Dan Wells’ teen science fiction novel Partials is a gripping post-apocalyptic tale.  Kira is part of the last of civilization.  Her parents’ generation built robots to end the Isolation wars, but the robots decided to turn on the humans shortly after the war ended.  A deadly virus was released and all but a small number of humans perished.  There has been peace from the Partials, so referred to since they are half machine and half human, but growing tension among the humans is still causing trouble.  Even more upsetting, is the fact that the remaining people are unable to have surviving children.  All babies born since the virus was released die within a few days since they are not immune to the disease.   Kira is determined to find a cure.  She knows that her species’ only hope for survival is finding a way to have children, and hopefully that will also end the violent disputes within the humans’ society.  Thus she embarks on a crazy mission to cross into the Partials’ territory and find a way to cure the virus.

What a great science fiction story (and I typically don’t enjoy robot related books).  Wells did an incredible job describing the New York city area after the destruction.  It was so easy to envision the streets with rusted out cars and the like.  His characters were courageous and independent thinking.  I loved watching Kira stand up to the senators and doctors even though they are shooting her ideas down since she is a “plague baby” (too young to remember the Isolation war and the Partial attack).  She has such a strong understanding of her convictions even though she is only 16.  It was refreshing to read a young adult novel where the main character knows exactly what she wants to accomplish.  Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of coming of age and discovering her true self as the story continues for Kira.  And I am sure book two will be filled with even more opportunities for Kira to grow and learn.    If you are looking for an action filled story that isn’t your typical teen read, grab Partials, you won’t be disappointed.

As a side note, I get to meet Dan Wells next week at the BEA-so excited!  I hope I can get an autographed copy!

Join me on Facebook June 15th where I will begin our teen discussion on this novel.  Be sure to friend MostlyBooks TeenForum to join the fun.

June’s Book Club Reading List

Online Forum on FaceBook, friend MostlyBooks TeenForum

June 1st-14th  The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

June 15th-30th Partials by Dan Wells



In store book discussions

June 13th Romance Group (Wednesday at 7 PM):  Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

June 20th Fiction Group (Wednesday at 7 PM):  On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks

June 27th Mystery Group (Wednesday at 7 PM):  Lost Dog by Bill Cameron

There is no non-fiction book group for the month of June, see you Thursday July 5th  at 7 PM for the next book discussion

Hush, Hush

Becca Fitzpatrick’s novel Hush, Hush is a fabulous teen paranormal read.  Nora’s life finally seems to be going back to normal now that a year has past since her father’s death.  But things take an unusual turn the instant her biology teacher enforces a new seating chart that puts her and the new kid Patch together.  Now it seems as if Patch is everywhere and Nora isn’t sure if she should be scared of him or not.  As if her life isn’t complicated enough, Elliot, a new transfer student, is aggressively pursuing Nora for dates, her best friend is attacked, and she is having weird hallucinations.

Hush, Hush has a fun psychological twist that make the story so fascinating and compelling to read.  As mysterious things begin to happen to Nora, I found myself struggling to decided if she is hallucinating the events or if someone is causing them.  I also loved that Fitzpatrick never really lets you become comfortable with Patch.  She did such a great job of displaying Nora’s conflicting emotions that it was easy to feel mistrust towards Patch.  The angel mythology that Fitzpatrick creates is fresh and exciting, making her stand apart from all of the other author’s writing in this genre.  This is a great series to start your summer reading.

On a side note, I am so excited to meet Becca Fitzpatrick at the 2012 Book Expo next week!

The Witches

Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches is a perfect summer read for your nine year old (and up) .  Growing up, Grandmamma always told stories about witches and how much they hated children.  Her grandson found this out the hard way when he met The Grand High Witch and is turned into a mouse.  Now he and his  new friend Bruno, also captured and changed into a mouse by the witch, must find a way  to save all the children in England from becoming mice.

