Sunday, September 26, 2010

Is your number up? "I Am Number Four"

Such an interesting read, I really didn't want to put it down. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore tells a sad tale of an alien planet that was destroyed. Nine children with the Lorien Legacies managed to be safely taken off the planet. These children are all that is left to save their race, and ours.

We read as John aka Number Four moves to yet another new town, to escape the aliens that destroyed his home planet. He and his guardian are constantly moving, always on the look out, making sure to stay a few steps ahead of their enemies. 

This new town though John likes, he starts getting stronger, he makes friends, and most importantly is getting tired of running. He wants to stand and fight. 

I cannot wait for the next book to come out. This is definitely going to become a favorite series of mine. There is so much I want to write, to tell you about, but honestly I think its more worth the wait to read it yourself. So go buy a copy and get reading! 


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Are you prepared for the "Fallout"?

So I don't know if you are familiar with either Crank or Glass or Ellen Hopkins but you should be. Ellen Hopkins writing style is addictive, story telling in poetry form. The first two books in trilogy, Crank and Glass, describe a teen girl's, Kristina or Bree, descent and walk with the monster known as crystal meth.

Crank describes how she fell for the monster, how an innocence trip to her absent dad's starts her journey downward. We see her fall in love for the first time, go from a good girl to an addict. We see how her parents struggle to keep her head above the water. The story ends on her still fighting the monster even after having her son.

In Glass we see how Kristina has tried to be the good girl again, only to fall into step with the monster again. This time she falls harder in with the monster. She abandons her family, her son. She loses everything only to find again that she is with child. She promises, in prison lock up to stay clean for her new unborn child.

With Ellen Hopkins' conclusion, Fallout, we hear the narrative through Kristina's children. Hunter, Autumn and Summer tell their tales, of their mom, her addiction, and what it has done to them. Each one of them fights their own problems, in a way their own addictions, they try to learn to be themselves. Each never really knowing their own mother. But seeing in the end, that they can see a bit of themselves in her.

I really do love this trilogy. Not only is it an addictive read, you seriously just can't stand to put down her books. (I secretly love when there is more than one narrative, gives me the illusion of a stopping point.) I finished Fallout in a day, and am itching to read it again, and Crank and Glass. To me these books are more than just an interesting story, a kind of don't let this happen to you moral. Though the books are mostly fiction, they are based around a true story. That to me makes this story, these books, all the more worth the reading. But even if you don't find the story line so attention grabbing as I do (which I find impossible to even think of) you will find Ellen Hopkins' story telling poetry attention grabbing and addictive.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Just Like Clockwork

Every since reading the Mortal Instruments I've loved Cassandra Clare's writing. So, as to no surprise when Clockwork Angel came out, the first in the Infernal Devices series, and the prequel to the Mortal Instruments, I just had to buy it. Last night I finished it, late into the night, saying just one more chapter.

Cassandra has a wonderful way of pulling together the world as we all know it and her Shadow World. Clockwork Angel was delightful in it's historical accuracies and her little twists and tweaks.

As in the Mortal Instruments, we get to know a brave heroine Tessa, who doesn't really know what she is. Tessa has come from America to, as she believed, live with her brother in London. But the moment she steps off the ship, she starts realize that things are not what she thought. Constantly Tessa is finding that what she believed to be true or thought isn't real. She struggles to learn the truth of things, and to find what this new power, gift, or curse that she has is.

Part of what I love is Cassandra's who likes who, who will get who, that is going on and in a Shadowhunter's Institute with Jem, Will, Tessa, Sophie, Jessamine, and a dash of warlock Magnus Bane thrown in it does get quite interesting.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loved the Mortal Instruments, and also quite a few who haven't. What's not to like, vampires, werewovles, Shadowhunters, warlocks, and faeries? Join the world unseen with Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

To Dream, to Live

I recently read Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev, I had read the previous book in the series, Theater Illuminata, Eyes Like Stars. As a fan of Shakespeare I fell for her twists and turns of his plays. It's not simply a twist of the plays, or a view of what he didn't write, it is his characters come to life.

