Yay! A new book review! I have been anxiously waiting for a new shipment of YA books to come in, so when they finally did I tried hard not to just pounce on them and scurry away to read them. Instead, I elegantly walked down to my bat cave and then devoured them like a madwoman. Double lucky for me, one of the books is by one of my all-time favorite authors. The other one I have chosen to review was picked at random when I closed my eyes and grabbed. Enjoy!
The Implosion of Aggie Winchester by Lara Zielin was the biggest surprise of the summer for me. I have never been so taken by surprise as I was by this book. Aggie Winchester is a junior in high school, the principal’s daughter, and is very much a gothic outsider. Ever since she was bullied her freshman year, she has depended on her goth friend Sylvia to protect her from the nasty cheerleaders. But now Sylvia is pregnant and the father is one of the most popular boys in school. Not that anyone else knows that he is the father. With Sylvia becoming more and more withdrawn, Aggie is wondering who she really is, and if she is really happy. Add in a dash of bass fishing, some suspicious ballot box action, and a sexually demanding ex-boyfriend, and life as Aggie knows it is falling down around her.
Switching from goths to magicians is no easy feat, and I have no clever segue. Umm…both books have teenage girls! Now that the clever segue is out of the way, I can continue telling you about the fabulous Across the Great Barrier by the wonderful Patricia C. Wrede. Wrede is the woman who wrote the book that shaped a vast majority of my young life. Many a day was spent trying to be more like Princess Cimorene from Dealing with Dragons and I am better for it. I was overjoyed to see the Wrede has once again written a heroine that I can get behind, strong, with a good amount of humility, a little magic but not too super special and just the right hint of bravery. Eff is the thirteenth daughter who is not sure just what she wants to do in life. Her twin brother Lan, the seventh son of a seventh son, thinks she should be going off to college and honing her magical skills. With Eff on the fence about what she wants to do with her life, she decides to take on more responsibilities at the college menagerie. While working there, a Professor asks her to go a journey west, out into the settlements, where animals, both natural and wild, roam free. When Eff makes a discovery that could shake the settlement of the unknown west to its core, what is the free world going to do?