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Archive for January, 2009

When I saw Kostick had a new book, I was thrilled.  Having loved Epic so much I was really looking forward to reading Saga.  It did not disappoint.  I will not call it a sequel but more of a companion novel.  It does feature people from Epic, but is told from the point of view of Ghost, a punk airboarder who is more than she seems.  It turns out that Saga is a virtual world that has become rule.  when the Dark Queen, ruler of Saga, decides she wants to take over New Earth, Eric and his friends start to get involved.  Ghost and her friends are renegades and cause all sorts of trouble, but it is only small stuff compared to what happens when Eric appears as Cindella.  Just as gripping as Epic, this book will have you staying up late to find out what is happening.  I am thrilled to hear that Kostick will be writing another book in this same universe.  His writing reminds me of M.T. Anderson’s and I think we will see great things from Kostick as well.

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So yeah!  Armstrong finally published a book about the men in her Otherworld series.  In a collection of short stories originally published as an online serial, she tells the story of Clayton and Jeremy from Bitten.  I have always wanted to know more about Clayton and this nicely fills in all the gaps from how he turned into a werewolf to how Jeremy found him and “tamed” him to his growing up.  What’s nice is that while it focuses on people that are familiar to the other books in the series, it is completely able to stand on its own.  I especially love the Jeremy storyline and how there is so much more to him than meets the eye.  I hope she does more with that storyline because I am very intrigued.  But, sigh, now I must continue to wait for another in the series.

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Wow.  This is an amazing book.  I thought it was going to be similar to Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, but it wasn’t really.  Sam is 11 years old and has leukemia.  He only has about a year to live and this is his book.  His teacher (who teaches him and his friend Felix at Sam’s house three days a week) encourages the boys to write in a journal.  Sam takes it a step farther and starts writing a book.  He has lists of things including: things he wants to do, things that happen after you die, and more.  He also has questions nobody answers like: What does a dead person look like?  feel like?  This is his story and it is touching and wonderful and sad and moving.  I think it presents death in a way that I have never seen done before in a book.  This is Nicholls’ first book and I hope to see many more from her.

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This is the sequel to the first book in the Seems series, A Glitch in Sleep.  The fate of the World is once more in jeopardy, and it is up to Fixer Becker Drane to fix it before the World is destroyed.  Quick background.  The seems is a place that actually created the World (ie Earth) and everything that happens on earth is orchestrated through a department of the seems (think sunsets, time, sleep, random occurrences, luck, etc).  There is a master Plan that no one is aware of that governs how the World runs.  But as with any organization, there are problems from time to time and that is where fixers come in.  Becker Drane is a fixer who is called in when the need arises to get things working properly again.  This time, a second is split and is threatening to destroy the world unless it can be put back together.

This series is great and I can’t wait to see what happens in future books.  It does seem to be going toward some type of philosophy or something, but I can’t tell what yet.  The Seems is so realistic and well thought out that readers will immediately become fascinated with it.  I highly recommend this series, but you definitely need to start with the first in the series.

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In another Chrestomanci novel, Jones takes us to a time shortly after The Lives of Christopher Chant into World 7.  Conrad is a young boy who has BAD KARMA hanging over his head.  So he is sent by his Uncle to work at the house on the hill.  But something odd is happening and Christopher Chant shows up looking for Milly (see Lives of Christopher Chant for more details).  Someone is messing with the possibilities and changing the way the world is.  Christopher and Conrad decide to figure out who is doing it so they can find Milly and fix the problem.  But first they must learn how to be Improvers (basically lackeys that have to do what everyone says).  Though exhausted after all their work, they do manage to do some snooping.  But soon, it becomes apparent that there is much more to this story than it seems.  Plots are interwoven with other plots, but all is revealed at the end.  Though my favorite Chrestomanci book is still Charmed Life, I really liked this one.  Although I can’t imagine how I missed it.

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Ibbotson brings to life another tale set in England during WWII.  Tally is a girl beloved by family and friends and, when she is offered a scholarship to a boarding school, her father insists she goes.  She soon finds many friends at school and loves going there, but after watching a news reel about a country that stood up to Hitler, she is determined to go there.  She and her friends enter a dance competition, that leads to so much more.  Tally meets the Crown Prince and then must protect him after his father is assassinated.  Unfortunately, once they reach England, they each think the other has forgotten about them.  But when you are meant to be friends, eventually good will prevail.  Ibbotson is a master storyteller who brings her characters to life and creates moving tales of friendship and adventure.  While I loved her fantasy books, her historical fiction novels are just as wonderful.

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Loved it!  Set in the same world as Tantalize, Smith tells the story of a young girl and her guardian angel.  She is turned into a vampire and her guardian angel must somehow save her, even though he is stripped of his duties nad wings.  A poignant love story, Eternal is another beautifully written tale of two young almost lovers. As usual, Smith is very clever and weaves a tale of loss and redemption that will leave you surprised at the end not unlike the end of Tantalize.

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