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.