Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Girl Meets Boy, edited by Kelly Milner Halls

What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and engaging  YA authors writing today team up for this one-of-a-kind collection of "he said/she said" stories--he tells it from the guy's point of view, she tells it from the girl's. These are stories of love and heartbreak. There's the good-looking jock who falls for a dangerous girl, and the flipside, the toxic girl who never learned to be loved; the basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; the gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen. Each story in this unforgettable collection teaches us that relationships are complicated--because there are two sides to every story.

I got to meet Kelly at Warrensburg, Mo and she is such a fun person!  I'm so glad she created this collection,  the differing points of view are great.  

See Angie's take on the book below!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

I have students who will clamor for this when I get it in the HS library.

Eleanor, an orphan, is taken on as a charity case at a prestigious school for girls. She hears voices and music in her head but after a couple of years of severe treatment, she’s managed to suppress them. When she is sent to a girl’s school on scholarship her life feels like it could be getting better, only to have the voices come back full force after she meets Jesse, the groundskeeper’s nephew. (Cue love interest #1) She also catches the attention of the duke’s son, Armand, but rebuffs him because she’s not interested. (Cue love interest #2) World War 1 is going on in the back ground of this story, and plays a big part in the climactic ending. Because of the dragon and star imagery, I was reminded of Sara Davis’ Starman during some of the world building. 

Favorite quotes and word pictures:

….Watching billowing steam from the trains wind upward in corkscrews, condense into rows of silvery tears strung along the steel ribs. (Loc 232)

I learned that night that the loveliest, most lonely sound in the world is that of the sea striking the shore. (Loc 579)

There were stairs going down it, too, just as rickety, as clear an invitation to this is a bad idea as anything I’ve ever seen. (Loc 2074)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cinder series by Marissa Meyer

Cover art--fabulous, catches my attention every time, who doesn't love a red high heeled shoe, that on closer inspection holds an unusual leg? 

Plot--Cinderella story with several twists. 
*youngest step-sister is a friend! 
*a foreign queen wants the prince
*Cinder is a good mechanic, not fully human

World--Interesting combination of old and new, with technology hidden in buidings designed to look old. Cyborgs and robots are common, but a plague is present that there is no cure for, yet. Feels like a future earth with fewer govenments. 

I really loved Cinder except that I figured out Cinder's secret identity early on in the novel. I think a savy YA reader could figure it out early on, also. I always read modern Cinderella stories, I love to see what changes the author chooses to make in the story. Ms. Meyer's changes hold up well and I am most interested in the rest of the series. Sigh, three more books...I would guess three more years to wait. 

I purchased this for my high school library, and it went out the day I processed it, and put it on display. Maddie brought it back a couple of days later and said, "I stayed up until two in the morning to finish this, thank you very much!" I am currently making a book trailer for my reading class.


"Glitches" and "The Queen's Army" are short stories available as ebooks. "Glitches" gives more information about Cinder's adoption.  "The Queen's Army" treats us to some world building and setting up character traits for Wolf in Scarlet.  I found Glitches here (click on the title) for free, and bought The Queen's Army but it is free here.

After reading Cinder I waited anxiously for that next installment of the Lunar Chronicles, but not so much to worry about what was happening next, to check for previews, spoilers and what have you.  So I was not prepared for the introduction of a secondary fairy tale, that of Little Red Riding Hood.  I would recommendreading the short story “The Queen’s Army: A Tor.com original.”  Things will make much more sense.   I’m afraid I took a while before I was fully vested in the new story; I wanted more Cinder and Kai.  I know – it’s a four book series, but I hate being patient.

Scarlet and Wolf make an interesting couple.  Once I let myself care about them, I found it funny to see Wolf try to fit into Scarlet’s would.  He’s never eaten tomatoes.  He’s not sure how to treat her, or how to deal with his feelings.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Art in the library



Ceiling tiles finished, and works in progress

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Currently reading

The Sweetest Dark                                               Walking Disaster
The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1)                             Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)