Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Book #27 - The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

ISBN: 0743298853
Format: Hardback, 339 pp
Pub. Date: November 7, 2006
Genre: Fantasy
Not part of a series
Borrowed from New Albany Library

From the Publisher

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things.

An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all make through the loss of innocence into adulthood, John Connolly's latest novel is a book for every adult who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade, and for every adult about to face that moment. The Book of Lost Things is a story of hope for all who have lost, and for all who have yet to lose. It is an exhilarating tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

My Opinion of the Book

I had been wanting to try this author out for a while now and am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed this particular book due to all the fairy tale twists Connolly included. He re-wrote some of the old fairy tales and based the whole story around some others. I've always loved reading different takes on fairy tales so that aspect was really cool! The character development with the main character was absolutely wonderful. I loved how David "grew up" throughout the story and learned more about what life is about and his part in it.

I will definitely be tracking down more of Connolly's works... I'm especially interested in his book, Nocturnes, since it has a paranormal theme to it.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Book #26 - Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga

ISBN: 0618723927
Format: Hardback, 311 pp
Pub. Date: October 2, 2006
Genre: Teen Fiction
Not part of a series
Borrowed from New Albany Library

From the Publisher

Fanboy has never had it good, but lately his sophomore year is turning
out to be its own special hell. The bullies have made him their
favorite target, his best (and only) friend seems headed for the dark
side (sports and popularity), and his pregnant mother and the step-fascist are eagerly awaiting the birth of the alien life form known as Fanboy's new little brother or sister.

Fanboy, though, has a secret: a graphic novel he's been working
on without telling anyone, a graphic novel that he is convinced will
lead to publication, fame, and—most important of all—a way out of
the crappy little town he lives in and all the
people that make it hell for him.

When Fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, he finds an outrageous,
cynical girl who shares his love of comics as well as his hatred for
jocks and bullies. Fanboy can't resist someone who actually seems
to understand him, and soon he finds himself willing to heed her
advice—to ignore or crush anyone who stands in his way.

My Opinion of the Book

I heard good things about this book so checked it out from my local library. I did really enjoy the book and could tell the author was very familiar with the comic industry. The only thing I didn't care for about the book was how abrupt the ending felt. It would be nice to see him come out with a follow-up book that talked about what happened after this book, but I don't think that is in the works. I'll have to keep my eyes open just in case.

If you want to learn a little more about this book (and hear the intro), you should go to this link and watch the video about it on YouTube:

Fanboy and Goth Girl Video

Book #25 - Don't Talk Back To Your Vampire by Michele Bardsley

ISBN: 0451221702
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pp
Pub. Date: July 3, 2007
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: #2 in the Broken Heart series
Borrowed from Laura (CTGMOM)

From the Publisher

Being a mother is never easy-especially when you're undead.

Eva LeRoy, Broken Heart, Oklahoma's librarian, got "vampified" when everyone else did: during a rogue vampire's feeding frenzy. But books still make her undead heart beat-and, strangely enough, so does Lorcan the Loner, the vampire who killed her...

My Opinion of the Book

I was thoroughly looking forward to this sequel, but wasn't as excited about it once I started into it. It was a good book and I got more into it towards the end, but overall I didn't like it nearly as well as "I'm The Vampire, That's Why". I am sure I will continue on with the series though to see what happens with the other mothers in the books. :) I think I also would've enjoyed this book better had it not been one I started right before HP7 came out and I had to put it down and pick it back up again after reading it. *shrugs*

Book #24 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

ISBN: 0545010225
Format: Hardback, 784 pp
Pub. Date: July 21, 2007
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Series: #7 in the Harry Potter series
Bought on for $17.99 (had on pre-order since Feb. 1, 2007)

From the Publisher

Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him.

In this final, seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectactular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again.

My Opinion of the Book

No Spoilers!!!

This book has probably become my fave of the Harry Potter series. I did have a few things I didn't enjoy about this book, but overall I loved it. The parts I didn't enjoy would be major spoilers for those who have yet to read the book, so I won't mention them here, but feel free to message me if you're curious. I thought Rowling did a great job in wrapping things up, although the epilogue left a lot to be desired. I did shed tears twice within the book... once during an entire chapter when we discovered everything about Snape. While waiting for this book, that was the main thing I was waiting to hear about. I had my ideas on him, but didn't know the full story behind him. The other time I cried was when one of my favorite characters was killed, but I won't say who to avoid spoilers as well. I will miss the anticipation of more books to come, but I look forward to whatever new series Rowling decides to come out with next.