Monday, September 5, 2011

REVIEW: A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery Nixon

Title: A Deadly Game of Magic
Author: Joan Lowery Nixon
Rating: B

From the back of the book
eeking shelter from a fierce Texas storm, Lisa and three friends become trapped inside a house that seems abandoned. But is it? As the thunderstorm worsens, the phone goes dead. A lifelike plaster head suddenly appears. A disembodied hand taps the mantel. The friends are now unwitting players in an increasingly sinister games of an evil magician. The key to their survival lies in a mysterious room at the end of a hall, but they must act quickly to avoid the magician's grand finale: murder.

picked this up off my library shelf and was hooked as soon as I read the back of the book. It seemed like a suspenseful book that would hold my interest over the labor Day Weekend. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked the book. Lisa and her friends are stuck in a rainstorm when their car brakes down. They knock on the door of the closest house, where a strange man answers the door. After inviting them inside, the man and a women say they have to leave, but Lisa and her friends can stay in the house until a tow truck comes for their car. When they leave, Lisa and friends are left in a house full of mysterious magic equipment. Strange things begin to happen.

The book was a quick read, and held my attention through the entire book. The end was not what I was suspecting, and slightly left me hanging, which makes me wonder if the book is part of a series. If you are looking for a suspenseful book, full of magic and illusions, this book is for you!

Happy reading!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

REVIEW: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Title: The Scorch Trials
Author: James Dashner
Rating: A

Summery from Goodreads

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?


I absolutely LOVED The Scorch Trials. I recently finished The Maze Runner and instantly ordered this book when I was finished. I don't want to give to many secrets away if you haven't read The Maze Runner yet, but lets just say that I thought this was even better than The Maze Runner. This book held my attention the whole time I was reading it. Once I picked it up, I literally could not put it down. The Gladers are put through so many trials, even more intense than the maze. The twists and turns keep you guessing throughout the entire book. I also really love the characters that were introduced, Jorge and Brenda. They add an interesting dynamic to the whole group. They definitely add some surprises to the plot that you don't expect.

The third part of Dashner's series comes out in October and I hardly ever buy books, but this may be one that I have to buy! Everyone needs to read The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials. But, it probably would not be best to read them out of order because you will have trouble understanding some of the part in the book.

Happy Reading!