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Beautiful Creatures

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2013 at 1:48 am

Book Summary:  The first book from the Caster series is amazing!  It begins with the narrator Ethan Wate a high school student that is involved with every activity there is to be in a small rural community.  This small community knows everything about each other from the town shut in Macon Ravenwood to the mayor of the small town called, Gatlin.  Ethan has a recurring dream about a girl falling down needing his help but all he remembers is the smell of lemon and rosemary.  Ethan notices that there is a new girl in town going to his school, which is surprising since a new student hasn’t arrived since he was in the 3rd grade.  When Ethan passes her down that hall he notices that she smells like lemon and rosemary.  Her name is Lena Duchanness who is unknown among the community but is rumored to be the niece of the town shut in, Macon Ravenwood.  Ethan starts hanging around with Lena and is told by her that she is a Caster.  A Caster is a somewhat of a witch and can either be claimed by Light or Darkness by her 16th birthday.  However, through the action, romance, and history of their relationship can Lena survive and stil be with Ethan till the end?  The first book of the Caster series will have your eyes set stone on the book with the mystery surrounding Ethan and Lena. 

Garcia, K., Stohl, M.  Beautiful Creatures.

Impressions:  I loved this book from the first chapter!  I was surprised that the narrator was from a guy’s point of view.  It has that Twilight feeling but from a guy’s point of view but this book is way out of the range from Twilight!  I can’t wait for the movie and I am hoping it will come close to it as the book.  I am also in love with this book because it reference librarians and their duty with preserving all kinds of information and research on different genealogies.

Library Use:  Since it is the first Caster series it will be great to have a book talk and hopefully a movie day reference with other movies that have series such as Twilight.  There can also be an activity that can have students talk about paranormal romance that is suddenly becoming a phenomena with teenagers.

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Ghostopolis

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Book Summary:  Garth Hale is a young boy that has a sense of humor to make life more interesting.  Garth  has an uncurable disease and his mother has taken him to numerous doctor’s to get a second opinion.  They live a simple life and try to enjoy each other’s company until one day a ghost hunter wrangler named Frank Gallows accidently sends Hale to the underworld.  Gallows is a washed up wrangler who tries to make a name for himself but does not care enough about himself to believe he can do anything.  Frank was trying to catch a nightmare when he sends Hale to the living of the dead.  He tries to make up his actions by retrieving Hale to his lonely mother.  He sets out to find a machine to take him there when he asks for help from his ex-fiance.  Together they go back to Ghostopolis the place of the living dead.  Hale meets his grandfather and fights of an evil lord named Vaugner.  The battle to get back home is underway in this book written by TenNapel.

TenNapel, D.  (2010),  Ghostopolis.  New York, NY.  Scholastic.

Impressions:  I have become interested in reading graphic novels to see if they appeal to my liking.  This book is a fast read and is an interesting read.  There are some talk about it becoming a movie starring Hugh Jackman.  The humor, action, and romance is an attention grabber for the reader.  It is a fun read that teach the reader a lesson about themselves.  This supernatural graphic novel is exciting.  It is filled with different illustrations that TeNapel enhances that engages the reader.

Library Use:  This book can be used as a marketing because of some upcoming news events have posted that this maybe book is in development of production.  It can be used in a library bulletin board along with other books that are movies are upcoming movies.  It can be read or suggested as popular graphic novels.

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