Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Book Look/ Mini Review
Walk the Wild Road by Nigel Hinton and Son of Eden by Brianna J. Merrill

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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  where she reviews books using only six sentences for each review.

Leo took one step forward and then stopped. This was it-the road away from everything he knew. He could turn back. But then who would save his family from starvation? No, Leo was their last hope. He must go on...

The journey is not easy-he'll have to sleep on the streets, steal food, and even fight off greedy soldiers. Along the way, Leo discovers the kindness of strangers and the loyalty of friends. But he also learns there are some people you just can't trust, especially when you're on the wild road to America.

The summary for Walk the Wild Road by Nigel Hinton does not come close to describing the impact felt in this historical fiction story about Leo’s journey to reach America.  Leo is a wonderful character who leaves home knowing that his staying would place his family in danger. He takes up with another boy, Tomasz, who is street wise and the two become best friends. Their friendship makes their journey easier and while they often find themselves in difficult situations you realize that as a team they will make it. Hinton does a marvelous job showing the hardships these two boys encounter as they travel hundreds of miles to reach the port of Danzig where they plan to board a ship to America. The ending while satisfying is emotionally draining.  The book is evenly paced and well worth the read.

Imagine a moment of unseen intervention on your behalf. What would you do if you discovered invisible beings surrounding you? What if you were the key to their survival? SON OF EDEN introduces a world where unseen beings really do exist, love has no limits, and the realization of one’s self worth is pivotal. Tormented by sadness over her mother’s death, Emily Wallace wonders if life really has any purpose. Her question is answered when she meets Alexander. After transgressing the laws of his kind, Alexander reveals his true nature to Emily and the two find life without one another is not an option. But, forming such a cosmically unique relationship comes with a price. It becomes apparent that some will stop at nothing to ensure an ancient prophecy surrounding these two is never fulfilled. Is the Opposition motivated by knowledge of Alexander’s true identity? Or, are they more concerned with who Emily is destined to become?

I have been reading a lot of angel book lately and while I have liked quite a few Son of Eden did not end up being one of my favorites. What I did like about the book was Merrill’s main character Emily. She was smart and thoughtful, and I loved the relationship she and her dad had. What I didn’t like was how quickly she became enthralled with Alex. For me Alex lacked depth. I never felt a real connection with his character and that kept me from really enjoying the rest of the story. The plot was complex, and Merrill’s mythology was interesting and imaginative, but I struggled with the narrative.   
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