Sunday, September 18, 2011


by Maggie Stiefvater

When Sam appeared to be cured of his regular winter conversions into a wolf, he and Grace thought they would finally be able to be together.  But even they could not have imagined the horror of Grace suddenly changing.  

Now they must go back to waiting for one of them to become human again so that they can be together once more.

If that isn't enough, another body has been found near Sam's home and this one is the last straw for the true humans in Mercy Falls.  Now the hunt is on... literally.

Now Sam, Cole, and Isabel must work together to protect Grace and the rest of the wolves, while also trying to find a cure.

In this final book of The Wolves of Mercy Falls, everything becomes much more serious and love may not be able to save the day.

Final thoughts:  Wow.  What a wild ending.  I never would have thought it would go the dark direction it did.  Sam went from completely confident in his fate and his love to completely unglued with worry.  I struggled with some of this one, but in the end it was all worth it.  Good, solid, final book.

Rating: 4/5

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

It's the future.  Generations into our future.  Colonists have left our planet for New World to create a haven and a sanctuary away from the wars of men.

But they get more than they bargained for when the Noise comes.

They can hear the thoughts of men.  The thoughts are everywhere.  There's no way to get away from them.

In an effort to end it, the colonists kill off the creatures who were already living there when they arrive, but it doesn't end the Noise.

Over twenty years later, Todd Hewitt is only a month away from becoming the last man of Prentisstown.  All of the women are dead and he was the last baby, so he's the last of the dying settlement to reach manhood.  

However, everything Todd has ever known about his town gets flipped on its side when he and his dog, Manchee, find Quiet.

Now Todd has a new journey to manhood.  One he never expected to take.
Final thoughts:  This was a tough read.  The book was great.  The characters were extremely well drawn.  The suspense was nearly constant.  And that's the problem.  There was a large amount of suspense and very little downtime.  It was also gory, violent, and sometimes downright scary.  I truly felt for the main characters and nearly cried a few times when they faced a few painful events.  It's from another trilogy, but at least this time the other two are already out.  However, I may still have to switch to something else for a while, because this was just hard to read.

Rating: 5/5


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