Friday, August 22, 2014
Darkness Creeping: Tales to Trouble Your Sleep
By: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA Scary Short Stories
3 0ut of 5
I have been a fan of Shusterman's since reading Unwind. I guess I just can't a story to scary me, however these stories were better and scarier than Schwartz. He definitely completed each story and I felt the writing was better. I enjoyed the illustrations more as well. This book is not published in audio, however I think it would be a great choice, especially with a narrator that can create a creepy scary voice. This would be a good read for older junior high and high school teens. There is also a sequel titled Darkness Creeping II: More Tales to Trouble Your Sleep. Check them out if you dare.
Scary Stories: The Complete 3-Book Audio Collection
By: Alvin Schwartz
Genre: Juvenile Short Stories
Audiobook: 3 discs ( 3 hours 3o mins)
2 0ut of 5
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection CD
By: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Juvenile Fantasy/Short Stories
Audiobook: 1 disc (50 mins)
4 out of 5
This collection of short stories will have listeners of every age smiling and laughing. I believe not every author is the best narrator for their audiobooks, however Gaiman pulls this off fantastically. (Another one of my favorite author/narrator is Richard Paul Evans). Gaiman states that he writes some stories that he intends to only be published in audio form and includes some of them in this collection. Usually with short story collections there is one or two (or more) that I don’t care for, this was not the case for this collection. Fans of Gaiman and/or Shel Silverstein will love these stories. I must say though that my favorite part was the interview of Gaiman at the end of disc which was conducted by his daughter. Absolutely adorable.
By: Kent Haruf
Genre: Adult fiction
5 out of 5
Haruf continues to write beautifully about simple life with simple people in a simple town. He has such a way with words that you feel as though they live in the same town and the characters are your neighbors. Some of the stories are a continuation from Plainsong; others are new neighbors you will meet. Either way you will become friends or enemies, whichever you choose Haruf will provoke your emotions. My only criticism is that I wish Haruf included the chapter headings that he did in Plainsong, so you knew which character’s point-of-view that specific chapter was told. Overall, he once again did not leave me disappointed and I will be reading Benediction very soon.
Monday, August 18, 2014
If I Stay
By: Gayle Forman
Genre: YA fiction
Audiobook: 4 discs (4 hours 48 mins)
4 out of 5
This story is told by the perspective of 17-year-old Mia who, along with her family, is in a tragic car accident. While in the hospital, she has out of body experiences and realizes the decision "to stay" is hers, and hers alone. Since I believe that a person may experience a transitional stage while they fight for life or death, this story was more believable and realistic than even some stories claiming to be nonfiction, such as Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. Of course, this is my own personal opinion. I enjoyed the audio so much I am listening to the sequel, Where She Went, next. It is told by the perspective of Mia's boyfriend, Adam. The movie, If I Stay, is released in theatres this Thursday and I look forward to seeing it. I recommend this book to all fans of YA realistic (or tragic) fiction.
Friday, August 15, 2014
By: Doug TenNapel
Genre: YA graphic novel
3 out of 5
This is a hard review to write because while it was well-written and illustrated, Ghostopolis is not the type of graphic novel I enjoy. With the ghosts, violence, super heroes and paranormal themes, I would much rather read an in-depth novel. There are too many unanswered questions. Plus, the subject matter is definitely geared more towards teen boys. I did find this story more entertaining than other similar graphic novels I have read. For a change, the illustrations were bright and colorful. The plot reminded me of the movie Beetle Juice and the book The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Since I was so indecisive on this book, I have asked a teen boy to read it and let me know his thoughts.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
By: Marjane Satrapi
Genre: YA graphic novel
4.5 out of 5
Reading this graphic novel, reconfirmed that my favorite graphic novels are biographic or historical in nature. I think this is because they are usually simply written without overwhelming you with facts. Since I didn’t enjoy history when I was younger and still can’t get into long-winded nonfiction books; well-written and illustrated graphic novels are an enjoyable way to reeducate (or learn something completely new) myself. This is definitely a great example.
Persepolis is about a young girl growing up in during the
Islamic Revolution. It is not only educational, it is surprisingly funny,
entertaining, and a true eye-opener. I highly recommend it to everyone. Iran