The books I read this week have absolutely nothing in common. But, for the sake of time and space, I'm lumping them together in to one blog post/review. Also, for the sake of time and space, I'm not going to ramble on or try to invent some special way to capture their essence. So, here is the gist of it.
Lauren Willig's spy series is totally witty, clever, unique and very fun. The latest book was entertaining and a joy to read. I loved the two main characters because they are not the most likeable of people, but are very real. Thumbs up to "The Seduction of the Crimson Rose."
James Patterson is a literary juggernaut. His YA series about mutant kids is entertaining, but not as well written as some other YA books with similar themes. They are very commercial and almost formulaic. They entertain, but they don't bring anything new to the table. Good reads for kids who enjoy action packed stories. "School's out Forever" also gets a thumbs up, but with the caveat that these are geared towards the lower end of the YA market and should be read with that in mind.