Saturday, August 29, 2009

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

Time for yet another superhero animated movie trailer *yay*. I really can't wait for Superman/Batman: public Enemies movie to come out. :)
Oh, how I wonder what to episodes and of which show will be included as bonus material?



Title: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Release Date: September 29, 2009.
Rated PG-13
Synopsis: "United States President Lex Luthor uses the oncoming trajectory of a Kryptonite meteor to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel and his 'partner in crime,' Batman. Heroes and villains alike launch a relentless pursuit of Superman and Batman, who must unite -- and recruit help -- to stave off the action-packed onslaught, stop the meteor, and uncover Luthor's devious plot to take command of far more than the United States."

Orchid

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Teen, Inc.

Title: Teen, Inc.
Number of Pages:
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: 224
Synopsis: "Legally, a corporation is a person, so why shouldn’t they be able to adopt a child? Fourteen year old Jaiden’s family is a corporation and his home is an office building. When his parents are killed in an accident caused by a faulty piece of equipment manufactured by NECorp, the company adopts him and raises him in its headquarters. Now as a teenager, Jaiden, is longing for a normal life—attending high school, living in a house, having a girlfriend—and is starting to rebel in search of it.

 With the help of his new friend, Jenny, he uncovers some disturbing and scandalous information about NECorp and must make the tough decision to stay loyal to his “family” or to follow his instincts.
 Jaiden’s funny and fresh voice makes this a quick, enjoyable read and the suspenseful plot will keep readers on the edge of their seats."

Teen, Inc. turned out to be better than I thought it was going to be (I picked it up since I've read just about every other book my library has to offer). Although Jaiden was a bit on the irritating side in the beginning of the book, but by the end of the book he seemed to be just a little less immature.  The thing that intrigued me the most about Teen, Inc. was the whole part about a kid who was adopted and raised by a corporation (they took him in after his parents were killed by one of their products) and how even though he was trying to rebel against his upbringing, that when his “family” was threatened by scandal (for pollution) and Jenny’s father (who’s anti-corporation and trying to bring down NECorp) him and his friends try to prove whether the accusations are true or not and save the company without losing their lives to an over zealous workaholic.
 My least favorite character would have to have been Jenny; she was irritating with her *oh, I’m not cool* which made her seem more uncool then she actually was.  Favorite part of the book, definitely when near the end when they were trying to act kind of spyish and when his two friends were sneaking into his “home”. Least favorite thing about the book was how he treated his manager (can’t remember her name at the moment, plus I already returned it to the library).
 I definitely recommend giving Teen, Inc. a chance.

Teen, Inc. earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

Series: Samurai Detective (book 1)
Number of Pages: 216
Publication Date: 1999
Genre: Mystery
Synopsis: "While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan."

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn was good, but entirely too easy to figure out. I had the thief pegged before the theft even occurred and the reason for they did it.
The main character Seikei was fairly interesting with his dream to become a samurai, even though he was born into a merchant family.
 There's not really much one can say about this book without giving away too much about the story. Although the mystery was thinly veiled, I do recommend giving The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn a chance, as I will be checking my library on my next trip for the sequel.

 The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn earns 3 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid

Monday, August 24, 2009

In the Belly of the Bloodhound

Author: L.A. Meyer
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 4)
Number of Pages: 528
Publication Date: 2006
Genre: YA/Historical Novel
Synopsis: "The British crown has placed a price on Jacky's head, and so she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston to lay low. But laying low isn't in the cards for a spunky lass who finds trouble even when she's not looking for it. A school outing goes awry as Jacky and her classmates are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast. All of Jacky's ingenuity, determination, and plain old good luck will be put to the test as she rallies her classmates to fight together to avoid being sold on the auction block in this new installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures."


I loved the latest installment in the Bloody Jack Adventure series.
 In the Belly of the Bloodhound picks up pretty much were Under the Jolly Roger left off, with Jacky being wanted under charges of piracy, and her making her way to Boston to lie low until the heat dies down a bit (like that's going to happen).
 My favorite part of the book I think would have to have been the change that comes over (almost) all of the girls who are kidnapped and put on board one of the slaver ships, where they will be auctioned off. They went from being pampered little rich girls, to engineering and carrying out their own escape.
You also get to hear more about Jacky and her story from before she joined the crew of the Dolphin.
 For this book my favorite character(s) would have to be the Diana's led by Katy. They where awesome, I'd tell you what made them cool, but I'll leave that for you to read about and judge for yourself.
 The saddest part would have to be when Jacky loses yet another friend (it seems to me that Jacky loses at least one friend to death a book).
 Although, I so saw how the book was going to end, no way was she going to get off that easily, but still a great read.

