Thursday, July 28, 2005

How to Deal (Someone Like You & That Summer) by Sarah Dessen

Someone Like You

When Halley's best friend Scarlett calls her at camp because her boyfriend just died in a car accident, she knows that everything is changing. From her relationship with her therapist mother to her relationships with boys and even with Scarlett, Halley realizes that things are not always as they seem. Great story of a teenagers trying to become adults.

Highly Recommended

That Summer

Haven is 15 and this summer both her dad and her older sister are getting married. Her dad to the young weather lady he left her mom for and her sister to an uptight guy whose appeal Haven just doesn't understand. When her favorite of her sister's exes comes back to town, Haven desperately tries to recapture the past magic but finds out that sometimes things are not that simple.

Highly Recommended

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

It is Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts and Voldemort is on the loose. There is quite a bit of snogging and sulking among the sixth years as they try to deal with their hormones, classes, and being on the look-out for Death Eaters. It's a year they will never forget.

I must say that I liked how she got right into the story this time with out any recapping of Harry's upbringing. I also thought that the writing was better this time around.

Highly Recommended

Friday, July 15, 2005

College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer

For those who want something more sophisticated than Harry Potter, check out this book. Faris Nallaneen has been sent to Greenlaw College by her uncle to keep her out of trouble until she takes over as duchess of Galazon when she comes of age. Even though she is skeptical about the supposed magic that is taught at Greenlaw, she and her friend Jane get caught up in a web of political intrigue and magic that almost costs them their lives.

Highly Recommended