Title: Seizure (Virals #2)
Author: Kathy Reichs
Length: 10 hours 52 mins.
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Age Range: Mid-teen
Rating: 3 stars
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 . . . -Goodreads
Haven't We Met Somewhere Before?
This installment of the "Virals" series read more like and amalgamation of "Goonies", Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, and "Twilight". In fact, if it weren't for the fact that I had been introduced to Tory and the gang in the first book and become fully invested in the continuation in the series; I would have closed the book at the first mention of "finding the lost treasure in order to save the island". So verrry "Goonies" circa 1985. (Right down to the hidden water slide.)
Flashbacks aside...I can not say that the mile a minute pace of the story was not enjoyable to follow. I especially like the fact that there was a lot more "flaring" this time around. The fact that Ben had to have help to achieve his "wolf" and the many tactics that were employed to help him were a joy to watch.
I was really hoping that Chance, and his "fingers in every pie" dad wouldn't show their villainous faces this time around; but sadly...
There again we come upon the problem of the recyclable. RIPPING OUT HAIR IN UTTER FRUSTRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And of course....the parents are once again blissfully unaware that their children are mutating at will, being shot at, and searching for buried treasure while managing to commit several felonies in the process. Anyone else find this just a little funny?
NOT HA HA
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This is a great book for anyone that has a yen for adventure but is not old enough to have John Hughes as a frame of reference. In short, if you are 14 or so and want a good read with mutants, treasure, and felonies...this is your read.
Cristin Milioti's performance was the best thing about this story. So much so in fact, that if it were not for said performance; I couldn't have made it to the end of this book. I am especially fond of her rather snide characterizations of the bratty "rich bitches" of the island.
Cristin is truly a rising star and one to watch in audiobook narration.
I can not end this review without making it quite clear that it is only on the merit of Miss Milioti's work that I am able to rate this book at three stars.
If there are to be any additions to this series, it would be greatly appreciated if the sound effects that were used to mark the Viral's "flares" in the first audiobook be continued.
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