June 6, 2010

48 HBC Update 3

The last day of the challenge and I still have the opportunity to read lots more:)
I've read and blogged an additional 6.5 hours which brings us to 17.5 hours in total. I've read 5 books and a total of 1423 pages. I'm hoping to hit the 25 hr mark......

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

Shelby’s summer plans go totally awry when her horrible stepmother sends her off to “brat camp” as punishment for one too many broken curfews. Camp is full of spoiled rich kids, obnoxious counselors wanting Shelby to talk about her feelings, and a totally inhumane “no cell phones” policy. Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that bad boys get her into trouble…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one?

A really quick read, it was enjoyable, but a bit of a "surface" book. There wasn't a lot of character development, and I had a challenging time connecting to the characters. They didn't always seem real to me, and though Shelby had moments of being vulnerable, she often came off as spoiled and selfish like the rest of the characters. It was a plot driven story line and moved along very quickly. It was OK.

Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman

If you could only have one superpower what would it be? The ability to fly? Invisibility? Have you thought about the possible consequences?

When Jacob’s foster father whispers, “You are indestructible” seconds before dying in a car crash that should’ve killed them both, Jacob never imagines he could possess a real superpower. To test it Jacob and his friends start indulging comic book-like fantasies. Later, they commit to use this amazing power of indestructibility to do good in the world and save others from death. But how do they decide who to save? And what happens when they blur the lines of life and death, right and wrong, and good and evil?

The author does a wonderful job of pulling you in from the first few lines. I didn't put this book down for a second, and couldn't seem to turn the pages fast enough. A lot of thought provoking questions in this book.....and I like how the author leaves you to answer those questions on your own. Jacob is left to discover that there is a natural order to things and that there might be disastrous results when you mess with fate.

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