Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Six of Crows

Bardugo, Leigh.  Six of Crows.  NY: Henry Holt, c2015.  480 pages.

If you go into the darkest corners of a place known as Ketterdam, you will find the six curious people who are thrown together in a quest to steal a scientist from a heavily guarded fortress.  These are not six heroes, they are a mixture of orphans, thieves, and thugs who all want the big reward offered, each for reasons of their own.  I have to say that this book has the most annoying cliffhanger at the end of all time.  The next book in the series can't be published fast enough for me to find out what happens next.

Although this all takes place in a fantasy world, the issue of a drug that would change the balance of power in the world is not so far fetched.  It seems like drug lords are always in the news today and new drugs show up at an alarming rate.  One review I read compared the "theft" to a medieval Ocean's Eleven, with the elaborate plans and hair-raising close calls.  At any rate, you will be on the edge of your seat as events unfold and as you come to know the characters, you will be hoping for them to succeed despite their shady past.

If you don't mind the violence, this is recommended for junior high and above.
Review by Mrs. Belkanp

Goodbye Stranger

Stead, Rebecca.  Goodbye Stranger. NY: Wendy Lamb Books, c2015.  287 pages.

Bridget, now called Bridge, should have died when she skated into an intersection and collided with a car.  A nurse told her she must have some special reason to still be alive.  Bridge wants to know what that reason is.  Her best friends Emily and Tab are beginning to change.  Can their friendship survive?  She begins to spend time with Sherm.  Are they only friends?  In this layered story, told in alternate voices, (one of them a mystery person) Bridge learns more about herself, about friendship, life, and a little about romance too.

Review by Mrs. Belknap, recommended for junior high and above.