This book reminded me of Terry Pratchett's work with amusing stories in the footnotes. The story itself is pretty standard teen fare, but the characters and the side jokes make it memorable. Although, with the teen genre getting more mature than in my day, I would consider this closer to adult in some situations. All in all, a quick, pleasant read.
The Cloud Roads is a refreshing change if you, like me, occasionally need a break from the swords-and-sorcery, vaguely medieval fantasy world that is so ubiquitous in the genre. Readers follow Moon, a shapeshifter who was orphaned as a child and has never known who he is or who his people are, as he journeys across the Three Worlds looking for home. Of course, finding home is not the same as fitting in there, and everything is further complicated by an old enemy threatening the community that Moon has only just begun to understand. Beyond the engaging characters, one of the joys of Martha Wells' writing is encountering many different races and places that feel unique and organic to the Three Worlds, rather than an unfortunate, poorly concealed analogy to real world race relations. Highly recommended.
This is the first cookbook from Rosanna Pansino, the creator and host of YouTube's popular baking show, Nerdy Nummies. The book features a wide variety of delicious, geeky-themed desserts. The recipes are fantastic for both beginner and expert bakers, and the book includes step-by-step photos that make following the decorating directions a breeze. I highly recommend this cookbook for any baker that wholeheartedly embraces their nerdy side.
Highly recommended for kids & adults going through a tough time
Frankly, I haven't read much in the young adult department, so I was surprised to find this gem. It's said that we all have dysfunctional families, but this family will give you pause (and it's non-fiction), no spoilers here. Kids who think they are the only one going through a tough time will appreciate the honesty here. Give it a whirl!
by Despommier, Dickson D./ Campbell, William C. (FRW)
Parasitology made lovely
Despite the somewhat macabre subject matter, Despommier delivers these parasitic profiles with beautiful elegance. Using decades of scientific experience, he describes the complex functions and anatomical features of these organisms in a concise and entertaining manner. Through Despommier's guidance, the reader is better able to understand and appreciate the venust discipline of parasitology and its applications in medicine. Prepare to meet our squirming afflicters.
I have read almost every book written on the Apollo Program, including autobiographies of most of the astronauts. This book, by far, is the best of the bunch. Collins writes in a way that draws you in completely. The book journeys from the technical, to the spiritual, to the outright funny in places. Collins, of course, was the Command Module Pilot on Apollo 11, which means that he was totally alone in space while Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon. His description of that time is both beautiful and terrifying. Fewer know that Collins performed a dangerous spacewalk on Gemini 10, and his description of this is amazing. No space enthusiast should dare miss this book. The "Right Stuff," indeed.
by O'Malley, Bryan Lee/ Hung, Leslie (ILT)/ Quinn, Mickey (CON)/ Odomo, Mare (CON)
A surprising read with great illustrations.
I've never really found my place in the graphic novel section, but Snotgirl immediately caught my eye. Snotgirl comes from Brian Lee O'Malley, the creator of Scott Pilgrim, though there are few similarities between the two. Leslie Hung's illustrations give Snotgirl an anime feel, and set the tone for this surprising drama. Snotgirl is one part fashion blog satire, one part murder mystery. Main character Lottie Person has gorgeous green hair, a successful fashion blog and an awful attitude. Lottie uses unflattering nicknames for friends and enemies alike, and she's a self-centered and completely unreliable narrator. Most of the time, you're not sure if you're supposed to like her or not; that's part of Snotgirl's charm. The suspense builds as the story progresses, and I can't wait to see what the rest of Lottie's story holds. Snotgirl will keep you guessing... and leave you with green hair envy.
Get twisted up in this great novel of terror, suspense and a bit of gore! Each page leads you deeper and deeper into darkness; winding and spiraling downward into the depths of the ruins. Not for the faint of heart, that's for sure. Spoiler alert: there is no fairy tale ending.
I heard a radio interview of Sherman Alexie not long ago, and it piqued my interest. So, I ran across a copy and decided to give it a go. It does not disappoint. The characters are rich and complex, the emotions of 14-year-old "Junior," an Indian boy who transitions to a white school are skillfully navigated in the dialogue.
This is the sixth in the series of Flavia de Luce mystery novels. Now twelve-years-old, the plot turns personal as our young protagonist grapples with the burial of her missing mother, and uncovers family secrets that will change her life in the rural village of Bishop's Lacey. I feel that the series is at a tipping point now, about to take off in a not-so unexpected direction.
