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A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:36pm

A Good Idea is a mystery takes place in the late 90’s, and is centred around a relatively well known girl in a small town who disappears under suspicious circumstances. Her best friend becomes dead set on figuring out what happened to her, but in the process discovers a completely different, dark, corrupt and intricate web of secrets about the town, and its inhabitants.

Christina Moracho has crafted a well-paced, dark mystery novel that is caught somewhere in between USA Network’s Eyewitness and the 80’s cult classic Heathers. It shares the familiar dark undertones and characters that can be observed in Heathers, but similar to Eyewitness, story is spurred along by the small town everybody-knows- everybody element. Ultimately, I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend A Good Idea to fans of either of the previously mentioned, or just teenagers who are looking for a somewhat darker, mature mystery novel focused in on people their age.

- Chloé, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

A Good Idea will be available February 28.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Shadow Run by Michael Miller (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 at 5:06pm

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique. As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

Shadow Run to me had its good moments, however in general I found the story lacking. I found that the beginning had a very slow start that made me lose interest quite easily. I am a sucker when it comes to sci-fi and I absolutely adore it, however I found that Shadow Run just did not hit the mark for me. As a person who grew up watching Firefly I loved the fact that people had been comparing the two, or at least recommending it to those who loved Firefly. I may have set the bar a little too high for Shadow Run because of my excitement for it. However another unfortunate thing that happened was that I did not feel any personal connections to the characters I really could've cared less as to what happened to them and what was going to be of them.

I found myself being very confused a majority of the story as well. I had to re-read many of the very first paragraphs to even understand what was happening and what they were doing on the ship. I feel as though they could've executed it much better because the story had originality to it. As for the characters I found that the gang had a lot of potential. However none of them really connected with me personally. I really wanted to like Nev because hello beautiful character but I couldn't. However his character kind of came across as being a little annoying at times. As for Qole I love the idea that she had her own ship. I really really wanted to like her because I am a sucker as well for female protagonists. I did however enjoy sometimes enjoy the conversations that happened between the crew at times because it was very entertaining.

Overall I feel like my downfall for this book was that I had too many high expectations for it. I also expected a lot of humour and such because of the relation to Firefly. Maybe if I would've not had as much expectations I would've enjoyed the book a lot more. But overall it was a decently good book. If I were to recommend this book I definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy sci-fi books because it hit the mark in that aspect. I would rate this book 3 out of 5 stars just due to my confusion for most of the story and my lack of connection to the characters.

- Sabrina , a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Shadow Run will be available March 21.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 4:45pm

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough tells the story of Erin Blake who, as a toddler, survived alongside the corpse of her murdered mother for three days. Fourteen years later, her mother’s murder still hasn’t been solved. A self-taught forensics expert, Erin has been trying to solve the case herself, but when Erin’s biology teacher is murdered, she has her suspicions that the two cases are connected. As she continues to try to solve the murders herself, she becomes the police’s main suspect, along with her crush, Journey. But after a string of near-death accidents, it seems as though catching her mother’s killer may cost Erin her own life.

Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It kept me guessing, and the twist at the end caught me by surprise. I would highly recommend this book to fans of Nancy Drew or the TV show, Veronica Mars. Erin is a really interesting and relatable character, and through out the book, you become quite invested in the outcome of her investigation. One thing I thought was really great about this book is that since it is written in first person, you get all of Erin’s thoughts and feelings. You also get to see how Erin's friends and family become more and more concerned about her as she becomes obsessed with solving the case, even though she doesn’t see it herself. Even the reader doesn’t really notice until it is pointed out. Overall, I think this book is great not only for mystery lovers, but for anyone looking for great characters and an interesting read.

- Lilja, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 6:12pm

When Zoe and her brother are saved by a bounty hunter named X, who was sent from the Lowlands to literally take the lives of those who sinned (think grim reaper), Zoe's and X's worlds unsurprisingly change and the story continues from there. It sounds simple, right? 

The Edge of Everything is a breath of fresh air, one I couldn't quite connect too because of a certain "instant attraction" but fresh air nonetheless. I also feel that you need to get into this book knowing as little as possible, trust me, it's more thrilling that way. It's too bad that I was let down by the quick progression between Zoe and X. Zoe herself is a great and strong character that is still humanly flawed, she is somebody that I can identify with and admire. Other characters, including X are well fleshed out, and I enjoyed reading about what they breath into this story. Be cautious that this book maybe a little violent, but if anything I mentioned above, you should give this book a try!

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Feb 06, 2017 at 4:47pm

Lifeblood, the sequel to Firstlife by Gena Showalter, has many of the elements I enjoyed in the first novel. It has a continuously rolling plot line, relatable and brave characters, and many not-that-completely obvious life lessons.

Being a sequel, Lifeblood picks up right from where Firstlife ends... literally. There's about a thirty-second gap between both novels, which is kind of awesome because that rarely happens. The entirety of the novel contains just as much action, adventure, and non-stop drama as the first book. This is something I am SO glad for. Gena Showalter doesn't try changing the general direction the overall story was going in. Instead, she builds off the world she has created, and adds more fascinating details and rules to the universe.

The only thing I didn't like about Lifeblood was the weirdly drastic change in Ten's personality. At the beginning of Firstlife, the brave and independent Tenley Lockwood believed that no boy could ever affect her choices in life. These choices were for her to decide, without being coerced. Sounds reasonable, right? She looked after herself, and always did what needed to be done, and I admired her for that. But then Lifeblood began. In the sequel, Ten looses a lot of her pride. She believes that she needs her man to go on with her life and that she can't do anything right without him. That took a hit to my respect for her, but I got past it, and everything turned out better in the end.

Overall, Lifeblood is an AMAZING novel that you need to read as soon as possible! (That is, after you read the first one!)

- Lauren, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Lifeblood will be available February 28.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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