Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Red Glove is book 2 in the Curse Workers Series, following White Cat....and it is just as suspenseful and intriguing as the original.  In Red Glove Cassel is caught between multiple opposing forces, the Feds (who want him to turn state evidence) the Zacharov's (leading crime family & also the family of his lady love) and his own family's criminal past & present, due to the death of his brother.  How Cassel solves his dilemma and also tries to figure out how to be a good person in spite of his upbringing and talent is what makes Holly Black an exceptional writer.  The journey is amazing and I think all of us will be anxiously awaiting the next installment.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Here is my review for After by Amy Efaw:
Before I read this book, I thought that mothers who commited such evil crimes with their babies were either mentally disturbed or just plain evil. End of story. Except it turns out that the decisions that these mothers make are influenced by many outside and internal influences.  
In all honesty, I had a tough time reading this. It made my stomach churn because the thought of a baby left to die in a dumpster just makes me want to puke. Not only that but a few of the scenes where she is remembering the birth are slightly graphic.
The ending of the book was slightly unexpected to me. It seemed to come out of nowhere. In this way, it was actually better than several endings I had been expecting. After is a heartbreaking novel, but it is something that everyone should read to understand how nothing in the world is as simple as it looks. I strongly recommend this book to young readers so they can understand that decisions are never simplistic.

by Deblina Mukherjee

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I discovered the tv series "Bones" early this year (only about 5 seasons behind the curve...sigh) and then found that Reichs writes books that the series is based loosely on....so I read one, and enjoyed it, though it might be awhile before I read a lot more (mysteries not being my fav)....so when I heard she was writing a book for YA, I was simultaneously excited and worried.  Excited, because I already knew she was a great writer, and worried because, well, let's face it, sometimes when adult writers pen a book for teens they talk down to them or assume that it means they can get away with shoddy writing (sad but true).  I am pleased to report that Virals is Amazing!  It had a nod toward her popular character of Dr. Temperance Brennan with the main character being her niece (and also a budding brilliant scientist); but what it did NOT have was pedantic or patronizing writing or a heavy hand with the character's "teen-ness".   I love the mix of science fiction and mystery, and I love the "never gets old" trick of having the teens being smarter than the adults think they are......and the addition of a genetic altering of their consciousness.....just genius!  I really really liked this book, great pacing, fun mystery lots of suspense and characters that felt real not invented.   I can't wait for the next installment!

The Replacement, first of all, has one of the coolest and creepiest covers ever! (see left)  The main character is a changeling, in the fae sense of it.....he was traded as a young child with a human child.  He is one of the very few to live past the first few weeks, and now that he's a teen, he is desperate to fit in and tries to hide his strange quirks from others.  Then another child disappears and he is put in a position to try and make a difference....should he just keep sliding by or try to change something that has been working for years?  I loved reading this...so creepy, so sad and yet hopeful and romantic......*big sigh*  Definitely give this one a try!

Sweet Venom is one that won't actually be out until this fall, but I got the ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) and it just sounded fun.....and it was.  Childs has 3 main characters, who are triplets separated at birth and all related to Medusa....yes, THAT Medusa.  They have to save the world from monsters and keep from being killed, all while still trying to figure out how to get along with these relatives they've never met.  I really couldn't put this book down, and I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait for the sequel (cliffhanger ending....grrr...lol) But, I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy Percy Jackson and other mythology based fantasies, and the library will definitely be buying it as soon as it's released!

I got this title based on a recommendation from a fellow librarian (Tyler Rousseau).  It's a comic that examines war......and is a great read whether you're looking at a fun look at a made up world, or a deep examination of the futility of war.......and it's a fast read......definitely worth getting and trying.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I have always been a HUGE fan of Shannon Hale, and regret that it took me this long to read this addition to the Bayern series.  I think I most heavily identified with the main character of this book.  She has a huge amount of self doubt and self hatred that she needs to work through in order to succeed.......and no one knows how much pressure she's under because she quietly does what needs doing..........plus the whole talking to trees thing?  Wow, if I could talk to animals or trees, I would be a happy camper indeed......I am now thinking I should go back and re-read the series......I might, though I have to admit my "to read" pile grows every day........so who knows....

Cosmic is one that was recommended to me by several sources, and I finally got to it...and quite enjoyed it!  Liam is a little kid who has developed early so is constantly getting mistaken for an adult.  Boyce takes this into a comic turn when he allows Liam and his "daughter" (really a classmate that he talks into posing as his daughter) end up on a space mission.....and because Liam is the "adult supervision" when things go wrong, it's up to him to try and fix it while trying to act like the adult he isn't.  This is a fun book with a lot of heart and is great for all ages........a quiet little treasure you might miss, so please go read it!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Ok, so here's where I tick off a whole lot of people.....I am a huge SciFi/Fantasy reader......but I have found out that I am NOT a huge fan of dystopic fiction.....maybe it's a middle aged thing, maybe it's just that I am sappy and like happy endings.....I don't know.....but I have tried, several times, to read both of these books, and just can't enjoy them......so sue me for being a bad librarian.........or for going against the pack.........but there it is....I've admitted it....I DON'T like these books.  I am sure they are well written and am happy that so many people love them and I am happy to recommend them to anyone who does enjoy dystopic fiction......but it's not my thing........sorry.......so, let's go read about Unicorns and Dragons ok?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I heard about this from Diana Tixier Herald at one of her presentations at NJLA. I was a bit leery, because it IS a zombie book and let's face it, there are a plethora of zombie novels out right now. I read it, and within one chapter was like WHOA!!! This is not just a zombie book, but is also a look at politics, the cultivation of fear and why some groups NEED you to be afraid, how we as people handle infectious diseases and also, about news and entertainment industries and how they work. Sounds like a lot, but what's most important (at least to me) is that it is a great STORY!! Here's the plot in a nutshell (and trying very hard not to give anything away).....George (aka Georgia) and her brother Shaun are bloggers along with their friend Buffy. They are invited to tag along with the 2039 presidential nominee, which is a huge deal as they are the first bloggers to be treated as a true news agency. Blogging IS a true news agency ever since the Rising, which is when the cure for cancer and the common cold revealed their "small" side effect......the dead rise and turn into predatory zombies. Unfortunately as George and Shaun follow their candidate they are caught into a conspiracy of epic proportions and they must find the truth and try NOT to join the undead. Cannot say enough times how much I loved this novel.....please read it and tell me what you think! (The So Bruns Library doesn't currently own it, but we are ordering it and will have it soon with a copy in the teen room and the adult fiction areas).


Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, review by Nina Soukhanovskii

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.  A Quote to Consider: “With a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of...