The Wild Ones (C. Alexander London) | Book Review

FINALLY FINISHED THE BOOK AFTER DECADES AND DECADES OF WAITING AND WAITING….

Wild+Ones+coverTitle: The Wild Ones

Author: Alex London

Genre: Fantasy

Series: -NONE-

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Followed by: NONE-

I am now officially obsessed with stand-alone books. So, like, OFFICIALLY. Check out my entire to-be-read list of books by following my Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis

When a country raccoon used to a soft life winds up all alone in the big city, there’s no telling what he’ll do to survive — and to save his fellow wild animals in the process.

Kit, a young raccoon, has lived his whole life under the Big Sky in the comfort of his parents’ burrow. But when a pack of hunting dogs destroy his home and kill his parents, Kit finds himself in Ankle Snap Alley, a city in the midst of a turf war between the Wild Ones and the people’s pets who call themselves The Flealess. There he follows the clues his parents left behind to uncover the secret that they died for–the existence of an ancient truce that gives Ankle Snap Alley to the Wild Ones. But The Flealess will stop at nothing to keep that secret buried forever–and Kit is in serious danger.
Perfect for fans of the Warriors, Spirit Animals, or Redwall series, this first book in the Wild Ones epic is sure capture young readers’ imaginations and take them on a great adventure.

Yeah. So, more of kids than anything, but still. IMAGINATIVE. WILDLY. 🙂

Please. I will now write in short, blocked sentences for the rest of my life because of the sheer awesomeness of this book.

As Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan, says:

“Raccoon hero Kit and his ragtag community of creatures will sneak their way into you heart. they may pick your pocket too, but they’ll take you on an adventure you won’t forget. This is a fantasy that kids will adore (and quick-of-paw parents will steal). A wild ride from a wildly imaginative author.”

So now you now.

The book itself in mainly aimed towards younger audiences, but if you appreciate the writing, you will enjoy it immensely. It was different from what I usually read, but all the same, I give it:

five-stars-rating

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George (Alex Gino) | Book Review

I’ve been meaning to do this one. I finished the book a while ago, but never got to do a review for it. So here it goes!

GEORGE_custom.jpgTitle: George

Author: Alex Gino

Genre: Realistic (LGBTQ)

Series: -NONE-

Preceded by: -NONE-

Followed by: NONE-

 

Goodreads Synopsis

BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

I’ve actually never read a book with completely LGBT(Q) themes. Like, maybe a side romance of gay (Malec, guys), but not entirely.

This is such a moving book. It helped me realize that people like George are regular, they just want different things. They have different dreams and wishes. There wasn’t much action, but this kind of book is not supposed to have.

One of the only downside is the length of the book. There was a heavy under dose of detail, resulting in an incredibly short book. I finished it in less than a day. Maybe it was supposed to do this, but this only tells about a very short portion of George’s life. I think it would have been more interesting if it told about her struggles and how she came to her decision.

Other than that, it was written by a transgender author. I actually first met him at the North Texas Teen Book Festival, and he is very moving. His book is, essentially a copy of him, I feel. He really put his thoughts into the book.

For this, I give:

five-stars-rating

A full five stars!

Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare) | Book Review

6a00d8345169e469e2013489061e77970cTitle: Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st Installment of The Infernal Devices

Preceded by: -NONE-

Followed by: Clockwork Prince

Goodreads Synopsis

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

I’ve read The Mortal Instruments series already, but I’m on the second book of The Infernal Devices. This one is the first.

I was slightly disappointed when I read this book. I’d heard raving reviews and read The Mortal Instruments to get to this. Even the first book of that series was slightly boring at the beginning, and so was this one. There was fairly limited action until the very end of the book, and it ended quite abruptly.

Tessa’s droning about the Dark Sisters at the beginning really put me off. That being said, the mystery and suspense was enough to keep me clinging to the rest of the series. The way Clare weaves together a plot was exceeding my expectations, and I hope the other books are much better.

The emotions I felt in this book is similar to that I felt in City of Bones. Sort of boring at the beginning, but filled with suspense, though no action.

For that, I give:

three-stars-rating