Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday
If you’re like me, then you can’t get enough of X-Men. Instead of going back and watching all the movies again, I suggest picking up Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Yes, Joss Whedon is the guy that brought you The Avengers movie earlier this year, and is most famous for his TV show Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.
The story of the first volume, Gifted, is this: Professor X is on sabbatical and Jean Grey is dead. Cyclops and Emma Frost are acting as heads of Xavier’s School. Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, and Beast are joining the faculty and make up the new X-Men team. Most of the story in Gifted is told through Kitty Pryde’s point of view. News breaks of a possible cure for the mutant strain, while at the same time the X-Men encounter a new enemy–Ord. But, the new cure and new enemy may be one in the same…
Before reading Gifted, I had not known much about Kitty Pryde (only that she was from Deerfield, IL!). As soon as I got into the story, though, she definitely became my new favorite X-Men character! The way that Whedon and Cassaday portrayed her made her a really relatable character. I also really got into the storyline that developed with her and Colossus (Peter Rasputin) . Also, there’s Lockheed, Kitty Pryde’s pet X-Dragon, and for that alone you’ll want to pick this book up!
The story had me hooked from the beginning but Cassaday’s artwork in this comic is also really well done. It conveys the emotion of the action. A lot of strips are done in single colored tones that fits the mood of what’s happening on the page. One of the best examples of this is where Kitty sees Colossus (Peter Rasputin) for the first time after she believes him dead. All the strips are done in all red tones and are interlaced with black and white memories. It is really visually appealing. Check it out:
In exactly one year from today, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be hitting the big screen.
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The Mortal Instruments
5. City of Lost Souls
The Infernal Devices
Fated by Alyson Noël
Fated is the first book in Noël’s new Soul Seekers series. If you are a fan of Alyson Noël’s Immortals series, then you should definitely pick up her new book Fated. It is similar to the Immortals series because it has some supernatural elements to it, it has a mystery, and it has a really interesting main character with a unique ability. If you like supernatural books, then this is definitely a good one to pick up, because this novel has a heavy basis in Native American mythology. Daire, like Ever, has supernatural powers that allow her to be in the living world and also in the world of the dead–Daire is a soul seeker. Her powers as a soul seeker give her visions and the ability to help souls in the living world and the after world. She also has a spirit animal that guides her in her quests and gives her soul the ability to travel to the different worlds and in different forms.
Daire first experiences her abilities as a soul seeker through devastating visions that have her sent to a mental institution. However, her grandmother reaches out to her and moves her to a small town in New Mexico so she can teach Daire to hone her new powers. Daire comes from a long line of soul seekers on her father’s side. However, in this small town called Enchantment, there exists another family of soul seekers. This other family has set out to use their powers for evil. In this family exists a set of twins, one that Daire knows to be evil and one that she feels an instant connection to. As her powers as a soul seeker grow stronger, Daire must stop one brother from carrying out an evil act and figure out her connection to the other brother–a connection that she cannot even begin to understand.
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by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Hi, I’m Paige, and I just recently read the book Beautiful Creatures written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This book is about a boy named Ethan Wate. In the start of the book, he has a dream about a girl he has no clue who she is. This is strange seeing someone in a dream he doesn’t know because he lives in a small town in South Carolina. Eventually, a new girl moves to the town, Lena Duchannes. She happens to be the niece of the town creep and locked up. The girl is shunned by the school, so Ethan decides to befriend her. One day in class they bump into each other and the light above them breaks. Also, when Lena went to sharpen her pencil, the window next to her shattered. Ethan starts falling for her and realizes why Lena is so different and how they have a connection. Read Beautiful Creatures to find out why Lena Duchannes is different from EVERY other girl Ethan has ever known.
review submitted by Paige
Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
If you are a fan of steampunk and zombies then Dearly Departed is the book for you! Set in a future South America in 2195, this world has been rebuilt after a series of catastrophes. There are two different classes in this new society. One is the high society that has been rebuilt heavily influenced by the Victorian era in England and also has access to all the latest technology. The lower class has been nicknamed the Punks, and are viewed as hostile and violent people who want to take down the upper class.
Dearly Departed centers on Nora, part of the upper class and who has just lost her father who was a famed scientist. Nora is in danger but she doesn’t know it, and so she is kidnapped and taken to a military base for her own protection. Bram, her captor, is not a normal soldier. He is infected with the Lazarus virus, a new virus that turns the average person into a zombie. Bram and his fellow soldiers, however, react differently to the Lazarus virus. They still turn into zombies, but they also keep their human nature. The Lazarus virus is sweeping the nation and Nora’s father held the key to its containment.
This novel is action packed, and the world building in Dearly Departed is really well done. Also, this novel is narrated by different characters in alternating chapters. So, you get to read from the point of view of Nora, Bram, Pamela (Nora’s best friend), Victor Dearly (Nora’s father who may not be dead after all), and Wolfe (the commander of Bram’s unit). This is a cool way to read a book. Each character’s story lines come together, and it is interesting to read from the different points of view. Dearly Departed is long read, at 470 pages, but if you like action-packed adventures with zombies and steampunk themes, then this is the book for you! Click here to find Dearly Departed in the Library!