Sunday, April 17, 2011

Books on my shelf now

I just finished Vespers Rising, which gives background information about the history of the Cahills and an introduction to the Vespers, since a new series will be starting. The books are actually pretty good and Scholastic has some of the best junior fiction authors writing the series. I am very excited about reading City of Fallen Angels and am already 52 pages in after one day. I really enjoyed the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series and I am glad Cassandra Clare decided to continue the series. I really like the Clockwork series as well by her. The sarcastic humor and worlds she creates make these fun reads. I have also started the Septimus Heap series and like it so far. It does remind me slightly of Harry Potter, but only because there is magic and an evil villain. I am looking forward to the second book in the Kane series by Rick Riordan and the third book in the Spells series by Aprilynne Pike, which will both be out the first week in May. I am really really looking forward to the Warlock by Michael Scott, but it will be out close to the end of May.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Kate is faced with two options, become death's bride or lose her mother without saying goodbye. Kate chooses to live with Henry, who seems just like an odd recluse, but is really Hades from the Greek myths. Many readers will know the myth of Persephone and Hades and will love hearing the tale from the side of Hades, known as Henry in this tale. They will also enjoy watching a new romance develop with Kate. Will the two find happiness together or will Kate fail the series of seven tests set up for her by the council of the gods? Aimee Carter's twist on the Greek myths is a charming love story with constant surprises. Carter handles the subject of death, in this case the impending death of a mother from cancer, with sensitivity and readers will feel for Kate. Henry and Kate are likable characters and you cannot help but want them to succeed. The story envelopes you from the beginning and holds you breathless until the last page. Readers should expect to lose at least a little sleep trying to finish the book as quickly as possible. One of the best twists on the Greek myths I have read in awhile and the love story is perfect for teen readers. Adults, who enjoy YA, will also want to check this one out. Readers will be looking forward to the sequels.

Galleys

Lately I have been reading galleys on Netgalley.com and a few print galleys sent from publishers, which I will try to start posting on here. For now the one I can post since it will be released later this month is for The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter. This is the first in the Goddess Test series.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

"They" ?!

Every once in a while during discussions with people about books, a mysterious group of people pops up into the conversation. The only thing I know for sure about these people is that they are called, "they." They try to slip magic into books or Christianity or any number of things. I will have someone ask a question about a book and if I am unsure if there is anything "objectionable" in it, "the person I am talking to will say, "well, they like to sneak in (fill in the blank) without you even knowing." Usually fill in the blank is MAGIC. I understand people have many different beliefs and I respect that, but seriously who is this "evil" "they." I have more than one person use the term "they" for this. I don't understand why the people believe there is some type of conspiracy to insert magical or Christian or any number of elements into books. Books are powerful, I get this, but I think you can pick someone to blame if you must, like the author or publisher or even the librarian, not a mysterious they. Of course the favorites to pick on are the Harry Potter series and Chronicles of Narnia series for either being too Christian or too magical. If you must, fear the knowledge and insight books can bring you, not the hidden messages that might be inserted by "they." End of rant.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bridger books

I have been reading, but just not posting. Lately I have been thinking about the second books in series, which I call bridger books. Something I have noticed is that the second books in the series are often my least favorites. It seems like they are used to much to bridge the first and third book together rather than being able to stand on their own. This is not to say I don't like the books, because some of them I really enjoy and are among my favorites, they are just not my favorite in a series. I started noticing this after I read the second Harry Potter, the Chamber of Secrets. I have read and listened to this series multiple times and there are parts of the second book I really like, but of all the books in this series, it interests me the least. It seems like it just leads you up to later books in the series, especially books 6 and 7. Also Spells in the Wings series had the same feel for me. I really liked book 1 and am excited about book 3, but Spells seemed filled with information rather than action. However I think that book 3 will move quickly, because of this. City of Ashes had that feel to it too, it seemed like everything that happened in it was to get you from book 1 to book 3. I know that being a bridge is what middle books are for, but I think they should be able to grab attention on their own.