Friday, November 11, 2011

Seizure by Kathy Reichs

Goodreads Description: "Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they've turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack. But now the very place that brought them together - the Loggerhead Island Research Institute - is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it.

So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can't believe her luck - buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren't the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals' special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble . . ."

My Review: This was a great book! Virals (the first book) took me some time to warm up to---probably because it had a very slow beginning---but I jumped right into this one and loved it from the get-go. Since the group was already fully aware about their powers, the beginning was MUCH less slow than Virals; instead, it headed straight to the action in a decent amount of time. Tory was as sassy, sarcastic, and awesome as ever, and I liked how Reichs is taking Ben and Tory's relationship slowly. I really dislike books where the boy and girl hate/don't-care-about each other for live five minutes, and then they're in love. Hello, how is that realistic? Anyway... The mystery in this one was also a lot more interesting. I'm sure I'm not the only one saying that pirates > the environment (in regards of a mystery, anyway...). The action was pretty exciting and---I have to say this---I loved the Bones reference Reichs threw in there. (Bones is the name of a TV show that features Temperance Brennan; a character of Reichs' other book series, AND the great-aunt of Tory.) In fact, Seizure was so interesting, and such a good, compelling book, that it made me go back and read Virals all over again---and I loved Virals more this time! Fans of the Bones TV show, criminal/detective shows, the Maximum Ride books, or basically anything with action, adventure, science, and a TOUCH of fantasy would love this series.

Cover: I liked the cover of Virals better---it was a little more intriguing---but I will say that while the Virals cover properly displayed the fear the Virals were feeling during the book, the cover of Seizure does a good job of showing how they're starting to get used to their powers and throw themselves into action.

Overall Grade: A+

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