Month: June 2014

Book Review: Kelley Armstrong’s Sea of Shadows

Book Review: Kelley Armstrong’s Sea of Shadows

First in the Age of Legends fantasy series for Young Adults. My Take I’m conflicted. I almost put this story down due to the stupid trope that reared up shortly after the tale started. My eyes were rolling so much I was getting dizzy. It was only because it was Kelley Armstrong that I persevered. Fortunately, it did redeem itself much later in the book. This story is a set-up for the major conflict of one wronged man using horrible means to challenge his betrayer and using their own belief system to frame the story. It’s a cruel world, one which sets twins up for murder unless they can survive a brutal test. If they pass, the twins become the Keeper and the Seeker, revered beings who protect their territory from the spirits that lurk. Stupid begins with the governor of Edgewood and his disrespect for what Armstrong is setting up as beings to respect, worship. It continues with Tova trying to protect Ashyn who completely ignores him. He’s not my dog and even I can tell he’s trying to tell her something. And stupid continues back in the village with the lame actions Ashyn and Moria undertake. You’d never […]

Posted June 29, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 1 Comment

Book Review: R.L. Stine’s Zombie Halloween

Book Review: R.L. Stine’s Zombie Halloween

First in the Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition horror series for middle-grade readers. The action takes place in and around their new house in Franklin Village. I did receive this ARC from the publisher. My Take Hey, it’s a melodramatic horror and ghost story, so there’s plenty of fear generated. It’s also Mario and Kenny terrified out of their minds and egged on to dare their fears by siblings and friends. A day of dare and danger that sets the scene for latter-day events, helped by the Mazettis moving into an old and creepy house across from…a graveyard. Twice. I love that Stine brings out the everykid with Mario identifying with Superman and company, ’cause after all, don’t we all dream about being superheroic and able to leap tall buildings, lol. It’s also an excellent example of how mean kids are to each other! I did like Treveor’s excuse for the storage boxes, lol. A little mean and a little scary, which keeps that particular theme on track. Nah, I don’t buy it, that original Mario is at all to blame for events. I’m puttin’ it on Ivy and Anthony as they were the instigators. Although…how can you forget leaving […]

Posted June 22, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 2 Comments