Book Review

Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

Release Date: Feburary 22, 2011
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult/Middle Grade
Pages: 304
Source: ARC
Interest: Summary
Challenge: YA Historical Fiction Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping New York.

Could the city’s future rest with its most unlikely scientist?

If Prudence Galewski is ever going to get out of Mrs. Browning’s esteemed School for Girls, she must demonstrate her refinement and charm by securing a job appropriate for a young lady. But Prudence isn’t like the other girls. She is fascinated by how the human body works and why it fails.

With a stroke of luck, she lands a position in a laboratory, where she is swept into an investigation of the fever bound to change medical history. Prudence quickly learns that an inquiry of this proportion is not confined to the lab. From ritzy mansions to shady bars and rundown tenements, she explores every potential cause of the disease. But there’s no answer in sight—until the volatile Mary Mallon emerges. Dubbed “Typhoid Mary” by the press, Mary is an Irish immigrant who has worked as a cook in every home the fever has ravaged. Strangely, though, she hasn’t been sick a day in her life. Is the accusation against her an act of discrimination? Or is she the first clue in a new scientific discovery?

Prudence is determined to find out. In a time when science is for men, she’ll have to prove to the city, and to herself, that she can help solve one of the greatest medical mysteries of the twentieth century.

This was a great historical novel about a disease and a person that I only thought I knew about. If I had to describe this novel with one word it would be interesting. And I don’t mean that in a bad way…. I was fascinated by the way Prudence mind worked. I think to constantly question everything as she does would be absolutely exhausting… but at the same time I remember that curiosity that I once had myself. I remember my mom bought me a microscope and I spent hours looking at slides on that thing… and I wonder where that curiosity went.

I would categorize this novel more as a middle grade than a young adult, although I don’t mean to imply that YA readers wouldn’t enjoy this novel, because they would…. but this is definitely something that MG readers would enjoy. Prudence has a very “young” voice, ultimately I think it has to do a lot with the time period in which she is growing up in, but still MG readers would devour it!

I was especially fascinated with the author’s note at the end of this book. She described her experience with Typhoid Mary and it was much the same that I had. I had never pictured Mary as a person… someone who couldn’t understand how she could be perfectly healthy yet carrying this awful disease and infecting people with it…. I had always assumed that she was a villian, infecting people on purpose, I think perhaps that is why I enjoyed reading this novel so much. It was a learning experience! And Prudence was a wonderful narrator to follow.

I recommend this book for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793!



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New Reads: February 20-26, 2011

Out this Week:

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Haven by Kristi Cook
Deadly by Julie Chibbaro
Orchards by Holly Thompson

Now in Paperback:

Food, Girls, And Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull 

Book Review

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group:
Pages: 336
Source: ARC
Other Titles in the Series: Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity & Radiant Shadows
Interest: Series
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

Darkest Mercy was more than a just satisfying ending to an unforgettable series…. it was brilliant. Epic even. I shall miss it.

Let me just get this out of the way right now. That whole thing with Keenan… how painfully obvious was that! I mean seriously…. did you give yourself the duh slap with that one, or what!?!? And for those of you that haven’t read it yet, that won’t probably mean anything, sorry about that.

I love this story and I love the characters. I’m going to miss them so much! Usually I enjoy a certain character because I can relate to them, honestly there wasn’t any character that I felt I could relate to in these novels. I mean they’re bad-ass… tattoos, piercings… dangerous fae…. but they are FASCINATING! I couldn’t help but come to love each and every one of them.

Marr did an excellent job creating threads in each novel and finally weaving them together to make this stunning ending a masterpiece….. loved it. There are so many story lines one might find it easy to become confused but somehow Marr makes it work, and makes it work wonderfully well. Did I mention I loved it? I was actually hesitant to start this one because I didn’t want it to end, but once I started I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t put it down until the last page was turned.

If you haven’t read this series I recommend that you do! Can’t wait to see what Marr has for us next!

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