Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
All American Boys

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wolf by Wolf beats Bone Gap

I enjoyed Bone Gap. The characters were all interesting and there was a twist I wasn't expecting that involved the main character, Finn, that I loved. It's biggest flaw was that it just wasn't enough...I wanted to know more about the characters, the other world that Roza was taken to, and who the kidnapper really was. I am not a fan of fantasy and I didn't really get the point of the other "magical" world.

Wolf by Wolf is the better book of the two. The premise of the story (what if Hitler won the war?) is intriguing on its own, but the characters are well-developed and I can tell from reading the few teaser chapters of the sequel that the next book will be just as engaging. I had many questions about Felix and Luka. Where did their allegiances truly lie? Who could Yael actually trust? It seems those questions may be answered in the sequel, along with the answer to the BIG cliffhanger left at the end of the story! This will be a great addition to my classroom library. 

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