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May 26, 2010

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Who is Fever Crumb?

May 18, 2010

Fever Crumb, by Philip Reeve, is a prequel to the Mortal Engines Quartet, also called the Hungry City Chronicles. I haven’t read the Quartet, but enjoyed this novel on it’s own. It is a great steampunk science fiction novel with strong characters.

Fever Crumb was abandoned as a baby for unknown reasons. Left to be raised by the stoic engineers of a crumbling city in a time of unrest. Fever also may be the last of the ousted rulers of the city, and must discover her heritage and the secrets of the city if she is to survive. The story leaves off in a dark, yet hopeful ending and made me want to follow Fever in her next adventure!

A great read, full of adventure and fast paced.

~ Amy L.

Incarceron

May 17, 2010

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Finn is trapped in Incarceron, but knows there has to be a way to escape.  He currently resides with a bunch of killers and thieves in the prison and can’t stand it.

Claudia is the daughter of the warden of Incarceron and is about to become the queen the area outside of the prison.

Both have found keys to communicate with the other.  They don’t know how to help each other, but they are determined.

I really thought I wouldn’t like this book, but ended up loving it.  It was so imaginative.  The switch in narration between the two worlds was great.  It brought you fully into both worlds.  I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a great fantasy novel. The audio book is available, too.

~ Lisa C.

Hunger Games : Mockingjay

May 12, 2010

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. What’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Look for this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking Hunger Games trilogy to be released in August!

While you wait for Mockingjay, check out the first two books in the Hunger Games trilogy!

~ DJC

Lock and Key

April 26, 2010

Ruby Cooper can take care of herself. It doesn’t matter that her unreliable mother has abandoned her. It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t heard from her older sister, Cora, for ten years. It doesn’t matter that she’s living alone in a decrepit house with no electricity.

She’s almost eighteen and soon no one can interfere with her life – or her heart. But all this fortitude means nothing after social services places her into the home of her long-lost sister and her wealthy brother-in-law, Jamie. Ruby keeps the key to her old house on a chain around her neck. It reminds her that she doesn’t need to make friends or fit in with anyone.

Of course, like the pond Jamie is building in the backyard, life and love come pouring in to fill the vast gaps in Ruby’s life. Handsome next door neighbor Nate seems too good to be true. Cora remembers things that Ruby never knew, and it seems that even nervous Harriett, Ruby’s boss at the jewelry kiosk at the mall, has discovered the “key” to success.

Sarah Dessen‘s Lock and Key characters seem real, her dialog rings true and her story is heartwarming.

~Laura

What’s Earth Day Without Green?

April 22, 2010

Fans of Alice Hoffman’s Green Angel will enjoy Green’s return as she confronts what she fears most and searches for lasting love in Green Witch. With her family gone and the boy she loves missing, Green’s world has been transformed by tragedy. As her story continues, Green sets out from her home to collect the stories of  “witches”  — a group women with mysterious powers. Will their stories help Green find her own heart’s desire?

~DJC

It’s Prom Season!

April 21, 2010

Readers are taken on an exhilarating ride through the terrifying side of an otherwise common event in this exciting collection of stories, aimed at older teens.  With edgy writing designed to hook and captivate even the most reluctant of readers, each story is filled with strong, appealing characters who work their  magic on the senses by appearing to be strong, daring, and passionate.  Bestselling authors Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, and Michele Jaffe take prom mishaps to a whole new level–a truly hellish level. Re-released for 2010- check out the 2007 edition of the same.