Quick-moving, fast-paced installment. Rarely put it down. A lot of surprising twists. Some enemies become friends, some friends turn out to be other t...moreQuick-moving, fast-paced installment. Rarely put it down. A lot of surprising twists. Some enemies become friends, some friends turn out to be other than they said they were. Can't wait to read the finale.(less)
**spoiler alert** Once again, summer at Fablehaven is anything but calm and restful. After saving the preserve from the brink of collapse one summer p...more**spoiler alert** Once again, summer at Fablehaven is anything but calm and restful. After saving the preserve from the brink of collapse one summer prior, the family now finds themselves facing their worst dilemma yet. Firstly, that their greatest ally could in fact be their greatest enemy. If true, the situation for all preserves is more dire than they'd thought. Secondly, a mysterious plague has come to Fablehaven, turning light creatures dark. Such a thing has never been seen before.
It was Seth, never one to follow rules, who first discovered the mysterious ailment, while visiting the seven kingdoms of the Nipsies with his satyr friends. And while his information was of utmost importance, it did not save him from punishment. While Kendra jaunts off to join the Knights of the Dawn and visit another secret preserve, Seth is stuck at home, bored.
By the time Kendra arrives back home with the news that the artifact they were seeking is in fact at Fablehaven, the preserve is nearing the brink of collapse, it's been discovered that only Seth can see the shadowy forms of their friends now infected with the darkness, and the house is overrun my dark brownies.
After seeing Fablehaven through many dark times, can the family find the root of this mystery evil and stop it before it's too late?(less)
Clary Fray just wants her life to get back to normal; to go back to the way it was. But there is no more normal, and certainly no going back. Only the...moreClary Fray just wants her life to get back to normal; to go back to the way it was. But there is no more normal, and certainly no going back. Only the continual trying to move forward. With her family in tatters and her friendships suffering from the new world she lives in, no day comes easy. But when Valentine reappears, with a newer, viler plan to bring about his dark dreams, things go from bad to worse. Neither Clary nor her friends are sure what to do, and it seems they might be on their own in their efforts to forestall doom for another day.(less)
Clary Fray's first hint that she might be different comes when a normal night out at the club turns into anything but; after following a cute blue-hai...moreClary Fray's first hint that she might be different comes when a normal night out at the club turns into anything but; after following a cute blue-haired boy and three others into a store room, finding herself in the midst of a wholly unexpected scene, she's left to grapple with the encounter on her own, upon realizing that neither her best friend nor the bouncer can see what she sees.
Not soon after her mother is suddenly and unexpectedly trying to get Clary out of town, and when Clary storms off in a huff, taking off with Simon for a night out, little does she know from that moment on, nothing will be the same.(less)
I was really excited when I found out there was a new Francesca Lia Block book coming out. And not only that, it was a Weetzie! That being said, havin...moreI was really excited when I found out there was a new Francesca Lia Block book coming out. And not only that, it was a Weetzie! That being said, having read all of the Weetzie Bat books, now sold together as Dangerous Angels, I don't really know whether the prior knowledge is necessary for this story or not. I think it certainly helped me, and helped with the depth in the story....without the background details some of the agony might be lost on you. But at the same time, Necklace of Kisses is a book in and of itself that I'm sure would hold its own without disappoiting.
It was really interesting to see all these characters all grown up. And yet still children. If I could move onto the planet this woman creates, I just might do it. The mix of reality, magic, dreams coming true and disappointment just seems really wonderful. In some ways fantastical, and in some ways almost more real than the actual world.
In this book, Weetzie is all grown up, and at odds with it. Her relationship with her secret agent lover man is straining, her children are in college, she has her own little store, but it doesn't seem to be enough. So she runs away. And her destination is where most of the book takes place. The Pink Hotel. I won't even try to do it justice. So do yourself a favor, and pick this one up. It's a sure feel-good. (Aside from the feel bad parts, of course.)(less)
Fanboy’s school life has been less than stellar, especially after the forced move to a new school, where he got off on the wrong foot and never got ri...moreFanboy’s school life has been less than stellar, especially after the forced move to a new school, where he got off on the wrong foot and never got right. While he had his moments, like The Great Ecuadorian Tortoise Blight, all in all, he could really do without daily interaction with his classmates.
When Mitchell Frampton starts pounding on him daily in gym class, it seems unusually cruel, and yet perfectly normal for his life. The middle-of-the-night IM he receives about it isn’t. Against his better judgement, he agrees to meet the mystery writer, who he realizes must be the black and white blur who’s been watching his gym beatings.
Life gets even stranger, after Donnie and Kyra meet.
She’s moody, she likes graphic novels, but makes fun of the ones he reads, she’s always showing up in a different car and driving recklessly…on top of it all, she’s his first female friend, and only his second friend in town, period. Despite all her quirks, he likes her. Enough to share his work-in-progress, a graphic novel his only prior friend doesn’t even know about.
