Review: Pants Are Everything

Pants Are Everything

Title: Pants are Everything
Author: Mark Lowery
Series: It’s sequel to Socks Are Not Enough
Published: 4/7/13

Who’s it for? Teens, although again, the older end of 9-12 would probably like this.

What’s it about? Picking up where ‘Socks Are Not Enough’ left off, Michael Swarbrick is again swinging from one disaster to the next. Owing to (almost) no fault of his own he’s facing expulsion from school, he’s become an internet sensation and, to top it all off, he’s lost Lucy as a friend. Plus, to add to everything, Ste has returned from abroad seemingly a changed man – but there’s something a little suspect about all that …


Review: Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire

Title: Rose Under Fire
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Series: Companion to Code Name Verity.

Who’s it for?  Teens

What’s it about? While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?


Review: Playing Tyler

Playing Tyler

Title: Playing Tyler
Author: T. L. Costa

Release Date: 4th July 2013

Who’s it for? Teens, mid to older teens.

What’s it about? When is a game not a game?

Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse… again.

Tyler’s dad is dead and his mom has mentally checked out. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games, and, well, that’s probably not going to get him into college.

Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him the future he was certain that he could never have. And when he falls in love with the game’s designer, the legendary gamer Ani, Tyler thinks his life might finally be turning around.

That is, until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and Ani discover that the game is more than it seems. Now Tyler will have to figure out what’s really going on in time to save his brother… and prevent his own future from going down in flames.

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)
What’s good about it? The character voices is this are close to perfect. Tyler’s voice is beautifully done and so very different to Ani’s. In fact, the segments from Tyler’s perspective actually had me reading faster – it’s so well done and his ADHD comes across without needing to continuously mention it every five seconds. Seriously, it’s a great example of show not tell.


Review: The Savages

The Savages

Title: The Savages
Author: Matt Whyman

Published: 6th June 2013

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? The Savages are a close knit family of, ahem, “evolved eaters” with a major obsession with food. Unusual food. So much so that Sasha Savage, the eldest daughter, risks her parents wrath when she starts dating, horror of horrors, a vegetarian. To outsiders they’re normal, but behind closed doors the Savages hide a dark, dark secret – but when Vernon English, private detective, starts looking into their lives … threatening to stumble upon their secret love for human flesh.


Day Twelve Review: Broken


Title: Broken
Author: A. E. Rought

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Emma is in mourning following the untimely death of her boyfriend, Daniel, he had been her everything and she his. But just as she’s picking up the pieces of her life, the mysterious Alex Franks joins the school – his mannerisms, the way he looks at her, it’s like she knows him already. That can’t be possible though – can it?


Day Eleven Review: Pantomime


Title: Pantomime
Author: Laura Lam

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Micah Grey, a runaway, joins the greatest circus in Ellada – the perfect place to hide. Micah has secrets, secrets no one can ever know or else they’d know that really… he should be in the freak show. Or so he thinks. But the people, the life he left behind when he was Gene – a nobleman’s daughter –  won’t give up so easily, and his secret might have further repercussions than he could ever know.