The world has been invaded by aliens that abduct teenagers and children from their families, people who are identified as "strong," and loaded up into robots that are taken to other planets (I assume). In this particular graphic novel, the two main characters, Sam and Wyatt, are twins who are trying to help other people from their town while searching for their parents. Wyatt, who has autism, classifies the aliens and helps Sam escape them. The two deliver food and supplies to other people under the code name "Bird One." When the aliens trick them by using a video of their parents to lure them to them, one of them is taken and the other has to find a way to save them on their own.
While the plot took a while to pick up, I enjoyed this graphic novel. The theme of working together and looking past weaknesses is one that really shines through the illustrations. The people of Elizabethtown learn to work together despite their differences to rally against the aliens that are ripping their families apart.
A very cute story with a different kind of romance and a fun mystery.
Sophia and her brother, Felix's parents are ghost hunters. They had a paranormal family business until their parents got a divorce. Sophia meets a ghost named Whitney and decides to help her herself. She learns more and more about Whitney's murder but also learns about herself along the way. Felix tries to stop her from solving the mystery and tries to banish Whitney's ghost, but ends up causing more harm than good. This was a great story of self-acceptance and a great murder mystery with an awesome AHA moment! Thanks to NetGalley for this one!
Despite the length of BTDBY, I really enjoyed it. It is much darker than the rest of the Diviners series and takes the reader down a history lesson of the United States. I love the historical fiction piece as this is the time period when people were trying to "cleanse" the US of immigrants and adding the Diviners to this prejudice feels perfect for the time period. The Diviners not only have to deal with helping rid New York of ghosts that are killing people but also with prejudice against their diversity. This was a great mirror of our immigration current situation and I LOVED it! I think the conversations that this book starts will be of great importance.
Happy Halloween! 🎃👻 What creepy Books are you reading today? I’m still reading Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray and LOVING it! This third installment of the Diviners series is intense and much creepier than the other two. While the characters have remained the same people, their growth in this book is significant! While it’s definitely NOT a short creepy story, it’s not for the faint of heart!
Long way down by Jason Reynolds
Ended my day by reading Jason Reynolds‘ LONG WAY DOWN.
OMG YOU GUYS IT IS AMAZING! I read it in one sitting, literally could not put it down! Not only was it long listed for the National Book Award but it is going to spark some amazing conversations that I can’t wait to hear about!
Long Way Down is about Will, who’s brother was shot and killed and Will can only think of one thing: vengeance. But as he rides the elevator down to avenge his brother, people from his past appear to him to share their stories with him in hopes of influencing his decision. It is written in Free verse poems that are beautifully haunting and set the pacing and tone of the novel beautifully. Reynolds is an artist who uses words instead of paint.