Monday, August 25, 2008

Passing the time...

Nope, still no Breaking Dawn copies from Baker & Taylor. GRRRR!! Just the ones the publisher so kindly sent me. I've been assured they will be in this week. So I'm still holding off on my ranting and raving about Stephenie's final Twilight book.

In the meantime, I've been passing the time by reading a few other books....

Princess Ben
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
I actually read this one a while back, but for some reason I forgot to write up a review. It's by the same author who wrote Dairy Queen and its sequel, The Off Season. What I love about Murdock's books are that main character is always a strong, independent female. And she's not perfect! After her mother & uncle (the king) are murdered and her father is missing, it's up to ordinary Ben to transform into Princess Benevolence in order to save her kingdom. Stuck under the controlling grasp of her aunt, Ben discovers that there is more in her blood than royalty. With the help of a little magic, Princess Ben becomes the leader her people need. Though she will never be thin or graceful, she is strong and saves herself. This book provides a great new twist on several fairy tales, while providing a strong female figure to carry the story.

Stop in the Name of Pants!
by Louise Rennison
In this continuation of the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Georgia may be the girlfriend of an Italian Luuurve God, but her red-bottomosity is back in full force. With Wet Lindsay hanging all over Robbie and watching Georgia's every move, she feels compelled to save him. And then there's Dave the Laugh and an accidental 5 on the snogging scale. What is he up to? I could not stop laughing throughout the entire book. And once again, I found myself saying ridiculous things like "erlack a po-gos" and whatnot. It's infectious. But Rennison has once again left us hanging...will Georgia ever decide on just one cake from the rack of love or is she doomed to continue her red-bottomosity?

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox
by Eoin Colfer
Okay, so this isn't a teen book. But if you love Harry Potter (again not a teen series) or fantasy, you will love this latest installment in the Artemis Fowl series. Everything all comes together. With time turned upside down and inside out, Artemis must face his worst enemy yet--himself at age 10. This book is exciting and fast-paced with lots of adventure. It helps to have read the other books in the series (there's lots of things that fall into place after all these years!), but it can stand on its own as well. It's a nice escape, especially for those starting back to school ;-)

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