 In the Belly of the Bloodhound gets 5 out of 5 pineapples.  
Orchid    

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: VOL 1, the Pox Party

Author: M.T. Anderson
Title: The Pox Party
Series: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (VOL 1)
Number of Pages: 366
Publication Date: 206
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Synopsis: "It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother — a princess in exile from a faraway land — are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments — and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. The first of two parts, this deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today."

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Vol 1, The Pox Party (wow, that's a mouth full) was really, really good, but it didn't pick up until halfway through part one.

 I must admit that the first part of the book was confusing, especially since I was, like, what on earth is going on here.
 My favorite thing about this book would have to the narration by Octavian as he told the story about his youth and his observations on his surroundings.
 The Novanglian College of Lucidity was frankly very weird and irked me to no end with their experiments on both Octavian and his mother and the reasons behind their experiments. But my least favorite character by far would have to have been Mr. Sharp I would tell you why, but it might give away too much about the book.
 I totally recommend reading The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: VOL 1, The Pox Party it is definitely worth the time.

The Pox Party earns 5 out of 5 pineapples. 
Orchid

Friday, August 21, 2009

In My Mailbox (11)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library:
Author: Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely (book 2)
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: "Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

 Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
 The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . . "

Author: Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler
Title: The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
Series: Samurai Detective (book 1)
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 1999
Genre: Mystery
Synopsis: "Samurai fear nothing, not even death. They are loyal and brave, 14-year-old Seikel has studied the way of the samurai, and would like nothing more than to be one. But a samurai is born, not made; Seikei was born the son of a tea merchant, so a merchant he must be. But when a priceless ruby intended for the shogun--the military governor of Japan--is stolen by a ghost, Seikei finds himself having to display all the courage of a samurai. Seikei is the only person to have seen the thief, and now the famous magistrate, Judge Ooka, needs the boy's help to solve this mystery. Can the son of a merchant prove himself worthy to the shogun himself?"

Author: Cornelia Funke
Number of Pages: 345
Publication Date: 2002
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious character who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion."

Author: Stefan Petrucha
Title: Teen, Inc.

Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: YA
Synopsis: "Legally, a corporation is a person, so why shouldn’t they be able to adopt a child?

 Fourteen year old Jaiden’s family is a corporation and his home is an office building. When his parents are killed in an accident caused by a faulty piece of equipment manufactured by NECorp, the company adopts him and raises him in its headquarters. Now as a teenager, Jaiden, is longing for a normal life—attending high school, living in a house, having a girlfriend—and is starting to rebel in search of it.
 With the help of his new friend, Jenny, he uncovers some disturbing and scandalous information about NECorp and must make the tough decision to stay loyal to his “family” or to follow his instincts.
 Jaiden’s funny and fresh voice makes this a quick, enjoyable read and the suspenseful plot will keep readers on the edge of their seats."

Since I still have one book to finish from my last trip to the library (In the Belly of the Bloodhound), I only got four books this week.
Someone finally returned Ink Exchange so I checked it out, too bad Fragile Eternity hadn't been returned yet (maybe it will be there next time).
 The Thief Lord and Teen, Inc. sounded interesting so I decided to give them a try (here's to hoping that I'm right, about them being good *crosses fingers*).
I chose The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn because it sounded different than some of the books I have read lately.
 So what did ya'll get this week?

Orchid

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Maltese Falcon

Author: Dashiell Hammett
Title: The Maltese Falcon
Number of Pages: 217
Publication Date: 1930
Genre: Detective Fiction
Synopsis: "This mystery novel, generally considered to be Dashiell Hammett's finest work, appeared in serial form in Black Mask magazine in 1929 and was published as a novel the following year. Some critics have said that the Biblical invocation "The love of money is the root of all evil" sums up Falcon's theme.

  Detective Sam Spade's partner Archer is hot on a case, and as his partner, Spade must find the killer. The investigation becomes enmeshed with a search for The Maltese Falcon, a statue rumored to be of "incalculable" value. Spade's life is endangered and he is nearly destroyed by what turns up."

