Chloe had always thought of herself as a normal teenager; she went to a good school specifically for those interested in the arts, she had a good grou...moreChloe had always thought of herself as a normal teenager; she went to a good school specifically for those interested in the arts, she had a good group of friends, and she was finally going to talk to the guy she liked. Just when she thought things were going well, everything changed when she started having dreams about seeing people.
One day after lunch, Chloe expereinced something that changed the course of her life forever. When walking back to class she was approached and then chased by a man dressed as a custodian who appeared to be burned. For those around her, it appeared that Chloe was having a breakdown, but in reality Chloe actually is a necromancer --someone who can see and come in contact with ghosts.
The school faculty, her not-so-present father, and her aunt put Chloe into a home for disturbed teens. Her diagnosis is schizophrenia, but Chloe and her new friends know that there is more to her current condition than schizophrenia; and they soon discover the price they will have to pay for finding this out.
The Summoning was an enjoyable book with strong characters and interesting plot twists. However, I felt sometimes that I found myself scanning through various parts of the book. There was a lot of parts that seemed to go on longer than I would have normally expected them to. For the most part though, this did not take away from my enjoyment of Chloe's story and I am intrigued to find out happens to Rae, Simon, Derek, Tori, and Liz in the future.(less)
**spoiler alert** The Awakening leaves off right were The Summoning left off. Chloe and Rae are trapped by the Edison Group after the two of them soug...more**spoiler alert** The Awakening leaves off right were The Summoning left off. Chloe and Rae are trapped by the Edison Group after the two of them sought out Chloe’s aunt for help. Betrayed by the one person she thought she could trust, Chloe now has made it her mission to find out exactly what the Edison Group are up to, and escape. Chloe is no ordinary teenager, up until a few weeks ago she had been going to a normal high school and living an average life. Now though, Chloe has learned she is a necromancer; she can see and contact the dead.
With the help from a dead former roommate from the last book named Liz, Chloe and her least likely ally Tori (who is a witch), escape the Edison Group and meet up with Simon, a warlock, and Derek, a werewolf. Rae refuses to leave after she starts to get good treatment by Dr. Davidoff and after she’s learned that she is part demon. The boys had been in hiding ever since Lauren, Chloe’s aunt, turned in Rae and Chloe. Now, they must find Simon and Derek’s father to get some answers and figure out what the Edison Group really wants from them, and it proves to be no easy task.
All the while, Chloe is trying to learn how to harness her power and at times she finds herself calling to dead things that she did not mean to bring around in the first place. In the first book, readers really start to sense a romance between Simon and Chloe and during this book, the romance starts to grow between Chloe and Derek. Only with the final book in the trilogy will things really come to a head.
I enjoyed The Awakening on a whole, but I really cannot wait until the third book comes out to find out what will happen with each teen. What I liked most about this book was that it picked up right where the first left off, which is refreshing because a lot of the time books will leave gaps in between. I also liked the fact that this book was more about understanding each character and their powers and seeing how they are growing into those powers. There is nonstop excitement and drama throughout. I would recommend that teens read The Awakening first before starting this one, but they will be filled in enough by this book that they could start with this one if need be. For the most part, I think that this book will appeal most to teenage girls, but it will also appeal to adults.
Characters: Chloe Saunders, Derek Souza, Victoria “Tori” Enright, Rae Rogers, Simon Bae. Genre: Supernatural fiction. Subjects/Themes: Magic, witches, warlocks, necromancers, demons, werewolves, escapes. (less)
**spoiler alert** Chole has had one of the longest weeks in her life. Ever since she started to see ghosts, Chloe has been living a life on the run. A...more**spoiler alert** Chole has had one of the longest weeks in her life. Ever since she started to see ghosts, Chloe has been living a life on the run. Along with three other gifted teens; a witch, warlock, and a werewolf, The Reckoning starts off with Chloe and her friends finally finding themselves in what they believe to be a safe situation.
Rescued by people who claim to want to stop the Edison Group from harming the teens, Chloe and the others still worry that they are not completely safe. The boys still want to find their father, and Derek is continuing to get closer and closer to completely his change into a full werewolf.
What Chloe never suspected was that she would find romance while on the run. Ever since she first saw Simon she felt an attraction towards him, and him the same towards her. What she never expected was that after their first official date, when he kissed her, it would be so obvious that things weren't going to work out for the two of them. Simon instantly tells her that there is another guy, but who could that be...there's only one other guy around...Derek?!
As the days go by in their hiding spot, Chloe and Tori get more and more suspicious of the people who saved them. Not only that, but they start to learn more and more about the Edison Group and what they hoped to do by genetically enhancing them before they were born.
Will Chloe, Tori, Simon, and Derek ever be safe? Are they making the wrong choice by staying with Andrew and the others? I felt a little disappointed by the ending of this series. I felt like a lot was left open ended, and me as the reader now has many more questions that will never be answered. I like that Chloe ended up with Derek and that they finally found the boys' father. However, I feel just a little let down in the end.(less)
**spoiler alert** Aisling (Ash) has little memory of her mother because she died suddenly when she was only a small child. The one thing that Ash reme...more**spoiler alert** Aisling (Ash) has little memory of her mother because she died suddenly when she was only a small child. The one thing that Ash remembers about her mother is how she always told her about fairy tales. In the land where Ash grew up, long ago, fairy tales used to mean much more than just a made up story. For the people, they were real.
Two weeks after her mother passed away, Ash’s father left their country home and went into town on business. This was not unusual for him, but when she received word that her father would be coming home earlier than planned and with someone, Ash’s mind started to race. Upon his arrival, Ash learned that her father had taken a new wife, Lady Isobel, and she would now have two step sisters Ana and Clara. From the very beginning, things did not go well with her new family. It only got worse though when her father suddenly got sick and they were forced to leave the house Ash had grown up in as well as her mother’s grave and move into Lady Isobel’s home.
