Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I've finally read Wicked Lovely and I think if faeries truly are the new vampires this book is one of the reasons why. It started out slow for me, but I stuck with it because it is a particular favorite of one of my friends and I love the character of Seth. In fact, I might be a little in love with him. Can we find me a grown up version? Aislinn has the sight and can see faeries in their true form. This gives her an advantage when Keenan, the Summer King, chooses her to take the test of the Summer Queen. So he falls in love with her but Aislinn is in love with Seth. Which really confuses Keenan because he is not used to modern girls. I wish Melissa Marr had gotten to the faerie action sooner. I prefer the second half of the book to the first. It just went faster for me. This is good for fans of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives 1 by Ellen Schreiber
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
Blood Sucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
Wow! That's a lot of supernatural stuff!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This manga is a cute story that stands alone from the Vampire Kisses series. It focuses on Alexander's half-vampire cousin, Claude, and his three half-vampire cohorts. It is short so it's great for reluctant readers. I'm going to count this for the First in a Series challenge and the From the Stacks challenge.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
I was reading a paranormal romance that takes place in Sweden and a character mentioned Astrid Lindgren's World, a theme park devoted to Pipi Longstocking. I was floored. A theme park named after an author! How cool is that! This led to a friend telling me how much she loved The Children of Noisy Village when she was a child, so I just had to read it. Noisy Village is a grouping of three farms and all the children in each of the farm houses play together and have quaint Swedish adventures. I hope that children still discover and love this book, although it does let the cat out of the bag about Santa.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone (#2) and Lucinda's Secret (#3): This series continues to charm me. I like the dynamics amongst the siblings and that they all have very different personalities. I look forward to the rest of these books, and also anything else by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi.
Forever Rose by Hilary McKay: It makes me slightly sad that the Casson children are growing up. According to McKay's website, this will be her last Casson book due to the age of the characters. This story takes place as Christmas approaches and Rose is stressed about lots of issues: mom, Eve, is sick and trying to finish paintings that she's making on comission, Saffy and Indigo seem far too busy for Rose, and Caddy is nowhere to be found. On top of all that Rose's teacher is a terror who won't let the class celebrate Christmas. After finishing this book, I wanted to read the whole series again from the beginning.
Last but not least, A Great and Terrible Beauty. I loved the magical elements mixed with Victorian London. I know that The Luxe is supposed to be the 19th century Gossip Girl, but I would love to see Felicity square off against Blair. The magic in this book definitely has the sinister feel found in the works of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. This title is for the First in a Series and RIP 3 challenges.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I've followed this challenge the past two years and I'm participating this year. Even though I did not finish Once Upon a Time, I will succeed this time.
There are three challenges this year: one book, two books, or four books. I'll shoot for two, but will hopefully read four and not beat myself up if I only read one.
Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
Jane-Emily and Witche's Children by Patricia Clapp
Thornyhold by Mary Stewart
Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels
Marked by P. C. Cast
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Here's the challenge info --- R.I.P.
First in a Series Challenge - Persepolis by Marjane Satrappi ---I loved this graphic novel memoir. The art conveys the story just as much as the text.
This puts my First in a Series total at four.
Young Adult Challenge - Valiant by Holly Black --- Val finds her mom and her boyfriend in an intimate situation and takes of for the city, only to get caught up in human/fey intrigue. This might be my favorite of Holly Black's three teen books.
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer --- I thought it was a satisfying ending to the series.
Ironside by Holly Black --- Kaye's story continues from Tithe. Characters from Valiant also figure in. I like how the stories meshed.
This completes my Young Adult Challenge. Woo-hoo!
Other random books - Hard Rock Akane Abe --- I was a little disappointed in this yaoi. It was closer to bi-shonen in my opinion. The love story between the boys in a rock band was sweet, but I was hoping it would've been a little juicier.
Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrappi --- I think it was wise to publish the two volumes together for the trade edition. It reads well as a continuous piece.
Dead Over Heels by MaryJanice Davidson --- I know, another vampire book. Shocker!
The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter --- This sweet paranormal about a tough Texas woman and an alien come to life from a statue reminded me vaguely of Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I don't typically read two vampire romantic comedies back to back, but this had been on the pile for a few weeks so I gave it a shot. Single mom Katie takes out the trash one night, gets attacked, and wakes up a vampire. A paranormal group called The Consortium turned Katie, and ten other single parents in her small town, after they had been attacked by a vampire with some sort of supernatural plague. The Consortium is working on a cure for the plague and buying up Katie's town in order to set up a community where creatures of the night can safely reside. Aside from dealing with her new lifestyle, Katie is also dealing with a hot vampire named Patrick who claims they are soulmates.
