Monday, June 23, 2014

Book of the Week - Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, always wanted to be an astronaut and now, at age 16, the homeschooled daughter of two scientists, wins a contest featured on the back of a cereal box. Her prize is a scholarship to space camp. At the camp, run by the brilliant but odd Dr. Howell, the scientist who built an elevator to an asteroid in geosynchronous orbit and on to a space station, Maisie develops a crush on the very good looking and super wealthy Jonathan Wilder. Everything goes into high gear when Maisie's team along with Wilder are chosen to visit the base station of the elevator. When it turns out the elevator is going up with room to spare, Howell takes the five teens along. At the asteroid they are shown alien artifacts that quickly sink into their hands, creating great pain, and eventually giving each of them a super power. This fast paced action adventure thriller has just enough romance to pull in readers who may not have known they would like science fiction. Scorpion Shards by Neal Shusterman and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson also feature superhero abilities and world saving action with unique teen protagonists.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Recent Reads

I've been swamped this month but have gotten in some mmm-mmm-mmm good reading! I hate to talk about books too far in advance so just know that in September you want to read The Hawley Book of the Dead (my review will be in an upcoming issue of Booklist) and as soon as February hits, if you love fairy tales told differently, you'll want to grab Dearest. While you are waiting for it, be sure to read Enchanted and Hero, the companion books in Kontis's Woodcutter series.

Right now you can read The Wrong Girl, a page turning mystery thriller or Making Faces, a feel good tale of friends, love, and loss that folks who likes Shotgun Lovesongs will also enjoy.

Happy reading all, I'm off to decide which of the three books calling my name right now will be my next read.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Books Read in June

I'm currently serving on the Listen List committee. We create a list of the top 12 audiobooks of the year. One of the great things about being on a selection committee is having to read (or in this case listen to) books I would have never picked up on my own. The Listen List is also nice because if an older book has been recorded in audio format this year, it is eligible so I'm able to go back and read some of those older books I missed when they were originally published.