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)

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