Sunday, April 27, 2008

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins-TWEEN

Rating: 3/5 Stars

About the Book: Gregor lives with his mom and sisters in an apartment in New York City. His father has been missing for a couple of years now and his family is still adjusting and leaving Gregor as the man of the house. While doing laundry in the basement laundry room, Gregor's two-year-old sister Boots falls down an air chute and Gregor chases after her. They find themselves in the Underland, which is ruled by royalty and their giant bats, and home to talking cockroaches, giant rats, and spiders. Gregor and Boots are taken to the Queen of the Underlanders and learn of a prophecy which Gregor just might be the key to. Gregor embarks on a quest and sets out to save the Underland and hopefully answer questions about his missing father.


GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Suzanne Collins came up with the premise for the Gregor series when thinking about the Alice in Wonderland story and how that would change if Alice had fallen down a hole in New York City. The premise sounds a little strange and the idea of giant talking bugs at first didn't seem appealing to my buggy-scared self. But, I have to admit that I actually fell in love with the giant cockroaches and bats as well as Gregor and Boots. This is one I listened to on audiobook CD and enjoyed immensly. There are five books in this series, so it's a great pick for fantasy fans wanting something to read after Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

Thanks for the Comments!:)

Hi all-

Thanks for the comments-I will be posting recommended booklists shortly in answer to all the questions I have recieved.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer-TEEN

Rating: 3/5 Stars

About the book: After her mother's remarriage, Bella Swan decides to move to Forks WA to live with her father. Bella isn't really looking forward to moving to a rainy small town, but soon finds herself drawn to one of her classmates, the mysterious Edward Cullen. Edward feels a strong pull towards Bella as well, but Edward isn't a normal high school student-Edward is a one-hundred year old vampire. Even though Edward and the rest of his family are "vegetarian vampires"-only eating the blood of animals-it doesn't help that Edward is strong and could hurt Bella with one wrong move, plus her scent is very intoxicating. Yet Bella doesn't want to leave Edward and needs to be with him-even if it means risking her life. As Bella grows close to Edward and his family, another vampire coven comes into town and don't like to site of a human being so close to vampires and don't want to play nice.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This series is huge right now, and with the fourth in the series coming in August and a movie to be released in December, this should be on your summer reading list if you haven't read it already! I will admit that I had to start reading this book twice before really got into it and enjoyed it. I'm not a vampire fan, or a horror story fan, so the idea of this book really freaked me out. But if you're a scaredy cat like me, don't fear-lots of teen angst and forbidden love rule this story and the scary vampire stuff turns out to be not so awful to read-at least the way Stephenie Meyer has written it. I also highly recommend the audiobooks, which are wonderfully done and give a great voice to Bella. Highly recommended to teens and adults.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell-Tween/Teen

Rating: 4/5 Stars

About the book: Elaine of Ascolat, The Lady of Shallot, has grown up living with her father and brothers in an army encampment and is used to being the only girl. She swims, runs through the trees, gets her dresses dirty, and counts Arthur, Lancelot and Tristan among her closest friends. Elaine is invalueable to the men of the camp as she is well versed in the healing arts. She also hopes that Lancelot will notice her as a woman and not a silly little girl and believes that Lancelot is her true love. Everything in the camp changes when Gwynivere arrives. She is much prettier than Elaine, is much more girly, and seems to have won the heart of Lancelot, much to Elaine's jealousy. It doesn't help matters that Gwynivere is mean and spitful towards Elaine and any hopes of friendship seem dashed. When Arthur leads the men into a battle against the Saxons, Elaine plans to follow them secretly. Things don't go as planned, and Elaine finds herself needing to change her plans and mend broken relationships in order to be the heroine she knows she can be.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: As a fan of medieval times, I loved the setting and characters found in this book. It is full of legends and made me go to my computer several times to look up more information on these characters. Written in verse, the story flows beautifully and moves almost like a song. Full of romance, adventure and a strong heroine this is a story you won't want to put down-and won't soon forget.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison-TEEN

Rating: 4/5 Stars

About the Book: Georgia Nicolson is trying to navigate through the crazy maze of high school. She has a great group of friends-her Ace Gang-and is in love with the sex god Robbie. Too bad Robbie has a girlfriend, the most beautiful popular girl at Georgia's school. As if high school and love triangles aren't bad enough, Georgia has to deal with her fat cat Angus and her embarrasing three-year-old sister. Georgia's adventures are always full of laughs-whether she intends them to be funny or not. Growing up is never easy, but at least Georgia Nicolson manages to make it fun.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: As Georgia herself would say, this book is "fabbity fab fab!" Written in a diary format, Georgia's adventures are like Bridget Jones for the teen set. Full of fun and goofy situations, Georgia is a hilarious heroine that you cheer for all the way through. Beware of reading this one in public as you are sure to laughing like crazy.
 
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