A blog for reviewing YA, children's, classics and whatever I feel like.
Also for discussing developments in the the book world, specifically in the St. Paul, Minnesota.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Agent Colt Shore Domino 29

Author: Axel Avian
Reviewer: Book Girl

Colton Shore is not just your average kid.  He attends FALCON, a school run by an international organization of the same name that rains kids to be spies.  Colt constantly lives in the shadow of his older brother Dix , an amazing, heroic agent who died when he was twenty-two, before Colt was born.  That changes when Colt finds out that the people he thinks are his parents are, in fact, his grandparents, and Dix is his father.  After finding out his true identity, Colt is sent on a simple mission to protect two young pop stars during their tour in Afghanistan.  This quickly turns into an unprecedented round-the-world search for the victims of a human trafficking group.

I enjoyed this book.  Rather than your average secret agent book, in which the hero spies on a villain with plans for world domination, this book deals with a very real problem.  One slightly confusing part of the book is that it never explicitly states when Colt travels from one place to another.  Overall, this is a very good secret agent story that I would definitely recommend to fans of that genre.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Authors: Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Reviewer: Book Girl

Elusion takes place in a futuristic world, where a new technology, by the name of Elusion, is sweeping the nation.  The technology allows users to visit a paradise of their choice to escape the dreariness of daily life.  The story centers around Regan, whose father designed Elusion, with help from her good friend Patrick.  Regan begins to question Elusion after meeting Josh, whose sister has disappeared, along with a group that hacked Elusion so that they could remain inside the paradise all of the time.

This book has some obvious flaws.  The relationship between Regan and Josh felt unnatural and forced.  In fact, all of the characters felt distant and unrelatable. One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was Regan's relationship to Elusion.  In an ordinary book, the protagonist would probably be a person who rebelled against the technology that clearly was destroying society.  However, Regan was very protective of it, and gradually became skeptical of the technology.  The ending was a major disappointment.  Not all of the lose ends were tried up, which was clearly making room for the sequel.

Overall, this book is rather fluffy, but has a somewhat unique protagonist.  I would not recommend it, except for a special case.