Like Moonlight at Low Tide (Nicole Quigley)

Product Details:
Reading level: YA
pages: 256
publisher: Zondervan (September 11, 2012)
ISBN: 9780310723592
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing That Saves You For Missy Keiser, returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a world where she’s known as “Messy,” a social pariah who dared to have a crush on Sam King, the most popular boy in school.

But much has changed in the three years she’s been away. Missy’s next-door neighbor is no longer an elderly woman but Josh, an intriguing boy who seems genuinely interested in her. At school, she’s surprised to find few people remember who she once was. And any remaining taunts of Messy are silenced when Sam King gives her his nod of approval.

Just as things seem to be perfect, Josh’s sudden distance, her mother’s latest relationship implosion, and her brother’s strange behavior threaten to ruin it all. Missy is forced to decide between the boy she’s always wanted, a boy who is intent on trying to save her, and the brother she’s known all her life. And her decision could have consequences she can never undo.

 


Oh my. Two words: tragic and encouraging.

 
I had no idea what this was going to be about. None. I seriously thought it might be a mermaid tale based on the cover and title. (I was wrong!) Turns out, this is a contemporary fiction book—which is not my usual genre of choice. But, since it was set in my home state of Florida I thought I would give it a try. So glad I did.

 
The characters are great. Missy and Josh are so layered that I was instantly sucked in to their stories. All of the characters are flawed, and that’s what makes them believable. Missy comes from a dysfunctional family (understatement) and she’s trying to not be dragged down by them. I could go on and on about Missy and how she represents so many lonely girls out there… the ones that are desperate to belong somewhere. But I won’t. That would give away too much of her story. I can say that she thinks Sam King is her answer. Oh, how sad and wrong she is. Through tragic circumstances she learns that Sam is just Sam—a teenage guy—and not her savior.

 
Then there is Josh. He’s quiet, observant, and protective of Missy—but why? You don’t really get an insight into Josh’s head, but I enjoyed his presence throughout the book. You always had the sense he was lurking in the shadows—like a superhero of some sort waiting to swoop in and save the day.

The plot is not straightforward at all. For the majority of the story it seems like it’s about Missy finding who she is, but then it takes a turn. You go from typical teenage story to a story of redeeming grace. That was not typical. It wasn’t overly done or being shoved down your throat. It was subtle, and I felt it added a poignant message that so many people need to hear.

Because there is that “turn” towards the end, this book won’t be for everyone. What I found a pleasant surprise might turn the next reader off. It’s hard to say. What I can say though is that Like Moonlight at Low Tide is a fresh insight into the loneliness that plagues so many people in our society.
 
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The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (James Patterson)

Product details:
Reading level: MG
pages: 238
publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 21, 2008)
ISBN: 9780316002929
Source: my own copy
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The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
He was born with great power
The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells--the greatest power is the power to create.

Daniel X has that power.

And a deadly secret

Daniel's secret abilities - like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses - have helped him survive. But D...moreThe Dangerous Days of Daniel X 
He was born with great power
The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells--the greatest power is the power to create.

Daniel X has that power.

And a deadly secret

Daniel's secret abilities - like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses - have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn't have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond anyone's imagining.

Now the fate of the world rests on Daniel X

From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents' dying breath, he is closing in on the killer.

Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father's mission - and to take vengeance in the process.

 


I admit it. I’ve never read a James Patterson book before. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X was my initiation. I had no idea what to expect from this book going into it. All I knew was that I needed to review it for my school’s student book club. Before I could do that, however, I had to steal back my copy of the book from my 10 year-old son.

 
Something you need to know about my son is that he’s a border-line nonreader. How, I have no idea. You would think it was genetically impossible, but I guess he inherited some mutated gene along the way. He loves Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and graphic novels. But to get him to read anything with more than 100 pages—forget about it. Obviously I nearly stroked out when he hijacked The Dangerous Days of Daniel X before I could read it. The appeal of alien hunters was too great for him to resist. I watched him read the book in 2 days! I saw him sneak a flashlight into his room at night, forfeit his video game time to his younger brother so he could read in the afternoon, and even read while he was eating his breakfast. My heart smiled each time.

 
I had to ask, “What’s so great about that book?” After looking at me like I was one of the aliens in the book, he simply replied, “It’s just awesome.” I pried for a bit more information since he is 10, and he informed me that the writing style is what one him over. He said everything is so detailed that he can “visualize everything in my head.” Reading teachers rejoice! He was using a reading strategy! When I read the book, I had to agree. James Patterson is very descriptive and holds nothing back. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading about a decaying cemetery or exploding alien heads—the quality of the details is the same.
 

I also enjoyed the “voice” that Daniel held throughout the book. He was a riot. Witty, sarcastic, and a bit irrational at times—he was a typical teenage boy. James Patterson did a great job of giving us insight into his thoughts and emotions. As I read, I felt like I knew Daniel. It was as if he was one of the kids walking around in my neighborhood.

 
I think I can safely say this book has massive appeal for boys of all types. It doesn’t matter if they are a reader or not, they will probably enjoy this series. It is overflowing with nonstop action, which will surely keep them flipping the pages long into the night.
 
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