Friday, July 02, 2010

july 2, 2010

I have been a fan for a few years now of Sherrilyn Kenyon, ever since I met her at NYC Comic Con in fact.  So, when I heard she was writing a teen novel, I had to see what it looked like.  I really enjoyed it, really.  I think if you've been reading the books for awhile, you'll know some of the other characters he's interacting with and it makes for a sort of inside joke/insider info angle, but the way she's working the main character, Nick, if you didn't know anything, you'd be bugging out with Nick.......and that's kinda cool.   So, I'm going to go with a solid, wowza and see what others think.....and hope that the younger kiddies stay away from her other books.......TOO hot for kiddies, that's for sure.....but amazing, and awesome and a million other things Twilight will never ever be......(like well written?  nasty, I know.....sorry)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson.....I was up until 3 am reading this......and it confirmed what I already knew....DAVID LEVITHAN is an amazing writer!!!!!  A collaboration of his writing with John Green (who is also very good, but not always my cup of tea) was simply genius (although I'm still hoping for another book with Levithan and Rachel Cohn)  =)
Two Will Graysons meet straight, one gay.......the impact they have on each others lives is immeasurable.  Watching the characters grow, mature, screw up, make up......just stunning.....I have to agree with my friend Akila on this one, I wish I knew both Tiny & Will Grayson personally........I would so love to have a cup of tea & see how life's treating them .......sigh.......READ THIS BOOK!!!! (and pretty much all of David Levithan's books while you're at it)

Sky Inside is a standard dystopic novel....end of the world, people living in actual bubble's the twist.  No one procreates anymore.  Everyone requests their children, goes through a long waiting process, and the "stork" (cylinders delivered to the towns) sends them a child with their spects.  The story begins as the "wonder children" that were marketed are having problems.....they are very intelligent, curious, unafraid to ask questions & to seek the answers.  What I expected at this point was a "children of the corn" or some other horror story of evil children genetically altered.  What I got instead was an intriguing premise of what happens when science rules completely, and a reminder that even science cannot control the human animal.  Martin's sister is a wonder baby, and though she annoys him, he takes care of when the town turns against them, he must protect them all.....and when they are sent away for "disposal"  he decides to leave his home to find her, and ensure that she & all of the children aren't hurt.
Awesome book, very thoughtful concept and interesting characters = fabulous SF novel for teens or anyone who wants to try it  =)

Mouse is book 6 in the 5 ancestors series.....I grabbed it as I have to review Dragon (book 7) and also because in spite of the series shortcomings, I find it a fun light read.  Basically all the major characters embody their names, so Mouse is a small child who can contort & hide well, as well as sneaking around w/o being noticed.....he's trying to help Hok (crane), Malao (monkey) and the others to save China and themselves as well as exacting revenge for the destruction of their temple home by Tonglong (Preying Mantis).  This series is fun as long as you don't think too much....for instance one of the main issues, is this fantastical historical adventure is written by someone not of Chinese descent, which has allowed some major discrepancies as far as historical inaccuracies, and some common misconceptions (from Europeans) being perpetuated within the context of the story.  For instance, it's interesting that Stone has each person completely embody their style & animal counterpart, but it's a tad overdone sometimes....does the Monkey HAVE to climb all the time & have stinky feet (funny maybe but needed?), the tiger is impetuous but powerful, and the animals we (Western Civilization) think of as bad, are indeed the bad guys (snake, preying mantis, etc)......Kung fu and Chinese culture are much deeper than that, and the addition of pirates of European descent and having one of the boys, turning out to actually be a girl with romantic inclinations towards one of the Danish visitors....just......muddies the waters a bit much for me sometimes.   I know some librarians who won't read the series any longer, they became maddened with the false information.......I am trying to read past them....and I can.....long as I don't think about now....then I wonder why on earth I'm reading it again......ah well......quick read anyway  =)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Black Duck review

"When Ruben and Jeddy find a human corpse washed upon the Rhode Island shore, their lives have taken a sharp swerve onto a road filled with broken pieces of glass, liquor bottles. They both must take sides of the law since they are now caught up with the rum-smuggling business. But when Ruben finds out he has half of a fifty dollar bill-- the ticket to claim a great load of liquor imported from Canada-- he is wanted by all of the smuggling business. Soon a gang from New York gets a hold of Ruben to get the ticked out of him. No one can save him now but the felonious, rum running crew of the Black Duck!
Written by Ms. Jane Taylor Lisle, Black Duck is an exciting read filled with adventure and suspense; A must-read for anyone looking for intense action or a novel which will leaving you sweating with anxiousness to find out what will happen next!"
written by Nayan Sanjiv, grade 8

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Skulduggery Pleasant review

Skulduggery Pleasant- Derek Landy There was nothing that could possibly take her away from her boring life, except maybe a fire-throwing skeleton... Stephanie leaves her old life and embarks on an enthralling adventure with the intriguing Mr. Skulduggery Pleasant to regain the possession of the scepter before the nefarious Serpine does. Derek Landy's "Skulduggery Pleasant" is a fast paced adventure with never-ending action and humor; A great read for anyone looking for adventure, mysteries, and magic. But beware... Skulduggery doesn't let you put this book down.......submitted by Nayan Sanjiv, 8th grade

Amal Unbound Book Review by: Raheem Ahmad

Amal Unbound Book Review by: Raheem Ahmad Aisha Saeed’s Amal Unbound is about a girl named Amal who lives in pakistan and goes to school...