Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review: Virals + Seizure by Kathy Reichs

Published date: November 2 2010

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 448 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They are Virals.

Published date: October 11 2011

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 496 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

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 . . 

Review: Buying Virals, I had no idea what lay ahead. I soon found out after a few guns shots and chests full of treasure. CRACK! CRACK!

As having to do with the Temperance Brennan franchise or Bones, there was no way I could dismiss this series. I’ve never honestly read a book with so much adventure, deceit, treachery, betrayal, and danger. In about 400+ pages Virals had me hooked, lined, and sunk. It wasn’t until I started Seizer that I realized how sunk I was. I didn't know exactly what I was expecting in the second book.

A stormy sea, maybe? Swash buckling pirates? Spanish doubloons? Crazy Chance Claybourne? Actual wolves? I wasn't sure. My thoughts ran in a completely different plane.

Ever since Tory Brennan caught wind of her dad’s impending job loss, she debates every possible solution with her pack of DNA-altered, awesomely-loyal, friends or Virals. One ridiculous and seemingly insurmountable adventure pops up one cotillion event after being verbally dissed by the Tripod yet again.

That’s where the swash buckling pirates come in. One with such a name as Anne Bonny.

I have to say, I haven’t read a good present-set book since Colleen Houck’s Tiger’s Voyage, so this book was a very very pleasant surprise. It was a nice change after read dystopian book after dystopian after dystopian book. Though I’m sure I will be back into the swing of things soon. The lack of romance that was not totally gone was change of pace, as most YA books today include tons and tons of romance. I don’t have a problem with that. The little that was in there was enough and I’m glad it was indeed kept at a minimum. Any more would have been weird for this style book. I am rooting for Tory and Ben to be together, but I know it probably won’t happen.

One of my favorite things about The Virals series is that you never know who the bad guy is. Never. The people who you think are going to be the main antagonist are usually either killed or you’re totally wrong about them. The characters respond the same way.

Tory Brennan’s cockiness and arrogance almost made me turn the book away, set it down and forget about it. But soon she grew on me and if we ever met in this life, we’d quickly become best friends. Even though I am definitely not as smart as the other Virals, I think we would get along quickly. But I’m sure I’d be an outsider since I don’t have wolf DNA running through my veins or an experimental strain of parvovirus. No matter how hard I wish I did, I don’t. I know the Virals would probably disagree in some areas.

But no matter how hard they try to hide their eyes, they’ll never be normal again. That’s what draws them together, with Tory as the strongest and fieriest link. They’re a pack. A family.