Friday, October 24, 2014

Friends with Wings by Michelle Murrain

The year is 2102, the earth is in crisis, and Trina, a gutsy young woman from a poor family, is forced to sell herself into slavery to pay off her family’s debt. To her surprise, she ends up being sent into space to help colonize a star. Her future seems bright until crisis strikes the colony – leaving Trina the only human being left alive on Planet Johannes. Another spaceship is slated to arrive in a decade, but how will Trina survive alone for ten years? And even if she does, how can she keep the next colony from meeting the same fate? The answers to these questions show up in the form of “friends with wings.” Once Trina meets the Eeriv, nothing will ever be the same.

Published September 26th 2014 by Smashwords Edition ISBN13  9781311253019
Told with journal entries Friends With Wings is a story of a girl who is assigned to work off a debt and is sent to space to help build a place for humans to live on another planet. She is put to sleep for 32 years, watches as all of her shipmates are slaughtered and is taken in by the local intelligent population.  They are winged and live in the trees where they provide Trina a home and support. 

The story flows by very fast we we jump from journal entries and points of interest in the story. Trina spends a lot of time exploring and learning more about the different forms of life. Especially the reason for the colonies destruction. It is a fun fantasy/science fiction  adventure story with a strong and smart lead character. 

I really enjoyed the world we were taken to. The environment and the unusual and imaginative characters gave a very unique and very enjoyable story. I recommend this book, I "flew" through it, it's clean and great for tweens and teens. 4 Stars

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Buried: A Goth Girl Mystery by Linda Joy Singleton

Buried: A Goth Girl Mystery
by Linda Joy Singleton

In a new school and determined to keep her secrets from being discovered, Thorn finds a mysterious locket that leads to a shocking discovery. Surrounded by new friends she barely knows, as well as the school's famous former student, a smoking-hot musician named Phillipe, Thorn must investigate to find out if one of them is a murderer
Paperback, 257 pages Published March 8th 2012 by Flux
ISBN 0738719587 (ISBN13: 9780738719580)

I had a great time reading this book, it was fun and had some great twists. I enjoyed that the main character is goth. She is not one of those overly emo characters that is dark and brooding, but more upbeat and up for anything.

Characters: Thorn is a goth girl that a little less emo and more upbeat and snarky. She has a preacher as a father and she is morally a good person. But she has an edge to her and likes her own style.
Her detective work and the people that she runs into during her investigation made for a really great and entertaining read. I enjoyed Thorn's attitude about things and she's funny. Great fun combinations of characters all witty and fun. Dress styles that set them off a little from the crowd.

Story: In this story Thorn finds a locket, she is unsure but something about the locket is calling to her, she needs to find out who owned the locket, hoping it leads her to unravel the feelings she gets when holding/wearing it. Thorn is a "finder" she has a psychic ability that leads her to special objects, in turn those objects may lead her to something. The locket in this story leads her to bones, babies bones. By finding the owner she may be able to prove herself innocent of a mysterious murder.

Originality: I have not read any other books by Linda, but have heard that this story takes place in the same world setting as her other books. There is also some mention from others that the characters overlap a little and if you are familiar with her other books you will recognize them and understand some of their back stories a little more than what is introduced here.

Writing: The story jumps around a lot. The mystery and investigation does not take center stage in the story as much as it should according to the summary. The reader may jump into the story fully intent on reading a good mystery. There are spots along the way that focus a little more on the activities at the school. The singing competition and it's famous judge Philipe. There is also a prankster that likes to get revenge by bullying the bullies a little and calls himself the Grin Reaper. These side stories pull away from the main mystery plot, but fun and interesting at the same time.

Krista's Review: I think that maybe me and this book just met at a good time. I was looking for something that was fun and entertaining. I enjoy mysteries and a little bit of the dark side mixed in. It is more mystery than it is suspenseful or thrilling, although all of these aspects are included.
I was very happy to have read this one and I will continue to find more books by this author, it was a fast fun read and I liked the darker mystery to it.