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David Fickling Books – June 10, 2008

Stopmouth isn’t the most respected hunter in the village, but he is the fastest.  His speed makes him a valuable member of any hunting team because every hunting team must come back with flesh.  Lives depend on it.  The consequences of a failed hunt doesn’t just mean the possibility of starvation.  In Stopmouth’s world, if there isn’t enough flesh, members of the Tribe must volunteer to sustain their neighbors.  If there aren’t enough volunteers, the Tribe leaders choose people for this “honor”.  Stopmouth lives in a brutal world.

Life becomes very complicated for Stopmouth when a beautiful woman named Indrani comes into his life.  She was piloting one of the Globes that fly through the sky when she was attacked by a fellow pilot and forced to crash in the village.  Indrani speaks a different language and is feared by most people in the Tribe.  Only Stopmouth gets to know her and attempts to communicate with her.

After a great betrayal, Stopmouth is forced to run away and leave the home he’s always known, forfeiting his membership in the Tribe.  He takes Indrani with him and together, they face many dangers on their journey to safety.

Stopmouth learns a lot about his world and finds out things aren’t what they seem at all.  He is forced to make difficult decisions that affect him, Indrani, and his entire world.

THE INFERIOR is a fascinating story.  Stopmouth is a wonderful character and it is great to see him grow throughout the story.  He goes from an insecure, young boy to a respected and skilled leader. 

There could easily be a sequel to THE INFERIOR, but at the date of this post, there hasn’t been any word of one being planned.

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HarperTeen – March 24, 2009

Bianca is determined to make it through the year even though without Lucas it is going to be hard.  She has made it her mission to find out why Evernight is accepting human students so Lucas can tell his superiors and his mission will be complete.  Evernight is completely safe and she wants the Black Cross, a group of vampire hunters, to back off and drop their investigation.

Bianca’s vampire instincts are getting closer to the surface.  She needs more and more blood to stay satisfied and her parents say it is only a matter of time before she takes the final step and kills for the first time to become a true vampire.  The trouble is, Bianca doesn’t know if that is what she wants. 

Things aren’t as they seem in Bianca’s life.  Secrets are being kept from her at the same time she is keeping secrets from others.  In order to maintain any kind of relationship with Lucas, she must rely on Balthazar for help to get on and off campus.  On one of their outings, Bianca is approached by a troubled female vampire who is being hunted by the Black Cross.  It turns out she is Balthazar’s sister and once he learns she is out there, he is desperate to find her and bring her back to Evernight for safety.  Charity, Balthazar’s sister, isn’t cooperative though and causes trouble for everyone.

Add in some major ghostly hauntings and you have a sequel that rivals its predecessor.  STARGAZER is  just as engaging as EVERNIGHT.  My emotions went right along with Bianca’s.  You’ll feel her need for love and blood just as she does.  STARGAZER doesn’t disappoint and it looks like it is only going to get better in the books that follow.

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Stargazer
(Evernight Novels
(Hardback))

Grace Cahill changed her will moments before she died.  For Amy and Dan, the loss of Grace, their grandmother, is a terribly sad event.  They will miss their weekends spending time at the family mansion hearing stories of Grace’s past adventures and exploring the many rooms.

After the funeral, certain family members are invited to the reading of the will.  Amy and Dan are included.  Everyone is anxious to find out what their inheritance will be.  No one expects what happens.  Everyone is given a choice – take one million dollars or give it up for a clue.  A clue that will lead to a deep family secret.  The one who follows all 39 clues and uncovers the secret will become the most powerful Cahill in the world.

Amy and Dan are 1 of 7 teams competing for the clues.  The other teams may be made up of family members, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous.  Everyone wants Amy and Dan out of the way.  They think they have inside information since they were Grace’s favorites.  The problem is, Amy and Dan know even less than everyone else.  They were never told how much influence the Cahill family has had in the world throughout the years.  Because of their lack of knowledge and kind natures, Amy and Dan’s lives are put in danger several times as they fly to Paris and search for Clue #2.

39 CLUES: THE MAZE OF BONES is a fast-paced, adventure-filled, mystery.  Each book comes with a set of clue cards.  You are encouraged to visit the website, create an account, and begin solving the puzzle.  You can win over $100,000 in prizes.  The second book in the series is called ONE FALSE NOTE and is written by Gordon Korman and will be released December 2, 2008.  Book Three is THE SWORD THIEF by Peter Lerangis and will be available on March 3, 2009.  Seven more books are planned and the series will be completed in 2010.  OH – and if this the clue cards and interactive website aren’t enough, the books have already been optioned for a movie.  Word has it, Steven Spielberg is going to direct.  WOW! 

