This book is in my top 10 favourite books. When I picked it off the shelf I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but after reading the first couple of chapters, I was in love. The neat thing about this book is that it isn't just one story being told. Instead, it is a combination of many stories and I adored that. In the book, each character gets to tell a story and I found that that helped me connect and learn about all the different characters. It gave them not just one identity but many and I enjoyed learning about them.
I also love how flawed they made the main character and how the ending turned out. It's one of those books where the ending is realistic but it still feels completed. I highly recommend this book. It made me laugh, nearly cry, disapprove of some of the characters' decisions, and so much more.
- Else, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is one of the best mysteries I’ve read.
Among the many reasons why I love this book, Maniscalco manages to walk the fine line of being descriptive without being gross when describing the crime scenes, as well as crafting relatable characters you can’t help but root for. Though the story does tackle some scary topics, such as the famous serial killer, Jack the Ripper, I found there were many levels to the book beyond the murders. Maniscalco’s writing manages to layer romance, mystery, and a strong female character seamlessly all to create one fantastic read.
I know I can speak for other teens when I say readers will fall in love with young Audrey Rose Wadsworth as she tries to balance love, a job saving the family name. Oh, and solving murders. Enjoy!
- Reese, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer
Stalking Jack the Ripper will be available September 20.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
Wax by Gina Damico is a comedic thriller about wax sculptures, stardom and immortality. The main character, Poppy, is a strong-willed aspiring actress and singer who is beyond perky and optimistic. Maybe a little TOO perky at times. With The List in hand, she could rule the world... in an organized fashion of course. The other characters, Jill, Dud, Blake, Connor, Jesus and even Greg, have something special about them: little quirks and opinions and actions that make them who they are. Greg has his ice cream jokes, Connor has his cape, and Jesus has his need to take things into his own hands. All of these traits lead to a wildly hilarious and fun novel.
As events passed a few discoveries were predictable, but the way the author announced and dealt with the issues was entirely new to me. Wax is a nice summer or light read that will keep you entertained and laughing until the last page.
- Lauren, a Two Thumbs Up reivewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
Seventeen-year-old Cardinal has escaped the virus that ravaged his town, leaving its victims alive but without their memories. He chooses to remain in the quarantined zone, caring for a group of orphaned kids in a mountain camp with the help of the former brutal school bully, now transformed by the virus into his best friend. But then a strong-willed and mysterious young woman appears, and the closed-off world Cardinal has created begins to crumble.
Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch was a great book. The characters all had interesting back stories that made me want to continue reading. And though the plot of the story was slow at times, the book was very thought-provoking. It explored questions like, when all of your memories and experiences are wiped away, who do you become? Are you still yourself or are you someone else? Overall I thought the book was very interesting and would definitely recommend it to others.
- Miriam, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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