Mini-Review: Deviant, Misfit, Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure

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Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

Deviant

Title: Deviant

Author: Adrian McKinty

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Danny Lopez is new in town. He made a mistake back home in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental school in Colorado for “tough cases.” At the Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted—what the teachers say, what the students reply—and no other speaking is allowed. This supercontrolled environment gives kids a second chance to make something of themselves. But with few freedoms, the students become sitting ducks for a killer determined to “clean up” Colorado Springs.

Review: The story is at its best when we get into the mind of the serial killer. The story jumps around at first, and the characters are a bit bland. It’s more about Danny trying to fit in rather than anything else. Writing isn’t spectacular either.

Misfit

Title: Misfit

Author: Jon Skovron

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Jael Thompson has never really fit in. She’s changed schools too many times to count. The only family she’s ever known is her father, a bitter ex-priest who never lets her date and insists she attend the strictest Catholic school in Seattle. And her mother—well, she was a five thousand year old demon. That doesn’t exactly help.

But on her sixteenth birthday, her father gives her a present that brings about some unexpected changes. Some of the changes, like strange and wonderful powers and the cute skater boy with a knack for science, are awesome. But others, like the homicidal demon seeking revenge on her family? Not so much.

Steeped in mythology, this is an epic tale of a heroine who balances old world with new, science with magic, and the terrifying depths of the underworld with the ordinary halls of high school.

Review: Dark and riveting, this is an intriguing book that offered several unexpected surprises. It brings a whole new spin of demons, the bible and the underworld. The writing is solid, and it was an enjoyable book.

Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure

Title: Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure

Author: B.K. Bostick

Genre: Middle Grace, Fantasy, Children’s Books

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Huber’s life goes from bad to terrible when his grandfather dies—until he opens Grandpa Nick’s mysterious box. An old gold coin and a treasure map rocket him and his friends into a mind-blowing adventure, but he’s not the only one on the hunt. Filled with dangerous animals and cryptic puzzles, this book will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

Review: This was a delightful, quirky, fun adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat from the start to end. The villain is deliciously creepy, and the clues are puzzling and entertaining.

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