Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review of Glory O'Brien's History of the Future-A.S.KIng

Wow!  This was a crazy book but strangely compelling.  Glory & best friend, Ellie, drink a potion made from a dead bat & suddenly see the future in everyone they meet.  Or is it really the future?  Glory has just graduated from high school and since her mother committed suicide when Glory was a small child, she & her father have been lost - not able to see their future.  King's writing style is fresh & original, jumping between the present and ahead to what may be the future.  3 Elves - Recommended for teens

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review of I'll Give You the Sun-Jandy Nelson

Another amazing YA novel!  Noah & Jude are twins who have drifted apart after a tragedy.  The structure of the book has Noah taking the early years and Jude recounting the present.  It's a fascinating, unique way to tell the story.  The world of art eventually brings them to new characters; Noah is falling in love with the boy next door, and Jude is being mentored by an important artist (and also falling in love).  If the twins can find their way back to each other, their world will be mended and whole again.  4 Elves - Highly recommended for teens