Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Alchemyst

I know this series is older, and I actually read a few of them, but it was ages I'm revisiting the series through the audio books......and I love them.  The Alchemyst is the story of twins who inadvertently stumble unto the world of immortals in trying to save their friends, the nice booksellers across the street.  It turns out they are actually part of a whole world that the twins knew nothing about....and now they are fleeing for their lives from various gods, goddesses and other immortals in order to save the world......and perhaps the presence of the twins wasn't accident.....maybe it was fate, because there is an ancient prophecy regarding twins......who will either save the world, or destroy it.   If you haven't read this yet, you should......=)

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Reality Boy is a no-holds-barred look at the life of a "reality star" who never really asked to be on tv and who has never made his peace with the results.  Gerald was on a "Nanny 911" type show when he was 5; and was made infamous when he, out of extreme frustration and a cry for help began to defecate in various places around the his mother's shoes, or the dining room table.  The Nanny show didn't actually help anyone in their family and ending up only exacerbating the existing problems...and now Gerald at 17 is still struggling to deal with the fallout.  Gerald goes to anger management, he tries to hold his temper; but he still has a psychotic sister, an apathetic mother and an absent father.......In this book, A.S. King examines the real reality of reality shows and the aftereffects it can have.  She is also giving us a close up look at a family in crisis and we get to tag along as Gerald finds his way to a better life.

Golden Girl is the sequel to Dust Girl.  Callie is now in Hollywood looking for the portal and a way to her family.  She is hoping to sneak in and rescue them, as she isn't confident enough to "storm the castle" and take them back.
I think Zettel does a great job of showing readers the intersection of Faery and Hollywood fairy tale while setting the story in a 1930s historical setting.  If you like stories of the fae and are looking for something different, this is the series for you.

Sadly, Raven Boys disappointed me....I had heard so many good things and was really excited to finally read it......but I found it a bit drawn out and boring......sigh
The basic idea is that there is a little town in Virginia with lots of magic floating about.  Blue is told she will be responsible for someone's death, and so is determined to find this Gansey whom is fated to die.  This sets off a chain of events that no one anticipated.  Don't take my word for it though, borrow it and give it a shot....see what you think.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Divergent review

Divergent Review
Divergent takes place in the Chicago area during an untold time in the future. Everyone is divided into one of five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the intelligent), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Candor (the honest). Every year, all the sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test to determine which faction they belong in, and shortly after taking the test, they pick their faction and undergo initiation. However, for Beatrice “Tris” Prior, her aptitude test results are inconclusive, thus making her “divergent”, an unusual and dangerous thing to be. She chooses the Dauntless faction, and from there, she must survive the risky initiation process while hiding the fact that she is divergent. Meanwhile, tensions between the Erudite and Abnegation factions increase, hinting at a possibility at a faction-wide war.
The recent trend in dystopian teen novels continues, and although I’ve found it to be getting old, I had no qualms against Divergent. It’s been likened to The Hunger Games with its futuristic setting and empowered female protagonist, but it is most definitely not an imitation. Although Veronica Roth is a new author (Divergent being her first novel), she writes with the ease of a seasoned writer.
My favorite aspect of the novel would have to be Tris’s character. She’s not a perfect person and has many flaws, but she knows this and understands this. She can be selfish, unruly, stubborn, and overly talkative, but she is also brave and intelligent and understanding. Her character development over the course of Divergent can be seen clearly with each passing page. She’s a complex protagonist, growing and maturing throughout the story.
There’s a little bit of everything in Divergent, not overly abundant in any one category. It’s part action, mystery, love story, adventure, science fiction; in short, even if dystopian novels aren’t your favorite genre, there’s something for everyone in it. There are different subplots within the plot, which all converge in the end. Despite it being over 500 pages, it’s a thrill ride of a book, with rarely any dull points. You’ll grow attached to the different characters, and sometimes it will feel like the events in the story are actually happening to you.
Divergent is the first book in the Divergent trilogy, followed by Insurgent. The conclusion, Allegiant, will be available October 22, 2013. There are also four short stories told from the perspective of Four, another character in the Divergent series. A movie is also in production, starring Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Four, and Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews. The movie will be released in late March of 2014.
Review by Kaitlyn San Miguel on September 6, 2013

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...