{book} uglies

Uglies by Scott Westerfield Scholastic Press, 2005. paperback, 448 pages. borrowed. There is, very probably a canon of Young Adult reads. The sort of collection where if you want to be taken seriously as a reader of YA you must have read certain authors and titles. Scott Westerfield’s Uglies series is on it—as it shouldContinue reading “{book} uglies”

{book} chime

Chime by Franny Billingsley Dial Books, 2011. Hardcover, 361 pages. Library borrowed. They cannot hang an Old One without a trial, and we can’t have a confession without the story behind it. While Briony’s life had begun to disintegrate into madness much earlier, she’d become resigned to her new normal until the swamp cough andContinue reading “{book} chime”

{book} grave mercy

Escaping from the brutality of an arranged marriage, seventeen-year-old Ismae finds sanctuary at the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts — and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent,Continue reading “{book} grave mercy”

{book} seraphina

Seraphina (bk 1) by Rachel Hartman Random House, 2012. hardcover, 451 pages + “cast” & “glossary”. own copy.   Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical mindsContinue reading “{book} seraphina”

{comic} anya’s ghost

This was another one where I had to wait to see first hand what all the fuss was about. [Winner of the 2011 Cybils Award for Graphic Novels (Young Adult) and is on the 2012 YALSA (Top 10) Great Graphic Novels for Teens]. The patience and persistence was worth it. Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost reallyContinue reading “{comic} anya’s ghost”

{comic} Page by Paige

Natalya had been acting more peculiar than usual. I figured it was the lingering effects of David Almond’s My Name is Mina which inspired all sorts of strange yet creative behavior. After finally getting to Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge, a comic I had picked up at the Library and N had readContinue reading “{comic} Page by Paige”

{comic} level up

After American Born Chinese I was eager to read something else by Gene Luen Yang and the Library finally got a copy of Level Up. If I had written this review after reading Level Up it probably would have consisted of a copy/paste synopsis and a shrug. I don’t expect to connect nor identify inContinue reading “{comic} level up”

{book} illustrated tale: the last dragon

The dragon may be the last of its kind, but The Last Dragon is not—however its kind might be classified. Is it a long comic? Is it a picture book? Illustrated tale? Curious. I expected The Last Dragon to be good, and it was—just not in the ways I thought it would be;* which isn’t necessarilyContinue reading “{book} illustrated tale: the last dragon”

{book} divergent

Too bad the title does not necessary imply divergence from present popular Young Adult formulations. Work-shopped from an outline and a list of ingredients came to mind as I grit my way through this one. Is the imaginative twist on post-apocalyptic dystopian construction of society enough to forgive the seams? Likely. More, its saving graceContinue reading “{book} divergent”

{book} Un Lun Dun

The author writes an anti-Alice, a shorter, rounder, less kempt, darker, and cleverer protagonist; titles a chapter with “despotic logorrhea;” and uses the word “pluperfect.” Need I say more? Possibly, because I haven’t yet gotten to the flesh-eating giraffes and I know you will want to read a story involving those. With Christmas-money to burn,Continue reading “{book} Un Lun Dun”