Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Vampire Kisses 5: The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber

School's out for summer so Raven has the opportunity to escaped Dullsville for the more attractive Hipsterville. Not only is Hipsterville the home of Raven's ultra cool aunt but Raven suspects her boyfriend Alexander is residing their. She doesn't plan on sneaking in to The Coffin Club, but she does and stumbles upon an underground club within the club, run by and geared towards real vampires! It's not all bloody drinks and thrashing music though; there is a power struggle going on and Raven must avoid trouble while avoiding being outed as a human. This series is so fun. It's perfect for kids who are interested in the vampire genre but not horror novels. Even though it's not on my list, I'm counting it for the RIP challenge.

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren

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.