March 2007


EclipseeclipseAvailable August 7, 2007

“BELLA?”Edward’s soft voice came from behind me. I turned to see him spring lightly up the porch steps, his hair windblown from running. He pulled me into his arms at once, just like he had in the parking lot, and kissed me again.This kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge to the way his lips crushed mine—like he was afraid we had only so much time left to us.

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As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

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EXTRAS by SCOTT WESTERFELD Due from SIMON & SCHUSTER in October 2007  
Wednesday, 10 January 2007
    I get a lot of fan mail that asks, “Will we ever see Tally again . . . ?” Well, the answer is now official: yes.    Yes. Yes. Yes!The book I’m writing at this very moment is called Extras. It’s set in the same future world as the Uglies trilogy. It’s Uglies Book 4, so to speak. But trilogies only have three books, the pedants among you declare!

    Okay, fine. Extras really isn’t the fourth book in the Uglies trilogy. And the Uglies trilogy isn’t actually a tetralogy—or quartet, if you prefer real words in English. No, the Uglies trilogy is totally a trilogy.

    Uglies, Pretties, and Specials are one story, the coming of age of Tally Youngblood. Or, as I half-jokingly refer to it, “The Making of an Eco-Terrorist!” And that story is done.

    So what’s Extras? Is it just . . . extra?

    Well, no. It’s not just extra, it’s more.

Warning: Mild spoilers begin here, and they’re non-mild if you haven’t read Specials yet.

    Extras is set a couple of years after the “mind-rain,” a few earth-shattering months in which the whole world woke up. The cure has spread from city to city, and the pretty regime that kept humanity in a state of bubbleheadedness has ended. Boundless human creativity, new technologies, and old dangers* have been unleashed upon the world. Culture is splintering, the cities becoming radically different from each other as each makes its own way into this strange and unpredictable future . . .

    It’s Diego times a planet, and it’s a pretty interesting time to be fifteen.

    That’s how old my protagonist is. That’s right, Tally Youngblood is not the viewpoint character of Extras! Deal with it. Sometimes one needs new fish to fry. But will Tally be making a guest appearance? Well, it’s not like she retired at the end of Specials. But maybe I should let her answer:

    Be careful with the world, or the next time we meet, it might get ugly.
   

    Heh, heh.

Spoilers end here.

    Extras comes out October 2007 from Simon & Schuster.

    More later.

*See “Rusties, end of.”

Source: Scott Westerfeld 

This is Aya, the 15 year old main character of Extras.  The same artist who did the other covers is doing this one so I’m sure it will look a lot like this with the text written over it.  Check out http://www.scottwesterfeld.com/blog/ for more information.

Here is a close up of her eye.  This is an eye screen which allows for constant access to the city interface.

I get chills just thinking about what is going to happen at the end.  It has been confirmed that someone dies BUT….WHO???? UGH!!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1
Current mood: content

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1

I just read it today.  This comic book is written by Joss Whedon and picks up a little bit after the destruction of Sunnydale.  Buffy, along with a gaggle of slayerettes, are battling demons like before.  Some are in Italy, others are scattered in other places, and Buffy, along with her team, is in Scotland.  Joss even makes a connection to the episode on Angel when Spike and Angel went to Italy to find Buffy when they needed some help with something and they saw Andrew.  Andrew told them that she was out with The Immortal, the guy vampire she was dating.  Angel and Spike went to find her and saw her dancing and having a great time.  WELL — apparently that was a decoy.  They have 2 decoys around in order to keep Buffy safe just in case she is a target for assassination.

Xander is now the Watcher and keeps an eye (HA HA, get it, since he only has one eye) on things from a control room.  They still have some contact with Giles apparently because they send some info to him for analysis.  Dawn is also around, however there is a problem.  She is now a GIANT!  She did some kind of magic or something and it must have went wrong.  Everyone is trying to find Willow in order to help.

