Saturday, May 28, 2011

Magic Under Glass is a sweet romantic fantasy for teens.  It begins with a young teen leaving the roving performance troupe for a chance to better herself performing for a "real gentleman".  She soon discovers that the clockwork figure she is supposed to sing with, is actually a bespelled faery prince.......and she is the only one who can save him.  This novel teems with spells, evils to overcome and the like with a subtle flavor of a moral lesson underneath (but very subtle so it doesn't ruin the story).  The ending is left open so one can only hope the story will continue.  I did enjoy the story and the characters and I think young teen girls will love it too.

The Gardener is a creepy scifi that is just this side of plausible.  It begins when a strange girl is awakened by a DVD and then bolts crying "beware of the gardener!  All along the way readers are carried in a storm of "what is happening" and "oh no!" running along with the main character to find out what happened to the young woman, if & how he can help and how it all ties back to science.  I can't say much or it'll ruin the story, but it was a wild and fun ride that was over too quickly.   A nice bit of future possibilities w/o all the dystopic angst in too many books lately (at least too many for me anyway)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

This is a cute and fun fast read.  David Greenberg is a realistically drawn character, and I love that he has a supportive family who love him ( but of course drive him crazy).  Grab this for a fun summer read.

I am quite enjoying Kagawa's books thus far.  It is a tad disconcerting sometimes to remind myself what her version of the fae are like (there are SO many different interpretations) but it's not her fault I'm fae obsessed in my reading of late.  Meghan feels like a real teen who is forced to handle extremely difficult situations.  In this novel she begins by serving her time in the Winter Court with the Unseelie.  Ash is pretending he doesn't care, and her magic isn't working and now someone's gone and stolen the scepter of seasons.  No one believes it's the Iron Fey, and so Meghan must try to find it to avert a war.....all while trying NOT to love Ash as much as she does.
A fine bit of storytelling with a touch of romance.....ahhhh......lovely....

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Invincible is book two in the Chronicles of Nick, and while not quite as full of action as the first book, was still engaging and fun.  I loved (and hated) the hanging it means I will now be on pins and needles until the next title, but then again, that IS the point.  I absolutely love that Kenyon has made this series as separate but connected to her others, so adults and teens alike can enjoy them.
This is a more subtle adventure than the previous (sorry no zombies), but Nick DOES face an evil coach trying to manipulate him and discovers a little more about his powers and his future.

I bought this and read it in one enormous gulp, as it so richly deserved.  I am sad that this will be the last Ranger's Apprentice book, though I am hopeful Flanagan will revisit them in future stories, perhaps their children?  I don't know, but it was a wonderful book.  As engaging and amazing as the other 9, and I have now gone back and re-read book 1......just because I felt the need to revisit Will.
As I haven't said anything about the book specifically, I will here...(and apologies, got excited there).  Will and the rest of the gang travel to Nihon-ja, when Horace gets caught up in a revolution there.  The rightful (and good) Emperor has been ousted because he wants to give rights to the non-Shenshi people (laborers, etc) he must fight to keep his throne.

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...