Hey figaligs – it’s birthday time again! This week features book babies of the bloodsucking, corpse digging, and extraterrestrial varieties – as well as the start to a brand new series. Dig in!
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore (8/23/11)
I have to confess that I am not the biggest fan of aliens. Which is strange considering I don’t discriminate against any other type of paranormal being. But these aliens look practically human, plus they’re being hunted down and killed one by one, so I guess I can give them a break. This action-packed sequel to I Am Number Four sees the Loriens’ legacies developing, and introduces new characters – it’s a must-read for fans of the series.
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (8/23/11)
Since Shadow Kiss is my all-time favorite vampire book, I’m beyond excited for Mead’s latest – this spinoff of her Vampire Academy series, which follows Sydney, a friend of Rose Hathaway’s as she joins the royal court as a royal roommate. I just hope Rose makes an appearance or two as well – I miss her already.
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (8/23/11)
Ever wonder where Dr. Frankenstein picked up that nasty habit of building monsters from corpses? Oppel imagines his teenage years and a brother whose untimely death turned Frankenstein to the dark deeds that got him into so much trouble later in life. This looks like a welcome relief from the heavier classic.
Envy by Gregg Olsen (8/23/11)
A brand new series! I don’t know much about it, but I do know that Olsen takes the creepiest news headlines he can find and fictionalizes them into something even creepier. This one’s about cyber-bullying. Envy takes place in a sinister town with a Pleasantville-type exterior and the main characters are twins who use telepathic powers to solve crime. SOLD.
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce (8/23/11)
The cover alone! That is the tree branch face of nightmares right there. This is a modern re-imagining of Hansel and Gretel, complete with witches and bewitched sweets – Ansel and Gretchen are sent to live with a magical candy maker in a small California town. But how will they find their way home?