Monday, August 18, 2014

MMGM fail

Umm... yeah.

I don't have a MMGM for you. or a review of a teen book.

Life has been so busy. I'm sorry!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Review of A TRICK OF THE LIGHT

I *don't* have a MMGM today. But I really wanted to share this book with you.


My summary:

There is an air of mystery to this book, and anything I say will give away to much. So this summary won't be very long.

Mike's life is falling apart. His life at home is degrading as school becomes an impossible maze he can't understand. But there's a friend-a voice in his head- who is there to help him regain control.

Goodreads tells us:

Telling a story of a rarely recognized segment of eating disorder sufferers—young men—A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a book for fans of the complex characters and emotional truths in Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why.

Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they're getting confusing at school. He's losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he's a mess. Then there's a voice in his head. A friend, who's trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that's holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.


My review (there will be spoilers. I'm warning you.):

This book is both moving and chilling. You will walk away from this book wowed, with lots of questions and things to think about. This is an eye-opening book. And all this magic is created in less than 200 pages. 

The narrator is the voice in Mike's head, which I thinks makes it more powerful. Most of the time, when you jump into a book, you trust the narrator and what he/she is saying. The narrator of this book is not to be trusted. And it's interesting to find an awesome book where you find yourself rooting against the narrator.

The plot is relatively simple, but that doesn't detract from the story. In fact, I think a complicated plot would actually draw away from this book's powerful message.

I love the characters. Mike was very well done. Sometimes I found Mike's mother to be a little unrealistic, but other than that, I thought all the characters were very good.

The magic in this book is in the writing style and the voice that tells the story. 

I would say this is a book for teenagers. I wouldn't hand it to anyone in elementary school. There isn't anything bad in it, but it just wouldn't be appropriate for that age group.

5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, August 4, 2014

MMGM: LOKI'S WOLVES

Okay, I have a confession to make.

I planned to do this book last week.

And then I didn't.

I've been failing EPICALLY lately, and I'm not really sure what to say. I've been doing a great job reading. Blogging? Not so much.

But I do have a MMGM this week! (That's worth something, right?)

Presenting...




LOKI'S WOLVES!

The second book in this series came out earlier this year and is even better.

I think I'm going to start doing my own plot summaries as well as posting Goodreads (unless I'm super busy).

Summary:

Matt Thorson is a descendent of Thor, just as Fen and Laurie Brekke are descendents of Loki. But they certainly aren't children of the gods. After all, the gods died a long time ago. But now the world is coming to its end as Ragnarok approaches. It's up to Matt, Fen, and Laurie to find the other descendents of the Norse gods so they can stand in for their great, great, great (something like that) grandparents in the final battle between gods and monsters.

Goodreads:

In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters--wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history--because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids--led by Matt--will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.

Review:

I think the first thing you need to do is to stop comparing it to Rick Riordan's books. This book is something else. If you don't, I think you'll just find yourself disappointed. Rick is a great. It isn't fair to compare his books to anything other than the other greats like Harry Potter or Ranger's Apprentice.

This book doesn't have a lot of humor in it. The story is told from different third person perspectives (like HoO) and all the voices are very, for lack of a better word, stiff. It is as if they are myths themselves, being told by those who worship and fear the heroes.

There are pictures sprinkled throughout that add quite a bit to the story.

I feel that the characters aren't well defined in LOKI'S WOLVES, but they do grow a lot in ODIN'S RAVENS (the second book). The plot can be a little unrealistic, but you have to come up for air to realize that. And with so much action, there isn't much time to stop and take a breath.

There is a cliffhanger at the end of it, so make sure ODIN'S RAVENS is close by when you're nearing the end!

4 stars out of 5.