Virals (Virals #1) by Kathy Reichs

Book Description:

Published: November 2, 2010

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They’re a pack. They are Virals.

Review –

This is the first young adult book that I’ve listened to or read in a long time and I found it very refreshing and fun.

This group of teens, one girls and three boys, live on Morris Island off the coast of South Carolina and are “science nerds” and best friends.

They rescue and diseased wolf-dog and get infected with a strain of the parvo virus, which alters their DNA and gives them wolf like senses and strength. 

In the story they travel from island to island, discover Vietnam era dog tags, a grave holding the bones of the daughter of the soldier, a plot to kill the girl to cover up the discovery of bald eagles on one of the islands that would have stopped the sale of the island to a pharmaceutical  company and the discovery that one of their classmates father was the killer. It is very fast paced, unbelievable and very humorous in parts.  I loved it and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

The min character, Tory Brennan, is a very strong female role model which you don’t see very often and makes this a great series for teen age girls.

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Vanquished (The Blood Trail Chronicles #2) by Tara Brown

Book Description

March 21, 2015
In the port city of a neighbouring kingdom, an assassin moves through the streets, killing people of importance.
He is said to wear a red cloak and fight with skills only ever seen in the Southern Isles.
But unbeknownst to the whispers in the alleys, he is a she, and she is on a path headed for home.
She used to dream of freedom.
She used to dream of a simple life.
Now all she dreams about is the blood trail she has carved, leading back to her burnt out castle.
Revenge is the business of hate, and where it is taking Amillia Morgentstein is a dark place where even love can’t save her.
Because love is a thing of the past for her and vengeance is all she can see.
How far would you let yourself go to save everyone but yourself?Mature Readers Recommended

Review –
 First of all, I really don’t understand the need for the “Mature Readers” warning.  I haven’t found anything that would warrant that. If any one else reads this series let me know what you think.
Millia is fated to be the queen of the seven kingdoms and unite all the peoples, but she really does want to do that.  Grayson is the one she loves and can not have. Neither can she have Maddox.  
If you thought she killed  a lot of people in Vengeance, it was nothing to the killing spree she goes on in this installment of The Blood Trail Chronicles.
I thought this was the end of the series but when I got to the end I discovered there is another book which hasn’t been published yet, so that means it will be a years or so before I read it.
While this book was good, i enjoyed the first one better.
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Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Product Description:

Due out in early 2013 from Macmillan, Scarlet is the second book in Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles young-adult series. Cinder reappears in the next futuristic tweaking of a familiar fairy tale — as does Prince Kai, the evil lunar ruler Queen Levana, and a heap of intergalactic intrigue.

Debuting in the new book, however, is Scarlet Benoit, a young French woman who enlists the services of a street fighter named Wolf when she finds her grandmother, a former military pilot, gone missing.

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Two more fairy-tale fantasies will follow Scarlet, including Cress (2014), Meyer’s take on the Rapunzel legend, and the Snow White-inspired conclusion, Winter (2015).

Review –

I am lucky to have a daughter who is a young adult literature aficionado which causes her to attend conferences and meeting across this great country of ours and become friends with many authors.  Because of her contacts she received the ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of this book and after she read it she sent it to me.

I had fallen in love with the character of Cinder from the first book by the same name and wasn’t sure if I would like Scarlet as well, but I did.  The book was wonderful, a very fast read, action packed and fairy tale like.

It will be released in February of 2013 and if you’ve read Cinder be sure to make a note and get Scarlet as soon as it comes out.