Thursday, June 05, 2008

june 5

I just finished Love is a Many Trousered Thing which is the newest adventures of Georgia Nicholson.......and is just as much fun as all the other adventures....Rennison writes very funny books, if you haven't tried them, you must!

I also finished the sequel to Warrior Heir, which is Wizard Heir. These are fantasy adventures and are very very good. I literally couldn't put Wizard Heir down last night til I was done....if you like fantasy and adventure you will love this series, can't wait til the next one is out!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

week of May 19

Here we go ......I'm just gonna pretend that I'm not a day late and a dollar short as usual.....here's this week's titles for your amusement:

Something Rotten was a very cool mystery (esp. if I liked it cuz I do NOT usually enjoy mys books!) This one is loosely based around the story of Hamlet, but very modern and contemporary....essentially a kid is stuck in the middle as his friend attempts to solve the mystery of his father's untimely death. Try it and don't let the Shakespeare scare you.....it's only obvious if you know the story.

I'm Being Stalked by a Moon Shadow is the story of a young man living in Australia and the product of very hippie parents (they built his house out of sod and dung).....he is very unconventional and very earnest. This is a rather funny story, with a bit of romance and tomfoolery, but still the story of a boy and a girl finding their places apart from their parents.....and the anxiety of having realized that parents are human too....

Finally is Hot Lunch which is the story of a nonconformist at a private school, who inadvertantly sets off a chain of events when she refuses to do a joint project with a "kiss up" student. I loved this book, hilarious with a heart!

tata for now.......see ya @ the lib!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

week of april 22

Ok, so much for the weekly posts....trying, but stuff keeps coming up....sigh.....sorry =(

So here goes, and we'll try to start fresh eh? Oh, and if you'd like to post your own reviews or thoughts, please feel free!

Last Dance at the Frosty Queen was an ok read.....it's about a boy stuck in a small town and wanting to escape...college, a job, he doesn't really care as long as it's away.......he meets (of course) a beautiful stranger who alters his view about his hometown, and also expands his views of the possibilities for his future. Not horrible......not amazing.....try it and see what you think!

Once Upon a Dreadful Time is the conclusion of the series by McKiernan....a series set in faery and loosely based on fairy tales.......this wrapped everything up quite nicely and I enjoyed it as much as the first. Still not happy about all the french words, but I skipped over them quite easily and it didn't affect the tale for me. If you like fantasy with swords and magic and bad witches and good faeries.....this is the series for you....quite thick but worth the effort.

The Crow by Croggon is another very thick book....another very intense high fantasy (high fantasy refers to tales that carefully plot another world and are very involved....magic, saving the world etc). This story is 3rd in the series thus far and gives us a new protagonist, the little brother of the girl who starred in the previous two. Thus, if you haven't read the others, you could definitely read this but it's recommended to start at the beginning as Croggan has constructed quite an intricate world with its own laws and rules. If you love fantasy with meat then try this and the previous two (The Named and The Riddle).

ttfn.....will do more from the conference next week.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

3/15/08

Sorry it's been awhile....getting the Celebration of Art and Diversity Program took more out of me then I thought it would and EVERYTHING ended up on the back-burner......so....here's a few titles I've read lately that I've enjoyed:

Am I Right or Am I Right? Calma is a smart alecky snarky voiced protagonist who from the start says she's an unreliable narrator...and boy is that true....but somehow in spite of her prickly nature you like her and feel her pain....like when she goes to a high end hair salon before a date and ends up with a HORRIBLE hair cut....what does she do? She shaves her head, as part of a "hair for leukemia" project (get pledges, shave head sort of thing) and goes on the date anyway. I enjoyed this funny tale and getting to know Calma was a pleasure....see what you think

Wicked Lovely is a fairy story of the classic sort....meaning it's not Cinderella, but it HAS fair folk in it. Aislinn has always been able to see the fey, watching them trick people, trip them or just hang out looking odd. She hides this ability because her grandmother warned her that if the fey ever find out that she can see them, her life will be in danger. Then she ends up in danger anyway, when the King of Summer decides that she is the long awaited queen he has been searching for and will let nothing stand in his way. Can Aislinn find a way to escape the unwanted attention? Is her sight a blessing or a curse? What happens to a human caught in the middle of a fairy battle? Read it and find out!

