Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Some Great YA

I recently read "Abandon" by Meg Cabot, and I have to admit, I was impressed. This story re-imagines the myth of Persephone, and is the first in a trilogy. If you like modern fantasy, this is a nice summer read.

If you're looking for a great male voiced narrative, look no further than "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie" by Jordan Sonnenblick. This book is humorous while dealing with a really tough storyline: the narrator's younger brother is diagnosed with Leukemia. The story has enough highs to balance the lows, and it really did make me laugh and cry.

"Keeping the Night Watch" by Hope Anita Smith is a beautiful story told in verse. I wouldn't call this a novel in verse, but the poems are cohesive and elegant. This powerful book circles around a family after the absent father has reappeared: his oldest son, the narrator, isn't sure having Dad home is such a good thing. You can read this in one sitting, and it's well worth it.

I just started the next book by Rick Riordan, so I'll try to get a review up soon...if I can find any time to read this week! Things are a bit hectic with the school year slowly dragging to a close. June 30th will be here before I know it, and then...more time to read!

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