Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Riddle of Prague by Laura DeBruce

Hana Silna is barely eighteen and on her way to Prague to meet the family. The government has returned her mother’s home and someone needs to be there to sign, but Hana’s mother is in the hospital awaiting a surgery that can’t be rescheduled. How Hana wishes her mother was beside her for the trip. Sure, she’ll be met by family, but they are people she’s only heard of. No one she’s ever met.

That feeling doesn’t last long. When the house is broken into, Michal is shot, and another man dies, and Hana is glad her mother isn’t anywhere near Prague and in no condition to pick up the phone and hear how her daughter has found an old letter leading to a treasure that a very dangerous man is willing to kill for.

But which man, and why?

This was an exciting read. The action and the mystery move the story along at a good pace, never leaving me reading details I didn’t think were necessary or wishing I was getting more, as can sometimes happen in a YA read. In fact, even though the main character is a young girl, I didn’t think of this book as too young for me at all – and I’m fifty.

The story takes us through some interesting history. How can it not, being set in Prague? We get a mystery begun four hundred years past with Edward Kelley and John Dee that continues on into a second book. I didn’t want the first one to end, but the loose ends were wrapped up and the adventure into Paris an all new quest. I’ll be looking for book two.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Edge of the World by Zeece Lugo

And the short stories continue...

Edge of the World is from the world build of Daniel's fork. I did like this story - We meet the three friends, Will, Jonas, and Gabby before they come to Daniel's fork. When they are still three, not four, and fighting wild men outside of York City, what used to New York City before the apocalypse. We see up close the return of the land to nature, the running amok of some men, and the drastic actions those fighting to return a raw land to civilization.

What we really get to see in an insight into what makes Gabby tick. I have to admit, I was expecting this to be a continuation of books one and two. It isn't. It's a prequel. In that regard, I was initially disappointed. I got over it as I read, wishing only that the story had been longer. Hopefully I won't have long to wait for the story I'm really looking forward to.
In the meantime I have Strongheart's Woman to look forward to.