Saturday, July 31, 2010

Earthlight, Volume 1 by Christopher Schons

Earthlight Volume 1 (Earthlight)Earthlight Volume 1 by Christopher Schons

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Sometime in the future, Earth has pioneered a colony on the moon called Earthlight. The Earthlight colony was started to create a way to use the sunlight as a type of battery to help with the energy crisis on Earth. After 3 teenagers are killed in an accident, Damon's father has chosen to replace the current chief of the colony and his mother is put in charge of the school. Unfortunately, coming to the moon from Earth makes Damon a "weeder" and makes him an outsider. Will Damon be able to fit in? Will his father be able to convince Earth to keep the colony open? Will his mother be able to keep the students out of trouble and safe? Read it and see...
This was an interesting storyline. I liked it and can't wait to start the next volume!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Fire Opal by Regina McBride

The Fire OpalThe Fire Opal by Regina McBride

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Maeve is a fiery and spirited young girl who watches as both her mother and then her sister become shells of their former selves. Will she be next? Has she really become mad as her father and brothers believe? Or are the things she's hearing on the wind and in her mind real? This an amazing 1st Young Adult novel for McBride! WOW! The Irish seaside is described in incredible detail to the point that you can also hear the sea and smell the air blowing in. The only issue I had was the ending which happened literally in the last couple if pages. It was very abrupt and rather unnatural. I'm hoping there will be another and that will explain and forgive this ending. Here's hoping! Read it; it's fabulous!

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Sons of Liberty #1 by The Lagos Brothers

The Sons of Liberty #1The Sons of Liberty #1 by Alexander Lagos

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was really something and definitely needs more volumes! It's set in 1777 and the next decade. The story has many different story lines running involving slaves, Benjamen Franklin, Quakers and more. All these plots come together to create a wonderful "what if..." in our history. I thought this was really well done from the drawings to the plots! Wow! I hope there are more volumes on their way! Try it out and see what you think!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

Pride of BaghdadPride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was really something! WOW! Based on a true story of 4 lions who wandered Baghdad after the United States had bombed the city letting the animals out of their zoo. It shows the harshness of war and living in a war-zone through the eyes of innocent bystanders. It even shows a bit of the harsh world each of them originally came from before entering the zoo. Well done but harshly graphic depiction of life in a war for the innocents. You've got to check this out if you haven't. I read it in a morning!

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H-E-R-O: Powers and Abilities by Will Pfeifer

H-E-R-O: Powers and AbilitiesH-E-R-O: Powers and Abilities by Will Pfeifer

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


This was classic comic book with regular Joe's becoming heroes with a device that they find here or there which changes them into a different superhero each time they type in H-E-R-O. Except there's a hitch, the need to experience having superpowers begins to drain the holders until they lose everything they have in their real lives. Will the next person do better? Who knows? Who would read the next one?

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tales of the Slayer by the Creators of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Tales of the Slayers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic #1)Tales of the Slayers by Joss Whedon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was an interesting one. Full of short stories written and drawn by different people depicting different slayers throughout history, a bit about them and how they survived or did not. I liked that it was based on the same world as Buffy's so I knew about most of it all ready. I especially like the original slayer who was a character we met on the show years ago. It did leave me wanting much more and didn't seem to be much at all as far as entertainment goes. So, interesting is the best descriptor I can do. See what you think!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Token by Alisa Kwitney & Joelle Jones

TokenToken by Alisa Kwitney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


It's 1987 and Shira Spektor lives is an apartment building with her father, her grandmother and an eccentric, but lovable old movie star, Minerva. Shira spends most of her days with her grandmother and Minerva, which certainly doesn't prepare her for dealing with the here and now at her private Jewish high school with your typical mean girls and jocks. She's never even had a real first kiss! As Shira's father becomes more and more distant and critical while also getting closer to his secretary, she finds her own way to feel good by shoplifting and discovering her first love with a dark, young Spaniard.
This was a lovely little story. This one of the better young adult graphic novels I've come across. Good plot, good sketches, good all around. I loved the added element of the grandmother and old actress neighbor who take the place of her mother who died years before. I loved these characters.

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Water Baby by Ross Campbell

Water Baby Water Baby by Ross Campbell

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Brody is a hard core surfer girl until a shark takes off most of her leg. Now she has to learn to live with a prosthetic and adjust to all the things she cannot do now. With her girl Louisa she begins to find her way again while dealing with a loser ex-boyfriend and his numerous bad decisions.
This one I was so hopeful for. It had good characters, good sketches, and started out with a decent plot. Then it was so cruddy! :( It seemed like it was all about the girls and their hot bodies, drinking and getting with people. I was very disappointed to say the least.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

