Friday, May 23, 2008

Prom Dates from Hell


Are you a fan of supernatural thrillers (with a dose of humor, that is) like Meg Cabot's "Mediator" series? How about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"? If your answer is yes to either question (and really even if it isn't), you should check out Rosemary Clement-Moore's new book.


Her main character, Maggie Quinn, is one of those relatable characters that is a bit of an outcast, smart but not overwhelmingly in love with school, and has a razor sharp wit (think Veronica Mars) that we all wish we possessed. However, she also has another facet of her personality. She hates to admit it, but she senses something wrong about the fire and brimstone scent that seems to everywhere. She doesn't want to have a special "gift" - but she does. And when her classmates start to have, ahem, "accidents", she suspects more than mortal foul play is at works.


Every character (from her slightly off kilter friend Lisa to the hottie college student who is willing to believe her) manages to be both believable and extraordinarily entertaining in their depiction. The supernatural showdowns lend a creepy air that gives actual suspense (not just laughs) to the book - and the dose of subtle, but highly involving, romance gives the book a fiery charisma. Pun intended. I actually was truly surprised by the revelations and conclusion. Which is awesome when, as a bibliophile, you start to think you can guess pretty easily. Not here.


I honestly hated putting the book down, and I am SO happy it is but just the first book in a series called, aptly, "Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil".


I'm sure I won't be the only one lining up to buy the sequel, "Hell Week" in the fall. Will you be there?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sucks to Be Me


Kimberly Pauley's first novel manages to have an irresistible mix of hilarity and originality, throwing all the vampire cliches out the window and providing readers (like me) a fresh, energizing novel. Instead of the shadowy, rogue sort of vampires we usually get in literature (which there is nothing wrong with of course - I love me some hot vampires), Sucks to Be Me introduces an unfamiliar type: accountants. Not to mention the fact that there are rules and regulations and a Ministry of Magic sort of government for the blood drinking species.

Pauley's fun, entertaining novel doesn't try to compete with other types of vampire books - her's is on a different level. And the level is full of laughs! Mina is a teenager with a great sarcastic wit (but never mean spirited) who finds out that her parents weren't exactly supposed to have let her in on their immortal secret (she's known since forever), and she's suddenly faced with a decision: would she like to join their blood drinking ways or forget she's ever known?

My favorite thing about the book is that it continually throws you curveballs. Pauley has a clear idea of vampirism and it isn't what we expect, which is what makes it so exciting and refreshing. It's an unique idea. Plus, it has three hot guys in it. Yep. That helps.

Mina and the cast of supporting players are all likeable and interesting. Her friendships are believable and happily angst free (on the most part, at least). The prose keeps you turning the pages swiftly (I finished in less than a day and a half) - and if I didn't know that Kimberly Pauley has a sequel planned, I would be sad indeed. I'll be buying the next one the minute it's out, especially with the way this one ended (and no, I won't tell you!)!!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Bewitching Season


Marissa Doyle's debut novel is an entertainng mixture of the social scene of the 1837 London season and Harry Potter esque magical mischief. Now, right there, you're already intrigued right? So was I.

The main character, Persephone, and her twin sister Penelope, both have a magical gift that must be kept under wraps since witches were burnt at the stake less than a century ago - but just because they can't make a huge fanfare out of it doesn't mean that they can't hone their skills for private use, right? Right. So they're longtime governess, Ally, does just that. Persephone is the more studious and shy, and is not in the least bit happy about her coming-out season. It means talking and dancing and (gulp!) boys. And when a childhood friend, whose quite the handsome gentleman now, returns to the fold, her nerves are even more frayed.

At first Persephone and Penelope's characters felt a little off for me. I didn't love Persy's awkwardness right away - but I fell into it later. All the characters became more fleshed out and likable with time and patience.

What really made this book a fast-paced read was the plot. Once some devious doings on behalf of the crown start to happen, the novel becomes a lot more than a book about a couple nice girls being introduced as the years most eligible wives. But I'll be the first to admit, that was fun too.

With all the romantic intrigue, spying, and flat out fun this book brings to the table, I definitely recommend it. In fact, after some patience I fell in love enough with these characters to want a sequel!

What say you, Ms. Doyle?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Airhead


Meg Cabot's new winner is just as awesome as her other books. From the beginning she sets the tone of, Em, the main character: nice, shy, tomboyish, and awkward. Loveable? Of course she is! There's her unrequited crush on her best friend Christopher, her younger sister Frieda who lives on a different planet than her personality-wise, and the fact that she is ridiculed by her classmates. Regular, relatable Emerson Watts. Then something happens.


The novel's great twist is reminscent of Meg's Mediator series (which I adore), though it's still completely different, makes the whole book turn on its head and start dancing the tango. Perfectly.



I can't give away what happens in this twist because it would be literally causing a huge chunk of the plot to not be as exciting to you and it was to me. All I can say is: Frakktastic!!!



Once again, Meg creates a likable character in an out-of-this-world experience that still manages to be fun, hilarious, and page-turningly suspenseful all at the same time. It seems there is never a clunker from her. That's why she is one of my favorite authors. She comes with a giant "Satisfaction Guaranteed" sticker.

Bibliophile Support Group: Mission

The mission of this support group is to provide a place of healing and understanding to those of us who are so woefully misunderstood in modern life: the booklovers. It is also a place that I intend to review books, good or bad, to my fellow booklovers.

And have some fun doing it.

So, welcome to Bibliphiles Anonymous. Let's start with honesty -

My name is MrsRonWeasley (okay, not THAT honest), and I am a bibliophile. The last time I read a book was 3 hours, 23 minutes ago (or so).