Thursday, March 14, 2013
An evil genius decides to use the boys' amazing power of communications for his own gain, so he kidnaps their beloved Roderick Usher and sets Edgar and Allen on an adventure to rescue their kitty napped friend. Along the way Edgar and Allen are helped along by their famous dead great uncle (through mysterious communications from the great beyond), and their incredible shared intellect.
This is obviously the first in a series, and while the plot was a little thin (I did get somewhat bored at times) I very much enjoyed the characters. I like that Edgar and Allen obviously love their family, and their cat, and they love their friends at school without being condescending to people who are obviously of inferior intellect.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
There are a lot of things going on in this book, even though the premise may seem kind of superficial at first. Lexi's mom is so involved with the pageant world that she is bankrupting the family, and Lexi's relationship with her sister is complex and realistic. Lexi is 11 years older than her beauty queen sister, and somewhat jealous of the attention lavished on Mac. But, Lexi also loves her sister and wants to protect her and be there for her. I had a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen with Lexi and her family. While I was a little disappointed in the ending, I do think that it fit with the tone and the message of this book and I will be buying this for my library.
This review is based on an e-ARC I was allowed to read. I received no money or free swag for this review, although I did get to tweet @ the author for her #GreatPersonality Day event, she used my tweet in her blog.