I had the very fortunate luck of reading this back in August, and for the two days I read it, I could not put it down. Seriously. All I wanted to do w...moreI had the very fortunate luck of reading this back in August, and for the two days I read it, I could not put it down. Seriously. All I wanted to do was read the book, so my nose was stuck in my Nook until I finished.
First off, I have to say, I don't think I have ever read another mermaid book. I'd seen SPLASH like a million years ago back in the 80s, and though it was cute, mermaids were just not something I thought I cared much about. That is until I read TANGLED TIDES. I have a whole new opinion of them now.
I'll admit it. I am a sucker for romance. But, with this in mind, I want romance to really sizzle and to really work. And I want those moments of frustration between the characters, but I don't want them to last too long. And in all these aspects, TANGLED TIDES comes through big time. But don't think this story is simply some fluffy romance. There are real world consequences to the tune of an entire race dying off and war between sea creatures. And, like so many good stories, the main characters have to solve their own problems or all will be lost.
Okay, enough rambling. In short, I loved this book. I was honored to be an early reader, and I will recommend this one to everyone I can. Full of deception, forbidden love, and intrigue, TANGLED TIDES is a story best savored but impossible to put down.
*And on a final note, the publisher has this book for a great price if you pre-order (which you should). So definitely check it out!
I'll admit first off, that Mari Mancusi is a personal friend. She's one of the writing gals that comes to "The Place," but that in no way makes me bia...moreI'll admit first off, that Mari Mancusi is a personal friend. She's one of the writing gals that comes to "The Place," but that in no way makes me biased toward her book :)
BOYS THAT BITE by Mari Mancusi (Berkley, April 4, 2006)
Mari was one of the first onto the Teen Vampire scene, and the popularity of this book has spawned into an eight book series that is widely popular. I made it by Mari's signing a couple weeks ago at The Book Spot in Round Rock, Texas, and picked up the first two books in the series. I'd just finished reading a somewhat serious realistic story, and Mari had promised me her books were light and funny.
BOYS THAT BITE was a joy and a hoot to read. From the first page, the voice of the characters shines through. I laughed. I rooted for the main character Sunny first to not become a vampire and then to become one. I yearned for the romance, and Mari delivered. She held off, keeping me reading and hoping, and then...
...you'll have to read it to find out what happens!
Anyway, I can't recommend BOYS THAT BITE enough for fans of PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White. It does a great of adding much-needed humor to what is a dark world of paranormal young adult literature.
Of course, I've heard about these books for years, but I never considered myself much of a Stephen King reader. Sure, I read some collections of short...moreOf course, I've heard about these books for years, but I never considered myself much of a Stephen King reader. Sure, I read some collections of short stories, and I loved THE SHINING and THE STAND (movies), but the length of the novels always kept me at arm's length. But, when I was looking for my next audio book listen, someone recommended this series, so I decided to give the first book a try.
THE DARK TOWER 1: THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King (1982 (orig); Plume, June 24, 2003 (revised))
(This is a great summary of the book) From Amazon:
In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland pursues The Man in Black, encounters an alluring woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the Kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, "The Gunslinger" leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.
As for the book itself, I loved the simplicity of the world Stephen King created in this first novel. The struggle within the main character came through perfectly, and when the young boy Jake was introduced, I was hooked. I wanted to know how Jake's world tied in with Roland's and why Roland was so intent on his pursuit of the man in black. I also truly appreciated how few words were used to create this world and the characters. As far as the audio book goes, this was a great choice. The narration was great, and the story moved along at a nice clip for audio listening.
I'd recommend this one for people curious about the series and those who, like me, are not die-hard Stephen King fans. The concept of the books is fascinating and compelling and left me wanting more of the same.
Book 56 for 2010. 251 teens on a spaceship to escape a deadly virus on Earth. I loved the concept behind this one and thought the alternating chapters...moreBook 56 for 2010. 251 teens on a spaceship to escape a deadly virus on Earth. I loved the concept behind this one and thought the alternating chapters of past and present was a unique approach. Recommended for fans of sci-fi, seventh grade and up. (less)
This book first came out way back in the 80s (1983 I think, but I'm not exactly sure of the date), and sure, at the time, I wasn't reading YA because...moreThis book first came out way back in the 80s (1983 I think, but I'm not exactly sure of the date), and sure, at the time, I wasn't reading YA because I was more stuck in that infinite Nancy Drew/Trixie Beldon loop. So I never heard of it and totally missed it. But now it's been re-released (and optioned for film by Paramount), and I was thrilled to get a copy after hearing it pitched at ALA Midwinter.
EARTHSEED by Pamela Sargent (Tor Teen, February 28, 2012)
What did I love about EARTHSEED?
1) Okay, it was written quite a while back, but even with that, it felt fresh. The science and emotions and adventure totally fit into today's young adult market. I'm actually awed at how well the author managed to do that.
2) It's like space and THE HUNGER GAMES all blended into one. These kids are on board a spaceship, but then they need to make sure they can survive on their own. And so they go to this part of the ship where it's like the outdoors. And it's so cool because I got just an amazing sense for how huge this ship had to be for this to happen.
3) The range of emotions these teens go through is vast (even bigger than the ship). Because when it comes right down to it, these are teens even though they have to learn to live on their own. And as teens, they have these crazy thoughts and emotions and do the most impulsive things. Even if you put the science fiction part of this novel aside, these characters are real and worth caring about.
4) Did I mention the author has won both the Nebula and Locus award?
5) A final thing that really makes EARTHSEED stand out among other YA books out there is the diversity. This ship has seeded people from everywhere on Earth, because in starting a new Earth on other planets, all races need to be represented, and I love how simply this is accomplished. Diversity at its best!
In short, I loved this book! EARTHSEED has it all, and the author has crafted a beautiful story of teens discovering who they are while facing the challenges of living in the real world with no one to guide them but themselves.
Highly recommended for girls and boys, seventh grade and up, fans of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, THE HUNGER GAMES, and GLOW.
Book 38 for 2010. Listening to on audiobook. This is a perfect, fun read for boys and girls who want a nice twist on the more common vampire paranormal...moreBook 38 for 2010. Listening to on audiobook. This is a perfect, fun read for boys and girls who want a nice twist on the more common vampire paranormal story. Loved it and am now listening to book 2 on audio(less)
Book 55 for 2010. For some reason this book has been sitting on my shelf unread since I got it a few years back. After staying up late to finish it la...moreBook 55 for 2010. For some reason this book has been sitting on my shelf unread since I got it a few years back. After staying up late to finish it last night, I have to say I am beyond impressed. The story is 100% engaging, the illustrations are vast and detailed, and the characters make you fall in love with them. I'd highly recommend this one for everyone, all ages, all interests. (less)