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The Last Thing I Remember

Posted by BookGirl on January 17, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Random off topic bit of the day:  My thumb started randomly bleeding while I was reading a book yesterday.  I didn't notice, and then I looked at the pages.   There was blood all over my book!   (And it was a LOOOOOT of blood.)   On around 8 pages!  My beautiful beautiful book!   I still love that book, though.  On the plus side, I can tell people I was reading that book and was attacked, and the blood is really walking gummy bear/orc/mutant wolf/chocolate blood, instead of my blood.    Good thing it wasn't a borrowed book though.   Oh, that would have been bad.  Ok, now to the review....

The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan, book 1 in the Homelander Series

Charlie West woke up about to die.  

He's strapped in a chair, surrounded by terrorists.  The man outside the door just gave the order to end his life.

And he has no idea how he got there.

His last memory is just a normal high school day.   Teachers, classes, his friends.   He writes Beth's (his crush) number on his hand.   He goes to bed, clicks off his light, and falls asleep.   Only he wakes up in this living nightmare.

Charlie West breaks out of the terrorist base, (using his super awesome karate skills) only  to find that almost a year has passed since that last memory.   Since then, he's been accused of killing his best friend, so the police are after him.  And they are ruthless.    Oh and did I mention that the terrorists aren't too happy about losing their captive?

        Pursued from both sides of the law, Charlie must find out WHAT HAPPENED???    He's got to find out what happended to his memory, plus he has to stop one of the terrorists from carrying out an attack.  Can he do it?  And when (oops, if, I don't want to spoil it)  he succeds, can he prove his innocence, protect Beth (spoiler alert!  She's now his girlfriend)  and regain his memory?  Plus, can he save the world from the One Final terrorist attack?

        Ok, so I kind of drew from all the books for the last paragraph.  Can you blame me?  This is a literary masterpiece.  I even heard they were going to make it into a movie.   It's clean, too.  There isn't any cussing, or bad boy/girl stuff.  (Well, besides kissing between Beth and Charlie, but they only kiss like 2 times and they're going to get married.)  There is a pretty big amount of violence, though.  Charlie's a karate master.  And those terrorists, are mean big killing machines with AK-47s.   The police, well, you know the police.   One of the most genius elements of the book is making Charlie, Beth, and Mike, Charlie's karate teacher, Christians.   Humor is everywhere, but it's not stupid Spongebob humor, or inappropriate late night TV humor.  This is hillarious stuff, people.    

       This book is one of my personal favorites and definitly a must read.  It's not just an action movie in a book.  It's so much more.   The story is amazing, and it'll leave you wanting more.   When the movie comes out, I'll be the crazy person waiting outside the theater in a tent for 3 days.  Read the entire series, and you'll come out better for it.

Isle of Swords by Wayne T. Batson

Posted by BookGirl on November 25, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Random off topic bit of the day:   I wonder what a Kit Kat with a cookies and cream covering would taste like.   In other words, I'm hungry.

Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson

A young man awakens on a beach.  A girl fights with her father.  And a ruthless pirate is out to kill them all.

The Isle of Swords is about  pirates.    Most importantly, Captian Declan Ross and his daughter, Anne Ross.    Left with the choice of pirating or watching his family starve, Ross chose pirating.   He's about as moral as you can get for a pirate- he never kills if he can help it, he always grants quarter, and he only takes from those who can stand the loss.    His daughter, Anne, wants to be a captain.   Badly.   But for now, she'll just be happy if her father will let her officially become one of the crew.   There are more members of the crew, including Jules, Red Eye, Stede, Jacques and Nubby.  (Red Eye is my favorite.)   They find a young man, Cat on a beach, beaten almost to death.   They pick him up and take him with them.    Some monks give them a human map to the Isle of Swords, a famed place of great treasure.   Unfortunatly, THE most ruthless pirate of the seas, Bartholomew Thorne, is after them.   And he will stop at nothing.  

I found this book very enjoyable.   The author is Christian, and (spoiler alert!)  later in the series (and some in this one) the characters become Christians too.   It's got just the right amount of action, but one scene feels a bit like the author had a movie in mind when he wrote it.  While I read this, I was totally engrossed.   It's got a few stereotypes, a girl and dad with relationship issues, a boy and dad with relationship issues, but it also breaks quite a few stereotypes.   And the stereotypes that are there are barely noticeable, and created in a new way, so you barely-if ever-notice they are there.    I also find that with a lot of books and more movies, they have heavy action parts  at the expense of the story.  This book is not one.   On the contrary, when the action happens, the plot is strenthened.   The story is fabulous!

I'd like to see this book made into a movie, and I love the other book in the series.   Wayne Thomas Batson is one of my favorite authors, and this is one of my favorite books.   

Possible cautions:   This is a pirate book, after all.   Violent (but not too violent) acts abound, mostly sword fights and cannon fire. Anne and Cat come apon torture victims, but the description is limited to a few sentences and not overdone.   People violently prone to nightmares and younger children should steer clear, but it's an enjoyable ride nontheless.   Smooth sailing for  everyone!

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Posted by BookGirl on November 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas lives in a perfect world.   There are no choices.   There are no emotions.  Everyone is assigned a role in the community.  At the Ceremony of Twelve, all Twelves are given a job.   After that, no one cares about their age.  Eventually, they will be assigned a spouse and a newchild, then after that, another newchild.   Then they will live with the Childless Adults.   After that, they will be transferred into the House of the Old to live for a time until they are Released.  Jonas agrees with these things and accepts them.   His Ceremony of Twelve is coming up, and he is singled out for the once in a lifetime  role of Receiver, to learn from a man who is now called the Giver.   This man gives Jonas the memories, memories like snow, hills,emotion,  and colors.  Jonas begins to question the things that he has always accepted.  After he learns the truth about a huge secret, Jonas must now make the ultimate desision.

This is a really good book.  And I mean stupendous.  It's won 6 awards, including the Regina Metal.  It slowly weaves the tale of the futuristic society, and you learn bits of information at a time.   The writer, Lois Lowry is an expert.   It is a must-read.   There is a slightly disturbing chapter where Jonas learns the secret about Release.  Other than that, it is a very VERY good book.   The other books by Lois Lowry aren't very good in subject material, but this?   This book is amazing.    

The ending?    Well, I won't ruin it.   Just read it.