What would you do if you were the last human on Earth? What if your new bestie was an M-16 rifle? What if you watched your mother die of a terrible virus and your father get shot in the head by a soldier you thought was there to save you? What if the enemy was impossible to detect and you didn’t know who to trust?
Every once in a while, I pick up a non-fiction book and leaf through its Table of Contents to see if there is anything I might be interested in… Soul Searching had so many chapter titles I liked, that I HAD to check it out and read it. From yoga to feng shui, aromatherapy to color therapy, safe cell phone usage to cyberbullying – this book covers a multitude of what I think of as modern day coping skills. And I believe the more coping skills you have in your arsenal the better you are able to handle any situation that comes up in life. And who doesn’t want that? Even if you don’t want to read the whole book, pick it up and glance at the chapters that DO interest you. You never know what you might learn.
I picked up Rootless because the summary mentioned a future with no trees and a young man building “trees” for rich people out of metal and plastic. Environmental apocalypse and a protagonist artist building “trees” for those that oppress him? Yes please! Sadly, as I am often too impulsive with books, I did not check to see if the book was a “stand alone” or part of a series. Oops! Read More..
I never would have picked this up if it hadn’t gotten a lot of buzz for being on three YALSA award lists: Alex Award, Quick Picks for Young Adults, and Great Graphic Novels. I’m very glad I did.
I’m a HUGE Artemis Fowl and Airman fan, so when I ran across another book by Eoin Colfer… excitement! This book is about the battle for a soul. The soul belongs to 14 year old Meg Finn who has had a rough life and an even rougher death. As her soul moves from the mortal realm, Meg is surprised to find that she is perfectly balanced between good and evil and therefore, must go back. Her task is to help the man she was attempting to rob when she died unexpectedly. He has a wish list that she must help him fulfill if she has any hope of escaping Hell. Read More..
In the last year, several young adult novels that explore the experience of veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan., but none quite so heart-wrenching as Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Legranis.
Told in three parts—before, during, and after—this is the story of a young man who decides to enlist in the army reserves after high school, though he had opportunities elsewhere and is leaving behind a loving family, his autistic brother, his best friend, and his fiancee. When he suffers traumatic brain injury after an IED explosion, he is in a coma for several months and when he wakes up, doesn’t remember anything about his past. Though the story revolves around his accident and recovery, it’s more about how his deployment and condition change the lives of everyone who cares about him. Read More..
From the very beginning I was swept up in the desert sandstorm that is Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst. I anticipated enjoying this book, but I fell in LOVE. The unique setting, the fantastic characters, the overarching themes of faith and perseverance…it hit all of my sweet spots as a reader.
I’ve always been intrigued by idea of falling down a rabbit hole to discover an otherworldly realm full of magical creatures, so I was excited to read Splintered by A. G. Howard, an updated re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland.
Alyssa is a skateboarding artist who makes murals out of dead bugs she captures herself. She hears the voices of flowers. She is also the descendant of Alice Liddell, the little girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s original Alice in Wonderland. Read More..
I saw this book sitting on the adult new book shelf and immediately picked it up. I’m not artistically inclined, but I love looking at fashion drawings, especially if they are period dresses. If you have an artistic flair, How to Draw and Paint Fashion and Costume Design will give you step by step instructions for fashion styles from the 1920′s through the 1960s, and even some period costume ideas. This book could easily fit into the young adult collection, by why not explore the adult shelves as well? Of course, it’s checked out now, but put yourself on hold and you’re sure to get it soon after we open in our temporary space at 700 New Hampshire.
Dust Girl is quite the fantastic journey. It centers around Callie who has grown up with an overprotective and somewhat mentally disabled mother. They run the only bed in breakfast in a small Kansas town that has been plagued by the dust storms of the 1930′s. During the worst storm, Callie’s mother disappears and out of the dust emerges a being who tells Callie she’s not quite human. Read More..