Jillicious Reading: August 2011

8.27.2011

Rot & Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry


Summary: Benny is 15; that means it’s time to get a job if he wants to receive food rations.  His older brother works as a bounty hunter in the zombie-filled Rot & Ruin.  Benny thinks Tom is a coward and doesn’t want to follow in his footsteps.  But when he exhausts all other options, Benny is forced to join in the “family business.”  

Thoughts:  I am not a fan of the zombie “genre”, so I was quite suprised at how much I enjoyed Rot & Ruin.  It is complex novel with interesting characters and intense action.  My favorite part was the relationship between brothers Benny & Tom and the way this developed realistically through the story.  I also really liked the depth found in the cast of characters (even the zombies!) and the strength of the girls in the novel.  Now, thanks to Jonathan Maberry’s original, entertaining Rot & Ruin, I can no longer say I don’t like zombie books!

Visit author Jonathan Maberry’s blog for more information on Rot & Ruin and the sequel, Dust & Decay.

Pie
by Sarah Weeks


Summary:  Alice’s Aunt Polly is one special lady.  She bakes the best pies in town and gives them away at her little bakery.  But more importantly to Alice, she is a wonderful aunt who always has a listening ear, a word of an encouragement, or a loving hug for her niece.  Alice is devastated when Aunt Polly passes away and also quite surprised when Polly leaves her secret, award-winning pie crust recipe to her grumpy cat and leaves the cat to Alice.  Unfortunately, Alice is not the only one trying to figure out the recipe.  And in the midst of the mystery surrounding the secret ingredients, Alice tries to figure out how to make it through each day without Aunt Polly. 

ThoughtsPie is a sweet blend of loveable characters, mystery, hilarious hijinks, and realistic feelings of loss and sadness.  Mix in scrumptions pie recipes gathered by the author from friends and family, and you’ve got a satisfying read that will leave you craving a big slice of homemade pie.  (Those recipes will come in handy!)  

Visit author Sarah Week’s website to read the first chapter of Pie and to learn more about Ms. Weeks & her writing. 

8.01.2011

Divergent
by Veronica Roth


Summary: In a futuristic Chicago, society exists in five factions.  When teens turn 16, they choose the faction they will join, based on their interests and beliefs. Beatrice shocks everyone when she decides to leave the selfless faction of Abnegation where she grew up and joins the bold, brave faction of Dauntless.  But, that is just the beginning.    
 Thoughts:  I had heard so much about Divergent and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  I flew to the library when it finally came in!  And, I was not disappointed.  I was hooked from page 1 and completely absorbed until the end.  I was so intrigued with this idea of the factions  … their strengths & weaknesses … which would I choose?  It’s a brilliant, thought-provoking premise.  And, debut author Veronica Roth skillfully develops it into a fascinating dystopian world full of strong, realistic characters and taut action.  The training that Beatrice (“Tris”) and the other initiates must go through is intense and not for the faint of heart.  I am very interested to know what initiation is like for the other factions and hope Ms. Roth will explore this in upcoming novels.  But, whatever she chooses to explore, I will definitely be reading it!  I can’t wait for the sequel Insurgent and for the movie that is already in the works. 

Click here to read more about this exciting new author, Veronica Roth.

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