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Hold a Tick: Indi Reviews

Hold a tick. We’ve go indi reviews ready for you now.

Jenny – “Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11” by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Steve Moors – “Dragons vs. Drones” by Wesley King

Cathie Sue – “Skunked: Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet” and “Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet” by Jacqueline Kelly

Kelly – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by Jack Thorne

Karl – Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress [image from abcnews.go.com] – “Bright April” by Marguerite De Angeli

Adrienne – “Finders Keepers” by Roy Deering – “Extraordinary Jane” by Hannah E. Harrison – “Chukfi Rabbit’s Big Bad Bellyache” by Greg Rodgers and illustrated by Leslie Stall Widener2016 Reading Roundup Double “R” Author Tour

Pink with Rhinestones: Indi Reviews

Zap! Gotcha! Pink with rhinestones tasers are the best. Now, for our indi reviews…

Emily – “The Living” by Matt de la Pena
Jenny – “Red Shirts” by John Scalzi
Cathie Sue – “El Deafo” by Cece BellKarl – “The Book with No Pictures” by B.J. Novak
Adrienne – request for your favorite “Supernatural” episodes. Post on our Facebook page.

Rebuild Yourself: Indi Reviews

“Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.”

Karl – “Don’t Pigeonhole Me!” by Mo Willems
Jenny – “Red Shirts” by John Scalzi
Emily – “Andre the Giant: Life and Legend” by Box Brown
Adrienne – “What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?” by Richard Ben Cramer.

Cat Vomit: Indi Reviews

You know the cat vomit color when you see it. Individual reviews:

“Boa’s Bad Birthday” by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross – Jenny
“What’s Your Favorite Animal” by Eric Carle and Friends – Cathie Sue
“Sacre Bleu” by Christopher Moore (audio version) – Karl
“Scraps: Notes from a Colorful Life” by Lois Ehlert

“Keeping It Real” Indi Reviews

Yeah, we keep it real, yo. Our individual reviews for your ear bones.

“Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra” by Jason Fry
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” board game
“Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon In Two” by Catherynne Valente
“Man Made Boy” by Jon Skovron

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

“Fifth Wave” by Rick Yancey

The Fifth Wave

Earth is invaded by aliens, but with silence and ingenuity. Humanity s attacked in different waves. EMP waves, coastal destruction, plague, and then sniper attacks. Cassie Sullivan has learned how survive and it hasn’t been easy. She learns to shoot an M-16 and if something shoots at you, you shoot back.

Told from multiple viewpoints with well-developed characters, and strong world building, “The Fifth Wave” is great storytelling. It leaves the reader thinking about their own perceptions of right and wrong, what makes you human and how far would you go to survive?

Shadow On the Sun by David Macinnis Gill

“Shadow On the Sun” by David Macinnis Gill

Shadow On the Sun

A written review by Jenny

Third in the Durango series that started with Black Hole Sun. Durango and Mimi have gone separate ways. Mimi to the monastery to heal from her injuries and to gain a little perspective. Durango is captured by Lyme, his deranged father, who continues to try and mold him into the great soldier and commander that he wants Jacob to be so that they can rule Mars.

Filled with likeable characters, a terra-formed Mars as a setting- what could get better than that –oh yeah a satisfying bust-em-up- gotcha ending.

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

“The Neptune Project” by Polly Holyoke

Neptune Project

A written review by Jenny

In the not so distant future when the land masses are slowing sinking into the sea, Nere spends her time training dolphins with her marine biologist mother. Nere has never had the stamina for sports except when she swimming.  Their idyllic life is compromised when Nere, along with her best friend Cam, uses her dolphin pod to rescue smugglers. This leads to a crackdown by the government which means the end of her mother’s research and Nere’s work with the dolphins.

When the soldiers come to the village, Nere’s mother finally tells her that she has been genetically altered to survive under the ocean.  With a final dose of medication, Nere and two others in her village manage to make it to the ocean to begin a journey to Safe Harbor, a place where there will be others like them and they will be safe. Nere and her group suffer through learning to eat raw fish, avoiding the boats that are hunting them as well as negotiating with other groups of similar children and betrayals big and small.

Lots of action and well developed characters. Readers will be routing for Nere and her group. Good character development including those of the dolphin pod that helps sustain the children as the live in the ocean.  If you read this book – remember to breathe….