Saving Marty by Paul Griffin

338771545/5

I received an advanced copy of this book to enjoy and review. Saving Marty by Paul Griffin is an adorable and witty book about a boy who saves a runt pig and a runt pig who brings together a family trough his hijinks. Renzo is a pre-teen growing up in Pennsylvania on a farm. His best friend Paloma and him bonded as children who have lost a parent. They spend their days on the farm making music and dreaming of making it big in hollywood. As a child, I lost a parent quite similarly to the way Renzo lost his father. This book though for pre-teens struck home for me. When Renzo finds Marty (the pig) in with the litter of puppies his dog just had, he almost instantly has a connection with him. Marty who grows up thinking he is a dog is comical and sweet. He comes into Renzo’s life when he needs him most. Their friendship is sweet and I was constantly shocked by how draw-in I was to reading. Saving Marty had me laughing and crying, sometimes both at once. I loved this coming of age tale and can not wait for my son to be old enough to read it.All the characters in Saving Marty are all well-built, I especially love Double, though the areas to which they are in are lacking in detail. I was able though to be able to build it up with my imagination, and that is never a bad thing for kids to work on.

Reading it with your pre-teen might also help open up the floor for various degrees of topics to talk about. Spoilers ahead!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Topics will include losing homes, war, PTSD, suicide, friends moving away, losing a pet, and handling bullies.

Saving Marty is intended for ages 10-14 but is a good tale for anyone.

Saving Marty is set to be released 9/19/17

 

 

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden_Son_(2015)3.5/5

I enjoy sci-fi I really do and I was able to appreciate this book for what it was. A sci-fi action story, but it is complicated. To give a short description of the story without giving anything important away will be difficult. The story which takes place sometime in the future after Red Rising, begins with Darrow our heroine finishing up at the academy and being ruined by his darn ego as always. Darrow isn’t the type of hero I route for, his whining and ego consistently had me upset with him. I can though forgive him for doing the right things in the end. After finishing at the academy I cannot even mention anything else without giving away some kind of plot twist or another. This book is full of plot twist it will keep you on your toes or completely confused. There was a few times while reading I just had to stop and try to work it out in my head. I would like to recommend this book to anyone who had read Red Rising and loved it as much as I did. Golden Son while pack full of story is still a good follow-up to it predecessor and still left me wanting to read the next book in the series.

Golden Son is book two in the Red Rising trilogy*.

*I mention it as a series because I believe while it was intended as a trilogy to begin with there is a fourth book coming out.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red_Rising_(2014) 4.5/5

Mars!!! Humanity has made it to Mars in this Ya-ish sci-fi book. Taking place in a distant future this book follows the life of Darrow a 16 yr old miner on Mars. I don’t was to dip further into the plot line because when I had started reading this book I did so while in the dark. In my opinion it made the first few chapters of the book all the better! Pierce Brown knows how to captivate an audience, I read this book while on vacation and still couldn’t put it down. Luckily I was using my e-reader which is super portable. This book was a Hunger Games mix with Star Wars kinda read. I love the imagery and didn’t skip a word. The book does a great job showing you how everything works and never are you left in the dark wondering why something was done. The only issues I had with the story was the way Darrow was able to escape out of certain predicaments. Brown seemed to play the part of an outside God making chess moves only in favor of the main character. Red Rising is not only a good sci-fi story it can also be tied in to today’s day and age. Making parts of the book more relavent than ever. Packed full of action, adventure, romance and good quotes Red Rising by Pierce Brown is a must read.

“Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.”
― Pierce BrownRed Rising 

Red Rising is book one in a series and Pierce Brown’s debut novel. There are rumors of Red Rising be adapted into film.