Sunday, April 4, 2010
Thirteen Days To Midnight by Patrick Carman
Release Date: April 12, 2010 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (although I just checked and it's In Stock at Amazon, so you don't even have to wait!!)
Source: From Publisher
You are indestructible. Three whispered words transfer an astonishing power to Jacob Fielding that changes everything. At first, Jacob is hesitant to use the power, unsure of its implications. But there's something addictive about testing the limits of fear.
Then Ophelia James, the beautiful and daring new girl in town, suggests that they use the power to do good, to save others. But with every heroic act, the power grows into the specter of a curse. How to decide who lives and who dies?
In this nail-biting novel of mystery and dark intrigue, Jacob must walk the razor thin line between right and wrong, good and evil, and life and death. And time is running out. Because the Grim Reaper doesn't disappear. . . . He catches up.
Wowza!! I've been in a reading slump lately. There's a lot going on with work and school, then I went on vacation and it was just hard to get back into the swing of things. I picked up a few books, but nothing really caught my attention. Then I remembered I had the new Patrick Carman. Carman has never disappointed me, so I picked it up and gave it a go....and as I said before Wowza! This book is fan-freakin-tastic! It captured me from page one and held onto to me until I turned the last page. It's been awhile since a book took me for a ride like this one and it felt good to be eagerly page-turning again.
I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that I loved the premise of this book. It had a wonderfully dark feel to it that is different from earlier Carman books. It's more Skeleton Creek than Land of Elyon, and hey, I am happy either way. This is his first foray into the world of YA and I don't think he'll have any trouble capturing the YA audience. This book has everything: action, adventure, romance, supernatural whatnot....you really can't go wrong.
The main character Jacob is incredibly likable and sympathetic and with his best friend Milo, they just become those kids you'd have fun hanging out with in and away from school. When strangeness starts to happen in their lives, you are just as surprised and curious as they are, which makes each new spin simply amazing. And who hasn't dreamed of having some superpower?! With this book you get to experience that not always pleasant feeling through the eyes of someone living with a power.
It's no secret that I love Patrick Carman's books. Every time I turn around he's throwing something new into the mix, which makes reading each new book a complete thrill. As I said before, he has yet to disappoint me and with this new book, he's taken it to a whole new level. If you haven't read Carman before, now's the perfect time to hop aboard. I promise it'll be one hell of a ride.