Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Want It Wednesday

I've seen posts like this on various blogs and since I'm an avid book lover and my wish list is ever growing, I thought I would add a "Want It Wednesday" list of books that are on my wish list. Some will be upcoming releases and others will be books that are already out, but on my reading list. Enjoy!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Jellaby by Kean Soo-Tween

Rating: 4/5 Stars
About the Book: Portia is the new girl in town and things aren't going very well. She's having trouble making friends and she can't keep her mind on class. When she finds a giant purple monster in her backyard, everything changes. She enlists the help of fellow classmate Jason, and with only a picture of a door, Jason, Portia and Jellaby set out on an adventure to the city to find Jellby's home.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: One of the thing I like most about my job is I get to read lots of comic books! After reading this one, Jellaby has quickly become one of my favorites. Jellaby is a sweet and funny story. Many reiewers have pointed out the Calvin and Hobbes feel. You can't help but fall in love with Jellaby and root for him and Portia. There's also a subplot about Portia's father's disappearance that makes the characters even more endearing. Jellaby is a comic book that even non-comic book readers can enjoy. The sequel, Jellaby, Monster in the City is out in April and I am eagerly awaiting it's release!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle


Rating: 5/5 Stars

About the Book: Let It Snow is a new holiday offering from three popular teen authors. Each author contributed a holiday romance short story to add to the collection. Maureen Johnson starts things off with The Jubilee Express, in which Jubilee (no, not a stripper, but named for a piece in her mother’s collection of the Flobie Santa Village) finds herself stranded on a train in Gracetown in a huge snowstorm. A trip to the Waffle House introduces her to Stuart and friendship, or maybe something more, starts to form. In A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, author John Green hilariously describes the mission of three friends to get to the Waffle House where a group of cheerleaders are stranded and wanting to play Twister.And Lauren Myracle’s The Patron Saint of Pigs shows that lost love can be found again with the help of Starbucks, angels, and even a pig.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I’m a sucker for romance any time of the year, but something about the holiday season makes me want to curl up in a nice blanket, drink hot chocolate, and read love stories. Let It Snow is the perfect holiday read. Each story stands well on its own, but it was nice to have a common thread throughout. I loved how the authors found ways to connect all three stories. Characters you meet in the beginning show up later on, and places like Starbucks and the Waffle House are important to all three tales. The only thing I didn’t like was that they were all short stories - I could have kept reading about each of the characters! Let It Snow is a great, warm, fuzzy read for the holidays, so grab some hot chocolate and curl up because you won’t want to stop reading until you’re finished and happily sighing.

*Also reviewed for TeensReadToo.com

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban Tween-Teen

Rating: 5/5 Stars

About the Book: Andrea is a Princess, but she feels like she doesn’t fit in. She wants to join the knights, but her father refuses her request and instructs Andrea to visit her mother for lessons on becoming a lady. Ladyship is boring and uneventful and Andrea tires of her lessons quickly.
On the night of her kingdom’s ball, Andrea has had enough of being a princess and decides to run away. She stumbles upon a doorway that leads to modern day California. Xaren-Ra, Andrea’s world, resembles medieval Spain, so seeing a new world is an adventure. Andrea adapts to her new fast pace life in California. She makes friends, attends classes, and starts to fall for a local boy.
During a storm, Andrea takes shelter in the same cave that brought her to California. Only this time she accidentally re-opens the passage, bringing with her an American boy. Andrea’s return to her kingdom sets off a chain of events that ignites a war on her world, uncovers family secrets and endangers her family and friends. Now Andrea has to find a way to stop the war and find her place in her world.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Two Moon Princess is a wonderful book that kept me up turning its pages and reading well into the night. I was transported into Andrea’s world and didn’t want to leave. There was never a dull moment or a bland character. The author’s parallel worlds were richly described and all the characters grew throughout the story.
Andrea is a great strong character-she recognizes her duty to her kingdom, but also has a bit of a rebellious streak in her. She’s not a damsel in distress at all, but at the same time she’s not afraid to show her soft side.
This story was full of adventure and the romance was an unexpected surprise. This is a great pick for readers who enjoy fantasy but also great for readers who like romance in their stories. I have already recommended this title to several teen patrons at my library and they enjoyed it just as much as I did. I’m excited to see the author is working on a sequel, which I hope to read soon.


Also reviewed for TeensReadToo.com
 
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