While I enjoyed the reading The Maltese Falcon, I didn't much care for Sam Spade. Why? Because he came across as a bit of a... well a man-ho. Although Sam also reminded me of the character Jake Hunter from the Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles (DS game). The only character that I even remotely liked was Effie Perine.
 Mystery wise it was fairly suspenseful and had I not already seen the 1940's version of the movie staring Humphrey Bogart it probably would have been any harder to figure out where each of the characters stood in relation to the plotline.
 The Maltese Falcon was good, but nearly as good as reading an Agatha Christie mystery.

I know this was a short review, but I really couldn't think of anything else to say about The Maltese Falcon.

The Maltese Falcon gets 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Silas Marner

Author: George Eliot
Title: Silas Marner
Number of Pages: 216
Publication Date: 1861
Genre: Classic
Synopsis: "In rural nineteenth-century England, a weaver, lonely and embittered at the unjust treatment he has received from people he considered to be his friends, finds his only solace in money until he inadvertently becomes the guardian of an orphaned little girl."

Silas Marner was a well written book about a man's struggle to deal with the unjust blame of thievery against him and the toll it took on his view of those around him.  
 My only problem with the book would have to be how near the end Godfrey tried to take away the only thing that had brought any comfort to Silas since his arrival, by belatedly claiming his "right" to raising Eppie.
  Other then that one small point, I really enjoyed reading George Eliot's book Silas Marner, and recommend it to all.

Silas Marner earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie

Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Title: The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie
Number of Pages: 494
Publication Date: 2006
Genre: Novel
Synopsis: "Bindy Mackenzie is the smartest girl at Ashbury High. She memorizes class outlines to help her teachers. She records transcripts of everything said around her. She offers helpful critiques for her fellow students. And she wears crazy nail polish to show she's a free spirit.

  But then Bindy's life begins to fall apart. She can't stop feeling sleepy and she fails an exam for the first time ever. And--worst of all--she just doesn't care. What could be the cause of all these strange events? Is it conspiracy? Is it madness? Is it . . . murder?
  Lots of people hate Bindy Mackenzie--but who would actually want to kill her? The answer is in Bindy's transcripts. The detectives are her fellow students. But Bindy has made every one of them into an enemy . . . and time is running out."

I really enjoyed The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, it was fast paced (I finished it in, like, a few hours), but the format was even more wonky then it was in The Year of Secret Assignments. Character wise Bindy was very frustrating being that she was so self-centered that it just made me want to put the book down, but I couldn't because I wanted to know why she was going crazy and see if she would ever put others be herself.
  I must say that I had my suspicions about certain characters which proved to be right in the end, although I was wrong on one account.
  I think the thing that I have most enjoyed about the two books that I have read by Jaclyn Moriarty would be that they focus on different people in the same setting, while also loosely tying them together with previous stories without getting repetitive and bogged down.
  I would definitely recommend reading both The Year of Secret Assignments and The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie and if you can find it Feeling Sorry for Celia (which I can't).

The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie has earned 4 out of 5 pineapples.


 
 
 
 
Orchid

Saturday, August 15, 2009

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.


Library:
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Title: The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie
Publication Date: 2006
Synopsis: "Bindy Mackenzie is the smartest girl at Ashbury High. She memorizes class outlines to help her teachers. She records transcripts of everything said around her. She offers helpful critiques for her fellow students. And she wears crazy nail polish to show she's a free spirit. But then Bindy's life begins to fall apart. She can't stop feeling sleepy and she fails an exam for the first time ever. And--worst of all--she just doesn't care. What could be the cause of all these strange events? Is it conspiracy? Is it madness? Is it . . . murder? Lots of people hate Bindy Mackenzie--but who would actually want to kill her? The answer is in Bindy's transcripts. The detectives are her fellow students. But Bindy has made every one of them into an enemy . . . and time is running out."

Author: M.T. Anderson
Title: Vol. 1 The Pox Party
Series: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (book 1)
Publication Date: 2006
Synopsis: "It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother — a princess in exile from a faraway land — are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments — and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. The first of two parts, this deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today." 