The main star of the show here is Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, Bertie as she prefers to be called. Bertie has lived at the Theater for as long as she can remember but unlike her playmates, the mischievous faires Peaseblossom, Moth, Mustardseed, and Cobweb from A Midsummers Night's Dream, and her two romantic interests, Nate from The Little Mermaid and Ariel from The Tempest, and the odd Ophelia from Hamlet, Bertie is just a human girl, as far as she knew till the end of Eyes Like Stars.

*spoiler alert for Eyes Like Stars*

In of Eyes Like Stars Bertie is told that she must prove that she is useful to the Theater or she will be cast out. She decides to put on a show, she re-works one of the plays, changes up the setting. But it quickly changes into a piece that Bertie had been working on, How Bertie Came to the Theater. Something that Bertie had been toying with to try and remember how she came to live with them. Here we learn Bertie's secret, she is Ophelia's daughter, and she is also the Mistress of Revels and Teller of Tales. She finally finds her place at the Theater.

But for woe she has a job to do, one that she only insists on doing that is. She must go and find her Nate. In the midst of everything in Eyes Like Stars, Nate is kidnapped by the sea goddess Sedna. Of course Bertie feels that she is to blame since she accidently called Sedna. Not to mention Ariel trying he's tricks to make Bertie forget Nate.

In Perchance to Dream, we open on Bertie, Ariel, and those mischief loving fairies traveling on the caravan. They pick up a few friends along the way to finding Nate and the sea goddess, Sedna. We also find out who the Mysterious Stranger (aka Bertie's dad) is. I found this to be a great read, full of twists and turns, mystery and romance. Be what I loved the most was watching as Bertie learned how to be herself. That there is a part of her that is just her's. I felt that I watched her grow into herself.

I would definitely recommend this series to any young reader and a few older ones looking to renew their love of Shakespeare.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Talia & Jack, a whim, a kiss, true love

After reading Beastly by Alex Flinn, there was a excerpt for A Kiss in Time, I was hooked. I wanted it. I guess you could say I am a tad obsessed with fairy tales, but after The Little Mermaid I would rate Sleeping Beauty as my favorite fairy tale.

Now as with Beastly, A Kiss in Time is a modern twist on Sleeping Beauty. Talia is the beautiful princess cursed to prick her finger on a spindle. Jack is a modern kid from Florida, whose parents sent him on an European museum summer trip. Jack gets bored and decides to ditch to the beach with a friend, only they get lost in Belgium and stumble upoEuphrasia, the kingdom of Princess Talia's father. It's a bumpy ride as both teach each other lessons on life and each other.

I loved how this was a twist but not too much of one. More like just shedding some light on the fuzzier spots. Expanding the 100 years sleep to 300 years, bringing the story to our time. Something that makes it easier to relate to. Definitely a story that teaches to you to look beyond the surface.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Do you ever feel 'Beastly'?

So, my boyfriend pointed Beastly by Alex Flinn to me one day at Barnes & Noble. Its odd the books I look at almost every time I'm there but don't always pick up to read. But this is one of those times that I was so glad he showed me it, I just loved Beastly. He had seen the trailer and wants to see the movie, after showing me it, I was hooked and wanted to read it right then.

When I finally did get the books, I didn't want to put it down. I stayed up way too late to finish reading it. Beastly is based in NYC and focused on a "prince" of sorts, Kyle Kingsbury. He's your typical spoiled, rich, pretty boy. Till he meets and angers a witch. She curses him, turns him into a beast. But gives him the chance to escape, if he can find his true love.

I personally think that a book like this was way past over due, and not just cause I'm addicted to faerie tales. But I love finding updated version of faerie tales. Not just from a different point of view but actually giving the younger generation a way to connect to these tales. It's a modern day Beauty and the Beast.