Sunday, July 28, 2013

Delroy Versus the Yshtari by Berin Stephens

I'm a huge fan of Berin's books. I love the humor he puts into each one. He also wrote Dragon War Relic and  Time Gangsters. I was excited to read this one and I loved it!  Here is the synopsis:

No one ever said being a space pirate would be easy.

Wannabe scam artist and space captain Delroy has more to worry about than his outdated butler bot. He falls in love with the female bounty hunter Stella and ends up getting caught by the Yshtari, a race of lobster-like beings. Delroy has to use his skills to save Stella and other prisoners, and also find a way to avert a devastating war with the Yshtari, who are intent on turning the human race into their next meal.

Sounds awesome, right? It really was. He has a cool butler bot that is faithful no matter how many times Delroy gets annoyed and shoots out Minx's treads. Their interaction is great.

I love the villain that can never quite do what he's supposed to do and Delroy is the perfect not-so-good conman. Luckily for him, he always seems to get away somehow.

Stella is the love of his life and nothing he does seems to please her but he refuses to give up. He attempts to save her from the Yshtari but things continue to get complicated.

This is a great book for kids and adults alike.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston

I have looked forward to reading this book for a while. I love Tristi's books and the humor she brings to her writing. I was not disappointed. I read this in a day because I was so stuck in the story.

Here is the synopsis: 

With his pride and her prejudice, what could possibly go wrong?

When the arrogant Blake Hansen steals Addie Preston's promotion at the library, he pretty much rubs her nose in it. But Addie, who dreams of being a full-fledged librarian, decides to stick it out. She loves surrounding herself with books and keeping her father's memory alive in the building where they spent so much time together.

Soon, Addie learns that her beloved library will be torn down to make room for a larger facility, and she has to make a choice. Fight, or let go?

To complicate things, she finds herself attracted to Blake, who is engaged to someone else. Will Blake and Addie ever resolve their differences?

There are libraries, books, a little romance, and a lot of emotion throughout. In other words, the perfect book for me. Addie is a feisty girl who has lost so much and fights hard to keep her family together while struggling with school and a job. She's tough but she has a great sense of humor to go with it.

Blake is uptight but he rides a motorcycle —a confusing combination. He is always willing to help her out, even when she doesn't want it. 

Melanie is always there for Addie—and Addie is there for her when she needs it most.

So many emotions went flowing through me as I read it. I miss my bookstore so the act of closing their library, cataloging the books, and lugging them around was strongly felt. Addie struggled through so many trials and I felt for her as one problem after another hit her.

I highly recommend this book to teens and adults.

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