Ash’s father passes away soon after she arrives at her new home and things quickly go from bad to worse for her. Her stepmother informs her that her father has left her in immense debt and the only way Ash will be able to repay her is to become her servant.
Despite all of the hardships that Ash has come to know, there are a few things that keep her going. One is a mysterious man named Sidhean whom she comes upon during a trip through the woods. She soon learns that Sidhean is everything that the fairy tales her mother told her are about! Her other happiness comes when she befriends the King’s royal huntress Kaisa; a friendship that grows into something much more. How can Ash escape her stepmother, please Sidhean who is in love with her, and follow her heart all at the same time? With a little bit of fairy magic, Ash soon finds out.
I really enjoyed this new twist on the old tale of Cinderella. Malinda Lo breathes new life into the tale by adding the factor of fairies, but still keeping the structure of the story most people know and love. I was a little thrown off by what becomes Ash’s love affair with the huntress, and did not fully understand where it came from or where it was going until the very last page. Overall, I think that this novel will appeal most to teen girls and I do believe they will be enchanted by Ash’s very own fairy tale.
Awards: William C. Morris YA Debut Award Nominee (2010). Characters: Asiling/Ash, Sidhean, Kaisa, Lady Isobel, Ana, Clara, Gwen, Prince Adian. Genre: Fairy tale Subjects/Themes: Cinderella, Fairies, Love. (less)
Kate, Michael, and Emma P. are orphans and for the past ten years these siblings have been moved from orphanage to orphanage. The newest place they ha...moreKate, Michael, and Emma P. are orphans and for the past ten years these siblings have been moved from orphanage to orphanage. The newest place they have ended up is Cambridge Falls, and after arriving here the trio discovers a book allows them to travel through time. Kate, Emma, and Michael learn that their destiny is bigger than they ever could have imagined and their lives are never the same again!
This was an exciting and magical novel that had a definitely feel of the Harry Potter series. I think that this could have been partly because the narrator for this audio book (Jim Dale) is the same as the one for those books, but either way I was pulled into this mysterious world that the P. Children have found themselves in. There are witches and wizards, an army of Screechers, bloodthirsty wolves, and an unlikely ally in the form of dwarfs. I also enjoyed hearing the three different stories of the various siblings and with a prophecy predicting the children will need to find more magical books I cannot wait to see where their time travels will take them!
This is a great choice for both a book club read and for listening to the audio book in class. Jim Dale is a superb performer and this audio book is just another great example of that. He does a fantastic job of capturing different voices for each character allowing me, as a listener, to really fall into the book. It is a fairly long audio book, ten discs in total, so it would be a great choice for a classroom setting at the start of a semester to enjoy.
Characters: Kate, Michael, Emma, Gabriel, Dr. Pym, The Countess, The Secretary, Abraham. Series: Books of beginning ; book 1.
Subjects: Brothers and sisters, Dwarves, Fantasy fiction, Magic, Monsters, Prophecies, Space and time, Time travel.
References: Book information and award information retrieved from www.bwibooks.com. Accessed on November 2, 2011.
Noah cannot bear to live at home anymore. This eight year old decides to run away and on his journey he comes across some very interesting characters...moreNoah cannot bear to live at home anymore. This eight year old decides to run away and on his journey he comes across some very interesting characters and an old man who helps him talk through his problems while telling Noah his own story.
This fairy tale journey that Noah takes unveils itself as the day goes on and Noah’s friendship with an old toymaker grows. At first, you do not know the reason that Noah has left home, but it soon becomes clear that something is going on with his mother. The Old Man (as he is referred to by Noah) tells Noah his own life story about how he let his father down and never forgave himself for not following through with his promises. This story is both magical and tragic and will surprise readers as they start to uncover the mysteries in the life of the toymaker (and his home) and for Noah.
The story goes back and forth between Noah’s story and the Old Man’s story; both of which were a joy to read. Hearing about the Old Man’s unbelievable fast running and Noah’s mother’s attempts to spend her last days with him were both interesting and exciting.
I really enjoyed this fairy tale and I was beyond surprised with how the two characters stories played out. Even though the events are tragic for Noah, the Old Man helps Noah to come to terms with the reality of his mother’s illness and eventually helps him to see that running away from his problems is not the answer. This would be a fantastic read for a tween book club and I think the group as a whole will love discussing the story. Also, this would be a fun read-aloud for a classroom maybe a few chapters a day.
Liesl has not seen the outside of her attic room for a very long time. It is here that she is being kept hidden by her evil stepmother. One night, she...moreLiesl has not seen the outside of her attic room for a very long time. It is here that she is being kept hidden by her evil stepmother. One night, she has a guest by the name of Po and her life is forever changed.
This is a cheerful, yet complicated fairy tale that continues to evolve up until the very last page. I enjoyed meeting new characters and seeing how each one connected to the last.
I recommend this book for tweens, I think that they will LOVE it. It has magic and fantasy and adventure too.(less)
I am enjoying seeing Eff's transformation from timid 13th child, afraid of her magic hurting those around her, to young adult Eff who is confident (mo...moreI am enjoying seeing Eff's transformation from timid 13th child, afraid of her magic hurting those around her, to young adult Eff who is confident (most of the time) and ready to take on the unknown West. However, I felt that through out this story, it fell a litle flat. I don't want to call it boring, but it just wasn't as catching and exciting as I hoped it would be. I am excited to see what the future holds for Eff now that she has gained some confidence, and also see what changes are in store for Lan.(less)