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.