Welcome to the latest installment of my Reviews that Made Me Want to Read the Book feature, highlighting intriguing books and the reviewers who made them that way. I just did one of these posts a couple of days ago, and it seems soon to do another. All I can say is that the book blogging community has been very active this week, and five more books have made their way onto my radar screen.
This one looks fun: The Crystal Skull, by Manda Scott. Court at Once Upon a Bookshelf called it "a cross between an Indiana Jones movie and your typical hero’s journey novel." She also said: "I don’t usually go for apocalyptic fiction, but in this case the description that it was a “blend of history, myth, and science” sparked some interest." Well, that sparks some interest for me, too. This is an adult title, currently available in the US in hardcover.
I learned from The Reading Zone that Margaret Peterson Haddix has started a new series: The Missing. Sarah says: "This series promises to be just as good, if not better, than Shadow Children. The Missing: (Found) is a pageturner with twists and turns you will never see coming... Margaret Peterson Haddix is sure to draw in many more reluctant readers with this speculative fiction series." She describes the plot, too, and it sounds fascinating.
I read about Carol Plum-Ucci's novel Streams of Babel in Notes from the Horn Book. They called it "a breakneck tale of a bioterrorist attack on a small town’s water supply told through the eyes of the affected young adults. Plum-Ucci includes some timely issues with the action, but it’s the vivid characters and expertly controlled tension that will keep readers’ eyes glued to the page." Sounds compelling to me!
Anne Boles Levy reviewed A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee at Book Buds. I was already favorably disposed to the book because Marla Frazee illustrates the wonderful Clementine books. But then Anne said "Frazee's narration and pictures don't line up exactly, to hilarious effect", and gave examples. I can totally picture it, and I want to read it.
And finally, although she only gave it 3.5 stars, I was pulled in by Becky's review of Bronte's Book Club, by Kristiana Gregory, at Becky's Book Reviews. It's about a girl who moves to a new town, and starts a book club as a way to make friends. Becky says: "Books. Friendship. Summer adventures. And snacks. This is perfect light reading for young readers." I think it will be perfect light reading for me, too.
But enough blogging about books that I want to read - I'm going to go read one of the many books already sitting on my shelves.