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Hunger Games News!

We have a trailer!  After all those teaser posters and the poster that burst into flames online we have an actual trailer!  I have to admit that I have been skeptical about this movie.  I did not know if they would do the book justice.  This trailer has given me hope.  watch and see what I mean:

 

 

It is pretty awesome.  And speaking of pretty, did you know that they are going to be releasing a Hunger Games nail polish collection?  I suppose it does tie into the image consciousness of the society of Hunger Games, but I just cannot see Katniss wearing a nail polish called “Catnip.”

I however, would totally rock “Fire in Flight.”  If you want to check out the full article, and see the release date, then check out the link below.

http://fashionista.com/2011/11/the-hunger-games-nail-polish-collection-with-colors-inspired-by-katniss-district-12-cinna-and-more-to-launch-next-year/

That is all for this Hunger Games filled news break.  We will get back to your regularly scheduled blog content now!

There is nothing better than a Slayer.

So I have always loved me some vampire slaying action.  Since Buffy showed up when I was in middle school, I have loved the idea that there is someone out there destroying these devious creatures of the night.  I like my blood exactly where it is thank you very much!  So last night, when I was home alone and totally vulnerable to vampire attack, I decided to read a book about a vampire slayer, in the hopes of deterring any blood-sucking demons hoping to leap through my windows.  Since I was not attack by a vampire, I am going to say that it was successful!

The wonderful Heather Brewer decided that she could not just leave the world of Vladimir Tod without giving us Joss’s side of the story. The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill takes us back to the beginnings of Joss McMillan’s journey toward becoming a full-fledged slayer.  The road is not always easy, but Joss takes on the deadly task of becoming a vampire slayer to avenge the death of his beloved younger sister, Cecile.  Joss saw Cecile being drained by a vampire at the tender age of ten, and since then has been training towards killing the monster that took her from him.  Through his hard work and dedication, it looks like Joss may have a shot at becoming the most awesome slayer of them all.  That is if he can keep the other slayers from turning on each other.  And if he could just stop asking questions about exactly why the slayers are doing what they do…

Ms. Brewer weaves another fascinating tale, and this one all about slayers.  It takes some getting used to, especially after reading all of the Vladimir Tod books and knowing how vampires interact with one another and the world at large.  Beyond Joss, you are hard pressed to find a slayer who does not believe that they are fighting soulless evil monsters who are things rather than people.  That being said, the interactions, albeit brief, between Joss and the vampires have amazing potential.  The slayers are pretty two dimensional, but we are introduced to eight or so at one time, and they all just seem to be about the killing.  It is a promising start for what will undoubtedly be another amazing series by Heather.  Wing by the library to pick it up!

Seven and Sweets all around!

This was a weekend of epic reading.  I wish I had been reading these books while punching a shark.  Or jumping out of a flaming dirigible.  Or building a log cabin out of toothpicks and unicorn tears.  But alas, I read these books on my couch, which is epically awesome in its own way, but nowhere near as cool as a couch made out of live badgers.  Then again, I cannot imagine a live badger couch would be very comfortable.  Or conducive to reading.  Thankfully my couch is, and I therefore spent some quality time reading The Power of Six and the haunting Sweetly.

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore is the long awaited sequel to the thrilling I Am Number Four.  This is a continuation of Four, Sam and Six’s adventures, with the added bonus of number Seven!  While at times I found I Am Number Four to be slow and tedious, I never felt that way with the sequel.  Talk about fast paced and riveting.  The constant switch between Four and Seven, noted by slight but noticeable text changes, was well executed. We go easily from chapter to chapter alternating between Four and Seven, following two stories at once.  You never feel lost or out of place, and everything flows together very naturally.  When it comes time for the separate stories to merge, it is such an awesome back and forth that you just do not want to put the book down.  I loved all the action in the sequel, most of the set up was taken care of in the first book, so we can really get into the alien slaying action.  Now questions are answered in this book, and in a very satisfying manor.  Things that could be ridiculous are handled in a wonderfully believable way as well, not once was I left feeling like the author pulled an answer out of thin air just to appease me.  While the first book left me a little wanting, the sequel has only left me wanting more.  You can trust that this librarian will be on the edge of her seat until Mr. Lore deems it time to release the next book.

