Showing posts from November, 2011

Review: Dark of the Moon - Tracy Barrett

Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett Genre: YA, mythology retelling Published on September 20, 2011 Published by HMH Books Pages: 310 Read From: 11.24.11 - 11.25.11

SYNOPSIS Ariadne is destined to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, filled with hours of rigorous training by stern priestesses. Her former friends no longer dare to look at her, much less speak to her. All that she has left are her mother and her beloved, misshapen brother, Asterion, who must be held captive below the palace for his own safety.

Review: Coraline - Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman Genre: Middle Grade, horror Published on August 4, 2002 Published by HarperCollins Pages: 162 Read From: 11.22.11 - 11.24.11

SYNOPSIS When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.
I saw the movie before I read the book, and I'm neither happy nor unhappy that I did. I've rarely said this, but this story is one those where I liked aspects in the movie better, and I liked aspects of the book better. In many ways, the movie was more sinister, but in other ways, the book was darker. In any case, there is no denying that Coraline is creepy. So Neil Gaiman was successful in that instance, and I tip my hat to him. I wo…

Review: The Case That Time Forgot - Tracy Barrett

The Case That Time Forgot by Tracy Barrett Series: The Sherlock Files #3 Genre: Middle Grade, mystery, Sherlockian fiction Published on April 27, 2010 Published by Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 160 Read From: 11.19.11 - 11.22.11

SYNOPSIS Xander's classmate Karim tells him about a famous amulet carved in the shape of Thoth, the Egyptian god of time. It as thought to be so powerful that it could turn back time one day every hundred years.

Review: Shelter - Harlan Coben

Shelter by Harlan Coben Series: Mickey Bolitar #1 Genre: Young Adult, mystery, suspense Published on September 6, 2011 Published by Putnam Pages: 304 Read From: 11.17.11 - 11.19.11

SYNOPSIS A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that

Review: City of Orphans - Avi

City of Orphans by Avi Genre: Middle Grade, historical fiction Published on September 6, 2011 Published by Atheneum Pages: 368 Read In: November 2011

SYNOPSIS The streets of 1893 New York are full of life: crowded, filthy, and dangerous. If you are a newsboy like thirteen-year-old Maks Geless, you need to watch out for Bruno, leader of the Plug Ugly Gang, whose shadowy, sinister boss is plotting to take control of all the newsies of the Lower East Side. 

Review: Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
Genre: YA, mythology retelling
Published on April 21, 2008
Published by Harcourt, Inc.
Pages: 279
Read From: 11.4.11 - 11.17.11

In The Aeneid, Vergil's hero fights to claim the king's daughter, Lavina, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavina herself never speaks a word in the poem. Now Ursula K. Le Guin gives her a voice in a novel that takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills. Lavinia grows up knowing nothing but peace and freedom, until suitors come. Her mother demands that she marry

Review: The Beast of Blackslope - Tracy Barrett

The Beast of Blackslope by Tracy Barrett Series: The Sherlock Files #2 Genre: Middle Grade, mystery, Sherlockian fiction Published on May 12, 2009 Published by Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 176 Read From: 11.5.11. - 11.6.11

SYNOPSIS Xena and Xander Holmes have been looking forward to their vacation in the peaceful country village of Blackslope. But when a huge monster begins to terrorize the town, the young detectives are faced with a mystery that seems impossible to solve.

Review: The Son of Neptune - Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on October 4, 2011
Published by Hyperion
Pages: 513
Read From: 11.4.11 - 11.5.11

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

Review: The Outcasts - John Flanagan

The Outcasts by John Flanagan Series: Brotherband Chronicles #1 Genre: Young Adult, adventure Published on November 1, 2011 Published by Philomel Pages: 434 Read From: 11.2.11 - 11.4.11

SYNOPSIS Hal never knew his father. A Skandian warrior, he died in battle when Hal was a young boy, but his reputation lives on long after death.Hal, unlike his esteemed father, is an outcast. In a country that values physical strength over intellect, Hal's ingenuity, and the fact that his mother was an Araluen slave, only serves to set him apart from the other boys his age.

Review: Inheritance - Christopher Paolini

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini Series: The Inheritance Cycle #4 Genre: YA, fantasy Published on November 8, 2011 Published by Knopf Pages: 849 Read From: 11.10.11 - 11.16.11

SYNOPSIS Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now, the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.