Saturday, December 29, 2012

So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane

I will admit, this book surprised me by the character development and depth to which the author took the reader.  It was not what I expected.

Nita and Kit are chosen by books which give instructions on how to become a wizard of all things. They take the oath which then takes them onto an adventure filled with learning, decision making, and adventure of the sort you really don't want to have but is fun reading about.

Good versus evil, dark against light, alternative universe, all the ingredients for a page turner.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rowan and the Travelers

Second in a series but you do not have to read the first one to read the second. Geared for the upper elementary crowd, the non-typical hero ends up saving the community through quick thinking and perserverance.
Has some time sequence issues but that does not really hurt the story line for the set of readers it is geared towards.

Spindle's End by Robin McKinley

An alternative telling of Sleeping Beauty with the premise that not all princesses will grow up to love the prince and not all fairies are all knowing. 

Well written, enjoyable, and as always one that gets the reader to thinking of the purpose of fairy tales which was not to entertain small children but to get all people, adults included, to consider morals and choices and how the affect others.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate

Three short novellas within a novel following Luce, Daniel and several of their friends and protectors.  A nice reflection that while the main characters are the focus the other players have an impact on the flow of the story line.

This is a great fill in while we await Rapture.