Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tricks and Transformation by Anthony Horowitz

Death and the Underworld by Anthony Horowitz

The Wrath of the Gods by Anthony Horowitz

Battles and Quests by Anthony Horowitz

This is part of the Legend series.  I think it's a great addition to any library.  9th grade does some Greek mythology and I think this book fits right in.  It's a fun read.  Horowitz does know how to tell a story.
I would love to hear the author speak at a conference or forum.

Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep by Gail Carson Levine

Anything Gail Carson Levine writes will be a good choice.  This was a fun read of the story of Sleeping Beauty.  What's great is the hero of the story doesn't sleep her way through the story.  She choses her destiny and decides when she's going to fall under the curse of sleeping for a long time.
Smart book! Quick read.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

This story is being checked out frequently.  Read read read the first book Divergent. I"m looking forward to reading book 3.  Big Brother is watching and Big Brother is insane.

Great story plot.  Good Read!

Die for Me by Amy Plum

This is book one of a series I read backwards.  Lots of romance.  Lots of romance but appropriate for teens.  Tragedy sends two teen sisters to Paris to live with their grandparents.  Vincent becomes a very interesting distraction to one of the sisters.

The story moves at a very nice smooth tempo.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

These are cultural retellings in Horowitz's Legend series.  They are fun to read. He does a fun job of retelling the stories.  You can tell he's done some research behind the mythologies.  I would include in any library.

Beasts and Monsters by Anthony Horowitz

These are a collection of short stories of various cultural mythologies.  They a quick easy read and actually the author puts a fun spin on the retelling.  I would include in any library.  There is a whole series of these books that the author has written.
This picture book fits with any curriculum that ties in with the Civil War history.  It also ties in with Women's history.  You can read this book to any group of age ranges from 4th grade to adult.  It's amazing what people can do in the face of danger.  Worth the read.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

The story goes back in forth and is worth the read.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Winter White by Jen Calonita

Jen Calonita has a way of writing that has you fall into the characters.  This book 2.  The series is hinged on two sisters.  One sister, Izzie became a member of the family when her ailing grandmother contacted her father to tell him about Izzie.  That was book one.  Now the story continues and lots of high school drama that makes it fun to read and also care about the characters.  It's a good read and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Oh my goodness, this has got to be the best contemporary book ever this year! I read a lot of books but this is the book to read.  I loved "Okay" as their code.  And Hazel comparing herself to a grenade when she talks to her parents.  Amazing.  I know... I'm gushing.  But this is the book to read!

Until I Die by Amy Plum

I guess sometimes I read books out of order.  I read book 3, now I've finished book 2.  Guess I'll have to read book 1 next.  It's a sexy novel but with out sex.  I want my own Vincent to murmur sweet thoughts.  It's full of adventure and baddies.  All set in Paris.  Kate seems a bit too mature for a seventeen year old but it's a fun read.

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

I have only read book 3 which may be the last of the series.  It's easy to catch on to what has taken place.  It's Greek mythology updated with modern lives.  Kate is now married to Henry and is pregnant with their child.  However she is held prisoner by two bad Greek Gods.  It's an interesting twist to traditional Greek Mythology.  It's an okay read.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beautiful Darkness by Garcia & Stohl

This is book 2 and doesn't disapoint. Told in the perspective of Ethan, we enter the caster world. Ethan is on a mission to save his girlfriend.  He has more help then he realizes.  I'm looking forward to reading the next story.