Review: Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

April 19, 2014

Title: Not A Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publication date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Post Apocalytic
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
Water scarcity is a very real possibility in the years to come. In fact, in parts of the world, it's happening right now. I should know, considering that out here we're going through a water crisis as I write this. I dont know if this book would have impacted me any less had I read it any other time, but I think I would be right in saying I couldn't have read it at a better time.

Review: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

April 17, 2014

Title: Stormdancer
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martins Press)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Steampunk
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
Maybe after my plea to the higher powers in Book Wondereland in my previous post, one of them has finally taken pity on me. Because I couldn't have asked for a better book than Stormdancer to bring me out of my misery.

Review: Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

April 4, 2014

Title: Dear Killer
Author: Katherine Ewell
Publication date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Thriller
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.
Obviously I've displeased someone high up in Book Wonderland, because all I've been getting this year are crappy books, and this is the only plausible explanation. But if I get started on my rage against the higher powers, I will never stop. So that's a topic for another day, when I'm not labouring under the load of my upcoming exams and stealing a few minutes of reprieve to write this review.

The short version:
Dear Killer is essentially a freaking genius idea, whose execution was not well done, hence ruining the entire thing. I regret reading it, and I dont say that for many books. I usually always have something that I come away with, but sadly, that did not happen this time around.