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Linger – Maggie Stiefvater

Posted by Laura on October 8, 2010

Linger is the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater.

In the first book, Shiver (blogged about here), we met our principal characters:  Sam and Grace.   Sam, who was a wolf in the winter and a boy in the summer, and Grace, the girl who loved him, but only knew him as a boy during the last summer he would remain human.

Well, because there is a book two, we know that Sam and Grace solved the problem of Sam becoming a wolf.  But now Grace has fallen ill.

In addition,  Beck, Sam’s pseudo-father, made new wolves over the previous summer.  He thought that no-one trustworthy would be left to care for the wolves once Sam could no longer shift.  But the new wolves weren’t necessarily good people.

Sam and Grace have their whole lives ahead of them.  But now, with Grace falling ill and having a boyfriend to boot, her parents are taking more interest in her life.  Or, perhaps more accurately, they’re interfering more with her life.  She is just a few months away from turning eighteen, and now they decide to parent.

There is a lot going on in this green printed book — yes, green ink.  (Which means that the copy of Shiver that I was reading last January really was printed in blue ink, no matter what anyone else told me when I asked them “Does this look blue to you?  I think it is blue.  I wonder if I am losing my mind…”) Pick it up, know that it is printed in green ink and join me in waiting for the final book, Forever, which will be published in July 2011.


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The Half-Life of Planets – Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Posted by Laura on October 5, 2010

Liana found a note in her locker on the last day of school.  The note had one word on it – “slut.”  Was the one word true?  Does that one word define her? Liana, who plans on being a planetary scientist, decides to have an experiment over the summer.  Can she make it through the whole summer without kissing a boy?

Maybe she can.  Or, maybe not.  The experiment may derail when she meets an interesting boy, Hank, in the ladies washroom at the hospital.  She is there visiting her father who is having another check-up over nothing.  Hank is visiting his heart-throb brother who just had his knee scoped.

Hank hadn’t intended to go into the ladies room to clean himself up after the coffee spill.  He just wasn’t paying attention to which bathroom he was entering.  Besides, there is hardly any difference between the two rooms.  Hank has Asperger’s syndrome and relates to people and situations differently than the norm.  Is that such a bad thing?

Liana is interested in planets.  Hank is particularly interested in music.  Liana secretly plans on not kissing over the summer.  Hank secretly wants this summer to be the one where he gets his first kiss.

The half-life of planets is told through alternating viewpoints, written by two authors: Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin.  Give it a try.   See what you think.

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Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

Posted by Laura on January 7, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (pronounced “Steve-Otter” according to her website) is the first book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.

Grace lives with her neglectful parents on the edge of a wood in Mercy Falls, Minnesota.  Living in the wood are wolves.  When she was younger, the wolves attacked her as she was playing on the swings.  One wolf saved her from the others and since that time she has been fascinated by her wolf with the incredible yellow eyes.

And the wolf?  The wolf is fascinated right back.  And he isn’t always a wolf.  In the heat of summer he is a young man named Sam but when the temperature falls, he is the yellow eyed wolf who is drawn to the girl he once saved.

When finally, finally(!) they meet there is no denying their feelings for each other, and Sam must fight against the falling temperature to keep himself from turning into the wolf.  Because each year a person changes into a wolf it is harder to turn back into a human and this may be Sam’s last year.

Book two is due out in July 2010 and will be called Linger.

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Fire – Kristin Cashore

Posted by Laura on November 23, 2009

There is trouble in the Dells. The last king had been controlled by the human monster, Cansrel, and between the two of them they made a mess of the kingdom. Now there are factions who want to take the kingdom away from young King Nash and war is on the horizon.

Monsters are terribly beautiful.  They are shaped like any other animal of their species, but they come in vibrant colors.  Monsters stun their prey with their beauty, and then take over their minds, making the prey that much easier to catch.

Fire, Cansrel’s daughter,  is the last human monster.  She is beautiful beyond words with hair the color of fire.  Her appearance instills great passion in all who see her.  Non human monsters want nothing more than to consume her and humans either love her or hate her.

King Nash sends for Fire so that she might interrogate strangers, assassins and supposed supporters to find out who the enemy is, what they are planning, and how to keep the country from falling apart.  But, Fire is not like her father.  She hated what Cansrel did with his power and she is afraid that if she uses her power, she will become like him.

But, first she has to get to King City.  Imagine how hard that is when there are monster raptors dropping upon her from above, because they really, really want to eat her.  Then there are the humans in the army surrounding her who really, really love her, or really, really hate her.  (Imagine the love to be like that seen at a rock concert.  Uncontrolled hysteria.  Not everyone is effected that way, but enough are to become a problem.)  It is a good thing that she has a guard of 20 people who know how to control their own minds.

Fire by Kristin Cashore is a companion novel to Graceling (a 2009 Teens’ Top Ten winner). You can read either one first.  But, I expect that if you read one, you will really, really want to read the other.

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Eternal – Cynthia Leitich Smith

Posted by Laura on June 29, 2009

Eternal is nominated for the Teens’ Top Ten list for 2009.

