Monday, May 30, 2011

Cursebusters by Julie Smith [Review]

3 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Cursebusters
Author: Julie Smith
Genre: Young Adult
Release: May 17, 2011
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
ISBN-10: 1602825599
ISBN-13: 978-1602825598
My Copy: TBS
Reviewer: Rex

Book Summary: 
Budding-psychic Reeno is the most accomplished teenage burglar in California, but one tiny screw-up and poof!—she's sentenced to Bad Girl School. And that isn’t even her worst problem. Her sister Haley’s dying of an illness no one can diagnose, and now she can’t even help.

The school psychics have found each other and formed their own club. With the help of Carlos and the other Ozone Rangers, Reeno finds out Haley’s disease is the result of an ancient Mayan curse. And A.B., the group's sinister non-faculty adviser, claims he knows how to break it. All Reeno has to do is time-travel to an ancient Mayan city and steal a little item A.B. needs to save the world.

Since she’s an ace thief, he has complete confidence she can execute the task before the outraged Mayans can execute her. But can she trust A.B.? He's not even human.

My Quick Thoughts:
Cursebusters by Julie Smith is a cute, quick fantasy adventure that I would recommend for the younger readers. I have to admit that I didn't go into this book with very high expectations, but it is so much more fun than I had anticipated. It is action packed and gripping to the very end.

The characters are well developed but I didn't find myself connecting to any of them. Though Reeno's adventures make for a great read, I didn't find myself wondering about the characters after I shut the book. The adventurous plot is what kept me turning the pages. It is quickly paced with wonderful undertones- like don't judge a book by its cover (or in this case, people.)

This would be a good book for a younger audience, I think they'd be able to connect more with the characters and get more out of the story. I do like the author's writing style and have heard she writes a good mystery book. I think I'm going to give some of those a try :)

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