Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Kalahari (Corpus, #3)

Kalahari is the story of Sarah Carmichael, the daughter of a conservation researcher in Botswana. Her and her dad agree to take on five city kids for an educational visit, in exchange for continued funding. Sarah is not very happy about babysitting city kids, but little does she know how bad things are going to get. When her dad and their bushman guide Theo hear of poachers in the area, they go to investigate- but when they don't return Sarah finds herself alone- and in charge.

She decides to look for her dad, and so they set out, but when they find Theo half dead and her dad on the run, things go from bad to worse. Trying to find her dad, they stumble upon a research facility deep in the Kalahari- a facility that is being scrubbed clean of evidence. A mysterious virus has gone out of control, and is affecting the local wildlife- and now the kids are threatened not only by mercenaries determined to destroy all evidence, but animals that will kill- and worse, pass on the virus.

Kalahari is the third book by Jessica Khoury, and a follow on to Vitro, one of my favorites from last year. It's an adventure story with a science fiction twist, and I enjoyed it a lot. The same corporation behind the shenanigans in the first two is at work here again, in a different setting of course, and Sarah will need to draw on all her knowledge and experience to survive. There is a love interest in Sam Quartermain, a guy who has his own reasons for being there, and the romance is handled well. Jessica's writing is good and the story flows well, just like Vitro- I liked that one a little better, but this one is good too. The idea of a corporation doing illegal (and dangerous) work in isolated parts of the world is a neat one, and I enjoy the different takes on the concept. If I have any criticism, it's that the action sequences are a bit unrealistic at times. And while I like the cover, I'm afraid it looks like an adventure story with no real sign of the science fiction - it may get lost on the YA shelves a bit that way. Hopefully not. Kalahri was fun, with some ecology bits added- Jessica clearly did her research. This was a good and surprisingly affecting book.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sunday Post #89

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Hello again. This has been a good week, although I didn't get much done. I do have several reviews lined up for this month, and a few movie reviews as well. There are a lot of big movies coming out so that should be fun. We're hitting 70's this week, so that's a good thing. 

Also I see the next Victorian bookseller is out in July- the cover is below. Happy to see this. 

Oh, and I saw Insurgent finally, and thought it was good. It got bad reviews so I almost didn't see it, but I'm glad I did. Pretty effective, I thought, and the special effects were good at depicting Chicago. I liked it. 


Tuesday: Kalahari 
THursday: Avengers Bride of Ultron




This movie looks awesome.

And I'm not sure about this one- but it should be a spectacle at the very least.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sunday Post #88

The blog has been very quiet of late, I know. I have had lots of posts but none of them have made it up- life has just been busy. I do still have reviews planned for Mako Mermaids as well as the Ever After High books, and a few more as well. I just finished Kalahari which I liked almost as much as Vitro, the previous book. My thoughts on that will be up on May 5th. 

I hope everyone is having a great April so far. 



Michelle at because Reading has a nice APP Reviews of World of Warriors.

The new Star Wars trailer is here. I was skeptical of this, but... wow.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sunday Post #87

Another week gone by. This has been a good week, my birthday was on Tuesday and I got a gift card for B&N- so you can't go wrong with that. Book shopping time! As mentioned last week, I'm reviewing the episodes of Mako Mermaids starting this week. I'll have episodes one and two this week (you can catch the show on Netflix) and throughout April I'll be reviewing additional episodes. Also next week I'll have the Ever After High books and my thoughts 


Trish at Between My Lines had a great posy on why write reviews. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sunday Post #86

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey

Hello again friends. This has been a good week, with lots of blue sky although the temps have been cold. Still waiting for the warm up but I know it's close. We're still watching a lot of Mako Mermaids and I'll be reviewing the episodes here starting in April. Feel free to stop by if you're interested. 

My birthday is Tuesday and I'm looking forward to (hopefully) some new books to read, as I'm not into anything right now. Need some new stuff! 

Also I'm going to take a trip to fairytale land in April, with the Ever After books. I wasn't expecting much from these but won me over- look for these in early to mid april as well. 


Here's a production snippet from Mako Mermaids. A fun show. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sunday Post #85

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey

This week has been good, a bit of reading and I've been binging on Mako Mermaids. We've had a bit of a warm up, what a difference a month makes. A few weeks ago we were freezing, now we're getting 50's and it's nice. Ready for the warm weather- it's about time! 
Like jazz? Here is dave Koz and friends playing a classic. Great stuff! 


Jenna over at Rathe Be Reading YA has a great recap of The Mystery Off Glen Road. Check it out, it's a lot of fun. 

Read Me Away talks about live reading updates. Do you do them?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Sign of the Crooked Arrow

The Sign of the Crooked is one of the more enjoyable Hardy Boys books I've read. This one start off with the boys investigating an abandoned car at a local shop. The boys look for clues and quickly find a connection between the car and a slew of jewelry store holdups that their dad is working on. That is, by the way, one of the thing I like the least about these books- the two threads that invariably are related, in a way that strains credulity. These were, however, written to a formula, after all, so you just have to go with it. 

They quickly find that a crooked arrow seems to be a promising lead. Their quest takes them into a rough part of town, and in the meantime their dad is shot- with a poisoned arrow! It's quickly discovered that the thieves are using cigarettes with a sleeping agent to knock out their victims. 

In the meantime they fly to their cousin Ruth's ranch to investifate the disappearance of some of her cowhands. Whe they arrive in the area they see a great crooked arrow blazoned out in a woodland, and find other clues that show a connection to the jewelry store holdups. Naturally the robberies and the disappearance are related! They arrive at Crowhead Ranch and it doesn't take them long to make enemies, as well as friends, and to suspect that someone at the ranch is a bad actor. The ranch hands are a colorful bunch, including Terry, a cowboy who burst into song whenever something interesting happens. After someone takes a shot at Frank with a arrow, they suspect it's poisoned and go to Santa Fe to have analyzed. They have lunch there at a soda fountain. A soda fountain! After a bunkhouse brawl and a flash flood, they get another clue- the crooked arrow shows again. They go to a rodeo to try and capture the guy who shot at frank. The story ends on a rousing note after a chase by dogs, a fire at the ranch and a posse. It's silly as usual how the gang operates in both locations but this one was a funride. The scene at the ranch were a highlight, with the boys getting out west and mixin it up with cowboys.