Mini Book Reviews!

Friday November 10, 2010

I read much faster than I write....what does that mean? It means that I will plow through four books in three days and then before I know it I have ten books in a pile that need to have reviews written. So, I'd rather do some mini reviews than let those books end up with late-ish reviews! So, without further adieu.....

The Things a Brother Knows
by Dana Reinhardt
September 2010
Wendy Lamb Books
Goodreads Summary: Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned. Boaz was a high school star who had it all and gave it up to serve in a war Levi can’t understand. Things have been on hold since Boaz left. With the help of his two best friends Levi has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero.

But when Boaz walks through the front door after his tour of duty is over, Levi knows there’s something wrong. Boaz is home, safe. But Levi knows that his brother is not the same.
Maybe things will never return to normal. Then Boaz leaves again, and this time Levi follows him, determined to understand who his brother was, who he has become, and how to bring him home again.

Award-winning author Dana Reinhardt introduces readers to Levi, who has never known what he believes, and whose journey reveals truths only a brother knows.

Review: This is a great story about a younger brother's sensitivity to his older brother when he returns from fighting the war. Levi's character is crafted carefully, completely, and intricately through his relationships to his two friends, his grandfather, his parents, and his own internal struggles to become a young man.  When Boaz leaves on a journey, Levi follows him, anxious to know where Boaz is going, but more importantly, why. Levi refuses to turn back, to go home, and ultimately brings Boaz back from his psychological terrors. The name of the war is not mentioned but that is the point...Boaz could be any soldier who has fought in any war. The heart of the story lies in the  trauma of war itself and Levi's mission to bring his brother back from the brink using his greatest 

An excellent read that is, of course, very timely. I would definitely recommend this book to middle school and high school libraries.

The Replacement
by Brenna Yovanoff
September 2010
Goodreads summary: Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Review: I really enjoyed this creepy story. I felt the storyline was very original and the variety of creepy, descriptive characters through out the book made me keep reading just to see who Mackie would meet next. His journey is a tough one has he ventures to find his origins and the complete story of who and what he is. What he discovers about himself and his family's past changes everything. I really liked Mackie and his best Roswell. Roswell grounds the story in a way....with all the supernatural and creepy goings-on, he sticks by Mackie no matter what. Even when he finds out certain things about his best friend, he there, beside him thick or thin. Mackie's sister is also another great character and her love for Mackie is undeniable. Even she has secrets to tell Mackie. There is also a love interest for Mackie, Tate but trust me, this isn't your typical paranormal romance!
I'm a fan of this book and would reccomend it for ages 14 and up.

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Man of la Books said...

"The Things a Brother Knows" sounds like something right up my alley. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.