Friday, April 9, 2010
The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb is a story of the afterlife. The Main character is a guider of spirits. His job is to lead the spirits of the dead from earth to the afterlife. Calder never questioned his job until he meets a woman of ensnaring beauty. Soon Calder is risking everything to have her as his pupil. He risks Earth and the afterlife as strikes a deal with a dying man. This man will ring familiar to those that know of the Russian Revolution, which is the setting of this story. This book is a twist on an event of the past and of one spirits job to fix the chaos he has made. Anyone looking for a book with a historical ring to it along with the imagination of fiction will like this book.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is the first book in a new compelling series. Hex Hall is a place where people of a different variety learn how to handle themselves and keep control. It is home to werewolves, fairies, vampires, and witches. A school for teenage magical beings. What could go wrong with that? In the beginning things are as normal as a school like this could be. That is until students end up dead and the new girls vampire roommate is to blame. This series is fun to read and might remind some readers of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. If the first book is this good, the next book will be dynamite.
The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull takes readers back to the fantasy fiction stories like the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. This story has enough twists and turns to make a roller coaster enthusiast happy. Fablehaven is a story of a world that died centuries ago in mankind's opinion. They were wrong. The creatures of myth and legend are alive and well and hide in plain sight. Fairies, trolls, ogres and countless other creatures come back to the front of attention. A series anchored in good humor, love, action, and redemption make this one of the best series of the decade.
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe is a play about a man who sells his soul. This story may seem similar to Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at first, but they are different in several ways. The most notable difference is how they are written. Faust is written in a poetic form. Doctor Faustus on the other hand is a play. Doctor Faustus goes through a similar experience to Faust but its the flowing of the play that really sets it apart. This is a play that doesn't try to hide behind too many complicated words or old world language. This is a story of a man in trouble and how he tries to get out of that trouble. For anyone who enjoyed reading Faust or Another Faust(see previous reviews), those people will enjoy this story as well.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri is an interesting tale. Its origins tie in with Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Five everyday teens go from lives of poverty, lies, jealousy, and hate to lives that could only be explained as possibly historical. These lives of fame and beauty and knowledge come at a price. A price that they are willing to pay and a price Faust himself knew all to well. This story is filled with twists, conspiracies, and an ending you won't see coming. If you are looking for a new book to read late into the night try Another Faust.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is a classic. This is definitely one classic that won't put teens to sleep. Its quick and rhyming pace and interesting plot set this story apart from other classics. The dynamic main character, named Faust, and his deal with the devil, takes the reader on a long ride through the human soul. Originally a German story, this book has been translated into Old English. This gives the story an older and more sophisticated feel to it. Goethe is described as a great author and poet and this story is just another example of that
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade is an inventive tale. Think about the hunchback of Notre Dame and 007 rolled into one. This story is filled with twists and turns and life threatening violence. A Mad Doctor and a few cybernetic enemies make this book very entertaining. What makes this story stand out is its main character, Modo. His beginnings may have been dismal but thanks to a mysterious mentor and his bodyguard His future has never looked brighter. I recommend this book to anyone looking to spice up their day with a few thrills.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Hold Still by Nina LaCour is a riveting emotional experience. Anyone that has experienced the loss of a loved one will feel a connection with the main character, Caitlin. This is a story of emotional instability, of a hole in the whole of a teen girl's life. It's a story of a girl trying to find her place in a world torn asunder. This is a story of sadness and the aftermath of suicide and the good that can come from the bad. Anyone looking for an emotional teen story will love this book.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Storm Front by Jim Butcher is the first installment in the Dresden Files series. This book is a page-turning debut. Harry Dresden, the main character, is the self-proclaimed, only professional wizard for hire in America. He doesn't make love potions, but he is good at finding things and he has a real knack for finding trouble. This exciting beginning to the series is filled with action, suspense, and thrills and even a little romance for the clueless wizard. This story is a great read for teens looking to liven up their day.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second installment in the series that began with The Hunger Games. The series just keeps getting better with this one. This story is filled with even more twists and turns and ups and downs than the roughest of roller coasters. The characters are seen under new light and surprises are around every corner. New friends come to play and a broken down society might strike back. If you read the first novel, you definitely don't want to miss this one.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a real page turner. This story is set in a Sci-Fi like post-apocalyptic world, and a population ravaged by hunger. This book is an emotional roller coaster of suspense, action, romance, and gut wrenching moments. The characters are scarred, hungry, desperate people underneath the tyranny of a malicious government and their sick games. Teens will eat this book up and will definitely want more. Lucky for them this is just the first book in an obviously great series. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.