The Lost Boy: Fifty Word Friday

Apparently I still do not know how to manage my auto-post. So here it is better late than never.

 The Lost Boy

Title: The Lost Boy
Author: Greg Ruth

Summary:

Nate’s not happy about his family moving to a new house in a new town. After all, nobody asked him if he wanted to move in the first place. But when he discovers a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, Nate is thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago. Now, as strange happenings and weird creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local girl, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, for a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe, and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy.[1]

Review:

I liked the back and forth of the story and the creepiness of the mythic woods. I’m a sucker for under/otherworld journeys. Boys are not often lost so this is wonderful. Simple ink drawings make the story more important while still adding lovely dimension to the tale.

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Warm Bodies [Fifty Word Friday]

Warm Bodies: A Novel

Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion

Summary:

‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…[1]

Review:

Read this before the movie. Loved them both. Book is more adult. R’s internal dialogue is engaging. His search for meaning more human than many human protagonists these days.  A different take on zombie mythos, eating brains gives you memories, causes R to fall in love and save the world.

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50 Word Friday: Turn Coat

Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11)

Turn Coat (The Dresden Files #11)

Author: Jim Butcher

Summary:

When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry keeps his nose clean and his head down. For years, the Council has held a death mark over Harry’s head. He’s still thought of as a black sheep by some;and as a sacrificial lamb by others. But none regard him with more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge against anyone who bends the rules. Like Harry. So when Morgan turns up asking for help, Harry isn’t exactly eager to leap into action. Morgan has been accused of treason against the White Council;and there’s only one final punishment for that crime. he’s on the run, he wants his name cleared, and he needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Like Harry. Now Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less than agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head. Like Harry… [1]

Review:

Jim Butcher, you break my heart. Harry is a good guy and you are perpetuating the “nice guys finish last” myth. He helps out the one guy who hates him to no avail. Then his love interest, who I quite liked, is not so interested really. Sigh, poor awesome Harry.

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