Finally is Total Constant Order...which is a story of a girl with OCD...how it started, how she's dealing (or not) and how it affects the lives of those around her. I didn't love this but it was pretty good.....see what you think.....and blog it back!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

books 2nd week of Feb.

Here's this weeks list for ya....some are hard to read but good nonetheless.....fiction just like history and life aren't always comfortable ya know?

Copper Sun by Draper is the story of a 15 year old girl living happily in Africa who is captured by slavers. Draper captures the essence of a strong girl fighting to keep a piece of herself in untenable circumstances.......and who has manages to keep her spirit and hope alive in spite of everything. I was ready for this to be a depressing read, but it wasn't .......not a happy book it's true, but the main character's strength and spirit are the book's strength....as is the relationship between the slave and the bonded servant girl. You won't be able to put this book down.

Going with the Africa theme the other book is an oldie but goodie....Listening for Lions by Whelan. A young girl who's parents are missionaries on the continent of Africa is left orphaned by an epidemic. A neighbor decides to send her to England to impersonate their daughter who also died in order to assure their inheritance. Can she pretend to be someone else? How long can she pretend to be a "proper English girl" when all she really wants is to go back to Africa and hear the lions and feel the sun? I actually listened to this on audio...and it's wonderful with all the language and accents....but I would imagine even the print version is worth looking at.

Crazy busy week.....ttyl and keep reading!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

2/6/08

In honor of Black History month, I will highlight African American authors or authors writing about African Americans (and maybe a new title or two thrown in for good measure)......this is a slow week, (but intense on the planning end) so I will talk about 3 books that I enjoyed.

Emako Blue by Brenda Woods is the story of a wonderful girl, named Emako Blue. The story of who she is told completely by others who knew her as well as the events following her tragic death in a shooting. This was an emotional and affecting story but it felt powerful and angry instead of sad and depressing. If you like realistic stories, this is one for you baby....

Twists and Turns by Janet McDonald: Janet McDonald is an amazing author and this title is a great read. It's about two sisters who decide to open a neighborhood hair salon. Do they have a chance? Of course, everyone does....at least on the books.....but when you're getting by on a shoestring in the inner city and want to start your own business .....well, let's just say it ain't easy. The characters in this story just jump out of the book and live with you awhile....wonderful.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers: Everyone has probably read at least one book of Mr Myers at some point....and if you have, chances are (unless an English teacher ruined it) you loved it and became an instant fan as I did. The title of this book sounded so down and sad that I was hesitant to read it, but the artwork in it compelled me to try (art was done by Walter's son Christopher) and boy was it worth it. Told in first person this story is just the life of Jesse as he tries to make sense of his world.....brothers dying, gangs, drugs ....and where does he fit in with his art? What makes a man? How do you go on when you're friends die? If you enjoy reading an author who's characters feel like people you know...or should know...try anything by Myers, but especially this one. The art made it really feel personal like a journal.

Tell me your thoughts.....what you're reading ......what you're not and why....c'mon join in the conversation!

ttyl
Saleena

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

1/29/08

Hey guys and gals.....here we go with this batch!

Sold....a quick but definitely NOT fun read! The book is about a girl who thinks she's going away to become a maid to help her family but in reality she is sold to a brothel.......at age 13......very poignant and telling story in free verse about a very real problem that exists even today.

Spanking Shakespeare......a very very funny story about a high school senior who is writing his memoir (a required senior project) and the stories of his family will absolutely crack you up (My fav is how his granny took him to a porno movie). This is probably best suited to the high school crowd, because they'll understand stressing about college, sex and other stuff.

Ironside.......another book in a series by Black (can't remember her first name sorry....) about fairies and thier interaction with humans.......this one ties together her first two, so if you haven't read them in awhile, you might want to reread them or risk feeling lost sometimes (unless of course you have a spectacular memory like me.....lol) A great story, lots of action and suspense about a changeling child who doesn't know where she belongs and also somewhat of a love story because she's in love with the new king of the unseelie court (I know I spelled that wrong but it's not in the spell check...sigh...) and she's a common fey.......and the impossible quest she must fulfill to win his hand. Awesome!

