Book Review: Stuck On Earth

by David Klass

Ketchvar III, an alien slug-like creature from Sandoval IV, inhabits and takes over the body of 14-year-old Tom Filber to determine whether or not humans, the apparent laughing-stock of the universe, deserve to continue living or should be exterminated to allow for a more superior race of beings to live on Earth.  His initial opinion is that humans are cruel and destructive, as determined by the bullying and unhappy home life of Tom, but the actions of other humans he interacts with make him rethink his opinion and wonder if the humans might be worth saving.  This is a spot-on and funny take on the human condition as viewed by an outsider.  A little sci-fi and a lot of comedy make this a great read.

Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant

by Derek Landy

When 12-year-old Stephenie Edgley inherits most of her wealthy Uncle Gordon’s estate after his sudden death, she unwittingly becomes entangled in the world of magic and the impending end of the world.  Skulduggery Pleasant, her uncle’s friend and a living skeleton, must stop the evil Serpine from finding the key and bringing back The Faceless Ones.  The almost non-stop action and witty dialogue keeps you on your toes and asking for more.  This is the first in the Skulduggery Pleasant series.