Born at Midnight – C.C. Hunter
Supernatural, fantasy, young adult, fiction.
Kylie is having a hard week, her nana dies, her parents are divorcing, and because she got caught up at a drug bust, her parents are sending her to a camp for troubled teens. As she boards the bus, she notices something strange about the passengers soon to be camp mates that they all are intriguing as well as staring at her. Once she arrives the camp leader tells her that they are at a camp for supernatural individuals. Kylie thinks that she is insane and doesn’t believe anything that is going on. After seeing that the existence of the supernatural she highly doubts that she herself is a supernatural. Her newfound camp buddies convince her otherwise and the camp leader tells Kylie that she needs to embrace the fact that she might be a supernatural. The only thing is that she can see and interact with ghosts, with one ghost. The camp leader tells Kylie that she needs to work on finding who or what she is.
I had read this book in high school and decided to reread this book as an adult with fresh eyes. I found myself loving this book the same way I first read the book in high school. I love a good mystery with supernatural elements with some romance in the mix. The mystery of what Kylie is and her personal association with the ghost that has stalked her. I mean I would feel as crazy as Kylie feels. Especially being told that the world isn’t as black and white as she had perceived. I highly recommend this young adult book as well as the rest of the series. I will be doing as much of the series of this novel within my abilities due to the corona virus shutting down the public library. I only have two books, this one and Awake at Dawn. Hopefully the corona virus pandemic blows over so that life can go back to “normal” functioning.
Born a Crime: Stories from A South African Childhood – Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah, comedians, United States, South Africa, Television personalities, nonfiction, memoir.
Trevor Noah shares his
childhood in this nonfiction novel with vital stories of his upbringing. The
main importance of this memoir was the fact he was never meant to be, only
because his parents, during an apartheid, had sexual relations. Trevor Noah
tells about the laws that were in place to keep the races from intermingling of
necessary. Noah shares his active childhood that was troublesome and involved a
lot of activities to keep him entertained. Trevor Noah also recounts his school
life and the crushes he has had.
As I had read this
collection of stories from Trevor Noah’s childhood, I wanted to cry and laugh
but mostly I had anger about the whole racism stuff. I enjoyed learning more
about one of my favorite comedians especially this one. I would highly
recommend to read this memoir and to watch the Trevor Noah Netflix specials
Secondborn – Amy A. Bartol
Science fiction, dystopian, fiction.
In this dystopian science fiction novel, it is set in
a time where firstborns are reared as important and great. Secondborns are
reared as lowly and unimportant to society. Firstborns are given good quality
jobs whereas secondborns are sent into servitude to the firstborns. It is time
for Roselle to go into servitude like her fellow secondborns on transition day.
When Roselle becomes a solider for The Fate of Swords, she realizes that she
must either do what she needs to survive or face death. Along the way she finds
allies who find being secondborn as an injustice and being treated differently
as wrong, she becomes apart of the rebellion. Roselle wants equality and fights
for that equality for all secondborns to be treated just as the same as
firstborns. No matter what the cost.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I was satisfied
with the plot. It is an interesting new addition to the world of science
fiction that isn’t so clichéd as well as it seems like it’s a new idea. I
personally thought that this book could’ve been more in-depth with the ideology
of firstborns and secondborns. However, it is well written and excellent at
capturing my attention when I first saw the title and read the small inadequate
synopsis on the back. I would say, if your interested in science fiction, give
this a read.