The more involved Fanboy and Goth girl get, the worse things seem to go. While he’d like to be different, Donnie is still first and foremost a guy. And while Goth girl is different, she’s also first and foremost a person with feelings and sensitivities.
There’s no shortage of tension in this story. But it’s also full of laughs and deep thoughts and great anecdotes. Self-realizations and epiphanies. And while it’s a story about a comic book geek, it’s a story that any book-lover should enjoy. Myself, I’ve never gotten into comics or graphic novels–it’s not a style I can manage to read. But this book was great. I had a blast reading it, and I’ll be looking forward to Lyga’s next work.(less)
In the world there are many cycles, and sometimes they exist between you and you. The inner commentator never letting you speak, too afraid you'll onl...moreIn the world there are many cycles, and sometimes they exist between you and you. The inner commentator never letting you speak, too afraid you'll only mess things up. The outer prtoector, trying to make you less visible, generally only make you more conspicuous. The friends who aren't real, but are better than loneliness. The truths buried in closets, because it's easier for some to pretend they never happened, even if nothing has been the same since, and the damage is still everywhere. Worrying that your haunted past will become your daunting future.
This is Lacie's world.
Her father's dead, he mother hides away in endless work, and Lacie is lost between the cracks of herself and a world in which she doesn't belong. Can't seem to fit in. Can't seem to get it right.
Bit by bit, her best friend's cruelness starts to become more apparent. Forced into agreeing to meet a boy, she soon realizes Benji is just about the only real thing in her life. Except for the ghosts.
Bit by bit, things get harder, and some get easier. Best friend Jenna is lost, but Lacie is found. Her mother begins to slowly come back, she begins to slowly move away. Away from the fake and the meanness she used to emulate. Away toward who she really is, and should be. Away towards Gretchen, returned to town after disappearing for years. Away into a perfect world, in which she does belong.
This is James' third book, which I've so far read twice. When I read his newest and recognized the names, I went back to re-read the rest to find the delicate interweaving I mentioned in my Tomorrow, Maybe review.
The first time I read this book, Lacie reminded me very much of myself. The second time I read it, she reminded me of how I used to be. It was a really cool feeling to get a sense of personal growth like that from a book. Sometimes we know how far we've come in life, but not really. Re-reading Lacie's story made my own a lot more solid to me.
If you've ever struggled with yourself, family, friends, the world, you'll easily relate to Lacie's troubles with life, and will likely appreciate her story.(less)
An intertwining tale of two magical and troubled lives, Ruby is a gripping mix of fantasy and reality.
Ruby has always been different. Not just because...moreAn intertwining tale of two magical and troubled lives, Ruby is a gripping mix of fantasy and reality.
Ruby has always been different. Not just because she hides things.
She sees things. She hears things. She knows things. Her father has always ignored it. But she knows it's real.
She moves across the country, to LA, to take a job as a nanny. She wants to be able to leave herself behind. An ex-boyfriend shows up at her employer's door. Some things are easier said than done.
She leave LA and travels to England. Here the magic is stronger than ever. In the midst of what feels like only lies, she finds a family, her dream, and even herself. What started as a good cover story turns into a reality, freeing her from life-long demons.
Francesca Lia Block is my all-time favorite author. After discovering her when a friend recommended I read Violet & Claire, I went out and bought all the rest of her books. I'm always excited when I see she's written a new one. Ruby almost passed me by, but our Teen Librarian brought it to my attention.
I really enjoyed Ruby's story. It's slightly more reality than fantasy, as compared with Block's other works, but it still had that same mystical feel. Any book-lover should love Block. Her style is compelling and one-of-a-kind. Aside from her erotic works, which I haven't read, I highly recommend everything she's written.(less)
This was the first PUSH book I purchased, and it's been read so many times (at least once a year) that I now own two copies, the first held together w...moreThis was the first PUSH book I purchased, and it's been read so many times (at least once a year) that I now own two copies, the first held together with scotch tape. Since reading it the first time, I've become an avid PUSH fanatic and a big fan of poetry novels.
A memoir of some very troubled times, for some people this would probably be a really sad book. In fact my mother read it on my recommendation and couldn't at all relate. She thought it was really depressing. But that's not what I take away from it.
Eireann Corrigan led a fairly priveleged life as a teen: Private School, bent rules... But the other side of that coin was the pressure that came with said life, and the years spent in hospital wards. The struggle to decide to make it in the world.
When her first boyfriend shoots himself and the next drives into a tree, the odds just don't seem likely. She concludes it must be her.
Through these poems she relates her story. The trials, the triumphs, the small steps and the large, the love and the disillusionment. And the lessons so hardly learned.(less)
Marina's relationship with her brother Lex has always been different than that of normal siblings. Therefore, it’s not a shock to anyone when she take...moreMarina's relationship with her brother Lex has always been different than that of normal siblings. Therefore, it’s not a shock to anyone when she takes his apparent suicide so hard. But there’s more to the story than anyone knows. At least, so she thinks.
As Marina delves deeper into the mystery, struggling to understand what happened to her brother, hidden truths come to light. But none so large as those learned when she takes off to visit her father.