Grace Cahill changed her will moments before she died.  For Amy and Dan, the loss of Grace, their grandmother, is a terribly sad event.  They will miss their weekends spending time at the family mansion hearing stories of Grace’s past adventures and exploring the many rooms.

After the funeral, certain family members are invited to the reading of the will.  Amy and Dan are included.  Everyone is anxious to find out what their inheritance will be.  No one expects what happens.  Everyone is given a choice – take one million dollars or give it up for a clue.  A clue that will lead to a deep family secret.  The one who follows all 39 clues and uncovers the secret will become the most powerful Cahill in the world.

Amy and Dan are 1 of 7 teams competing for the clues.  The other teams may be made up of family members, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous.  Everyone wants Amy and Dan out of the way.  They think they have inside information since they were Grace’s favorites.  The problem is, Amy and Dan know even less than everyone else.  They were never told how much influence the Cahill family has had in the world throughout the years.  Because of their lack of knowledge and kind natures, Amy and Dan’s lives are put in danger several times as they fly to Paris and search for Clue #2.

39 CLUES: THE MAZE OF BONES is a fast-paced, adventure-filled, mystery.  Each book comes with a set of clue cards.  You are encouraged to visit the website, create an account, and begin solving the puzzle.  You can win over $100,000 in prizes.  The second book in the series is called ONE FALSE NOTE and is written by Gordon Korman and will be released December 2, 2008.  Book Three is THE SWORD THIEF by Peter Lerangis and will be available on March 3, 2009.  Seven more books are planned and the series will be completed in 2010.  OH – and if this the clue cards and interactive website aren’t enough, the books have already been optioned for a movie.  Word has it, Steven Spielberg is going to direct.  WOW! 

Milton and Marlo Fauster run into some trouble at the mall ond day and end up in Heck.  Heck is the place where the bad kids go.  Milton can totally understand how Marlo, his kleptomaniac sister ended up there, but he is a good kid.  He is sure a mistake has been made.\

As soon as they arrive, they are greeted by Bea “Elsa” Bubb, the Principal of Darkness of the Underworld’s reform school.  Immediately Milton and Marlo decide they have to escape and begin to formulate a plan.  By using a piece of liver in the cafeteria as a secret hiding place, Milton and Marlo begin to exchange notes until the time comes to make a run for it.

HECK is an enjoyable read that is packed with both, silly humor and creepy imagery.  The author leaves it open for a sequel.  Dale E. Basye has a great website devoted to this book that contains information about Heck itself as well as desktop wallpaper and other free goodies.  Click here to check it out.

For the first time ever, three powerful mediums are going to join hands on a live morning TV show in order to conduct the largest ever seance.  The minute they join hands, people in the live studio audience begin to hear voices and feel the bone chilling cold that is so often associated with the spirit world.  Panic breaks out and rightly so….the spirits have been given the opportunity to come through an open door into the world of the living and they aren’t wasting any time.

Spirits are returning to their dead and decomposing bodies and raising up from their graves.  Zombies begin to brutally attack anyone unfortunate enough to get in their path.  A group of strangers are thrown together and forced to find a way to survive – even if what they have to do is very unpleasant.

Christopher Golden has delivered a genuine horror novel.  Blood and gore flow free throughout the chapters.  However, as weird as this may sound, the violence portrayed in SOULLESS is done tastefully and not disgusting at all.  SOULLESS is a thrill ride – a thrill ride with flesh eating zombies every step of the way.

SOULLESS will be available in stores October 2008.  Check out more on the website.

For the first time ever, three powerful mediums are going to join hands on a live morning TV show in order to conduct the largest ever seance.  The minute they join hands, people in the live studio audience begin to hear voices and feel the bone chilling cold that is so often associated with the spirit world.  Panic breaks out and rightly so….the spirits have been given the opportunity to come through an open door into the world of the living and they aren’t wasting any time.

Spirits are returning to their dead and decomposing bodies and raising up from their graves.  Zombies begin to brutally attack anyone unfortunate enough to get in their path.  A group of strangers are thrown together and forced to find a way to survive – even if what they have to do is very unpleasant.

Christopher Golden has delivered a genuine horror novel.  Blood and gore flow free throughout the chapters.  However, as weird as this may sound, the violence portrayed in SOULLESS is done tastefully and not disgusting at all.  SOULLESS is a thrill ride – a thrill ride with flesh eating zombies every step of the way.

SOULLESS will be available in stores October 2008.  Check out more on the website.