This story was cute. This doesn't seem like a series that will get boring because each volume focuses on a different recently turned vamp. I am looking forward to reading book two.
Monday, July 07, 2008
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare - I love this series hardcore. It is urban fantasy at its best. The tension between Clary and Jace is explored well. I can't wait for book three, or the follow up series that follows Shadowhunters in Victorian England! She mentions it on her blog.
Vampire Diaries Volume 1 by L. J. Smith - These are the first two books of Vampire Diaries, originally printed in the 90s, published in one volume. I'm glad Brenna kept telling me to read these. They are so fun, and the very end was great. If you read horror/thriller type teen books in the 90s (Richie Cusik, Caroline B. Cooney, R. L. Stine, etc) this will make you nostalgic.
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway - Any music geek must read this book about Audrey's rise to fame as the subject of a breakout rock song. I wonder if Delilah has had as many problems as Audrey?
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher - I could not put this book down. It puts into perspective the consequences of gossip and rumors. Everyone should read it.
Dance With a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber - The fourth vampire kisses book is as fun as the first three.
Death Note volumes 9 - 12 - This series is nuts! I love it.
Afterschool Nightmare volume 7 - This is one of my favorite manga series of all time. Read it!
I'll try to keep up from now on :)
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This is a sweet story that will appeal to teens no matter what genre of manga they typically read. Horror and gothic fantasy fans will appreciate the myriad of preternatural characters while others will be drawn to Priscilla's struggle to fit into her new surroundings. The only downside to this book is rabid readers will want the next volume immediately, but it won't be released until September.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
So much is happening in this book aside from a closeted heterosexual girl learning firsthand what it's like for gay students at her school. Darcy's mom and the principal are dating, she's got a crush on the principal's son, her ex-best friend is president of the gay straight alliance and threatening to out her at any moment. So many of these details that would be the Issues in some teen Issue novels are merely background that don't get a full exploration. I think if they had, the book might have felt bogged down. Since they weren't, it was simply a quick read that I enjoyed.
For Ya Challenge
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I am counting this as my second YA Challenge books.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
My first will be Derby Girl. Bliss is the perfect name for a Texas pageant girl. Too bad Bliss is more interested in punk rock and vintage clothes than tiaras and evening gowns. She can't bring herself to tell her parents about the roller derby league she joins in Austin and begins leading a double life: by day she may be Bliss, but by night she is Babe Ruthless. Her mom, a former pageant queen herself, has her heart set on Bliss being the third generation Miss Bluebonnet. This is a fun little book. It's great for alterna-teens. I think there is enough band name dropping to also satisfy the music obsessed.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Even though I am made of fail when it comes to the first two challenges I've commited to this year, I'm joining this too. Why? Because I didn't join RIP 2, so I'm doing this. I think one reason I'm sucking at the other challenges is that I've locked myself into a list. So, I'm going to participate in the first quest, read five books, but my list is larger than five books.
Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
Valiant by Holly Black
City of Ashes By Cassandra Clare
Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
Dragon Rider Cornelia Funke
Inkheart By Cornelia Funke
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K leGuin
Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Wish me luck!
Friday, February 08, 2008
Does anyone else have any comfort reads?
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I finished my first challenge book. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!
Meg Cabot's heroines are nutty in a good way. Lizzie is a well meaning chatterbox who can be a tad bit naieve. After graduating from college (-ish) she goes to England to spend time with her boyfriend. But she doesn't know him as well as she thought and ends up going to stay with a friend in France. The vineyard they stay at is a great backdrop for this romantic comedy. Can't wait to read the sequel, Queen of Babble in the Big City.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Hello. My name is Sarah and I am a Meg Cabot addict. I have not read all of her books. Yet. But I have read the latest Princess Diaries book and adored it. It was much better than book 8 where, quite frankly, Mia got on my nerves just a little bit. I was afraid I would, like Mia, miss Michael too much, but it was nice to see her relationships with other characters minus Michael. Even though book 10 will be the final volume I look forward to it. The characters in these books make me smile. Even Tina with her silliness. I now want to read about three more Meg Cabot books, even thought last month I caught up on the Heather Wells series. Seriously, these books are like crack.