Posts Categorized: Action-Packed

Sep 05
Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

The Waking Dark gets off to an amazing, horror-filled start.  A few people in the small town of Oleander, Kansas inexplicably murder their friends and neighbors one day.  Only one of the murderers survives, and she has no memory of her crime.  The way-out-of-his-league police chief described it thus: “A lot of people had a bad day.” While the town is still recovering, a devastating tornado rips right through the middle of it. The sights described are horribly graphic: aside… Read more »


Aug 22
Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

If I told you that a book with a heavy focus on the gathering, purification, and consumption of water was beautiful in an indescribable way, would you be tempted to side-eye me?  Don’t even think about it, because with Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis has written a book packed full of breath-taking moments, fantastic characters, and yes, lots of information about water.  Every author presented with the challenge of conveying a great deal of information to the reader,… Read more »


Aug 18
Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays is a wonderfully intelligent time-travel story.  The time travel concepts are complex, but manage to not be (too) confusing.  When All Our Yesterdays begins, Em and Finn are locked up in adjacent cells for reasons unknown.  Both are subjected to torture and beatings, and it is clear that this isn’t a run-of-the-mill prison.  Two men, referred to by Em as “the doctor” and “the director” are in charge, and both are vicious.  Em and Finn, with the… Read more »


Aug 01
Review: I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

Review: I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

I Am the Weapon had me hooked within the first ten pages, and the fast-paced action and tension kept up right through an ending that completely blew me away.   While reading I Am the Weapon, I thought I could predict how this story of a teenage assassin would play out.  I was right in some ways, but I was spectacularly wrong in other ways.  My misconceptions about how this story would end are a major factor in what made it… Read more »


Mar 25
Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

No babies have lived more than a few hours after birth in more than a decade.  Only a small percentage of the population is alive, and they are headed rapidly towards extinction if someone can’t figure out how to save the babies.  The morally questionable, yet necessary (as some believe) solution to the low population is to force girls to begin getting pregnant at 18.  The government is on the verge of lowering the age to 16.  All women must… Read more »