Dahl has such a great way of creating unique and fun characters.  His storytelling is filled with humor and wit that is certain to keep all ages interested.  It is also refreshing to see how empowering Dahl makes his children characters.  He puts them in challenging situations and makes them solve problems that often encompasses the entire world of children.  If you are looking for a book to read aloud with your younger reader, this would be a perfect choice.  The story is filled with amazing descriptions and engaging dialogue that is excellent for  dramatic reading.

Second Perimeter

Second Perimeter is the second book featuring Joe DeMarco by Mike Lawson and what a riveting read.  I was completely glued to the book.  The Secretary of the Navy’s nephew believes he has uncovered coworkers committing fraud and wants his uncle to start an investigation.  The Secretary is skeptical and decides to ask Joe’s boss to check things out before launching an official government investigation.  Joe takes off to start his work and Emma decides to join him.  Before long the two are knee deep in a much larger crime than fraud, and things are beginning to escalate when the criminals take a personal interest in Emma.

This book is full of suspense and surprises creating an edge of your seat read.  Lawson did such a great job of keeping me guessing all the way to the end.   He incorporates all kinds of details making the story totally realistic.  I found myself completely absorbed by the information on the Navy and national security, not to mention all of the intricate plot twists.  If you need a new thriller novel, be sure to start the Joe DeMarco series.

May Bestsellers

Here are our end of May bestsellers:

 1  Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

2  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

3  Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

4  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5  In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

6  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

7  Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

8  Prague Winter by Madeline Albright

9  Total Memory Makeover by Marilu Henner

10  Bringing up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection is the thirteenth book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective series by Alexander McCall Smith and it is just as entertaining as all of the previous books.  Ramotswe has been having reoccurring dreams of a mysterious man.  As  haunting as this has been for Ramotswe, it becomes even stranger when the man appears in Botswana and is none other than Clovis Andersen, the famous author of  The Principles of Private Detection.  This is the guide that Ramotswe  and Makutsi follow religiously, so meeting the man behind the book left the ladies close to speechless.  With the help of Clovis, Ramotswe sets out to find the real reason as to why the beloved matron of the orphanage was dismissed.  And of course life in Botswana is never quiet, with bad lawyers and house building mishaps to keep you thoroughly engaged in the story.

McCall Smith does such an excellent job with his writing that it is easy to escape to Africa.  It was exciting to finally meet Clovis after all of this time, and always entertaining to catch-up with our favorite characters from the past books.  As always, the characters are charming and funny with just the perfect amount of suspense added to keep you turning the pages.  And to make sure we are excited for book fourteen, Clovis decides to stay in Botswana, so maybe we will see more of him.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is an incredibly gripping tale of life among the Unconsecrated, or zombies.  Mary has grown up surround by the undead for her entire life with only a fence separating her and her village from certain death.  Life is all about listening to the  Sisterhood and Guardians, who are the keepers of their knowledge and protectors.  After her mother and father returned as the undead, Mary is forced to join the Sisterhood and now she is learning that perhaps there is life outside of the fence, maybe a life without the Unconsecrated.  Things quickly go from bad to worse for Mary when her village is infiltrated by the undead.  Now her dreams of escaping the fence has become  a reality and only option for survival.  With her brother and friends, Mary runs down the forbidden fenced-in path in hopes of finding the ocean and a world without zombies.

What a great horror story filled with tales of first love and growing up.  Ryan did such a great job capturing the fear of living with flesh-eating zombies while simultaneously showing the characters as being desensitized from the constant presents of the Unconsecrated.  I also like all of the big issues that Mary was forced to work through while fighting her way to freedom.  She tried to come to a better understanding of friendship, love, death, and hope.   Ryan created a precocious female character who has incredible courage and determination.  It was easy to cheer her on in her quest.

May Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of May:

1  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

3  Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

4  Mystery by Jonathon Kellerman

5  A Games of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

6  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

7  A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

8  The Wind Through the Keyhole: a Dark Tower Novel by Stephen King

9  Seriously, Just Go To Sleep by Adam Mansbach Illustrated by Ricardo Cortes

10  In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson