The Shattering

January 5th, 2012

By Karen Healey [LibraryThingGoodreads]

Summerton is the most beautiful resort town in New Zealand, but since Keri’s older brother killed himself unexpectedly, she’s been even less enchanted with the town than usual. Then she talks to Janna and Sione, whose older brothers also killed themselves – without warning and without leaving a note. Sensing a pattern, the three of them start looking for a serial killer, but Summerton’s secrets may just be darker – and more supernatural – than they think.

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The Beka Cooper Trilogy: Mastiff

November 10th, 2011

By Tamora Pierce [LibraryThingGoodreads]

Beka Cooper has just buried her fiancé when she’s called in on a Hunt that threatens the royal family – and the safety of Tortall itself. Along with her partner Tunstall and her loyal scent hound Achoo, Beka must travel far outside of her comfort zone and untangle a conspiracy involving some of the most wealthy and powerful people in the kingdom – while she’s forced to question exactly who she can trust.

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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

October 20th, 2011

By Michael Scott [LibraryThingGoodreads]

Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle have lived nearly seven hundred years, thanks to Nicholas’s possession of the Codex, a book full of magical secrets like the elixir of life, the spell to turn base metals to gold…and the key to bringing back the old gods and destroying the human race. When Nicholas is attacked by his almost-as-ancient enemy, Dr. John Dee, and the book and Perenelle are both taken, Nicholas knows he doesn’t have long before the human race is wiped out by Dee’s masters, the Dark Elders. All Nicholas has on his side are Josh and Sophie, ordinary 15-year-old twins who didn’t mean to get mixed up in all this. But Nicholas suspects they may be the twins prophesied in the Codex, who may save the world…or destroy it.

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Notes from “Before and After Harry Potter: YA and Fantasy”

October 15th, 2011

Our Epic HP Reread may be on hiatus, but last Thursday the Center for Fiction hosted a panel discussion on young adult fantasy, “Before and After Harry Potter: YA and Fantasy,” and naturally I attended. The panelists were long-time Active Voice favorite Justine Larbalestier, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, and Chris Moriarty. The panel was moderated by Delia Sherman.

I took as thorough a set of notes as I was able, given the mediocre quality of my pen and the fast pace of the conversation. So alas, a few names on lists of favorites and recommendations and whatnot may have been lost.

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The Orphan of Awkward Falls

October 12th, 2011

By Keith Graves [LibraryThingGoodreads]

Josephine is sure she’ll be bored when her parents move her to the tiny town of Awkward Falls, Manitoba, but that’s before she discovers her next-door neighbors: kid genius Thaddeus Hibble, his robot butler, and a zombie cat. But the deranged killer Fetid Stenchley, who killed Thaddeus’s grandfather, has escaped the insane asylum and is on his way to take out Thaddeus as well. Throw in an aging movie star, half a dozen enormous genetic monsters, and some dark secrets about the past, and Awkward Falls is turning out to be not so boring after all.

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Harry Potter Reread: Mod Note

October 11th, 2011

Hey folks! Things are a tad bit busy in both Jess’s and my lives at the moment, so we’re putting a brief pause on the HP reread until we both have time to dive back into the books and give them the attention we’d like to. (Don’t worry, we definitely plan to continue a little bit down the line — Prisoner of Azkaban is both of our favorites, in fact, so we’re looking forward to it as soon as our schedules are cleared up a bit.)

Darkfall

October 4th, 2011

Darkfall by Janice HardyBy Janice Hardy [LibrarythingGoodReads]

In the final book in the Healing Wars trilogy, all Nya wants is to search for her missing sister — until she learns that her home city of Geveg has rebelled against the Duke. Now the Duke is bringing his whole army to Geveg to retake control, or destroy it entirely. Seeing no other choice, Nya takes off to warn her people, only to quickly become embroiled in the rebellion itself. But is she really a symbol of hope, or is she only a pawn? And can she manage to be a hero?

General spoilers for the series after the cut:

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 16-18

October 3rd, 2011

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets[By J.K. Rowling]

We now conclude our reread of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with chapters 16-18, in which the most powerful, most evil wizard in the world is defeated by a pre-teen. Again.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 11-15

September 26th, 2011

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets[By J.K. Rowling]

We continue our reread with chapters 11-15 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, wherein Harry encounters his first example of a patently evil book that he trusts implicitly over the advice of his loved ones and the adults entrusted with his protection. Harry’s not the best at learning from his mistakes, is what I’m getting at here.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 6-10

September 21st, 2011

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets[By J.K. Rowling]

Comment here on chapters 6-10 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, wherein Harry starts hearing a disturbing voice threatening to murder people, but doesn’t see any reason that might be important to report to an authority figure.