LingerLinger by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The very first line says it all, "This is a story about a boy who used to be a wolf, and a girl who was turning into one." Grace and Sam are human together now, but Grace seems to be getter sicker and sicker with a mysterious fever and eventually nose bleeds that never end. Isabel runs into one of the new wolves after finding a dead one down by the lake and finally finds someone even more damaged than herself. Will the youth of Mercy Falls who live within the world of these mystical wolves be able to hold their lives together? Or, will everything begin to fall apart that's been pinned together with desperation and need? Find out what lingers in the 2nd installment of The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3)The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Chloe Saunders and her band of genetically enhanced, supernatural, teenage pals are still on the run, but happily turning over the progress of running to adults while they rest up at a safe house with Andrew after escaping the Edison Group once again. Will they be able to get back into the Edison Group's facility to rescue Rae and Aunt Lauren? Will Derek's changing complete itself? Will Chloe be able to sleep without raising the dead around her? Will Liz be coming back anytime soon? Will they ever find Simon's father? Will Tori's evil mother find them? There's so much that needs to be answered in this last book of the Darkest Powers Trilogy. So many paths that need to unfold.Armstrong weaves this last book of The Darkest Powers delicately around every little detail that unfolds around her band of outlaws of the supernatural world. There are twists and turns that you won't see coming and an ending that's just right. Try it and see what you think about The Reckoning. I can't wait to see what Kelley Armstrong has in store for us next!

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Twilight: The Graphic Novel; Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is Twilight in a graphic novel. It's basically the exact story as the novel since it was done with Stephenie Meyer, but I did have some issues with it. My issues are mostly with the actual artwork. I hated the "sweat" drops that were CONSTANTLY on Bella! What the heck!? Yuk! What girl wants to identify with someone who's sweating all the time? Yuk!
Also it was an interesting twist on graphic novels since the graphics are (I think) photographs (they looked just like the movie) and drawings combined in some way. I'm certainly no expert on this, but it didn't always work. Sometimes it felt very weird to see a drawing standing in front of a picture of a car. I was also a bit frustrated that it wasn't the whole book. It was half of the book. That feels very much like a hope for a ride on the money wave that this book has been, which seems a bit naughty to me.
Ok, I'm done now. Overall- I liked it, but wasn't thrilled. It was ok, rather shallow. Of course I bought it for my hs LMC and will certainly get the next one for them as well! This will hook some kids into reading which of course is my ultimate goal as a librarian.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

The Amaranth EnchantmentThe Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


We begin our story in a far away land in a world similar to our own in the last century when carriages and Kings were still prevalent. Lucinda is a sadly used and abused young women who has lost her parents when she was very young and was taken in by a slightly distant relative who treats her like a slave. Everything changes for Lucinda the moment that a mysterious woman walks into their goldsmith shop and entrusts them with working on her huge gem. Once this stone enters Lucinda's world, her world is flipped upside down and inside out as she races to save both herself and another. Join her on her race; you won't regret it!
This was a nice, quick read. Definitely a younger 6-8 grade level book, but still a fun read. I loved how everything, even the bits you don't notice, ALL come together. A very nicely woven fairy tale. It was almost another Cinderella with a Narnia twist. I wonder if that's what she was going for!?

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ash by Malinda Lo

AshAsh by Malinda Lo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Aisling, or Ash as she's known to those closest to her, loses everthing one after another in life to be left with her spiteful and greedy stepmother to be forced to serve in what should be her own home. As Ash takes on all of the chores and serving in the household that once took 3 to do, she also begins to see the harsh reality of her future with her stepfamily. Her greatest happiness come from escaping into the Wood whenever she gets the chance. The Wood is where she meets Sidhean and Kaisa, who will both change her life forever.
I always love a fairy tale retold! This one did not disappoint in its retelling of Cinderella with the world of faeries intermixed with ours in the time of carriages and Yule balls. Think Holly Black's Tithe mixed with the original Cinderella. This was just the right amount of dark and light to keep me hooked! Read it today! :) Try it and see what you think!

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Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, #2)Fire by Kristin Cashore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Fire lives in a world of monsters who come in the brightest and most mesmerizing colors out there! Birds, raptors, wolves, mice, cats, bugs and even humans are monsters. As all monsters can on some level, Fire can control the minds of the people and animals around her whether she wants to or not. She also earns the instant scorn or obsessive desire of those around her. Some want her blood and some want her body, while others just want her dead. As Fire's homeland of the Dells is in sad disarray and groups on many sides are after the Royal City and the crown itself, she is asked to do what she has pledged not to because of the legacy her father has left behind himself.
This book literally took over my life and I was unable to put it down until it was done! Although it is the same world as Graceling, it is not the same land and only one of the same characters is in this book. Even though this book technically would take place before Graceling in time, you could still read them in any order at all and be fine.
Enter the land of the Dells, the land of monsters and follow Fire as she makes friends, survives enemies, falls in love and helps guide a nation.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

kimmie66 by Aaron Alexovich

kimmie66 kimmie66 by Aaron Alexovich


My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This was so bizarre. I had no idea what this was even supposed to be about! Suicide? Our techno lives getting out of control? Friendship? Any ideas out there? Have you read it? 

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