Book Looks are mini reviews of books I have read. Today I will be using a format created by Staci at Life in a Thumb and attempt to review two books using only six sentences for each review.
The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive....
Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. (Publisher's Summary from Goodreads)
I was looking forward to reading Trapped by Michael Northop as part of the Contemps Challenge. I loved the cover and thought that the premise of the book was quite original. It was a fast read, not because it was action-packed, but because it has enough suspense that I wanted to find out whether or not the kids would make it through the nightmare they found themselves in. As with all survival stories their is a certain amount of tension that is ratcheted up between the characters. I especially liked how Northrop positioned the bad boy bully and the weird kid at school and showed how perceptions can be wrong. Scotty was a good narrator, and the dialogue felt authentic. I did feel the ending was too abrupt for my tastes and wished I had been given more of a wrap-up.
I have very mixed feeling about The Anchillarys Mark. First, while I had a difficult time getting into the book, once the action picked up Cohen managed to keep me engaged till the end. Secondly, there were several little inconsistencies with characters that left me scratching my head and going huh? For example, when Jacob the MC meets Sophie, she is aloof, bored, and definitely seemed less than enthralled with being in Jacob's company, but this changes way too quickly as they set off on their quest. I thought the antagonist was way over the top, and that the inclusion of Jacob's, mother confusing since her existence did not move the plot anywhere. I did, however, like Jacob's character a lot, and I thought the quest for the Ancillary flower compelling and suspenseful, Cohen's humor well placed, and the story extremely imaginative.
Source: Received copy for review from author