Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Review: Nobody

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


What It’s About: 16 year old Nix is a Nobody. Nobodies are ignored, unnoticed, unloved. They come and go without anyone taking notice. This makes Nix a good assassin. 16 year old Claire has gone through her life unnoticed. She has no friends and absent parents. She has led an ordinary life, which is why she doesn’t understand why anyone would want to kill her. Nix has never questioned his orders, but when Claire meets his eyes and actually sees him it causes him to question everything he believes.

What I Thought: Claire has no idea why no one ever seems to see her. She has gone through life feeling as though no one loved her. It’s hard to blame her for feeling sorry for herself, even though you know from the start that, like Nix, Claire is a Nobody. Finding out she is a Nobody changes everything for Claire. She finally understands why no matter how hard she tried no one ever cared to pay her any attention. Every shy unnoticed girl in high school wishes she went unnoticed not because of any fault of their own but because in reality they are special. Not only are they special they are powerful. Once Nix and Claire start to trust each other they start to figure out why the Institute wants Claire dead.

Nobody has mystery, science, and a fast-paced plot. I enjoyed this quick read.


Review: Edgewood by Karen McQuestion

Edgewood by Karen McQuestion

I’m going to start off this review by letting you know I received my copy of Edgewood through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.


What’s it about:  The night Russ Becker witnesses a strange astronomical event, his world changes forever. Before long Russ discovers he’s developed incredible superpowers, and he’s not the only one. Three other young people—beautiful Mallory, arrogant Jameson, and mysterious Nadia—have had the same experience and all of them now have powers of their own.  At first the four relish their newfound gifts, but things become serious when they learn they are being hunted by an organization that wants them for its own nefarious purposes. When Russ’s family is threatened, he’s forced into action. What transpires will change all of them in ways they never imagined. (Summary from


What I Liked:  I love the idea of teens with superpowers. (I want superpowers!).   I like how they developed the powers due to an astronomical event, and I love how all their superpowers are connected to energy in some way.  This fact lends some stability to how the event affected all of them, and why it can differ but still be similar.  I also love Russ Becker’s voice.  While there were times where I didn’t necessary feel some of his lines fit a teenage boy, he did feel authentic overall.  I will mention there were times when I got really frustrated with Russ and the choices he was making.  He did not seem to understand the dangers involved in telling others about his powers in the beginning, and even after being warned he made some poor decisions.

For me Edgewood was a page turner, and I look forward to reading the sequel.  There are questions left open for the sequel, which I look forward to finding out the answers to.  Also a romance seems to be budding, so those of you who love a little romance thrown in, have no fear.  Although the romance isn’t really in the first book, I think (hope) the second will capture it more.

Review: Skeleton Creek: Ryan’s Journal by Patrick Carman

Skeleton Creek: Ryan’s Journal by Patrick Carman

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Best friends, Ryan and Sarah, are trying to discover the mystery that surrounds the dredge in their town when Ryan gets injured one night.  Now Sarah and Ryan are forbidden from seeing or talking to one another, but that does not stop them from trying to solve the mystery.

I got this book for my birthday, so the copy I have is hardcover and it actually slides into a plastic case, the kind some DVD cases have.  I love the packaging because it fits the book/video combo!  The book itself looks like a journal, which is also fitting.  The story is told through Ryan’s journal, in which he writes down all that has and is happening.  However, the story is also told through Sarah’s videos.  The duel methods of storytelling are what make this story really interesting.  Ryan and Sarah have found a way to bypass the parental controls their parents have placed on their computers, and are therefore able to exchange emails. Ryan pastes the emails he sends Sarah into the journal, and he includes the passwords to the videos Sarah uploads onto her website.  The reader is told when to go to the website and watch the newest video Sarah has uploaded.

Sarah’s videos are on a website which was made for the book, and to access the videos you need the passwords from the book.  I love that an actual website was made for the videos, so the reader doesn’t have to worry about videos being taken down (that is often a problem with books referencing YouTube videos).  Also the videos are well filmed, so I actually looked forward to the videos.

The book actually ends on a video, and the video ends in a cliffhanger, so I’m going to have to continue the series if I want to know the end of this mystery/ghost story.

A side note: while I love the duel nature of the book and video, I do worry about what happens when technology changes or this website is taken down.  Some important parts of the plot (including the ending of this book) are told through the video, which means if the website no longer exists you won’t be able to give this book to someone to read.  Hopefully that will not become an issue for a long time, if ever.  Also I’m not sure if it was my smartphone, but I couldn’t get the website to load on it.  While it’s not a big deal it would have been more convenient to watch the videos on my phone than having to pull out my computer.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good ghost story, and a mixed media format.