Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Ellie believes that the nightmares she has are only nightmares, but the horrifying dark monsters that terrify her in the night seem so real. When Ellie turns 17, her nightmares become reality and she meets Will. Will is Ellie’s Guardian, because Ellie is a Preliator, an ancient warrior that is given the power to kill reapers (the dark monsters that she dreams of). As Ellie begins to train and spend more time with Will, she learns that she has lived the life of the Preliator for hundreds of years and every time she is killed she comes back without the memories of her life and powers before. Will has been her Guardian all this time and he has to find her every time she is reborn and helps her remember her true self. This life for Ellie is different, however, because she is only remembering bits and pieces of her old lives which makes it harder for her to access her true power. This life is also different for Ellie because the dark reapers are getting closer to waging war on humanity, but in order to do that they must destroy Ellie’s soul so that she cannot be reborn to protect the human race once more.
Angelfire is a great read for anyone who wants an action packed supernatural read. The mythology in Angelfire is centered on angels; one that Moulton has carefully crafted and explained. The main character of Ellie is strong but flawed: since she cannot remember her true nature, Ellie does have a hard time becoming a true warrior. However, the battles that she endures in the book and the way she handles not knowing her true self make her a very relate-able character. Ellie is a character that is molded after the Buffy type: a strong, kick-butt female who struggles with what it takes to stay strong with also wanting to be a normal teenage girl. She also has a funny, surly attitude that gives this novel a humorous undertone (much like Buffy).
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone centers around Karou, blue haired, lanky, artist and wickedly awesome errand runner. In her sketchbook Karou draws monstrous characters like Brimstone, Kishmish, Issa and their adventures. Her friends and classmates think these stories and characters are brilliant except, what they don’t know because no one really knows anything about Karou, is that all those character are real.
Brimstone, the Wishmonger, raised her and trained her and now she runs errands for him around the world collecting teeth to exchange for wishes. While Karou is running her errands, frustrated that Brimstone never completely fills her in about why teeth in exchange for wishes, there’s danger mounting as black hand prints are found burned into doors all over the world. The same doors Karou uses as a portal to complete her errands. Whose hand prints are on the doors? Some claim they’ve seen shadows with wings, others claim the felt a feather grace their skin. In the middle of Morocco on an errand Karou finds herself face to face with exactly who’s been leaving those hand prints and who’s out to exact revenge on Brimstone, and once they’ve met neither of their worlds will ever be quite the same.
Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins
If you’re a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, then you’re in luck there’s another great series out like it, Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins. Nigel, is the totally lame vampire, and like Diary of Wimpy Kid, this book is journal and is complete with pictures and some pretty terrible poems too. The big difference between Nigel and Greg Heffley is that Nigel is a vampire, and while he’s stuck living as a teen he’s really been around for 100 years. Now most people think being a vampire involves super human strength, being speedy, picking up the ladies with your irresistible looks, and more, but if you’re completely lame like Nigel, it means being pimply, angsty, awkward, wussy, and not so smooth with the ladies. Nigel vents about his frustration about lacking all the typical vampire skills and also the trials of dealing with school and his oh-so-embarrassing family. Filled with humorous reflections on living as a teen for 100 years, the social pains of school, wooing his new classmate Chloe, and some great twists Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire is a great quick and laugh out loud read.
Do you enjoy reading about your favorite authors and what inspired them to write? Then check out two really interesting author interviews below:
Click here to read PW’s Interview with Colleen Houck, author of the Tiger’s Curse series. Click here to find Tiger’s Curse in the Library.
Click here to read EW’s Shelf Life interview with Tahereh Mafi, author of Shatter Me. Click here to find Shatter Me in the Library.
If you are a fan of the shows The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, then you know as well as I do that this week is their “mid-season finale”. Never heard of a mid-season finale? Neither have I! Apparently, after this week there will not be any new shows airing for The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle until January 2012.
So, what do we do in the meantime? Well, you can catch up on past seasons of The Vampire Diaries by checking them out at the Library. Or you can also pick up the books that the two shows were based on. That is my plan! I am such a fan of the TV shows, but I have not yet read any of the original L.J. Smith novels. I am dying to know how they differ from the show, and I am also curious if there is anything in the book that the TV shows haven’t covered yet–this may not be true for The Vampire Diaries, but I think I can get some kind of preview if I read The Secret Circle series. Click here to find the first book in The Vampire Diaries series and click here to find the first book in The Secret Circle series.