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She, Myself, and I by Emma Young (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 at 12:37pm

Ever since Rosa’s nerve disease rendered her quadriplegic, she’s depended on her confident older brother to be her rock and her mirror. But when a doctor from Boston chooses her to be a candidate for an experimental brain transplant, she and her family move from London in search of a miracle. Sylvia—a girl from a small town in Massachusetts—is brain dead, and her parents have agreed to donate her body to give Rosa a new life. But when Rosa wakes from surgery, she can’t help but wonder, who Sylvia was and what her life was like. Her fascination with her new body and her desire to understand Sylvia prompt a road trip based on self-discovery... and a surprising new romance. But will Rosa be able to solve the dilemma of her identity?

She Myself And I had me hooked from the moment I read the first chapter. I’ll admit it wasn’t a book I’d normally read, being more interested in fantasy myself. Reading the back and title just made me anxious to see if the book would live up to the excitement that was bubbling inside of me.The plot was new and exiting! I mean how many books have you read that the plot is about a girl who experienced a surgery that put her brain in another girl's body? I had never seen anything like it before and I was curious, I wanted to know what would happen! Would Rosa ever figure out who she is and who is living life, herself or Sylvia? After reading the book I realized it was even better than I expected. It was an incredible concept and so unique too. I believe that it really taught me that no matter what I look like on the outside or whose body I’m in, I’ll always be myself on the inside, and really isn’t that all that matters? Anyways, I’d definitely recommend it, but be warned that the themes can be mature and the ideas behind some of it are probably more suited for an older audience. I really hope everybody who reads it enjoys it just as much as I did and has fun following Rosa’s story.

- Lindsay, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Disappeared by Francisco X Stork (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Oct 16, 2017 at 6:53pm

Four Months Ago Sara Zapata's best friend disappeared, kidnapped by the web of criminals who terrorize Juarez. Four Hours Ago Sara received a death threat - and with it, a clue to the place where her friend is locked away. Four Weeks Ago Emiliano Zapata fell in love with Perla Rubi, who will never be his so long as he's poor. Four Minutes Ago Emiliano got the chance to make more money than he ever dreamed - just by joining the web. In the next four days, Sara and Emiliano will each face impossible choices, between life and justice, friends and family, truth and love. But when the web closes in on Sara, only one path remains for the siblings: the way across the desert to the United States.

Nothing I write will give this book justice! Disappeared is heartfelt, amazing, and powerful. I was captured from start to finish with each word portraying a struggle I have never experienced but can still relate to. Every Emotion was stronger than the last including fear, sadness, uncertainty, and the struggles they had to face. I was pulled into a world where you can't go outside alone without a high possibility of being abducted, a world where just finding food is a struggle. This book made me not only grateful for my life, but also made me realize that it only takes a 6 hour flight to where there are people who are not even safe in their own homes. I loved this book and strongly feel that everyone should read it if given the chance. I give this book a 5/5 star rating.

-Nicole, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 5:03pm

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation. Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

The Last Star Burning was a very slow book. It consisted of a well developed world with under developed characters. Readers got unique visuals that make up for the inconsistent plot line. Overall this book had strong elements, however it just wasn’t a favourite for me. The thing I enjoyed the most about the book was the concept. This idea that a girl who was branded because of her mothers misdoings must struggle to prove she’s innocent everyday. That then gets thrown in with this divided culture idea which to me sounded like there was going to be a lot of potential. It just sort of fell through for the actually storytelling part. Overall the concept was a stunning idea but I didn’t get a connection to the characters or actually storyline. I would recommend it to those who live dystopian kind of worlds, with history ties. I would give this book a 2 out of 5 stars 

- Sabrina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 at 5:43pm

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls. In Cat's world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius. That's no surprise, since Cat's father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by an organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive on her own. When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, but Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat's help to release it and save the human race.

This Mortal Coil is action-packed from start to finish. Just when you think you’ve figured out what will happen next, the author, Emily Suvada throws another plot twist at you. Every page holds a new question and an unexpected answer. It pulls you into the world of Catarina, the world during the apocalypse. This is not a book you just read whenever, this is a book that is on your mind at all times, even when you’ve finished reading it. It kept me up till three in the morning because there was no way I could stop reading, not even for a second! In This Mortal coil I felt each emotion, the fear, confusion, anger and most often the uncertainty. I would definitely read this book again and I would recommend it to all my friends. It is 100% one of the best books I’ve ever read! I’d give it 5 stars.

- Nicole, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

This Mortal Coil will be published on November 7.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 at 7:40pm

Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly about what happened on what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.

When I Am Through With You is the fictional story of Ben Gibson, and a bunch of other people he hates (and a handful who end up dying). When I first started this book I was worried it would be another Lord of the Flies, and thankfully it isn't. It's way better. I guess you could say it shares the similar concepts of pushing people to their absolute limits, illustrating the horrific choices that people make when they get desperate in a survival scebario. Stephanie Kuehn does an exemplary job of this, like honestly. If Ben didn't think he needed therapy at the beginning of the book, he won't try denying it after the trip. Good thing he's a fictional character.

- Chloe, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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