Series & Sequels
Did you know Suzanne Collins wrote a whole other series before The Hunger Games? Uh hu. Neither did I until I decided to preview a book that I thought Henry might like but the reviews I read at Common Sense Media made me wonder if there was too much violence. I wanted to read what they were describing in it's proper context vs just a clip. Five books later ... I'd say ti was a hit! Unfortunately, Henry was not interested in Gregor The Overlander. These books are written for 9-13 year olds but I don't think age matters. She is a great writer and really has a fabulous imagination! These books have proven to be very fast reads and just fascinating ~ can you imagine running into a cockroach that is 6 ft tall? Or lets say a human who's skin is transparent and their eyes are violet? That is just a taste of what oddities you will come across as Gregor explores the underland.
The Lodger was a kindle freebie that would make a perfect Halloween read. It's just suspenseful enough that the hairs on the back of your neck tingle a little and you hold your breath as you turn the page (or push the button in my case).
"More than a story of a serial murderer in foggy London of the early twentieth century, this is also a look at the social and familial mores of the time and of the strange relationship that forms between a mysterious lodger and his landlady....Raver's voice has superb diction and range. She speaks for all characters, except for the lodger, in a strong cockney accent, and she sets the mood from start to finish."
Another great Halloween read is Miss Peregrine's Home For Pecular Children. This book really had me scratching my head at first. Not in a bad way but wondering what was "true" and what was just an active imagination of one of the main characters. As the story progresses you begin to wonder if there really are such people as the peculiar children. Read it - you will understand what I mean ;-)
So tell me what good reads you've had lately. Any spooky Halloween-ish reads that won't give me nightmares? ;-)