Posted in Science Fiction, YA Fiction, tagged 978-0373210121, Aden Stone, foster care, foster care system, Gena Showalter, Intertwined, spirits, vampires, walking dead, werewolves on February 22, 2014|
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Intertwined by Gena Showalter ISBN 978-0373210121
Aden Stone has always had many problems: when he walks too close to a cemetery the dead wake up, he hears voices in his head and he has no family.
Aden has been shuffled from foster homes to juvie his whole life and he is trying desperately to stay out of trouble and pretend to be normal.
Aden has just been shuffled to one more home and his good behavior has been rewarded and he can go to public high school. He is finally achieving his goals.
At school he meets someone he thought was impossible — a person who quiets the voices in his head. He is enthralled and wants to spend as much time with her as he can because he is finally calm. With much hesitation he reveals to her what is happening and so she begins to wonder about her own life and the death of her mother when she was a young girl.
This is a great paranormal story: vampires, werewolves, and speakers of spirits … a great combination and a story I will continue reading.
From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up—Aden Stone is not your typical 16-year-old. Since birth he has had four souls trapped within him that possess special powers: the ability to time travel, raise the dead, possess a body, and predict the future. As a result, he has spent his whole life in and out of mental institutions diagnosed as a violent schizophrenic. Now able to control the voices in his head, Aden has moved to Crossroads, OK, to live in a halfway house for delinquent boys. His goal in life is to find a means to free these souls and at last be at peace. When he meets Mary Ann Gray, she miraculously acts as a neutralizer, and for the first time in his life, he truly feels normal. The two become fast friends, establishing a sibling-type bond. Little do they realize that when they first met, their connection sent a power surge throughout the world drawing every paranormal creature from fairies to vampires to Crossroads on a quest for power. To complicate matters, Aden becomes romantically involved with a vampire princess and Mary Ann with her werewolf bodyguard. Together the teens must figure out a way to protect themselves, and all of humanity. This fast-paced, action-driven plot has many unexpected twists and turns. Well written, with a unique story line and strong characters, Intertwined is fresh and original at a time when there is an overload of paranormal romances on the market.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Posted in books on CD, Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA Fiction, tagged adventure, assassin, Azoth, book on CD, Brent Weeks, dangerous politics, death, Durzo Blint, Fantasy, Kylar Stern, Magic, murder, talent, YA Fiction on December 2, 2009|
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The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1) by Brent Weeks ISBN 978-0316033671 (read by Paul Boehmer)
It has been a long time that I read (or heard) a book which when it finished it had such a cliff hanger ending that all I could think of was the next book. This is one of those books and I highly recommend it. It falls in the realm of fantasy with magic (or talent) quite prevalent throughout, but it is not so strong that I think it would turn off any reader that does not typically like fantasy.
The hero, Azoth (a.k.a. Kylar) starts as a street rat who is frightened of the bigger boys in his guild. He has friends that he tries to help and when one of his friends is threatened he has to discover what he has within himself. He apprentices with the most renowned assassin of the city and has very hard decisions to make throughout the whole story.
The story is very well written — the decisions that Azoth has to face are natural and thought out, despite some of the harsh situations there are moments of humor and adventure that help move along the possibly more angst ridden scenes.
This book could either be in the Youth Fiction section or in the general Fiction section. I believe it holds the interest of both — and I will eagerly check out the next book on CD.
It is read amazingly well by Paul Boehmer.
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like being an apprentice to Durzo Blint.
But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death.
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Posted in Science Fiction, tagged alien, host, Melanie Stryder, parasite, rebel, rebellion, Souls, Stephanie Meyer, utopia, Wanderer on September 21, 2009|
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“The Host” by Stephanie Meyer ISBN 978-0-316-068048
When I first bought this book for the library one of the first patrons to read it returned it saying, “Well, this was really science fiction and I don’t like science fiction”. So it stayed and circulated a fair number of times but there was never a reserve list or people waiting eagerly for it to return. I finally got to check it out — (I like science fiction usually) and even more miraculously it somehow got to the top of the pile of “Books to Read” at home.
At first, I thought it was a little hard to get into … too many memories and people to be introduced. However, after that first bit I was thankful that I stuck it out because I did enjoy the story. It is part romance, part utopian occupation, and part adventure. The Souls, an alien society that live within life forms of the planets they occupy, are a peaceful race that enter through a small incision made in the back of the host body. The Souls have found the cure for disease, poverty, and war: yet they lack the passion for creative art and diverse culture.
Rebels fight against the take-over of the Souls and through the memories of the host Melaney (a specifcally resistant host) Wanderer, who has lived in 9 different worlds finds her way to the heart of a rebel stronghold. At first she is threatened and treated poorly, but over time the rebels learn that she is not going to betray them and she truly wants to help them.
Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008
: Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series
, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion. A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won’t surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie’s memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body’s longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangle involving just two bodies, it’s unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing. Readers intrigued by this familiar-yet-alien world will gleefully note that the story’s end leaves the door open for a sequel–or another series. –Mari Malcolm
From Publishers Weekly
In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a soul called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie’s brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda’s whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie. 10-city author tour. (May)
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