28 January 2012

The Rook –By: Daniel O’Malley (Fiction)

James Bond meets Men in Black and a girl with amnesia, does anything more really need to be said? With so much going on the author manages to juggle the plots very gracefully. He balances between secret government agencies, a woman preparing to lose her mind (literally), treason and the supernatural, and he does it with the grace of a tightrope walker.

I loved this thriller, it has a little bit of everything, so nothing grows tiresome or overdone. And I have to say that it’s not every day that you read a book whose heroine is actually two people who happened to have used the same body. While you grow to love both of them, the whole plot does bring up some interesting questions about identity. This is a great weekend read because you won’t want to be interrupted, trust me.

Book wyrm Rating: Dessert

21 January 2012

May B. – By: Caroline Starr Rose (Children’s Fiction)

Unfortunately for May B. her parents have rented her out to work for some rather flighty people, and so through mischance she ends up on the prairie all alone waiting for Christmas, which is when her father will come to rescue her. I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in one sitting. Our heroine is plucky and able to do what needs to be done. She shows that there’s more than one kind of smart, but she doesn’t stop trying to be all kinds of smart.  And as if the poor girl didn’t have enough on her plate, she uses what little spare time she has trying to overcome her difficulty reading.

The writing is poetic and introduces a younger audience to train-of-thought writing in a way that seems totally natural. Perfect for these long winter night, this story is easy to read, but still a page-turner.

Bookwyrm Rating: Appetizer