Thursday, July 9, 2009

Books, Books, and more Books!

I'm not going to hide it. I read Teen Romance novels. Most times I find them as adorable fluff that makes me laugh. But what I don't like is the current Vampire craze that seems to be hitting everywhere. Now I love Twilight, as much as the next person, but seriously people! There are other books. Other fantasy books BESIDES Twilight and even Harry Potter.

For example, my personal favorite author, even above the beloved JK Rowling, is Meg Cabot. Now she is most well known for her Princess Diaries series, but what most don't know is that she has written some amazing fantasy books. And not one of them has vampires or wizards in them (though admittedly one does have a witch, but still.) And what I really respect about her, is that she has read all of the aforementioned books, and still refuses to write books about vampires, werewolves and wizards. There are other genres in the fantasy category.

My Personal suggestion for anyone looking to explore the fantabulous Meg Cabot, is to start with the Mediator series. The first book is called "Shadowland". They are by far my favorite teen lit series of the year.

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"The inaugural installment of The Mediator series introduces high school sophomore Suze, who, in her words, has "this unfortunate ability to communicate with the dead." As a "mediator," the girl helps ghosts put unresolved issues to rest so they can move on to the next world. When her mother remarries, Suze moves from New York City to California, where she and her three stepbrothers attend a Catholic academy headed by a priest. Conveniently, the priest is also a mediator (the first of her kind that Suze has ever met). During the course of this rather repetitious and intermittently sluggish caper, Suze encounters two ghosts: a handsome young man from the 19th century who haunts her bedroom and a girl who was a student at the academy until she killed herself when Bryce, her boyfriend, broke up with her. As Suze attempts to protect Bryce from the angry apparition's wrath, the ghostly girl grows determined to get revenge on both her former beau and Suze. Suze finally resorts to an exorcism to get rid of her. As a narrator this teen is a bit too tough-talking and cocky to be credible. Still, the intriguing premise of a 16-year-old with a sixth sense may stand more than a ghost of a chance at snaring teen readers."

If ghosts aren't your thing, but you're into mysteries? Try The Heather Wells Mysteries starting with "Size 12 is Not Fat", followed by "Size 14 is not fat either", and the latest one "Big Boned". They are good, fun reads that keep you guessing the whole way through.

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Bag the tiara and get out the gun: Heather Wells, former teen idol, turns detective in the cute debut of a new mystery series from bestseller Cabot. After the 20-something Heather's rocker boyfriend dumps her, and her mother and manager flee with her earnings, she becomes an assistant director of an undergraduate residence hall at Manhattan's New York College in hopes of free tuition. When students start to die mysteriously while "elevator surfing" in the building, weight-conscious, romance-obsessed Heather goes on a crazed hunt to uncover the truth—with an unwavering sense of style. As Magda, Heather's dorm cashier friend, says: "Even if the rest of your life is going down the toilet... at least your toes can still look pretty." Cabot delivers Heather's amateur sleuthing adventures in a rapid-fire narrative that may leave some readers begging for time-outs to control sudden laughing fits.

okay now that I have severely plugged Meg Cabot's books. I think I shall be done with it. If there are any questions (assuming someone actually reads this) let me know. I've read the books lots, and can tell you most anything about them.

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