Written on July 6, 2014 – 10:30 pm
| by Mrs. Klein
Since the last time I posted my comments about a book (which was April 21), I have read or listened to eleven books. Some, I would not recommend for middle school, a few are continuations of a series I enjoy, and a couple are Authors in April titles for younger grades. I am still listening to books that I downloaded for free from Sync YA. I highly recommend this service for young adults and adults who like audiobooks.
My two favorite titles are Perfect Scoundrels in the “Heist Society” series and Confessions of a Murder Suspect. It sort of looks like I am leaning toward mysteries, and I didn’t even realize it. The crime in Perfect Scoundrels involves a missing will, so it is pretty “safe.” Obviously, Confessions involves a murder, but there is really only one description of the murder scene. However, that one scene is a bit gruesome, so if you have a vivid imagination that gives you nightmares, you might want to skip this one. The narrator is the daughter of the victims and considers herself an amateur detective. She enlists the help of her siblings to try to gather clues to solve the mystery. As usual, I tend to like books that have strong, likable characters.
The Eoin Colfer book, W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin is full of action, but I would not recommend it for everyone. The Garrett character is pretty nasty, and some of the things he does are rather violent.
Two books that are series installments are The Scorch Trials (“The Maze Runner”) and The Fall of Five (“I Am Number Four”). I did enjoy the second book of “The Maze Runner” series, but there was a point where I was wanting it to move along a little faster. It took some unexpected twists, so that helped. I was a little disappointed that the authors of The Fall of Five chose to add more language from the characters’ mouths. They had Nine use the “f” word, so I will have to get some advice about adding this one to our collection. I certainly will have to give a warning to some who are sensitive to this. In addition, this one has even more graphic battle scenes that may be difficult for some readers to handle. However, this installment had me saying, “I didn’t see that coming,” and I want to know how the series will end.
Some avid readers might enjoy Author in April books that have a wider audience: Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, I Funny, and I Even Funnier. I liked Emmy, which is the first of a series, because I wanted to see what the nanny’s evil plan was. Funny and Funnier were not my cup of tea, but a few of the main character’s jokes were humorous. I kept waiting to see if the school bully was going to change.
I can see that I will have to be more diligent about posting book comments so I can keep the posts short. I am starting on a middle school Author in April book, so I’ll have to pay attention to details in order to give a good synopsis and a clear opinion.
Tags: action, Authors in April, mysteries, series