Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Flora Segunda, by Ysabeau S.Wilce



Okay, first things last. Just kidding. First things should always come first (except when eating desserts before dinner, where first things definetly should be last.). The full title of the book is:

FLORA SEGUNDA: BEING THE MAGICKAL MISHAPS OF A GIRL OF SPIRIT, HER GLASS-GAZING SIDEKICK, TWO OMINOUS BUTLERS (ONE BLUE), A HOUSE WITH ELEVEN THOUSAND ROOMS, AND A RED DOG.

Yes, this book has all that and more.

The story is centered around 14-yr-old Flora Fyrdraaca (Feer-draw-cuh), who lives in a sort of alternate-dimension Mexico/California. They speak English, but all the names are Spanish (therefore, Segunda!). For instance, they live in the country of Califa. She lives in a house kinda like Hogwarts - things always change, rooms move around, the bathroom is never in the same place. So one day she takes the Elevator of Doom, and it takes her to Valefor, the denizen of the house. All houses have denizens (aka butlers), but Flora's mother, the general of the army, banished their butler to the library. So the house (aptly named Crackpot Hall) is in a state of general disrepair. She and her friend Udo have to save Valefor, Udo's hero the Dainty Pirate, and maybe even themselves!

The book has spunk. Flora, as the narrator, shows emotion in a unique way. It never gets that dull, but there is virtually no real action in the story. Things don't become clear right away, and you may be left wondering "What is this?" It's very intriguing and thought-provoking, however. The sequel, "FLORA'S DARE" is coming out September 1st.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pendragon, Book Nine: Raven Rise by D.J. MacHale


Pendragon is a big story.
First off, I have to brag. Pendragon is the best series I have ever read (and I usually don't pick favorites.). It can be faster-paced than Harry Potter, more insightful then Artemis Fowl, funnier and wittier than the Percy Jackson series, and more thought-provoking than Terry Pratchett. It is the single most underrated series today.
The basic story goes like this: Bobby Pendragon, 14, finds out he is a traveler. Travelers keep Halla (Halla is everything there will ever be, it turns out Earth is just one "territory" out of many) from the evil traveler Saint Dane. Along the way, Bobby learns more about himself and what the heck a traveler really is.
So. Book nine. Bobby comes home to Second Earth to find that the turning point is about to happen. He must fight for the traveler's last stand. Along the way, he meets old friends and enemies.
The book is awesome. A fast pace, great problem and solution and TERRIFIC ending set the series finale up for greatness. Although we are left with a lot more questions than answers, I am sure D.J. will pull through. Now, how do we last the year or so until book 10?
(PS-I strongly recommend you read books 1-8 first, or you will not get ANY of this one.)

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