30 September 2012

Paranormalcy Series – By: Kiersten White (YA Fiction)

This is a great series, with a great teen cast. I mean who doesn’t love snarky teens wielding bedazzled pink tasers? Evie (our heroine) works for a government agency who handles faerie plots and other such abnormalities. She’s an enforcer, sent out to “bag & tag” paranormal offenders. Then she’s pulled into a few evil faerie plots, falls in love, discovers her super-secret past and tries to save the world. 

Part adventure, part fantasy and part coming of age story, this is a purely fun read.

Bookwyrm Rating: Dessert

23 September 2012

Mortality – By: Christopher Hitchens (NonFiction)

When Christopher Hitchens was diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer he began to live (as many before him have) in Tumorville. As a terminal case he also became acutely aware of his own mortality, and he shares that experience with his readers.

Our mortality is a by-product of our chance at life yet it’s an uncomfortable or downright painful topic. Christopher Hitchens has proved his worth as a writer and social commentator many times over, and his books are really good. But this is something special, even in comparison to his other great works (of which I’m also a fan). It is a sobering look at the end of a human life, in turns it is funny, frightening and poignant. Just like life, this book is over far too quickly.

Bookwyrm Rating: Meat & Potatoes

06 September 2012

Dragon of Trelian – By: Michelle Knudsen (Teen Fiction)

In most of my favorite children’s books, the adventure begins with a new friend, and that’s exactly what happens here. One of the Trelian princesses meets the Mage’s apprentice. He turns out to be someone to be trusted and she shares her greatest secret…she has a pet dragon. Let the fun begin, and it does!
It’s a great adventure with a great cast. I loved every minute of it.

Bookwyrm Rating: Appetizer