This was a weekend of epic reading. I wish I had been reading these books while punching a shark. Or jumping out of a flaming dirigible. Or building a log cabin out of toothpicks and unicorn tears. But alas, I read these books on my couch, which is epically awesome in its own way, but nowhere near as cool as a couch made out of live badgers. Then again, I cannot imagine a live badger couch would be very comfortable. Or conducive to reading. Thankfully my couch is, and I therefore spent some quality time reading The Power of Six and the haunting Sweetly.
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore is the long awaited sequel to the thrilling I Am Number Four. This is a continuation of Four, Sam and Six’s adventures, with the added bonus of number Seven! While at times I found I Am Number Four to be slow and tedious, I never felt that way with the sequel. Talk about fast paced and riveting. The constant switch between Four and Seven, noted by slight but noticeable text changes, was well executed. We go easily from chapter to chapter alternating between Four and Seven, following two stories at once. You never feel lost or out of place, and everything flows together very naturally. When it comes time for the separate stories to merge, it is such an awesome back and forth that you just do not want to put the book down. I loved all the action in the sequel, most of the set up was taken care of in the first book, so we can really get into the alien slaying action. Now questions are answered in this book, and in a very satisfying manor. Things that could be ridiculous are handled in a wonderfully believable way as well, not once was I left feeling like the author pulled an answer out of thin air just to appease me. While the first book left me a little wanting, the sequel has only left me wanting more. You can trust that this librarian will be on the edge of her seat until Mr. Lore deems it time to release the next book.
I love fairy tales. I love fairy tale retellings. I have never had a retelling haunt my dreams quite like Sweetly by Jackson Pearce. Seriously, this book made me wake up in the middle of the night panicking, and I don’t even have a ton of woods around me. The writing is wonderful and descriptive, and I love the heroine. You all know how rare it is for me to love a heroine. They really need to be awesome to win my respect and Jackson Pearce has written an extremely awesome heroine. Sweetly is the story of Ansel and Gretchen, a brother and sister who lost Gretchen’s twin one fateful day in the woods. After their mother died and father remarried, they knew their step mother held no love for them. This was confirmed when she kicked them out of the house the moment that Gretchen turned 18. Glad to be able to get away from the forests of Washington which haunted them, the siblings drove as far away as humanly possible. All the way to South Carolina in fact. It may have been bad luck, or fate, that made their car break down in the middle of a washed up town. Things look up when the pretty woman who runs the local candy shop lets them stay with her in exchange for doing some work around the house. While Ansel is trying to impress the pretty Sophia, Gretchen is being draw to Samuel, a loner who seems to know more about what is happening in the woods around town that anyone cares to know. What is going bump in the woods at night? And does Gretchen really want to find out?