It may come as a surprise (although probably not), but your local librarian has been reading--books written for teens! I'm going to inflict upon you my impressions of the cashews I've encountered in the mixed-nut tin of young adult fiction. No brazil nuts. Maybe some peanuts. I'm unsure how the percentages truly compare, but I suspect the amount of peanuts (worthy of eating, but not super special) runs about the same in mixed nuts as in teen books. I'm a squirrel. I'll eat some peanuts, even if I like almonds better. Fortunately, I don't generally bury library books in the yard and forget them. And some people like peanuts better than any other type of nut, which is fine. But on to the reviews...
Aaaargh! I couldn’t believe it. As I approached the end of Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, I realized that we were headed for a sequel. Part of me rejoiced that the futuristic tale of a cyborg (and excellent mechanic) Cinderella would continue, while the other wanted to stamp her feet and howl, "But I want to know if she ends up with the prince and saves her android friend, NOW!" In a world where cyborgs are relatively common, but despised, 16-year-old Cinder is the property of her mean stepmother. She supports the family by being the best mechanic in New Beijing. One day, Prince Kai brings his old nanny android to be fixed. He's traveling in disguise, well, his hoodie is up, and although he jokes about it just being sentimentality on his part, Cinder can tell that this is very important to him. She hopes to begin work immediately, but one of her stepsisters falls ill with the deadly plague that is also killing Prince Kai's father, the Emperor. (Wouldn't you know it would be the nice sister who got sick, not the snotty one?) Cinder's stepmother, blaming her for her daughter's illness, sells/volunteers her for plague research. But the scientists discover something special about Cinder. And it's not just her mechanical bits. Meanwhile, Prince Kai's life is in danger from the Lunar Queen. No, the whole world is in danger from Queen Levana and her mental powers. Can Cinder save everyone, or at least Iko, her android friend? Read Cinder to find out. Then you can join me in impatiently anticipating Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles Quartet, coming in 2013.
I am soooo not a morning person. But I'd have to admit, I've seldom woken to a day worse than 14-year-old Alex's. His eyelashes flutter open not only to a room not his (...don't know those curtains...), but an unfamiliar body. Which he's inhabiting. It's name is Flip, short for Philip. Whose consciousness, or soul, or what-have-you, is nowhere to be found. Thereby throwing Alex in at the deep end of the pool, with no one believing he can't swim. He tries to tell the strangers at the breakfast table that he's not Flip, but that goes about as well as you might imagine. So he slogs through the motions of Flip's life. It's weird, being popular, having a girlfriend, and being expected to perform well at sports. Having a lot more, ahem, chest hair and stuff than his true self. What has happened to him? Why did his mother's co-worker chew him out when he tried to reach his mum at work? Where did six months go? Is he going to be trapped in a body not his own, forever?
More book reviews to come. Really. Reading takes precedence over laundry at my house. It's not like the cat's going to complain that he's out of clean socks.