Author: L.A. Meyer
Title: In the Belly of the Bloodhound
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 4)
Publication Date: 2006
Synopsis: "The British crown has placed a price on Jacky's head, and so she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston to lay low. But laying low isn't in the cards for a spunky lass who finds trouble even when she's not looking for it. A school outing goes awry as Jacky and her classmates are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast. All of Jacky's ingenuity, determination, and plain old good luck will be put to the test as she rallies her classmates to fight together to avoid being sold on the auction block in this new installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures."

Author: Dashiell Hammett
Title: The Maltese Falcon
Publication Date: 1930
Synopsis: "A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers."


 
 
 
 
Author: George Eliot
Title: Silas Marner
Publication Date: 1861
Synopsis: "In rural nineteenth-century England, a weaver, lonely and embittered at the unjust treatment he has received from people he considered to be his friends, finds his only solace in money until he inadvertently becomes the guardian of an orphaned little girl."

As you can see it's that time of week again, which means that I have raided my locale library to find the next book in certain series that I have become hooked on or to start a new one or just to pick up a random book or two that I just felt like reading.
  Now that you know what I'll be reading this week, what's in your box this week?

Orchid

Friday, August 14, 2009

Under the Jolly Roger

Author: L.A. Meyer
Title: Under the Jolly Roger
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 3)
Number of Pages: 528
Publication Date: 2005
Genre: YA/Historical Novel
Synopsis: "After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston -- under dire circumstances, of course -- Jacky Faber boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and soon Jacky is off on a wild misadventure at sea. She thwarts the lecherous advances of a crazy captain, rallies sailors to her side, and ultimately gains command of a ship in His Majesty's Royal Navy. But Jacky's adventures don't end there . . . Includes a teaser to Jacky's next adventure, In the Belly of the Bloodhound."

I absolutely loved Under the Jolly Roger which is so far the best book in the series (though I've only read the first three books).
 I think one of the best things about Jacky's character is that while most of the other female characters in the series are stuck living a sheltered life (the books are based in the 1800's) she is out having adventures.
  The only thing I didn't like about Under the Jolly Roger was the way that Jacky automatically jumped to the conclusion the Jaimy was seeing another girl (she didn't hear from him the entire time she was in Boston and picks then to doubt his feelings towards her) when she ran into him at the races, when what she should have done was stuck around to find out what was going on. The best part of the book (in my opinion) was when her and her crew were busting their friends out of jail; their plan was just kind of funny.
  All in all, this book series is definitely worth reading and I highly recommend reading it.

Under the Jolly Roger earns 5 out of 5 pineapples. 
 




Orchid

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Curse of the Blue tattoo

Author: L.A. Meyer
Title: Curse of the Blue Tattoo
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 2)
Number of Pages: 496
Publication Date: 2004
Genre: YA/Historical Novel
Synopsis: "After being exposed as a girl, Jacky Faber is forced to leave the Dolphin and attend the elite Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston. But growing up on the streets of London and fighting pirates never prepared Jacky for her toughest battle yet: learning how to be a lady. Everything she does is wrong. Her embroidery is deplorable, her French is atrocious, and her table manners--disgusting! And whenever Jacky roams the city in search of adventure, trouble is never far behind. Then there's the small matter of her blue anchor tattoo. . . . So will Jacky ever become a typical lady? Not bloody well likely! But whether she's triumphing over her snobbish classmates, avenging a serving girl's murder, or winning over a stubborn horse that's as fast as the wind, one thing's for sure: Jacky's new life in Boston is just as exciting as her old one on the high seas."

Reading about Jacky trying to become a well turned out lady was frankly very funny and also at times very painful. Especially since she has like the worst table manners ever.

  I think the most interesting part of the whole book is when this old man keeps trying to kill her because he believes that she is a witch and up to no good. I also enjoyed the letters that were written between Jaimy and Jacky, even though they never really got to read what the other had wrote do to the fact that their letters were being kept from them. The only thing I would change about this book would be the character of Amy she was irritating and very boring.
  On a whole this book was very enjoyable with plenty of action and a smidge of mystery.

Curse of the Blue Tattoo earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orchid

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Year of Secret Assignments

Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Title: The Year of Secret Assignments
Number of Pages: 340
Publication Date: 2003
Genre: YA
Synopsis: "The Ashbury-Brookfield pen pal program is designed to bring together the two rival schools in a spirit of harmony and "the Joy of the Envelope." But when Cassie, Lydia, and Emily send their first letters to Matthew, Charlie, and Sebastian, things don't go quite as planned. What starts out as a simple letter exchange soon leads to secret missions, false alarms, lock picking, mistaken identities, and an all-out war between the schools--not to mention some really excellent kissing."

