Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cover Colors

I've spotted a trend in recent YA book covers: Purple and black.
I was going to make this a post on Beautiful Creatures and The Dark Diveine, but when I started looking, I found a LOT of other books with this color scheme.
Don't believe me?

I'm not saying this is a bad thing, because I like them, for the most part. I assume Most of the publishing companies are trying to imitate the Twilight Saga covers, and that's why they're shying away from black and red. I've seen black/blue as well, not as much green. I haven't read most of these books, but a LOT of them are on my to-read list.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Review: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Synopsis: It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

Leviathan was a good read. Not exactly my style, although I love Westerfeld's other works (Midnighters especially). The Characters are fun, and the alternate history meshes well with actual history.
The world that's been created is so intricate and believable, and I'm interested to see where the story goes in the coming books. I'm also very curious as to what's in those eggs.
The concept of the fabricated beasts along with the advanced machinery is a little confusing at first, but once it clicks it's easy to imagine. The illustrations are a great help, and look fantastic.
Like I said, it's definitely not my kind of book, but the story, action, and amazing illustrations kept me reading. Give it a try, you might like it.

Recommended if you like Scott Westerfeld, alternate history, World War 1, steampunk

I Want to Read - Oblivion Road by Alex McAulay

Courtney Stanton thinks she's on just another ski trip with her friends -- until a horrific car accident strands them all on an isolated Colorado road during a blizzard. Frightened but alive, Courtney and her companions discover an abandoned vehicle nearby, and seek help. But the vehicle turns out to be a prison van, with the inmates missing, and the guard's dead body in the front seat.

Soon after, a stumbling figure emerges from the snow, a handcuffed refugee from the van. He says he's been in prison for selling meth, but that he once served in the army. Dare they trust him? He pleads innocence about the guard's murder, warns them about the other fugitives, and promises he will help guide them out of the wilderness. But as the group begins a nightmare trek across the frozen landscape, they start to get the feeling he hasn't told them the entire truth, and someone -- or something -- is secretly watching their every move.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Library Run

Here are a few more books I got at the library to read over the holidays.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Upcoming Book: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Synopsis: Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

I've been waiting for this book for a while, and I LOVE the cover.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming up, and I decided to make a post with some of my favorite YA books to give as gifts. The titles range from fantasy and paranormal to a little chick-lit, so there's something for everybody. Most of the series that I list are complete, so you can get them all at the same time (I know I'd love that!). so in no particular order...

The Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale
The Inheritance trilogy by Christopher Paolini
Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix
Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Artemis Fowl series
Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
The Violet series by Melissa Walker
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
How to Ditch your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
The Midnighters trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Forest of hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman
The Otori series by Lian Hearn
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The Abarat series by Clive Barker
The Prophecy of the Sisters my Michelle Zink
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Any other books by these authors are also excellent books (with the exception of Clive Barker - most of his other books aren't YA friendly) so check them out!

Feel free to tell me books I missed, because I know there are many.

Upcoming Book: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Synopsis: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

I can't wait to read this one! The cover art was JUST released today, so here it is:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Review: The Devouring - Simon Holt

Synopsis: Reggie Halloway, a mousy girl and avid horror fan, discovers a strange journal while working at an occult bookstore. Upon investigation, she learns about the Vours, horrific demons who feed on fear and take over the body, morphing its host into a cold, cruel creature. When, as a prank, Reggie and her friend Aaron attempt to summon a Vour, things go horribly awry and a Vour takes over the body of her little brother, Henry. Reggie then must battle the Vours to try to get her brother's soul back into his body.

The Devouring was my kind of book. As an avid horror fan myself, I couldn't put this book down. I finished it in two hours, although it is a short book. This is one of the most graphically violent books I've ever read. People vomit up their intestines, get beheaded, and dismembered, among other things. If the book was a movie, it would definitely be given an R rating. The main character Reggie is very strong willed, and will stop at nothing to get her brother back. Her relationships with the people around her are believable, and drive the story. I enjoyed the book, and can't wait to read the sequel!

The cover didn't really draw me in... I'm not a fan, but am glad that I didn't judge this one by it's cover alone.

Recommended if you like: Devilish, The Demon's Lexicon, Cirque Du Freak, The Demonata series


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