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I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

The title is a mouth full, but don’t let that deter you – in fact, the title is what grabbed my attention.  Upon actually glancing past the cover, I discovered how epically funny this book is.  I stress the word epically.  I laughed out loud so many times that multiple people had to ask me what was so funny – which bothered me immensely because each time I had to put it down to talk to them!

Our evil genius, Oliver Watson, is in seventh grade, and to the rest of his classmates he’s seen as a bumbling idiot, scaredy pants, and general freak to steer clear of.  It turns out Oliver has been playing them all – at home and at school – from the very beginning.  See, Oliver’s really a secret evil genius who never saw the benefit of letting people in on his genius, because no one worthy of it.  For all of his thirteen years he’s been amassing his strength and power; including an underground lair, body guards, more wealth than he can spend, and a professional grade science lab with a whole army of scientists and engineers at his disposal.  All the while, everyone around him sees him as a sloppy and simple minded seventh grader – even his own parents.

Oliver is fine with people not knowing – in fact, he prefers it that way.  He’s even put several barriers in place so that even if people come looking for him, they’ll never be able to prove it – should anyone ever suspect.  But now – now he’s got something to prove…to his Dad; a former class president who won’t stop reliving his political past “glories.”

Author, Josh Lieb, is a producer from the comedy news show, The Daily Show.  This is his debut novel.

-Lynette-

Shades of Dr. Moreau: Inhuman by Kat Falls

Before Delaney (Lane) McEvoy was born, the Ferae Naturae virus ravaged the United States causing millions of humans to mutate into an animal/human form. Many died within days but those who did not succumb went crazy and cannibalistic. With just a single bite from an infection creature the bitten is turned into one of the infected. Now these creatures inhabit the Feral Zone.

Fast forward to Lane’s world almost 20 years later where a 700 foot wall was erected to section off the East – the Feral Zone – from the West. To go beyond the wall is forbidden, punishable by death. Even so, there are” fetches” who are willing, for a price, to chance death slipping past the wall to bring back valuables left behind in the exodus two decades before.

Lane was never sure why her father made her learn survivor skills but she is very grateful for them when she is sent beyond the wall to find him. Lane is on a desperate mission to save her father; she must go into the Feral Zone find her father, collect a photo for a high ranking official and come back free of the virus. Along the way she joins forces with two totally different young men, each with his own reasons for helping her. One is of her world, Everson, an up-tight sentry guard; the other, Rafe, is a rouge hunter who seems right at home in the wild environment of the Feral Zone.

Once beyond the wall Lane struggles with her own notions of humanity, faces death square in the eye, learns too late that you don’t have to be a human being to be human, and faces her fear of the unknown. She also grapples with her growing feelings for both young men.

Inhuman by Kat Falls is fast paced with a world fully realized and drawn before our eyes. It has fantastical creatures, romance, adventure, horror, intrigue and mystery in a world that pits man against beast and begs us question our treatment of the beasts of this Earth. This book had me smiling, crying, biting my nails, and looking over my shoulder into the shadows.

And this is just the beginning of Lane’s tale. Falls intends to write a trilogy and is half way through writing the second book. The release date of the next installment is rumored to be sometime this fall.

-Katy-