A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

288. Riptide Pride by Brandon Terrell

Riptide Pride by Brandon Terrell. Illustrated by Fernando Cano (Canada) - (US)
Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels

Pages: 50
Ages: 10+
Finished: Dec. 28, 2011
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: YA, graphic novel, easy reader, sports
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

My whole life has been spent fifty yards from the ocean.
Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading:  This is a great hi/lo series for reluctant male readers.

You couldn't find a person less interested in sports than me, but I really look forward to reading the books in this series.  Once again, "Riptide Pride" matches the quality of the others in the series.  Written at a low reading level (1.5) or GRL (J) it will appeal to boys up into their mid-teens.  The characters in this book are all 14 yo. The story revolves around a boy known to be a great surfer who is bullied by the school braggart into competing with him to prove who is the best surfer.  Things take a turn for the worse when the braggart moves out to the rock infested no surfing zone.  An exciting story with realistic teens combined with comic book quality art are sure to keep reluctant sports minded teens reading.

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