Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz

35527302Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: January 1st, 2000
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Spies, Adventure


They said his uncle Ian died in a car accident. Alex Rider knows that’s a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle’s car confirm the truth. But nothing can prepare him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for Britain’s top-secret intelligence agency.

Enlisted to find his uncle’s killers and complete Ian’s final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, with no way out. Continue reading

Imagine Wanting Only This – Kristen Radtke

31160314Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: April 28th, 2017
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Memoir, Coming of Age, Life and Death, Family


When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities in the American Midwest, an Icelandic town buried in volcanic ash, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. Along the way, we learn about her family and a rare genetic heart disease that has been passed down through generations, and revisit tragic events in America’s past. Continue reading