Posts Tagged ‘Dragons’

Seraphina

October 28, 2013

seraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman is possibly my new all-time favorite dragon book.  It’s such a unique take on the mythical creatures; in this story, dragons can take human form.  Coexisting in the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans have had a truce for decades.  But everything changes when the Prince is found dead, apparently murdered by a dragon.  Seraphina is a young girl who is new to life as a musician at court.  She hopes to stay out of the limelight in order to hide her dark and dangerous secret: she is a half-dragon, her existence forbidden.   Despite her efforts to stay away from the investigation into the Prince’s murder, Seraphina can’t resist being pulled in by the captain of the guard, Lucian Kiggs.

If you’re tired of reading the same old fantasy novels over and over again, Seraphina is definitely for you.  It’s new and unique, and the world Rachel Hartman built is complex and filled with three-dimensional characters.  It has a little bit of something for everyone: mystery, court politics, action, and of course even a little romance.  If you’re a fan of Anne McCaffrey and Robin McKinley, or are just looking for something different than the fantasy you usually read, I highly recommend this book.

Teen Review: Raising Dragons

July 5, 2011

Title: Raising Dragons (Dragons in our Midst #1)
Author: Bryan Davis
Teen Reviewer: Breanna (age 14)

I read the book Raising Dragons, and it was a good book. It was about these two kids in high school who just found out that their parents used to be dragons. They also found out that they are part dragon. A girl named Bonnie has wings and can fly. A guy has breath that smells like a dragon’s and can breathe fire. Their principal is a dragon slayer. He is a descendant of King Arthur, so he feels he needs to kill all of the dragons that ever existed. So throughout the book it is a challenge for the kids to survive.

SPOILER ALERT! Do not read further if you want to be surprised!

In the end the kids survive, but so does the principal.

(we totally smell a sequel…:::runs to library catalog computer::: and yup, looks like this is the first book in a series of four!)

Thank you for sharing your review, Breanna! Remember that any teen who writes a review and turns it in at one of our 3 libraries will earn 75 points towards the grand total on their Summer Reading Program log! Thanks to all the teens that have turned them in so far.

YAuthor Stalking Tuesday: Christopher Paolini

July 27, 2010

So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is Christopher Paolini!

Author: Christopher Paolini
Books: The Inheritance Cycle: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and an “in production and unnamed” Book 4
Contact: Christopher Paolini c/o Michelle Frey; Random House Children’s Books; 1745 Broadway, 9th Floor; New York, NY 10019
Website: http://www.alagaesia.com/
Fan Site: http://www.shurtugal.com/
Shur’tugal’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/itsshurty
Shur’tugal’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shurtugalcom/70952756706
Inheritance Saga Pronunciation Guide: http://www.alagaesia.com/guide/index_flash_6.html
Book 4 Chapter breakdown: http://www.shurtugal.com/?news=737

LITTLE NERD MOMENT:
So last week I spent a good deal of time experiencing San Diego’s Comic-Con virtually through other people’s blogs and twitters. However, Christopher Paolini and the folks at Shur’tugal got to ACTUALLY be there. Me=jealous. You can check out Shur’tugal’s twitter for lots of pictures and updates and they will post their incredible, super long interview with Mr. Paolini (I think they said they had 70 PAGES OF QUESTIONS originally) soon!

But here’s the comic-con moment EVERYONE is talking about: a young boy asked Ryan Reynolds how it felt to recite the Green Lantern speech which inspired Ryan to recite in public for the first (known) time. gosh, kids could rule the world, you know?

Have you met Christopher Paolini? Do you have a YAuthor Adventure to share? Email Amber and we might post it on a YAuthor Stalking Tuesday!