A heartbreaking yet inspiring true story about poverty
Frank McCourt presents his audience with his childhood journey through Irish poverty and Catholic guilt. He watches as his father drinks away his family's money and slowly loses sibling after sibling to starvation and illness. Yet, it is an inspiring tale of overcoming struggle and seeing the humor in such despair.
Kristin Newman is a TV writer and she specializes in comedy writing and this book doesnt disappoint. It is hilarious she is hilarious. She embraces her single, child-free lifestyle and makes the most of it. She travels the world, meeting interesting people and yes, experiencing romantic encounters in most of the places she visits. As I read, her adventurous spirit, her sense of humor and her willingness to take chances inspired me. This is a great read if you're feeling a little wanderlust and need that push to leap into the great unknown.
There have been numerous takes on Sherlock Holmes that pay homage to Arthur Conan Doyles immortal character. This is definitely a feminist take on the classic tale, but it manages to stay faithful to the character even though the genders have been reversed. All the logic puzzles are there, and it is fun to watch the author play with the other characters that surround Sherlock / Charlotte. Her determination and confidence are fun to read about and this is a fun start to a promising series.
If you are a Midsomer Murders fan, or an Agatha Christie fan, or just a lover of mystery novels, this book is for you. Anthony Horowitz is the creator of Midsomer Murders and Foyles War, and he doesnt disappoint with this mystery within a mystery. Turns out that the Magpie Murders refers to a novel that the main character of this novel is editing. One thing leads to another, and the editor finds herself becoming like Miss Marple in pursuit of a killer. This is a two-for-one book; Horowitz gives us a Christie-like cozy inside a more modern tale. Lovers of traditional mysteries should pick this one up!
We follow our endearing kitten loving, metalhead protagonist in his journey to find the man of his dreams. With an abundance of love in his dark, dark heart, you can't help but cheer him on and watch as our sweet Oaf seeks to find his happiness. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a laugh
I picked this book up on a whim after hearing her spoken word poetry, and I immediately fell in love with her and her words. She shattered all expectations I had and more. This book was written for me. And if you read this, you may find it was written for you, as well. Raw and beautiful, in Today Means Amen, Sierra DeMulder will become your first love, your therapist, your teacher, your best friend, your muse, your mother and you all in one. She will teach you about yourself and about life through her own personal experiences living a life of passion and strong emotions. Covering topics such as love, lust, guilt, depression, family life and self-esteem, she delivers verse after verse of relatable and moving poetry that will keep you coming back whenever you need a little comfort.
First published in the 1980's, Annie on My Mind is a little-known gem of a novel. This sweet, coming-of-age book tells the story of Liza and Annie, two young women in their senior years of high school. Liza is a well-to-do perfectionist at a prestigious but struggling private school; Annie is the poor child of Italian immigrants who hopes to become a singer. When the two meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they form a fast friendship. As they spend more and more time together, their friendship blossoms into a love. The two characters grapple with how their newfound romance will affect their lives. Should they tell their parents? What if someone from their schools finds out? What does it mean to be a young lesbian in the 1980's? Liza and Annie struggle with these questions as they fall more and more hopelessly in love. All too relatable and bittersweet, Annie on My Mind is a charming young adult novel sure to capture the heart of any young LGBT teen.
Iron Gold picks up 10 years after the events of Morning Star to look at the effects of Darrow's dismantlement of the Golds. There's a wide cast of characters and very different view points. It explores more of the setting of Red Rising, the culture of the Lowcolors and a world freed of the constraints of a rigid hierarchy. What happens to the world when governments shift? When people's idols are just humans with their own flaws? Were the Gold's right in warning us away from revolution? Read it to find out!
by Black, Holly/ Clare, Cassandra/ Fischer, Scott (ILT)
Pony Rooms are terrifying.
The Silver Mask picks up right where the previous left off and from the beginning, it tears you through a series of rapid-fire events only settling with Tamara, Call, and Jasper right back in the belly of the beast. We learn more about the man behind the silver mask, about the enemy of Death and his brother, and something that we weren't quite expecting. The book is full of surprises and the end is nothing I would have expected. I can not wait for the next one.
TRY IT AGAIN, Percy told me. This time with less dying.
As an avid reader of Riordan's works, the Magnus Chase series is hands down my favorite. I was also entirely unaware upon reading it that it was the last book of the trilogy, and I was distraught when I found out. However, in Ship of the Dead, Riordan took the time to explore each member of Floor 13's backstory and creates an even richer set of characters. The book itself had a surprisingly satisfying end to the series and it was just as hilarious and exciting as it's predecessors. Plus Percy and Annabeth showing up was amazing! If you want a series that will keep you entertained and has all of your favorite myths, I can not recommend this series enough.