Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Re-Gifters by Mike Carey, Marc Hempel, Sonny Liew

Jen Dik Seong, aka Dixie, is awesome at Hapkido, a form of martial arts brought over from her family's home of Korea. She's one of the favorites expected to do very well in the 25th National Hapkido Championship which will bring a much needed honor to her family. There's only one problem...Jen has misplaced her Ki! Jen has a hopeless crush on a fellow fighter which is getting in the way of her fighting abilities. I found this to be very fun and loved the struggles Dixie faces and the decisions she makes. Will she get the boy? Will she save her family's honor? Will she win the Championship? Read and find out?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Book of a Thousand Days

I wasn't sure about this one in the beginning...I've read a graphic novel by Shannon Hale and it was ok, but this was wonderful!! Dashti is a mucker-girl who is just trying to survive in this world Hale's thrust us into and fromt he very first pages we are on Dashti's side fighting for her and her decisions until the very end. This was a well developed and captivating novel to the extent that I was having a hard time coming back from Dashti's world when it was time to stop for supplies, etc. I actually listened to this one as a Playaway on the way to Star Lake this last week and was pleasantly surprised by the Full Cast reading of a novel. I dare you to read this one and see if you can figure out what's going to happen next!! Remember athletes that we have this one as a Playaway which is great for those long rides to and from games!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Paper Towns by John Green

Q has grown up next door to the Goddess who is Margo Roth Spiegelman and completely in love with her since he was little. After being inseperable as children Q is left behind while Margo becomes the Goddess we love to hate in the entrancce of the book. After admiring from nearby for years while being invisible to Margo, one night she appears at his window, climbs in and kidnaps him for a once in a lifetime overnight adventure of revenge and then disappears. Where has she gone? Is she really garbage as her parents suggest and not worth even looking for? Is she a damaged little girl looking for an answer to her lonely life at the top of the food chain? Is she out there somewhere waiting to be found? Has she ended her life? Find out!
Watch John green talking about Paper Towns.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I LOVED this book and can't wait to get a hold of the 2nd one! The future that Collins trusts us into is not a happy one. This world of Hunger Games is a brutal future United States where teenagers from 12-18 are thrown together to fight to the death like the gladiators of our ancient past. Except these "tributes" are watched and listened to 24/7 for the "entertainment" of The Capitol, to the extent that if there isn't enough happening they'll makes something happen. Perhaps dry up the environment killing all food and drying up the water sources and then inviting the tributes to a banquet at dusk. Although having finishing this white-knuckled roller coaster ride of a novel, I have sooo many unanswered questions after reading it that are itching for answers. What will happen next in District 12? Will the Capitol take revenge in some way? We'll see if I have the patience to wait for the book from the pub.libby. I doubt it! ;D
(My most favorite daydream right now is thinking of who would star in the movie! My current favorite for Katniss would be too old, Rhona Mitra, so perhaps someone like Camilla Belle!? Then there's the mother, Peeta, her sister, her friend, the baker and his wife, etc.)