, and Jamie’s girlfriend has been reassigned to Arizona. Jamie is now in charge of hunting out and destroying a new horde of vampires and preventing the secret of Blacklight from leaking out, before Dracula rises again.
This book was fine, although the characters seem somewhat bland, as there was not much time to develop them. They also seemed a little foolish: why use your automated stake thrower, when everyone has a standard-issue super-powered laser cannon that can destroy a vampire in a single shot? However, the plot moves swiftly and the action was intense and gripping. I liked this Albert Harker; he was a realistic antagonist and I felt the author portrayed him well. I do not feel it was quite as well-written as the second book, but it was still an entertaining addition to the series.
Such Sweet Sorrow (Entangled Teen)
Who would have thought that merging two of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, with mythology would make such an enticing read? Author Jenny Trout does a flawless job creating characters with so much personality, you feel as if you know them, as well as a world that wraps around you and sucks you in. I couldn’t put it down once I had picked it up.
With Romeo surviving his attempted suicide, his heart aches madly to have his Juliet back. Desperate, he seeks out a witch, who leads him to none other than Hamlet, the keeper of the corpseway, a portal between the living and dead. Together, they search the various Underworlds in search of Juliet, but one question looms in Romeo’s mind: how will he bring Juliet back to life when he finds her?
If you are looking for a romance, you won’t find it here. Instead, you will find dark humor, a bonding of friendship, epic adventures, and the start to what I hope will be a long-standing series. I highly recommend picking this book up!
The Secret Side of Empty
What does it feel like to hold a secret so deep that it separates you from the world you live in? Knowing that, at any moment, your world could come crumbling down around you and you’ll be sent to a place you have never known and don’t really fit in? This is life for more than 1 million kids living in America as illegal immigrants. The Secret Side of Empty tells of M.T.’s life dealing with this very same struggle. As a high school student, when all of her peers are planning for college, getting their driver’s licenses, and looking for work, M.T. is at a loss as she can’t do any of them without official papers; papers she doesn’t have.
As a teenager, I know how difficult keeping secrets are, dealing with high school, and life in general. But to know that in a few short years the same goals and dreams most teenagers have will probably continue to be just that, a dream, is something I think most of us take for granted.
This book will grab at your emotions, show the struggle is real, and remind us we are all human and to stand up for another. This is definitely an eye-opening novel I highly suggest everybody read!
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.