I received Tempestuous as a submission for the YABA

It’s been a long time since I read the previous books in this series (well not in terms of time exactly, but I’ve read a lot since then and a lot has changed in my life) so I found myself a bit confused at the beginning of this novel, having trouble remembering where Darklight left off. I don’t think this novel stands well on it’s own, you have to be familiar with the rest of the series for it to work and while I was at one time I have become disconnected and found I didn’t really care about the characters anymore.

I had high hopes for this novel but I slugged through it, not really caught up in the action. The second half was better than the first, because I preferred Kelley’s part of the story to Sonny feeling sorry for himself that Kelley said she didn’t love him. I don’t think that Livingston lived up to her potential with this book. Once Every Never was more compelling in language, plot and emotion.

Contemporary takes on Shakespeare, dark faeries and urban fantasy are very big right now making this an in demand series. However while I love the genre and what this sets out to do I’m not sure this particular novel lives up to the hype.

Iron King

Iron King cover art

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.

What It’s About

Meghan is a teenage girl who lives in the country with her mother, stepfather and her little half-brother. On her sixteenth birthday her brother is replaced with a changeling and her best friend is revealed to be more than he appeared. He leads her to the world of the faeries so they can rescue her brother. During this adventure she discovers why she has never fit in and no one ever seems to remember her.

What’s Good About It

  • The two traditional Faery courts are represented, giving the story of a familiar feel
  • A new (at least to me) third court is introduced
  • There is a Lord of The Rings feel to the book, with the corruption by iron, the creatures from nature and the creatures resulting from technology. The new faeries reminded me of orcs, not so much in their appearance as what they represented
  • The cover art is fantastic. I love the wisps of green, the font that curls into the art, a beautiful girl with an eye-catching eye…it pulls readers in. I like that the top of her ears are covered by her hair, leaving things ambiguous.
  • I liked Robbie

Over-all impression

A decent story, with decent characters but I was never fully engrossed. I don’t know if it’s that I’ve read so much lately that it is getting hard for books to stand out to me but I wasn’t as compelled as I would like to have been. I can’t think of anything particularly wrong with the book but it wasn’t overly memorable.

Her family dynamics were interesting and I found the Iron aspects intriguing, I hope these are expanded on in the sequel.


wondrous strange

tithe by holly black

2010 Young Adult Canadian Book Award winner

Cover Art of Wondrous StrangeWondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston is the winner of the 2010 Young Adult Canadian Book Award. To be honest it is the only one of the nominees I had a chance to read, but I enjoyed it so I am happy with the results.

The Gryphon Project and The Hunchback Assignments were named the Honour Books and are on my to-read list.

If these books don’t already have a big hold list librarians should set up a display promoting them.

Wondrous way to compliment a Shakespeare curriculum

Cover art of the novel Wondrous StrangeI mentioned Wondrous Strange a few weeks ago when it was shortlisted for the 2010 Young Adult Book Award (to be presented at the CLA conference). Rather than review what I enjoyed about it I want to discuss what will appeal to teens and what opportunities it presents for librarians and teachers.

Teens will like

  • The struggling artist main character
  • The romance
  • The action
  • The mix of contemporary life and fantasy
  • The struggle to deal with difficult parents and the fear of becoming like them

Librarians and teachers can use this book when they

  • help a teen struggling with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • help a teen who loves A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • have a teen asking about strong young female protagonists
  • are looking for book about Fairies

Lesley Livingston has begun a series that will be sure to attract further attention and should be collected by libraries.

Young Adult Book Award Shortlist

The Young Adult Services Interest Group has announced the shortlist for the 2010 Young Adult Book Award that will be presented June 3, 2010 at Canadian Library Association National Conference and Trade Show.

I have every intention of reading all of these before June and will let you know what I think!

Poster Boy by Dede Crane Come, thou toroise by Jessica Grant Not Suitable for Family Viewing by Vicki Grant
Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
The Gryphon Project by Carrie Mac Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton Vanishing girl by	Shane Peacock
The Hunchback Assignment by	Shane Peacock

Thanks to Cabot Yu for giving me a heads up the list was available 🙂