There is some military group snooping around the caved in Sunnydale.  They want Buffy dead and hope to have found someone still alive at the bottom of the crater that can help them. 

Comic books are just too short for me, but it was nice being involved with the Buffy Universe all over again.  #2 should be coming out in a week or so.  I don’t know how many will be in the series, but you can check out the Darkhorse comics website to find out probably.

If you are a Buffy fan you’ll definately want to pick up this comic book.

This is my first post on WordPress.  Check back periodically for reviews of some great Young Adult literature.  So without any further adieu…

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Quincie Morris leads a stressful life; playing the part of a responsible adult since the death of her parents has left her the owner of the family restaurant. Fat Lorenzo’s was a successful family business until a large Italian restaurant chain moved in down the street. The small business couldn’t compete, so in order to keep the doors open, her Uncle Davidson, now her guardian and manager of the restaurant, decided to change Fat Lorenzo’s into a vampire-themed Italian restaurant called Sanguini’s. The chef would be the center of the act, leading a midnight toast every night. Quincie’s close friend,
Vaggio, has been with the restaurant for years as its chef and is looking forward to the new challenge.
Quincie works late many nights a week. She is either working with Vaggio, taste-testing for the new menu, or organizing some of the many tasks left to do before opening night. One night while she is in the office reviewing her “To Do List,” she hears a noise from the kitchen. Thinking Vaggio simply dropped something, she continues to work. She is also waiting for Kieren, a half-werewolf that has been the love of her life and best friend for years. She is startled when she hears Kieren’s frantic cry calling her name from the kitchen. Immediately going to meet him, she is horrified by the site of Vaggio dead on the kitchen floor, bloodied and mangled as if torn apart by wolves. Kieren is bloodied from attempting to help and is desperate with worry about Quincie. He quickly pulls her from the restaurant and goes down the street to call the police. Once the police arrive, they return to the scene of the crime to answer questions.Quincie feels her world closing in on her. She has lost her parents and a dear friend within a short period of time. Her Uncle Davidson has been preoccupied with Ruby, his wannabe vampire girlfriend, so much so that he isn’t ever home and rarely spends time with Quincie anymore. Now, she learns that Kieren is planning to leave. He is going to join a werewolf pack for support while he learns the ways of his culture. Once he joins, he will never be able to come back. The thought of never seeing, touching, or talking to Kieren again leaves her shaken.Quincie is in a vulnerable state when the new chef for Sanguini’s shows up unexpectedly. Uncle Davidson hired him without even consulting her, which irritates her since she is usually considered a partner when it comes to major decisions. Henry Johnson is the new chef and as he and Quincie work together to make him more vampire-like, they grow closer. The first thing they change is his name, and Henry Johnson becomes Bradley Sanguini. Bradley cooks for her daily, constantly trying new recipes for the possible menu. He also introduces her to wine. Never one for drinking, she quickly develops a taste for it, seeming to always have a glass of wine in her hand while she is working. She is surprised that her uncle doesn’t say anything about her drinking. She is even more shocked when Uncle Davidson allows her to drink wine at home. Quincie’s life seems to flash before her eyes. Her mind is occupied with thoughts of the restaurant so much that her grades at school begin to fall. She loses interest in any activity that isn’t surrounding Sanguini’s. She begins to spend less time with Kieren, both because she is afraid of her feelings when he is gone for good and because Bradley and Uncle Davidson plant the seed of suspicion in her mind that Kieren might have lost control of his change and killed Vaggio himself. All of these thoughts distract her to the point that she is lured into a dangerous situation where there is no way out. Her life will be forever changed.TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith is a stimulating paranormal mystery mixed with romance. The relationship between Quincie and Kieren is touching and so deep that the reader feels Quincie’s pain at the thought of losing Kieren, while at the same time understanding Kieren’s reasons for keeping Quincie at arms length and never following through on the emotions he feels for her. There are a few loose ends at the end of the book that leave the reader begging for more, which will most likely lead to a sequel.