Posted by panaura on 1st March 2010
Books can really affect your mood. And this week my mood was fantastic! Both The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima and Possessed by Kate Cann were absolutely addicting.
The Demon King is set back in an unstated time–my guess is about 1000 years ago. The story follows two characters: Han, a retired thief and gang leader with a heart of gold; and Raisa, a princess who finds no luxury in the spoils of royalty and instead uses her wealth to help the less fortunate. The characters come from two completely opposite worlds: rich and poor, healthy and hungry. But their lives intertwine in a way that will change both of them forever. You’ll be hardpressed to find a historical fantasy-fiction novel for young adults that is more action-packed and easy to follow than The Demon King. I highly recommend it.
Possessed conforms to today’s trend of paranormal teen fiction. But this book gives readers more than just the typical “i-see-dead-people” plotline. Rayne is struggling with her home life and needs to get away. She finds the perfect opportunity to escape when she lands a job as a live-in waitress at an ancient estate called Morton’s Keep. But rumors about the estate’s horrific and bloody past makes Rayne question her safety, especially not that the past is resurfacing. Possessed will definitely keep you on your toes. It’s exciting, and most importantly it’s unique. Definitely worth a read.
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Posted by panaura on 11th December 2009
This week, I read Isis: A Tale of the Supernatural by Douglas Clegg, and The Blue Shoe by Roderick Townley. Both these books were entertaining reads, but neither is so memorable that you’d rank them in your list of favorite books.
I had a hard time deciding whether Isis: A Tale of the Supernatural was a story for kids or adults. It follows a young girl struggling with a disfunctional family. The book begs the question: what would you sacrifice to bring the dead back to life. There are deeper meanings behind the surface story that appeals to a more mature audience. But the book itself is short and the main character is a young girl. Perhaps this was the author’s intention: to target all ages.
The Blue Shoe by Robert Townley was a magical story about a quaint little village, a humble shoemaker and a young thief with good intentions. After stealing a small stone from the beloved Blue Shoe to rescue a girl in trouble, Hap is exiled to Mount Xexnax. But that’s not so bad, especially since his father is somewhere on the mountain too. Now is Hap’s chance to rescue his father. But under the ruthless rule of Mr. Slag, a rescue mission may be a little harder than he anticipated.
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Posted by panaura on 30th October 2009
This week was all about the spooky, the terrifying and the ghostly. I’ve read tons of books about ghosts, and most aren’t worth remembering. It’s a typical topic, making it hard for authors to put a new spin on it. The Haunting of Derek Stone #4: The Ghost Road by Tony Abbott and Rebel Stone and the Ghost Whisperers by Walter Rouzer were just that–typical. The Ghost Road was decent, assuming you start by reading the other books in the series. It was high-action, but in my opinion it’s a story that is more interesting for boys than girls.
Rebel Stone and the Ghost Whisperers mixed ghosts and aliens, which I’ve never seen before. But the writing sounded amateur. The constant flaws and overuse of metaphors made it hard to read.
Malice, on the other hand, was fantastic. While it wasn’t about ghosts, it was definitely spooky. The story was about a comic book called Malice. Kids who perform a ritual and summon Tall Jake (like Bloody Mary), are stolen from their homes and brought to the dangerous world of Malice–the world inside the comic book. The writing is easy to follow, the characters are relatable and the concept of part-novel, part-comic book is very unique.
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Posted by panaura on 6th August 2009
Ghostgirl: Homecoming by Tonya Hurley has a good storyline. But there’s a flaw in the presentation. Hurley mentions snippets of the past, but fails to explain them with enough detail for readers who haven’t read the first Ghostgirl book to follow along. If you plan on reading Ghostgirl, start with book one.
The concept is similiar to Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and Elsewhere by Gabriel Zeven in that it’s told, at least partly, from the perspective of the deceased.
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