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Subject: What YA book are you reading? January 2011
Date Posted: 1/1/2011 1:26 AM ET
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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Dystopia) finished.   I think The Hunger Games can stand alone if one did not want to read the entire series.  However, Catching Fire leaves one hanging in the end so the reader is well aware that another book follows it.  Excellent read with loads of action, romance and adventure.  Nevertheless, Catching Fire was my favorite in the series.  

Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams (Non-human protagonist): .  Having read the Otherland series by Tad Williams, I was curious about his approach to literature for the younger set.  It's well written, creative and imaginative.  While it was a bit slow getting going it was quite a good little read.   I think my 11-year-old grand daughter who would be a cat in another life will quite enjoy this one and I am passing this one on to her. 

The Sign of the Unicorn by Mabel Esther Allen (Romance), finished.  Taking vacation in Paris to forget a broken romance?  That's what Julia Conway did. And, she met Martin and Annette, brother and sister, who are entangled in an affair of blackmail, stolen paintings and murder.  So, why did she help them?  Why did she follow the trail to a 200-year-old haunted mansion?  Will she lose her life because she was so friendly to Annette?  This is an exciting read for teens.  

Un Lun Dun (Female Protagonist):  Sometimes a book grows on you. This is one of them. I was, at first, put off because it reminded me so much of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Indeed, the author credits Gaiman for helping with the uncity development. The story begins with two young girls, Deeba and Zanna, following an umbrella, only to find themselves in the abcity of Unlondon or Un Lun Dun, a city beneath the city of London. Residents take one look at Zanna and call her the Shwazzy, a legendary heroine whose job it is to save their city. The Book predicts the appearance of the Shwazzy, describing her appearance and tasks in detail but something goes wrong when Zanna faces the Smog. She is overcome and knocked out. To save her life, Deeba and Zanna must return to London. However, Deeba cannot forget Unlondon and its residents and the trouble they face with the Smog. She returns to check on her friends and the city. The character of Deeba grows on one. She is so idealistic and is trying so hard to save Unlondon. When it's time to face the final battle Deeba does not flinch even as the Smog gathers its forces to take over. Can Deeba and her friends win this lopsided war? They are about to try. This is a fun read, indeed - so imaginative.  

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Cybils Award):  Sometimes I think I like the author's notes before or after the novel itself.  I may read the information before or after I read the book or both.  Gaiman is concise and to the point.  The story is very good - imaginative, creative and interesting.  The story line flows smoothly and keeps one wondering where it will go next.  This is an excellent read - well worth the effort.  And, so were his remarks at the tale's end.  This is a book both young adults and adults enjoy.  I highly recommend reading it.

Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner (fantasy):  This is a very good children's book.  These colorful rats have warm, real, sensitive personalities and care about each other.  The opposing group is cruel, sadistic and controlling.  While there is discussion of violence and descriptions of what has happened to those who object to the cruel group the author does not dwell on that aspect.  A first book for Hilary Wagner, she uses the classic theme of good vs. evil.

The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (contemporary novel that takes place in another century - historical fiction):  This is an educational read about midwives and courage.  A poor young girl is found in a dung heap and taken in by a midwife.  She does not remember who she is or where she came from.  The midwife takes her on as an apprentice.  The girl believes that she is no one and has no worth.  As this short novel proceeds she learns a great deal about herself and how important it is to try and try again.  Do not let failure defeat you.  The author discusses midwifery in her notes at the end of the book.  Very nice children's read.

I am the messenger by Markus Zuzak (Michael L. Printz Award ):  What a delightful, unique read!  This young writer who began writing in high school wrote a wonderful original little tale.  Imagine receiving five cards to stimulate you to help people as only you can.  This is what happens to Ed.  He helps many strangers.  He helps his friends.  And, the final person he helps is himself.  There is a message in this book that each of us needs to discover again and again - life is what you make it.  However, you must read the book for yourself to see how it all progresses and what happens in each case.  Wonderful read for young and old alike.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Young Reader's Choice Award -Senior Division):  This is the first of a trilogy including City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass.  It's a very good read.  I liked the tale enough to put the second and third of the series on my TBR list.  This is the story of an unusual young woman, Clarissa Fray, her mother, Jocelyn, an artist who she discovers has a life she never dreamed she had, her brother, Jonathan, known as Jace, and her father who wishes to change the world for his own purposes and needs.  There are many surprises in this novel as people uncover secrets and discover who they really are.  It's an outstanding beginning to a fine fantasy series. 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Gay/Lesbian protagonist):  A most interesting read indeed.   One would think that this novel is about Will Grayson but Will Grayson and Will Grayson (yes, there are two of them) are only the narrators of this story.  The real hero is Tiny Cooper, a huge man who is gay and who believes in people, love and helping others.  At times I was confused as one Will Grayson or the other narrates their part of the story but it all comes together when Tiny stages his musical which is his story.  The authors capture the teenage angst that plagues high schoolers when everything that happens to them seems personal and often, the end of their world, rather than part of growing up.  Read this one carefully - the messages are compelling and full of hope.

Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazon (Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint) :   Imagine growing up in Hitler's Germany as part of a Jewish family.  This is the tale of the Blumenthal family - Walter, Ruth, Albert and Marion.  The entire family survives the horrors of Nazi Germany but not without great difficulty.  Each time they planned to leave the Nazis behind something happened to change their direction and lives.  Marion missed her childhood.  Albert cared for the family long before the war ended and they emigrated to the U.S.  Walter survived but died of typhus shortly after the family is liberated by the Russians.  He was buried in Germany.  The story is  informative and  sad.  This is a story about a family and its survival during a tragic period of history.  And, this is a story about a little girl who kept looking for four perfect pebbles because she believed that if she found them her family would stay together.  Her family would be safe.  And, despite all that happened to them her belief comes true.  Be prepared to return to Nazi Germany and travel with the Blumenthals as they flee from the Nazis.

Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan (born in China - used for non-industrialized country which I hope is ok):  This tale is written for younger readers with birds of all types as the characters.  The evil bird lord is a one eyed hawk who bullies and leads an army of renegade crows and ravens.  His goal is to rule the nesting areas and enslave other birds to build his fortress and compound.  All other birds are the good guys and the young reader may be searching for a bird guide to see what these birds look like.  The messages are peace, harmony and freedom  The good birds are defended by Swordbird, summoned through the use of a special stone and a song.  It's a fun read that parents and grandparents would enjoy sharing.



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I am working on ghosts of ashbury high. I am really not sure I like how she has set this book up, but the story is starting to intrigue me so I think I will finish but I dont know that I will run out and get another book by her.

REK have you liked catching fire so far?
Date Posted: 1/1/2011 9:41 AM ET
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Shanan, stick with it - it gets better and better the further you read.  I felt the same as you at first, but ended up loving it and I just ordered 2 other Ashbury books. 

I haven't read in a couple of days, but I'm still reading Rot and Ruin.  I like it alot, but need some time to sit down and just read!

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 1:47 PM ET
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I read Rot and Ruin a few weeks ago. I loved it! I can't wait until Dust and Decay comes out. 

I am still reading Matched. Very interesting so far. 

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 4:12 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Matched, Colleen...  but hate it when a book can't stand alone.... glad I knew it was part of a trilogy before I started it or I would have been less happy...

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 5:40 PM ET
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Started Poisoned Honey by Beatrice Gormley today as part as my 2011 YA reading challenge.  Its my Historical Fiction book.

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 7:47 PM ET
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I finished Poison Study yesterday and totally loved it! I'm excited to read the next one.

Right now I am reading Black Hole Sun, which will be my Sci-Fi book in the YA Challenge. I like it so far.
Date Posted: 1/1/2011 8:05 PM ET
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It's middle grade and not YA, but I read Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper this morning and I absolutely recommend it.  Melody is a fifth grader with cerebral palsy who, after 10 years of not being able to communicate very effectively, gets a new communication device that helps her prove how intelligent she really is - and it's also a little heartbreaking. One of my local bookstores put it on a best of the year list which is why I picked it up.

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 9:50 PM ET
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Kelly--it is growing on me...kinda.  I am still not 100% sold but I haven't thrown in the towel. 

(some spoilers ahead)

I will say that I am at the part where Emily talks about being afraid to be an adult and wanting to still be a child and that was something I could really relate to.  I wouldn't mind being a kid again sometimes--being an adult is a lot of hard work.  wink

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 3:10 PM ET
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I'm reading Amy & Roger's Epic Detour.  So far it's really good! Love the travel pictures, it really adds to the story!!

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 4:32 PM ET
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I finished Black Hole Sun today.  It was okay.  It was a little slow in the beginning, but it ended up being pretty good.  Then I read Sister Wives this afternoon.  I can't really say I enjoyed it because the subject matter is kind of sad, but it was really interesting.

I'm heading over to Borders to see if they have The Marbury Lens so I can use my 50% off coupon and $5 Border Bucks on it. :)

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I really want to read Anna and the French Kiss...  it is sitting on my shelf right now...  I just keep having to read books for other swaps, so I'm hoping to be able to use it in the 2 most wanted swap since it is one of Val's (I think) 2 books on the list......

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 10:00 AM ET
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yup, it is....you'll have to steal it from Leslie though!  I see she snagged it from the list!

 

i'm reading UNRAVLED for Wendy for the Jan Not So Secret Swap right now....

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 10:01 AM ET
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i don't think i've heard a bad review for Anna and the French Kiss yet!  Everyone is raving about it and going so far as saying it was the best book they read in 2010, etc...

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 10:31 AM ET
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Oh man...now I want it really badly too.  LOL  Actually I had it on my wish list, but now it is moving higher up my wish list.  wink

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 10:33 AM ET
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I was going to start Marbury Lens yesterday, but I "accidentally" picked up Magic Study instead and got sucked in. I love this series.
Date Posted: 1/3/2011 5:49 PM ET
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I have 40 pages of Rot & Ruin left - the exciting climax, and my reading time at work was taken away by 2 cute little 2 year old cherubs who decided they would NOT nap today LOL!nodevil.  Guess I should get off the computer and get to it already!

 

My WL is soooo full - at the moment I think I have 204 or 205 books on it.  There are SO many more I want to add to it!!

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 7:55 PM ET
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Finished Amy & Roger - loved it!! Now I'm going to read the Clockwork Angel so I can send it to Terrie in the Unsecret Jan Swap :)

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 8:00 PM ET
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Glad you enjoyed it Wendy, it was quite wonderful!!!

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 1:18 AM ET
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I finished The Ghosts of Ashbury High (so it is officially safe to pick that book from the VB--just kidding).  Anyway, I liked it.  The style was weird to me--the way the author choose to tell her story--but the story itself was very good and the ending was totally unexpected. 

Up next is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead which will work for the challenge, but I also need to finish because I already put it in the VB.  wink

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I loved When You Reach Me!  It's on my wishlist because I hope to get a keeper copy.  You'll love it even more if you're a fan of A Wrinkle in Time.

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 6:32 AM ET
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Glad to hear you liked it in the end, Shanan.  I thought you might :).

In the words of this New Englander - Rot & Ruin was WICKED GOOD!  I finally finished it last night, and it will go in the YA WL VB next round.  I highly recommend it, and I'm not a usual zombie fan, either. 

Now I'm onto reading The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender.  I chose it for my YA challenge, nonfiction book. 

 

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