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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You've got a what?: Scumble by Ingrid Law

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Another day, another at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers and the fun just keeps coming.

So far this month we've been tackling all things that go bump in the night.  From witches to wolves, vampires to real horror....the bases are loaded, or rather the bookshelf is full of all the spooktacular finds in reading out there this month.  With 31 days in total and only 11 days left (really...only 11?  Eeep!), October is flying by!  No worries though....there is still plenty of time for us to explore the world of creepy, scary, autumnal goodness out there.  So, grab a cup of apple cider, snag a few pieces of candy that didn't quite fit into the goody bags for the trick or treating kiddies and let's dive right into another pick for the season, shall we?

The spooktacular find in today's featured title is....savvys.  Magical, no?  Wait...what's that?  You don't know what a "savvy" is?  Tisk tisk....we shall have to fix that.  A "savvy" is a magical talent that one comes by at the age of thirteen, or so says the fantastical work of the author featured today.  For a look at the first title in this series, click here.....not interested in clicking?  No worries, this book works as a stand alone too so feel free to keep reading.  Today's book of choice is....


Ledge is excited about life and all it has to offer. For him, it’s about to get even better since he is turning 13. Why is that so special? In his family, 13 is the magical age that you come into your savvy, or special talent and with any luck it'll mesh perfectly with his heart's desire. Ooh...too bad savvy's don't really care what talent you want....they just come as they are. As things start to come undone rather quickly, in more ways than one, will Ledge be able to scumble his savvy before it's too late?

A fantastic addition to the series that started out with SAVVY, author Ingrid Law has a way of drawing readers into her magically tinged world with relatable story lines and likable characters. Even those you'd sooner dislike than count amongst your friends are given a back story to explain the reason behind their current state that makes you feel for them…and in this story, there are quite a few with shady pasts to be revealed (no worries, nothing sinister, just secrets they had hoped to bury).

Add in to this formula, magical talents ranging from the functional (finding lost things…pretty nifty if one has misplaced their keys) to the amazing (levitation, invisibility, influence….shall I continue?) to the as-yet-to-be-determined (let’s just say Ledge’s savvy raises more than a few eyebrows), you can't help but marvel at the creativity behind it all. Seriously! It’s not everyday that you learn of someone that can trap radio waves in mason jars, or move mountains (literally) to suit their landscaping moods. To pull a little Yoda verbiage with a twist on you, the imagination is STRONG with this one, it is.

In short, a great book for the whole family. I can’t really imagine an age group that would not enjoy this grand adventure….nor of a person that hasn’t (or will not at some point) been in a similar situation. Now, I don’t mean gained magical powers on their thirteenth birthday (but hey, if you did….do tell!). I mean that everyone has had to accept things in their lives about people or situations that they couldn’t change and instead of dwelling on the bad aspects of it all, focus on the good. It’s that old adage; you know the one. Every cloud has a silver lining…though for Rocket’s sake, let’s hope that lining is just silver in color and not in material or we might be in for a shocking experience.

ARC for review received courtesy of LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers and Dial Books for Young Readers (a division of Penguin Group USA). (THANKS!) With a new batch of books up each month, you never know what you might find at LibraryThing, so be sure to check out the site or follow along on Twitter. To discover more reading adventures in waiting, check out the publisher’s site for their full catalog. Last but not least, the author's site should keep you savvy on all things Savvy so be sure to stop by and explore for even more bookish fun.

This question probably comes as no surprise based on the story just reviewed but curious minds want to know…if you could have ANY power you could dream up, what would it be? From kooky to practical, fun to amazing….let your imaginations run wild, and share your ideas in the comments below!

Until next time…happy reading!


....Petty Witter said...

Scumble - what a great title. I'll have to see if I can pick up a copy of this as I'm sure Niece #2 would love it (Nothing to do with me wanting to read it of course.)

A super power? The ability to simply blink at that pile of dishes and they wash themselves.

agirlreads said...

I was thinking about this exact thing this morning when I was walking to work. I'd want to teleport, because its too cold walking in the mornings in winter :)

Juju at Tales of said...

I don't know it's a tie between self healer, fly, and maybe telekineses.

GMR said...

Petty Witter: Oh, of course! Who'd have imagined that? LOL. ^_^ That would be a handy power wouldn't it? Simple, but ever so useful.

bellareads: Really? Maybe I can reads minds.... O_O (jk!)

Juju: Hmm...that is a hard choice! Any option would be good amongst them though... ^_^

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