Snakehead.....the newest Alex Rider adventure and trust me it lives up to the others and then some.....this time Alex is up against a sinister gang in Asia (he bounces around a few countries) and recruited by the Australian Secret Service. He's trying to find out more about his parents from the godfather he never knew he had......and stay alive to save the world from another catastrophe planned by Scorpia........another slamdunk roller coaster ride from Horowitz!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Jan 16, 2008

Ok, here I go keeping my part of the bargain....two more books to think about for you....

Skulduggery Pleasant is a phenomenally fun read. The main character is a skeleton who is also a detective, and a young woman (age 12) who finds out about the magical part of life when her beloved uncle dies and strange people start coming out of the woodwork to kill her for "the key". What this key is, who these people are and who is Skulduggery really.....all these questions and more will be answered by reading this awesome book.

Dragonhaven is a scifi adventure that sounds like it should be fantasy (all dragon books are aren't they?) The main idea is that dragons really do exist and have been found, albeit as they are being exterminated for their extraordinary powers or just because they're huge. The main character lives on a dragon sanctuary established ages ago, and he stumbles into committing the biggest crime ever ........he finds a poacher who has just killed a momma dragon (who came down to give birth) and though the dragon killed the poacher, her babies seem to be all dead (dragons according to the tale keep their babies in pouches like kangaroos)....then one of them moves and he decides without thinking to save it...creating a pouch of his shirt and keeping it fed on broth and such. The problem is that while its a crime to poach and kill dragons due to their endangered status, it is equally criminal to interfere in "the laws of nature" and save one. So he has to find a way to raise the dragon, hide it from authorities all the while having no clue exactly what to expect because no one has ever seen a baby dragon before. It's an exciting tale and the main character is so believable that it seems that you should be able to find the sanctuary and talk to him.......I really wish I could......

That's it for now.....what've you been reading.......any comments?

ttyl
Saleena

Friday, January 11, 2008

Jan 11 2008

Ok, here's the deal.....been forgetting to put out book info for all of you readers out there...and for that I apologize. I am hereby putting it on my agenda to try (really really hard) to get at least 2 books in every week so there will always be something new to look at (even if there's nothing new coming in for whatever reason)

With that in mind here are 4 books right now and if I have more time I'll do more on Sat or definitely by the end of next week for a couple more........apology accepted? Good .......I hereby promise to be a better blogger for all of you, whilst at the same time encouraging all of you to send me what you're reading for me to add to the posts.

Freak Show is a really amazing, very strange book about a boy who is forced to move in with his father in the conservative state of FL after living out and proud in Connectictut for most of his life. Billy is not only gay, but he is a transvestite (which means he enjoys wearing women's clothing) and is definitely NOT having an easy time in his very WASPy new private school. I can't really get into too much more detail, but Billy (who can be a bit whiny and over the top annoying) feels like such a real person and the story feels more like a slice of life diary than a fiction story. If you don't mind alternative characters and a meandering storyline......you will absolutely love this book.......I did anyway =)

Next title is Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf and it is the perfect story for anyone who doesn't have loads of time to read, or doesn't like to read (are there people like that....lol) or someone who loves books in alternative formats (like me). It's the story of a girl who is struggling with normal everyday issues, new stepdad, brother with issues and normal "I wanna fit it" complex we all have dealt with....the coolest part is that the whole book is told via letters, notes, emails, bills, and assorted other items in full color spread all over the place. For instance, she wants to do something with her hair, so you see a bottle of color and a bill for it, then above it you see $x for corrective color at a hair salon....so without her ever saying (I turned my hair pink by mistake) you get the idea. Give it a try!

For graphic novel lovers we have Dead High Yearbook which is a series of stories about a group of characters and how they died, with the premise that each day/month/week? group of people who die in mysterious circumstances (think goosebumps or twilight zone) have to do a yearbook together to tell their stories for posterity. It is a pretty cool idea and an interesting creepy kinda book.

Finally we have Here There Be Dragons, a tale set in early 1900s (WWI) and a cast of characters who have to save the imaginary world in order to save the real one. They set off meeting fictional characters everyone (it's kinda fun to see if you recognize them all) and try to stop the bad guy....yeah it's a classic fantasy premise, so I thought it'd be totally formula but it was surprisingly well written and I loved finding out who the main characters were at the end (hint: they are famous themselves....nuff said).

ttyl
Saleena Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian

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