Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA paranormal fiction

Blue Sargent is from a lower, middle-class family that is composed of psychics, yet she has no psychic ability herself; instead she is an "amplifier." Blue's mother, Maura Sargent uses Blue's non-ability every year on St. Mark's Day to take note of the townsfolk who are going to die in the coming year. Usually this is a non-dramatic event, but this year a raven boy is among the dead. A "raven boy" is Blue's nickname for the rich and privileged boys who attend Aglionby Academy. Blue usually stays away from boys, especially raven boys, because of a dire prediction she has heard all her life: she will kill her true love with a kiss. Yet, Blue drops her Aglionby prejudice and becomes close to a raven boy (Adam) in order to help the soon-to-be-dead raven boy (Gansey).

Gansey has his own agenda for attending Agliony Academy in tiny Henrietta, Virginia, and it's not for the top-quality, Ivy League education. After a near-death experience introduces him the mysterious Welsh king, Owen Glendower, Gansey has used his spare time and family's wealth to hunt down clues to find the long dead king and Henrietta is located on a ley line (which are useful for waking dead kings).

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Title: Cold Days
Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: urban fantasy

Chicago's favorite wizard/detective is back although he has been "promoted" to Mab's Winter Knight. After coming back from the dead and enduring Mab's version of physical therapy, Mab dispatches Harry on an impossible quest- kill an immortal. I can't give more details without venturing into spoiler territory, but as Harry returns to the mortal earth to carry out his "job," his friends show up one by one to help him. Karrin and Harry finally have a talk about their relationship (or lack thereof), Harry and Thomas trade brotherly insults, and Mouse even helps out. Pop culture references and sarcasm fill the pages as the danger mounts. Will Harry save Chicago while not succumbing to the dark dangers of being a Winter Knight?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Title: Origin
Author: Jessica Khoury
Genre: YA fiction, scifi

Pia is special, unique, and perfect. She is the result of 5 generations of genetic engineering that has rendered her immortal. Pia lives in the Amazon rainforest in an enclosed compound run by an organization known as Corpus. Pia has never left this compound and the lead scientist, Uncle Paolo, makes sure her knowledge of the outside world is very limited- Pia excels at science but has never seen a world map, never read great works of literature, or stepped outside the Corpus compound. Pia is satisfied with her life and the rules until her 17th birthday. Like all teenage girls she yearns for more freedom, so one day she figures out how to sneak out of the compound. In her first foray into the jungle, she meets Eio, the Ai'oans and her life is changed forever (literally).