Night of the Purple Moo (The Toucan Trilogy) by Scott Cramer


Book Description

March 25, 2012
Abby, 13, is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. She must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her–adolescence
Review –
This was a free book and a good book but I don’t think I will read the next in the series, which is Colony East, unless it is offered free.
That said, it does was a very good story line, being that only very early teens and younger survive a bacteria  spread by the dust of a comet and they have learn how to take care of themselves and well as some toddlers. This group lives on an island and are pretty well off until they encounter some bullies that steal food from them. Two of the bullies die of the bacteria and the other joins their team. Soon they discover that an antidote is being created by some scientists who have been safely underground and were never exposed to the purple dust. Now they have to figure out how to get to a distribution location and who to send.  Will they make it and will they run into any trouble?   You will just have to read the book, which is still being offered free by Amazon, and find out.

The Dream Thieves (Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater


Book Description

September 17, 2013
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Review –
Wonderful follow up to the first book, The Raven Boys, in the Raven Cycle series.
It was fast paced, action packed and we learn a lot more about Ronan and Adam and what makes them tick.
Can’t wait for the next installment.

UnRavel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi


Book Description

February 5, 2013
Juliette is still haunted by her deadly touch.  But now that she has teamed up with other revels with powers of their own, she’ll be able to fight back against The Reestablishment to save her  broken world.  With the help of these new allies, she’ll also finally learn the secret behind Adam’s  – and Warner’s – immunity to her killer skin.
Unravel Me is perfect  for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.  Ransom Riggs, #1  New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, raves: “A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must read for fans of dystopian young adult literature – or any literature!”
Review –
This is turning into one of my favorite young adult series of all times.  I’m again listening to the audio version and the narrator does such a top-notch job that you can truly picture all of the characters which makes the entire story come to life. In the paper version the author writes with strike outs and so on the audiobook when a strike out occurs it sounds like chalk running across a blackboard.
As in the first there are many passages that stand out because of the language used. In the following it is Juliette says these words.
1. His breath is melting my blood and splashing across my cheeks.
2. My heart is beating so hard I’m surprised it’s not bleeding.
3. I want to trust but it scares the skin off my bones.
4. I can’t see through the curtain of tears.
5.The jaws of life are stretching their joints-grinding their teeth, yawning themselves awake.
6. The ground looks around, its mouth gapping open.
7. I’m checking my pockets for spare words.
Juliette does say the word WHAT many many many times in the course of the book (the first one too)  and it makes her sound stupid, but I overlook that because it’s just a flaw in her character and no character is perfect.
I love that at the end Juliette is ready to take her gloves off, meaning she is seriously ready to fight against The Reestablishement and mend the broken piece by piece.
Can’t wait for Ignite Me.           I rated this book five stars *****

Seed by Ania Ahlborn


Book Description

July 17, 2012

With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.

When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn’t divine intervention. The profound evil from his past won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.

Country comfort is no match for spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense in Ania Ahlborn’s tale of an ordinary man with a demon on his back. Seed plants its page-turning terror deep in your soul, and lets it grow wild.

Review –
A well written horror story to read on a dark night.  It will keep your interest from beginning to end.