Thursday, 27 February 2014

February Reads & Reviews

feb reads 59

Genesis, Bernard Beckett (2005)
This short dystopian tale is set out in an interview style format as main character Anax undertakes a four hour test in front of a panel of examiners. Anax has been studying for several years in order to take the test which will allow her to become a member of the Academy, meaning that the reader is introduced to the rich history of the world she lives in via her thorough answers. The book explores interesting topics including a focus on artificial intelligence and poses questions such as 'what makes a human human?'. Full of intriguing, thought-provoking ideas Genesis is a refreshingly different read with an ending that will have you thinking long after you've read the last page. 4/5

The Name Of The Star, Maureen Johnson (2011)
Ria knows my taste in books pretty well by this point so when she recommended I pick up the Shades Of London series I had high hopes, and luckily I wasn't disappointed by the first instalment. The Name Of The Star follows Rory, an American teen who moves to a London boarding school around the same time that a mysterious series of murders based on those committed by Jack the Ripper begin. Rory soon learns that she has the ability to see ghosts and the story takes a bit of a paranormal turn.
At first it wasn't exactly what I had been expecting and to be honest I'm not usually a fan of stories with a paranormal element however I really enjoyed this book! It was nice for me to read something a little different and just as I found when reading Let It Snow, author Maureen Johnson's writing style was easy to fall into. I'm looking forward to finding time for sequel The Madness Underneath soon. 4/5

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Matthew Quick (2013)
On his eighteenth birthday Leonard Peacock takes a gun to school, planning to kill classmate Asher and then himself. First though, Leonard must say goodbye to the four most important people in his life. Over the course of the book we learn more about Leonard's background, family life and of course his motives with several 'letters 'from the future' also included within the story. The one thing about the book that I really disliked was the addition of footnotes which I personally found distracted me from the flow of the story, however overall I thought Leonard's story was a very interesting read. 4/5

The Powerpuff Girls*, Troy Little (2013)
Last up is the first in a new series of graphic novels based on popular cartoon characters The Powerpuff Girls. At the end of last year I read one of the older graphic novels based on the crime-fighting trio published back in 2005 and am pleased to say this new book is just as good! Beginning with the girls once again facing off against Mojo Jojo this is a great little action-packed graphic novel filled with familiar faces from the original series. 4/5

This month I also read...
  • The War For Banks Island by John Green (2012) ✯✯✯✯
  • A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby (2005) ✯✯✯
  • Mind Games, Kiersten White (2013) ✯✯
  • The Secret by Mike Richardson (2007) ✯ - full review to follow later in the year
  • Panic* by Lauren Oliver (2014) ✯✯✯ - full review to follow on Blogger's Bookshelf next month

Reviews posted in February...

Books marked with a * c/o Netgalley
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