This is a story of love: how it can raise you up and pull you down, heal you and break you(less)
This is the book that started it all for me. A friend recommended I read it, and Francesca Lia Block made an immediate move to the top slot in my favo...moreThis is the book that started it all for me. A friend recommended I read it, and Francesca Lia Block made an immediate move to the top slot in my favorite authors list, where she's stayed ever since.
Violet sees life as a movie. There's always a scene, a mood, something unfolding. Though her own life, sadly, is lacking in some of the necessities for a great script. Conflict. Her parents, who seem to be from a completely different bloodline than she, give her none. And what little she does have isn't juicy enough. Love interest. Sorely lacking. Anyone who can understand what she wants and where she's coming from.
Enter Claire. Innocence emboddied, wearing a Tinker Bell shirt with faerie wings, surrounded by taunting peers. Violet decides she's perfect. Claire, never having fit in, is happy to have a friend. And one who defended her.
Their early adventures are innocent enough. A visit to a transvestite bar. A trip to an underground concert, where Violet finds her love interest in the form of the godly Flint Cassidy. But her unwilling slip into humanity leaves her wounded, when she realizes she fell for an act like any other girl. Determined, she makes the most of it, and takes her script to his agent, who gives her a receptionist job in exchange for helping her with it.
Claire is first excited, soon after worried. Violet comes to school less and less, eventually isn't there at all. The poetry class they signed up for together also becomes Claire's alone. As she gets deeper into her relationship with the teacher, Violet isn't there to listen, or warn her. Claire too finds herself injured and lost.
But even the darkness can't keep them apart. After all the misunderstandings and apologies gone awry, their friendship prevails. Life in the desert, away from the cruelties of the big city, awaits.
Violet's portion of the story should appeal to any movie buff. Claire's to anyone who's ever felt alien, finding solace mostly in paper and pen. A very quick read, which might or might not keep you up at night to get to see how it turns out, and one of my all time favorites, I highly recommend Violet and Claire to any and all.(less)
Bella Swan isn’t looking forward to life in Forks. Though her dad is easy to be around, she’s spent most of her life without him. On top of which, she...moreBella Swan isn’t looking forward to life in Forks. Though her dad is easy to be around, she’s spent most of her life without him. On top of which, she can’t stand the weather, and she knows she won’t fit in.
So when the first week of school is full of stares and whispers, Bella’s not surprised. Some of her classmates seem friendly enough, though some also seem overly friendly. All in all, things seem to be going fairly well. Until Biology, when her lab partner takes an immediate dislike to her, more along the lines of hatred.
When Edward Cullen stops coming to school, Bella assumes it must somehow be her fault, and can’t imagine what she did that was so bad. She finds out from a classmate that the Cullens are frequently absent, being big campers, and is somewhat appeased. But unprepared for Edward’s reappearance and attitude change.
While most of the school stears clear of the Cullen family, and Bella herself finds them intimidating, she’s also enthralled, especially with the ever-changing Edward. After he saves her life, it only gets more complex. The more she learns, the more curious she becomes, and the more reticent he is to tell her.
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The story is great, and the characters will pull you right in. I, myself, am currently awaiting the sequel (with not enough patience).(less)
It can be a world of shadows, ghosts, haunted memories, and shame. But it can also be freedom, beauty, and solidarity bred of understanding. Every str...moreIt can be a world of shadows, ghosts, haunted memories, and shame. But it can also be freedom, beauty, and solidarity bred of understanding. Every street kid has their story--they don't ask, but they know. For Gretchen, it was her Stepmother. Continued life under the same roof as her: impossible. At 15, she still feels like the baby, even though it's been two years. Two years learning to love the morning, before the city wakes up. Loving life while the sun is rising. Liking it less once there's a world to see. Two years on the streets take their toll. Lately, it's the dream of getting out that keeps Gretchen going.
Tiny, cold, and silent, she arrives one night on the stairs. It's not a place Gretchen usually stays. Still, she can't help but take a stand. They tell her a kid that young will only be trouble. But all she sees is someone who needs her. Someone to take care of. From that moment on, Elizabeth is hers.
At first it's simple. Easy enough to make Elizabeth smile. Easy to be happy just because she is. Then people start to drift, police start to raid, life gets more and more out of control. The streets aren't as fun anymore. The dream seems farther and farther away. Today isn't enough, tomorrow slips from her reach. Only the finality of total loss can bring resolution.
Brian James is one of my favorite authors. He writes about the world as I know it, and does so well. And thanks to the MySpace craze, I've actually gotten to interact with him enough to know that he's a really cool guy. And should be coming to my Library this summer so I can meet him in person!
This is his second book, and marks the real start of his writing take-off. While I enjoyed his first book, it's a world apart from the rest that follow, in more ways than one. Starting with Tomorrow, Maybe his stories delicately intertwine. It's very cool. I'm currently awaiting his next release, which will pick up Elizabeth's tale a few years down the road.(less)