19. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Graphic Novel, Paige, Teen Books

Manga Man by Bary Lyga and Colleen Doran (Illustrator), 126 pages, read by Paige, on 02/19/2012

Coming from a person who is not into Manga at all, but I do like the occasional graphic novel this was actually really good; the crossover was pretty fabulous. Manga man is Ryoko…he’s been sucked into ‘our world’, but still retains the style of manga (speed lines, shockingly expressive faces, etc…). Naturally he’s an outcast, but meets a girl, Marissa; fun, silliness, and even some action ensue.

Great graphic book for teens on up and for graphic novel, comic book, or manga lovers alike. Also, the artwork…pretty awesome, but quite black and white.

02. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Paige

Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan, 240 pages, read by Paige, on 01/17/2012

When my friend sent me this book a few years ago I wasn’t quite sure and loaned it out before I ever really got to finish it. Now I’ve got it back and read it proptly. This is Neilan’s only book and he meant apathy. It is quite literally a story of an utterly apathetic man and his adventures…or maybe misadventures would be more appropriate. I absoutely loved this book, but I do believe this is one of those books that is either loved or hated. Neilan doesn’t skip over all the graphic bits, but the gore is generally left out. I would not suggest this for the youger readers. Older teens and adults, assuming they don’t hate it, will find it strange, weird, and ridiculously funny. I thought it was a riot, and there are still lines from the book that I qoute on Facebook.

As I said earlier Neilan chronicles the life of Shane and where his general apatheic attidute takes him in life after he steps off the Greyhound bus in a random large-ish city. Throughout the story there are murders, people’s heads getting squished in bus doors, deaf karaoke, and theft of salt-shakers.

Unfortuantely, we do not currently have this title as a part of the MRRL collection. I will totally lend it to those I deem trustworthy if you are interested.

02. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Historical Fiction, Paige · Tags:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, 533 pages, read by Paige, on 01/11/2012

Fabulous book! Yes, this is a children’s title but I would gladly reccomend this to any person young or old. I have yet to see the film that has been based off of it, but I know that it has/had been nominated for a number of awards (as has the book).

The story follows the life of main character Hugo Cabret. Hugo is a  12 year old orphan living in Paris and has taken over as the clock keeper at a major train station. He is stealing to survive and working on something very, very special. While living in the station he encounters a toy booth owner and his godfather Isabelle.

There are twists and turns throughout the story, but you never get lost. The large number of illustrations thorughout the book are amazing and bring a whole new perspective to the story. It’s wonderful and touching. Also, though it appears quite long, it is a very quick read. Any and all should give this one a try!

02. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fairy Tales and Folklore, Paige

Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire, 280 pages, read by Paige, on 01/25/2012

Internationally acclaimed author Gregory Maguire has written more than just the ever popular Wicked. Mirror Mirror is his adaptation of the story of Snow White. Instead of the traditional story written by the Brothers Grimm or the Disney creation, Maguire brings history into the story looping the imfamous Borgia’s of Italy into the story.The mirror and the dwarves are still very much a part of the story as are many of the traditional and well known elements, but they are slightly altered or have a different backstory.

Having never read anything by Maguire I was surprised. Wicked is so very popular I was expecting something with a little more, something. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, but it ended with a sort of ‘meh’ ending. I would still reccomend it to anyone looking for something a little different than what seems to be the norm in teen lit, but it was not my favorite. I did love the ‘historic’ tie-ins; it was a nice, fun touch.

 

02. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Horror, Paige, Teen Books

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper, 330 pages, read by Paige, on 02/02/2012

Vampirates Demons of the Ocean“I’ll tell you a tale of vampirates,/A tale as old as true./Yea, I’ll sing you a song of an ancient ship,/And its mighty fearsome crew.”

Honestly, I picked this book up for the name. I’m a fan of both vampires and pirates and I had to know what on earth a ‘Vampirate’ was. Well, author Justin Somper does his best to describe exatly what they are…a mixture, though strange, of all the pirates you can think of and the more recent (nice-ish) picture of the vampire. Throughout the book you meet a variety of charaters: fierce, female pirates; jovial captains; twins; and (naturally) vampires. The twins, Grace and Connor Tempest, are the main characters who have been seperated by a shipwreck. Somper’s story follows their seperate trials.

I was plesantly surprised by this title…I was expecting extreme cheese but there was actually a pretty good story and I would read the rest of the series (apparently there are at least 6) if the library had them. Currently we’ve only got this title, the first in the series, up here in the Teen section.