I love fairy tales.  I love fairy tale retellings.  I have never had a retelling haunt my dreams quite like Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.  Seriously, this book made me wake up in the middle of the night panicking, and I don’t even have a ton of woods around me.  The writing is wonderful and descriptive, and I love the heroine.  You all know how rare it is for me to love a heroine.  They really need to be awesome to win my respect and Jackson Pearce has written an extremely awesome heroine.   Sweetly is the story of Ansel and Gretchen, a brother and sister who lost Gretchen’s twin one fateful day in the woods.  After their mother died and father remarried, they knew their step mother held no love for them.  This was confirmed when she kicked them out of the house the moment that Gretchen turned 18.  Glad to be able to get away from the forests of Washington which haunted them, the siblings drove as far away as humanly possible.  All the way to South Carolina in fact.  It may have been bad luck, or fate, that made their car break down in the middle of a washed up town.  Things look up when the pretty woman who runs the local candy shop lets them stay with her in exchange for doing some work around the house.  While Ansel is trying to impress the pretty Sophia, Gretchen is being draw to Samuel, a loner who seems to know more about what is happening in the woods around town that anyone cares to know.  What is going bump in the woods at night?  And does Gretchen really want to find out?

 

No one finds it weird when a stranger kisses you awake? Really?

As a fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty always weirded me out.  A strange guy climbs into my bedroom and wakes me up with a kiss?  After which I decide to run away with him and live happily ever after?  No way.  I would have some questions for this guy.  How long exactly have you been watching me sleep?  Who told you about me?  Did you know the kiss was going to wake me up, or are you just a perv?  Why did you kiss a girl who hasn’t brushed her teeth or bathed in 100 years?  Just basic things I would need to know before running off with my supposed hero to his castle.  When it came to my attention that there was a modern retelling of the story, I was of course skeptical.  I really could not see how you could modernize a tale that felt so thoroughly stuck in the past.  Lo and behold it is possible, but with a spin that one would never expect.

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan is the modern retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale with a wonderful twist.  Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep of sixty-two years, locked away in a chemically induced slumber in a stasis tube.  Talk about an awesome premise for a fairy tale retelling.  She slept through events that killed millions and radically altered the world in which she now lives.  In this strange new world, she is the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire.  Because in this brave new world, we have gone and colonized other planets and now freely roam all over the galaxy.  Most people in this new world don’t know what to do with Rosalinda, and some heads of the corporation would rather she disappear.  Now Rosalinda has to navigate this new world with the help of her savior, Bren, and a unique individual by the name of Otto.  Will she ever figure out how to fit in, or will the forces that kept her in stasis stop at nothing to have her back?

So not only can you see dead people, you can talk to them too? And bring them back to life!? I’m gonna go stand over here…

So it is new book time once again!  My weekend was a jumble of reading and breaking furniture and then more reading!  If I had the powers over furniture that Kate Winters has over the dead, you can bet that all my broken furniture would have been resurrected this weekend instead of being haphazardly piled in a corner.

Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw is the story of Kate Winters, a fifteen year old girl who just wants to work in her uncle’s bookstore and not get involved in war.  Her dreams are soon shattered when the wardens descended, taking all the people from her small town of Morvane.  But they are not just drafting people from towns at random, they are looking of someone.  Someone who can raise the dead. Someone like Kate, who just brought a blackbird back to life.  Now Kate is the prisoner of the toughest warden of all, Silas.  He has some sort of plan for her; Kate just is not sure what.  She is sure of two things: firstly, that she has to save her uncle from a life of slavery; and secondly, that her old friend Edgar is more than he seems.  Kate’s entire existence is coming apart before her eyes; can she build it back up and come to terms with her new powers before it is too late?

Shadowcry was an amazing first from Ms. Burtenshaw, I was duly impressed.  The relationship between Kate and Silas was one of the highlights of the book and was touchingly realistic.  In fact, Ms. Burtenshaw’s strength is in developing complex relationships between characters and making them all flow together.  There are many characters in this book, and they are all pretty much thrown at you, no time to get adjusted.  It is through dialogue and interaction that you really learn about them.  The scenes where Kate goes into other peoples’ memories is pretty impressive as well.  Normally I am very anti explanations via some sort of convenient ability to see the past, read minds, etc.  The way this book treats them, however, does not annoy me as much as I thought it would.  They are not leaned upon or used as a crutch; they are just part of the overall story.  Shadowcry is a book that I devoured quite quickly and I would love to visit Kate Winter’s world again.

Living in De-Nile

Hehe, De-Nile.  I have always wanted to use that and not hear people groan and say things like “Seriously?” and “That was so bad.”  And since you are all visiting me via the wonders of the Internet, no one can hear you groan in bad joke exasperation!  Victory is mine!  Speaking of victories, the book I read this weekend features a woman who was all about winning victories for the good of her subjects.  I am talking about the one, the only, Cleopatra.  This fine Egyptian babe was not always a babe, nor was she always destined to be a queen.  Girl had to fight some seriously deadly enemies, her own sisters, to get to the top spot as Queen of Egypt.

Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer starts out when Cleopatra is just ten years old.  She is the third and favorite daughter of the current Pharaoh, King Ptolemy.  At ten she is nowhere near old enough to take over the throne, and her father has just come back from a year away in Rome.  He comes back with the news that Egypt is in deep debt to their neighbor to the north and the people will be taxed highly because of it.  This taxation starts a current of unhappiness that rocks the stability of the Egyptian monarchy.  There are a few exiles, a lot of changes in the throne room, and a few political murders as well.  Through all of this turmoil Cleopatra keeps her head and her cool and waits for the day when she and her father will rule side by side, just like he promised.  But when that day comes, will Cleopatra be able to save her people, or will her father ruin Egypt all over again?

 

Talk about your stunning historical fiction.  Cleopatra leaps of the page in this book and I was so please because of that.  She was portrayed not as a silly female flitting about yapping on about which Roman was the cutest, but as a strong, confident, intelligent female, which is the reality of Cleopatra.  It takes brains and guts to last through several overthrows, a rebellion, and to stand up and seduce the greatest Roman general of all times.  Following her journey from ten until her death allows the reader to really bond with Cleopatra.  You are drawn into the history in such a wonderful way that you cannot help but want to read more about her.  Carolyn Meyer does a wonderful job with historical fiction, and this is one amazing work that you can pick up today at the Tucker Free Library.

Beauty Queens, Debutantes, Mummies and Government Overthrows!

So before I run off to a tropical paradise and get eaten by a jaguar, I figured that I would give you a book review before I left.  Mostly so that there is something to remember me by after I’m nommed by a giant cat.  Because if there is one way in which I definitely want to be remembered it is by my stellar book reviews.  Surprisingly, one of the books I reviewed is about getting stranded on a tropical paradise and having to survive!

Libba Bray, author of Going Bovine (also in our library, hint, hint) is at it again with another amazing book that kept me up for most of the night, mostly due to my unwillingness to put it down.  Beauty Queens is all about the survival of a few teen beauty queens whose plane crashed onto a deserted island.  They are without food, water, shelter, communication and make up.  There is no way for them to know who is going to survive to become Miss Teen Dream, but they are not going to lose their sparkle power!  This island’s new leadership is based on the core foundation of the pageant industry, smile and shine!  The beauty queens survival is in jeopardy thanks to a shady government, a crazed dictator, and a few larger than life snakes.  Nothing that a Teen Dream Queen cannot handle.  The hunky pirates on the other hand, they could cause a few problems.

This book is a wonderful combination of snark, adventure, romance and social commentary.  Libba Bray does a wonderful job of making a cast full of beauty queens identifiable, an especially hard job considering the number of characters that this book contains.  The relationships between girls, pirates, government agents and political leaders are all well thought out and make complete sense.  The humor is tempered with serious commentary, and gives one a chance to look at the beauty industry, reality TV, our culture and what it means to be a woman without being overwhelmed.  I was in stitches the whole time thanks to Libba Bray’s wit, and strongly recommend this book for everyone who has existed ever.

Not to be outdone by Ms. Bray, the lovely Jennifer Bradbury has a book coming out as well and once again, strong heroines and political drama reign supreme!  Wrapped is the tantalizing story of Agnes Wilkins, a girl getting ready for her debut season and all of the rigors of finding the perfect husband.  Too bad Agnes will never be the perfect wife.  She is fluent in ten languages, loves learning and wants to travel the world, not travel to the next party in London.  Agnes is sure that her fate is sealed when Lord Showalter pays special attention to her, making it obvious to everyone that she is his intended.  Agnes decides to rebel a little, taking an ancient artifact from a mummy unwrapping party.  Lord Showalter did say they got to keep what they found, so what harm was it really?  Anyway, that artifact belongs to the Egyptian people, not the English.  Then people who were at the party start getting hurt, their homes ransacked.  Agnes knows that something is not quite right with this situation, and it is up to her, and a very handsome museum worker, to figure out how mummies, Napoleon, and Egyptian death gods fit together.

I love me a good debutante drama.  I love it even more when it is brilliantly crafted, with a smart, competent heroine who is not about to shriek the moment a dead mummy is placed before her.  Agnes’ has all the sense I would wish on a heroine, plus the historical sensibility one would expect in a historically set piece of fiction.  The political intrigue is wonderfully woven into the story, and feels quite right for the time period.  There are no far-fetched happenstances, you are never left trying to piece something together that does not quite make sense, a welcome thing in a historical romance, where you can sometimes trip over plot holes.  Bradbury does a wonderful job crafting this story, and leaves me wanting more.  I loved Agnes and Caedmon and want more adventures with them, preferably with the same historical bent.  So Jennifer you can just go about writing a sequel right now, I’ll just sit here and wait impatiently.