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The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three) by Rick Riordan

Apophis, the God of Chaos, is rising and promising to destroy the world. All that is left to save the world are the teenage magicians of Brooklyn House and a few Egyptian gods with nothing better to do than help.

I was disappointed in this series and especially this book. This author’s Percy Jackson series and other Greek/Roman series are amazing but this one just doesn’t live up it. The story is told in the alternating viewpoints of Carter and Sadie Kane. Sadie is every horrible stereotype of a teenage girl rolled into one. She has the power to save the world but really she has more important things to think about like what boy she likes. Whenever she was narrating it ruined the story for me.

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Mira is almost 16 and has never been allowed to do anything. She lives with her guardians and she knows nothing about her parents except that they died when she was baby in her hometown of Beau Rivage. So she decides to run away to her hometown to see what she can find.

This is a story about fairy tales. Most of the people in Beau Rivage are characters out of fairy tales. Since it is YA there is a lot of teen angst and “I know every one says he is a mass murderer but he isn’t like that with ME!!!!!!!!!” that got a bit annoying but over all I liked it.

1972: A Novel of Ireland’s Unfinished Revolution by Morgan Llewelyn

Barry Halloran is one of the best explosives men in the IRA in the 1960s. He becomes disillusioned with the violence that isn’t helping to reunited Ireland. He becomes a photojournalist to try to get his country’s story out to the world. He gets caught up in the events leading up to Bloody Sunday in 1972.

This is part of the historical fiction/family saga series that includes 1916, 1921, and 1949. This was probably my least favorite so far. There is one more, 1999. Hopefully that one is a bit more interesting.

Video Slut: How I Shoved Madonna Off an Olympic High Dive, Got Prince into a Pair of Tiny Purple Woolen Underpants, Ran Away from Michael Jackson’s … So I Could Bring Rock Videos to the Masses by Sharon Oreck

In the 1970s Sharon Oreck was a teenage single mother who had been disowned by her family. By the 1980s she was a rock video producer. This is her story about the beginning of the MTV era.

The writing in this book is annoying but the story is compelling. It helps to know a bit about 80s videos or at least be able to look them up on YouTube.