Anyone who knows me, is aware of how fascinated I am with stories of the Fae; and Marr is one of the masters at them. In this series (which I admit, I missed the first one of) she premises that humans are aware of the Fae and have made being one of them a crime (testing done by blood is common to determine whether or not you have magic and are tainted); so a contigent of Fae, one of whom is the incumbent successor of the throne of the Fae AND a link betwen the Seelie and Unseelie courts is pretty much wanted dead by all. Especially since she is attempting to negotiate peace and eliminate the prejudice against the Fae among humans; Lilyblack is a huge target that everyone seems to have a reason to kill. The romance and intrigue are perfect for a teen audience but not so syrupy as to turn off an adult reader. Once again Melissa Marr hits a home run; runs a touchdown (insert sports reference here....I'm clueless...lol) Amazing!
This is a shorter book, aimed at younger children; but accessible to all ages. I actually listened to it; and it was an engaging tale with Thor and Loki and Odin and Frost Giants told in a traditional fairy tale way. The fact that Gaiman can write a new story that FEELS like it would fit right into the traditional Norse tales speaks volumes about his talent. Definitely don't miss this one.
Looking at this title, I really thought it would be a silly tale of dinosaurs; but what it REALLY is, I wasn't prepared for. It's an alternate history story but in a very much "true to history" style; but with the small change of dinosaurs not dying out. Napolean's armies have discovered a new species of dinosaur (T-Rex; but not called that in these books) that are being trained for battle. It works, because Napoleon is exactly the type of leader who would be ruthless enough to sacrifice his own troops in order to achieve victory. It is a bit of a slow starter but a really well done book.
This book is a collection of quotes and stories that also form the basis of the documentary that was made from a previously never released work of James Baldwin. It was eye opening and ruthless and I now feel obligated to watch the documentary, though I'm sure it will be even more heartbreaking to see the moving images as to read the excerpts.
Ronit & Jamil is a story of star-crossed lovers (a la Romeo & Juliet) but with a boy & girl from Israel and Palestine. It's in poetry format and in two voices (but the separate voices are not always identified, so it can be a tad confusing to tell who is talking). All in all, a nice book; pretty well done and set against modern times.
Glasgow wrote a real book; one that will rip out your heart and make you cry. It is about a girl who after a life-time of cutting; finally decided to kill herself because life had gotten too much (she was homeless and had been trapped in a sex slavery ring and was desperate to escape). The author divides the story into 3 parts, one in the mental hospital where we see flashes of what happened to lead her here; one in Nevada as her new life (hopefully) begins, and the 3rd after everything goes wrong in Nevada (no spoilers, so I can't say why the 3rd section). I was so upset by this that I had to stop listening to the book, go get a copy & see how it ended, before I could allow myself to finish the story. This book was amazing and heart wrenching and important.