Life isn’t really that great for high school junior Nearly Boswell. After her father walked out with no explanation, Nearly and her mother ended up in a trailer park, where her mother can barely pay the rent with the tips she makes stripping. Now a teenager, the “gift” of empathetic touch that she inherited from her father makes Nearly a self-made outcast. Nearly isolates herself rather than feel and taste the stinging, throbbing, bitter pain of anyone she touches. Despite her few friendships, she’s alone.
So Nearly makes a plan to escape. She’s competing with her best friend and other honors students for a chemistry scholarship. It’s her only chance at being able to pay for college and her future. To qualify for the scholarship, Nearly has to earn the top grade in her class and fill a service requirement by tutoring other high school students.
But nothing is easy for Nearly, and someone’s willing to resort to murder to make her already abysmal life even more miserable. When her students are killed one by one, Nearly finds notes in the personal ads that give clues before the murders take place. Horrified and confused, Nearly tries to do the right thing and goes to the police with what she knows. But instead of being thankful for her information, the police make Nearly the target of the investigation and ask an undercover informant to keep tabs on her. Nearly realizes that she’s being framed by the killer and stalked by a dangerous and alluring police narc.
With a long list of potential murderers, a “touch” of the supernatural and a personal-ad puzzle to solve, Nearly Gone is a winning mystery that will keep you guessing to the end.
Reviewed by Erin, CLP-Allegheny
Alice In the Country of Hearts by is a cute but killer retelling of Alice in wonderland. In this version Alice Liddell, is kidnapped by Peter White (the white rabbit) and forced down a hole into Wonderland. Although this isn’t the Wonderland you would expect, here in the country of hearts, murder and death is expected and everyone is packing a weapon.
One of my favorite characters is Ace, he’s a knight from the heart castle. He has a terrible sense of direction, and often gets lost but is none the less a cheerful and happy character. Although as expected of a knight he is a deadly and skillful fighter, and wields a sword.
I Also like Boris, he lives in the Amusement Park with the owner Mary Gow-land (he’s also a guy). Boris is the Cheshire cat and In this version he is a neko guy, with the cat-ears and even a fluffy tail (purple and pink of course!) He is very curious about all sorts of things and especially about Alice’s world. Although he does tend to get mixed up in trouble and fights, he wields a pistol.
I really enjoy the general idea behind the book, and the way it flows. I also like how Alice is, just like us, clueless in this new world and slowly discover the wonders. The best part about this is the cute story line filled with action and murder, with plenty of plot twists!
I recommend this fun manga series to really anyone who is willing to try it. Although I suggest you don’t start it till it’s a weekend because once you finish the first volume you won’t be able to stop until you finish the entire series.
Reviewed by Delany, CLP-Carrick
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|Pandora Hearts Volume 16||Ameret||7/15/2014|
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|Attack on Titan vol. 12||Louis||7/15/2014|
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|Judge Volume 1||Ameret||7/15/2014|
|Judge Volume 2||Ameret||7/15/2014|
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