Zachary is a guardian angel.  Miranda is his assignment.  He has been her GA for all of her live.  And now, she is dead.  She should have died naturally, but Zachary stopped her intended death, and what happened was worse.  Now she is a vampire.  And Zachary is wingless.

Miranda arises as Dracul’s heir needing to learn all the pomp and circumstance that the role entails.  Luckily she can hire a personal assistant.  Who do you bet gets the job?

This novel is set in the same parallel world as Tantalize, which I haven’t read yet, but which is going on my list right now.  I expect that there will be more vampires and were-whatevers.

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Starclimber – Kenneth Oppel

Posted by Laura on March 7, 2009

Join Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries in another high flying adventure – this time the goal is space!

Matt has a summer job piloting an aerotug in Paris where France is building the Celestial Tower – a tower designed to reach all the way to outer space.  And Kate is preparing to present her talk on the aerozoans, the electrifying squid/jellyfish they encountered in Skybreaker.

All is right with the world – except when Matt becomes involved in a terrorist attack on the tower.  And then Kate receives a note from her parents recalling her to Canada for the summer.

Matt would jump at the chance to go to space, but it is likely that only French citizens will be given an opportunity at first.  The adventure really takes off when Matt and Kate are given the opportunity to join Canada’s space program by John McKinnon, the Canadian Minister of Air, and Otto Lunardi, the airship magnate who owned the Aurora (p.39).

Matt enters training to be an astralnaut, but Kate is guaranteed a spot on board the Starclimber as an expert in high-altitude life-forms.  This is the third book featuring Matt and Kate (the first being Airborn), and like the others, is an exciting read full of peril and strange new creatures.   There is a bit of politics and romance, as well.

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The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Posted by Laura on January 15, 2009

Imagine yourself standing in a crowd of twelve to 18 year-olds. In front of you is a stage with three chairs and two large glass balls filled with slips of paper. Each slip has a name written on it. One ball is for the girls, the other for the boys. Two will be chosen to go to the Capital of Panem and compete in The Hunger Games.

Each district of the Panem has a reaping.  Twenty-four contestants will compete.  The winner will be rewarded with a life of ease.  The winner’s district will be given extra grain, oil and sugar until the next reaping day.

Don’t worry about the twenty-three other contestants. They will be killed in the games. And everyone will see it live on TV.

Sixteen year-old Katniss Everdeen’s name is on twenty slips of paper.  Prim, her beloved twelve year-old sister, has her name on one.  What can Katniss do other than volunteer when the name Primrose Everdeen is pulled from the ball?

The Hunger Games is powerful.  And everyone is watching.

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Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway

Posted by Laura on November 3, 2008

Audrey broke up with her boyfriend, yet agreed to stay friends. She promised to go to his concert the night after the breakup, and while there her life changed forever.  Evan sang the song he wrote the night before, the song is about their breakup.  The real problem is that the song, Audrey, Wait!, is good.  Really good.

Soon it is played on local stations.  Shortly it is played nation wide.  Then world wide.    Then came the  paparazzi following Audrey around.  Ugh.  How can Audrey get on with her life with all of these changes?  This book is Audrey’s side of the story.

I found this to be a quick and funny read.  (I read it in one day, and I work full-time.)  Here you will find good friends, new romance and many concerts.  If you can’t stand reading books with swears, skip this one, but if you are okay with the more colorful words in our language, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this novel.

Here is the author’s website.  FYI – every chapter of the book starts with song lyrics.  So, do you love music?  Perhaps you will recognize the songs.

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My Most Excellent Year – Steve Kluger

Posted by Laura on September 3, 2008

Ms. LaFontaine assigned her eleventh grade class to write about “My Totally Excellent Year.” After they balked over the title (and changed it), three chose to write about the year they were in ninth grade.

T.C.’s mom died when he was six, and because of that loss, he acquired a new brother. Augie was the only one who knew how to talk to T.C. Soon Augie’s parents were T.C.’s “Mom” and “Dad,” and T.C.’s father was “Pop” to them both.

Alejandra’s father had been the ambassador to Mexico, and Ale was to enter the family business. The problem was that she constantly put her foot in her mouth and offended dignitaries at official functions.

The story is about friendship, first loves, the families we are born with, and the families we choose. It is told through journal entries, E-mails, chats, newspaper articles and posters. In My Most Excellent Year : A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park , there is sports, music, dancing, acting, political action, discovery of sexual orientation, sign-language and, yes, Julie Andrews.

This is a fantastic novel of acceptance and encouragement.  And it’s funny.

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Twilight – the movie and Book 4 Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

Posted by Laura on June 23, 2008

Fans of Stephenie Meyer’s series Twilight: the movie will be released in the US on December 12, 2008. I expect the lines will be long. Is anyone already making plans to go? Here is the Official Movie Site.

Also, book 4, the grand finale of the series, will be released on August 2, 2008. The title is Breaking Dawn and the reserve list is already growing. Hop on. And, just for fun, here is the Official Website of Stephenie Meyer.

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