The first few pages of The Year of Secret Assignments were a bit awkward with the switching between Lydia's notebook, Cassie's journal, and the letters between the two schools, but after awhile I finally got used to the format.
 I did enjoy the friendly yet slightly crazy banter that went on in the letters from Emily to Charlie, and the ones between Lydia and Sebastian. Although I couldn't believe that Cassie kept writing to Matthew even though he was obviously deranged, until you find out the "possible" reasons for why she continued sending letters to him (I won't say anymore about that part).
  For favorite character I'm torn between Lydia and her crazy schemes, Charlie simply because he comes off as a nice guy and Sebastian because of his obsession with soccer (which I love). Em and Cassie were Ok, but don't make my favorite character list for the book. While Matthew Dunlap earns the award for the male character that I would like to cause severe pain to.
  Best part of the book the pranks and secret assignments that they partook in. I can't think of any part of the book that I would dub as t he worst part, so I guess there wasn't one.

I would definitely recommend The Year of Secret Assignments to anyone who likes books filled with the occasional prank and revenge.

The Year of secret Assignments earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orchid

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman
Title: The Graveyard Book
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Synopsis: "Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . . Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages."


I started reading The Graveyard Book (yesterday) as soon as I (finally) finished reading Crime and Punishment and I could not put it down until after I had read the very last page. I must say that I absolutely loved this book. Even though I was a bit iffy with the character being so young in the beginning of the book, but since Bod wasn't your typical youth his age was quickly forgotten by me.
  My only problem with the book would have to that it took so long to address why his family was murdered, but other than that minor irritation the Graveyard Book was a fantastic read which I hope to permanently add to my shelf one day along with Neil Gaiman's Coraline.
  The best character in the book would have to be Silas, he was just a very interesting character who was both dark and mysterious (I don't want to give away anything about him, so I'm not going to say anything else about his character).
  I would definitely recommend The Graveyard Book to anybody who enjoys a mixture of fantasy and horror with a highly likeable cast of characters.

The Graveyard Book being extremely awesome receives 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid

Saturday, August 8, 2009

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library Books:
Author: Neil Gaiman
Title: The Graveyard Book
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . . Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages."


Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Title: The Year of Secret Assignments
Number of Pages: 340
Publication Date: 2004
Synopsis: "The Ashbury-Brookfield pen pal program is designed to bring together the two rival schools in a spirit of harmony and "the Joy of the Envelope." But when Cassie, Lydia, and Emily send their first letters to Matthew, Charlie, and Sebastian, things don't go quite as planned. What starts out as a simple letter exchange soon leads to secret missions, false alarms, lock picking, mistaken identities, and an all-out war between the schools--not to mention some really excellent kissing."


Author: L.A. Meyer
Title: Under the Jolly Roger
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 3)
Number of Pages: 518
Publication Date: 2005
Synopsis: "After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston -- under dire circumstances, of course -- Jacky Faber boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and soon Jacky is off on a wild misadventure at sea. She thwarts the lecherous advances of a crazy captain, rallies sailors to her side, and ultimately gains command of a ship in His Majesty's Royal Navy. But Jacky's adventures don't end there . . ."
 

The only book I got this week from the library that I had actually planed on getting was Under the Jolly Roger by L.A. Meyer, but I'm quite excited about finding The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and I hope that the Year of Secret Assignments is as interesting as the synopsis makes it sound. Maybe next time I will be able to find the next two books in the Wicked Lovely series (Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity).

I do believe that is all for me this week in books.


Orchid

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tiny Blog: Quiz

I'm feeling very uninspired on writing reviews this week (and last week too apparently), so instead ya'll can find out Which Anime Heroine Are You?
I promise that there will soon be a review of some kind in the near future.
"You may appear cold, dark, and uncaring towards everyone, but that's just because you have a mission that you don't want anyone else to get involved in. Deep down, you are very protective and loving, but you rarely show it because you believe that doing so shows weakness. Do yourself a favour: let people in and allow them to take care of you. Remember, a group working together is exponentially stronger than any one member working alone."

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