Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Diane Has Actually Read Two Books in One Week!

This doesn't happen often, folks- so please take note.  With too much time on my hands, I have resorted to reading books in their entirety- in just a matter of days.  It makes Marcy look like a lazy reader.*

Here's what's grabbed my attention this past week:


OMG!  I'm a sucker for a great cover and title, and this one just sucked me in.  Both the cover and title are brooding and mysterious, just like the novel's main character.

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel is a haunting and beautifully written prequel of sorts to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  A young and conflicted Victor struggles with the darker side of human nature as he attempts to save his beloved twin brother's life.  It's a brilliant story, and readers of Frankenstein will have no trouble seeing how Victor the boy became Victor the man, determined to disregard the bounds of science and mortality.  Teens who have enjoyed Rick Yancey's Monstrumologist series will really enjoy this one.  It's a perfect book to curl up in bed with on a rainy, cool, kind of creepy fall night...much like tonight!


The Apothecary by Maile Meloy is a wonderful, new book for readers of middle grade.  Part historical fiction, part fantasy, part coming of age with a sweet, sweet young romance, it's the story of 14 year old American Janie, forced to move to London with her parents after they are suspected of being Communists during the Second Red Scare in the early 1950s.  She quickly becomes friends with Benjamin, a wannabee spy, when Benjamin's father, a mysterious apothecary, goes missing.  Espionage, nuclear weapons, magical elixirs, and young love- I love this book!!

*This is a test.

1 comment:

Marcy said...

1. harumph
2. You misspelled "wannabe"