Extreme Makeover
Young Adult / January 25, 2017

Author: Dan Wells. Summary: Lyle Fontanelle is the chief scientist for NewYew, a health and beauty company experimenting with a new, anti-aging hand lotion. As more and more anomalies crop up in testing, Lyle realizes that the lotion’s formula has somehow gone horribly wrong. It is actively overwriting the DNA of anyone who uses it, turning them into physical clones of someone else. Lyle wants to destroy the formula, but NewYew thinks it might be the greatest beauty product ever designed–and the world’s governments think it’s the greatest weapon. (Goodreads Summary) My Thoughts: Not the type of story I ‘enjoy’, with characters I disliked and ethics I could not agree with, (as you might imagine the situation brought the worst out in people) but the apocalyptic concept was clever. Dan Wells took an odd scenario (DNA-rewriting lotion) and took it through all the logical, and perhaps less-than-logical, permutations the greed of man would convert it to. Content Review: Sexual Content: “This is a very tight industry,” said Sumy. “Everyone in health and beauty is in bed with everyone else,” (this is presumably metaphorical). Man approached by hookers on the street. Some fairly intense kissing, man thinks of/wishes for sex. World-leaders…

Riders
Young Adult / July 31, 2016

Riders #1. Author: Veronica Rossi. Summary: Eighteen-year old Gideon Blake is bound and drugged in a government facility. They want to hear his story, and it’s clear he’s not going anywhere until they do, so he begins to narrate the events of the past month of his life. After the parachuting accident where he should have died, Gideon woke up with strange powers no one can explain but a mysterious girl, who tells him he’s War, and he needs to reunite with the other three incarnations of the horsemen of the Apocalypse. Shifting back and forth between the past story of battling demons, running for his life as he tries to figure out what’s going on, and his present situation, Gideon’s problems begin to interweave, past and present becoming a single dangerous strand. The most important question of all now is – can he survive? My Thoughts: Weird. And confusing, very confusing. But the interweaving of past and present narrative was done very well and creatively. And the horses were awesome. Content Review: Sexual content: Some kissing. Language: 20 scatological terms, 22 hell, 7 d***, 8 anatomical terms, and 3 derogatory names. One rude hand gesture. Violence: Some hand-to-hand fighting…