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Bloodhound: More Than Worthy Sequel

Bloodhound

Title: Bloodhound

Author: Tamora Pierce

Three Sentence Summary: It’s been about two years since the events of Terrier, and Beka Cooper is a full-blown Dog. She gets her first hunt away from home when a lean winter collides with a sudden and very large outbreak of coles (counterfeit coins). Now, in the very different environment of Port Caynn, Beka must survive the opposition of the city’s Rogue (who’s acting really suspiciously), a carefree and flirty gambler who calls her his ‘luck’, and a cowardly Deputy Provost who thinks that ignoring problems will make them go away to Dog her biggest Rat yet: A counterfeiter bent on totally destabilizing Tortall’s economy.

Six Word Review: More than worthy sequel to Terrier.

I started reading because: Given how much Terrier had proved itself to me, I was excited for its sequel. I wanted to see what Beka could do as a full Dog, and how she got the Bloodhound title (all the titles of the Provost’s Dog series are nicknames she gets from the events of the book).

I kept reading because: It lives up to my expectations. Bloodhound introduces a whole slew of wonderful characters at Port Caynn, like Dale, the generous gambler and ladies’ man who flirts with Beka, Nestor of Haryse, sergeant and a very honest Dog in a very dishonest city, Okha/Amber Orchid, a beautiful singer (and Nestor’s lover) who knows more about Rogue business than she cares to tell, and Pearl Skinner, the ruthless and greedy Rogue of Port Caynn. Continue reading

February Book Horoscopes!

starbookFebruary is weird because it is the second month of the year, the first month of a new semester, and the second-to-last month of winter; the month that despite it’s only having 28 days somehow seems to drag on and on in cold ambiguity.

Luckily, we’ve selected a bunch of fantastic books to engage your consciousness so that before you know it, spring will be just over the horizon!  Remember to help yourselves to any of the books on this list, which as always come from a variety of genres and reading levels.

AriesYoung Warriors

Young Warriors by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman

This book is an anthology compiled by two great authors. It is a collection of fantastical tales of young people showing strength. If you feel yourself in need of some inspiration to get you through the last part of winter, this book will give you the relief your adventurous heart is yearning for.

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

This is hilarious and heartfelt romantic comedy is sure to please you as we approach Valentine’s Day. Don, the main character, likes his life to be orderly and doesn’t like taking risks. He suffers from an unfortunate lack of social skills, but he finds love in Rosie, a wildly different woman who pushes him out of his comfort zone, as he helps her search for her missing father.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This book is an inspiring story about Christopher John Francis Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy on the autistic spectrum who has a very particular view of the world around him. Then one day his neighbor’s dog Wellington is killed, and Christopher takes on the role of a detective to figure out what happened.

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The start of the new semester is a great time for you to go back and read a classic – or if this is your first time reading it, enjoy this treat! Fahrenheit 451 is the dystopian tale of everyone’s worst nightmare – a world without books. Guy Montag is a fireman, and his job is to burn them. Poetic, striking and important, his story will both entertain you and make you reflect about the value of art.

LeoFlowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Charlie is a mentally disabled man who is being subjected to experimentation in a series of studies to increase his intelligence. The same treatments are being given to Algernon, a lab mouse. When Charlie’s intelligence begins to accelerate beyond what anyone had imagined was possible, everyone is thrilled – until Algernon begins to deteriorate unexpectedly. What will happen to Charlie?

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Watchmen by Alan Moore

This brilliant graphic novel tells the story of what happens to superheroes when they begin to suffer from failures that seem to be uncomfortably akin to those of humble mortals. This book talks about humanity and questions what it truly means to be a superhero, all the while never ceasing to entertain. Continue reading

Terrier: Most Likely to Catch a Crime Lord

TerrierTitle: Terrier
Author: Tamora Pierce

3-Sentence summary: Beka Cooper is a new trainee (Puppy) in the proto-police force known as the Provost’s Guard, or the Dogs. Almost immediately after joining up, she gets caught up in two big cases, one involving multiple murders to protect the whereabouts of a vein of extremely valuable fire opals, and the other involving a mysterious child killer known as the Shadow Snake. It’s tough going for Beka, but she has a secret: she can hear the voices of the dead.

Six word review: Pierce rocks a new writing style.

I started reading because: Tamora Pierce is covering new territory with this book, as it is not only narrated differently (first person past tense, in the form of a journal, instead of third person omniscient past tense), but it stars a non-noble heroine, and is a detective story (although it doesn’t skimp on the action). I wanted to see how she did with it.

I kept reading because: She did great. It’s a very engaging read, with an awesome heroine, an interesting plot, and diverse and fleshed out supporting characters.

I loved: The chemistry between the characters, especially Beka and her trainers Goodwin and Tunstall.

I hated: Well, I don’t really hate anything, but for someone trained to rely on her memory as much as possible and is writing the story as a memory exercise, Beka sure has trouble remembering plot points that aren’t supposed to be revealed yet.

I couldn’t get enough of: Beka and Rosto. Those two have such fun chemistry.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted most likely to: Catch a crime lord.

On a deserted island, the main character would probably: Immediately start working on a way to get out. She’s a city girl at heart, and practical enough to know that she doesn’t have the right survival skills.

–Thea, 16, Douglass-Truth, Teen Volunteer

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Anti-sexism tirade, but not too over the top.

TerrierTitle: Terrier

Author: Tamora Pierce

Summary: New police girl who can talk to ghosts hunts down criminals.

Gut reaction: Classic Pierce, bad concept, good execution, mild plot-hole.

Why: Pierce has a habit of turning all her stories into anti-sexism tirades, but doesn’t go too over the top in this one.  The main character has a good personality and history, but her powers are cliché, although the methods they work in aren’t.  Her books also always end up using magic as an excuse for excellence.  That is to say, you can’t get anywhere in her world if you haven’t got magic of some sort, which irritates me.  Her characterization is good as always.  The set-up of being in the past is pretty bad, as nothing seems to have changed in the 200-odd years between the book and Alanna.  Also, there’s a lady knight, which don’t exist until Alanna.  A decent read, but the mystery is obvious.

Who would like this book: Pierce fans, magic mystery fans, possibly police and/or fantasy fans, feminists.

–Lexie, West Seattle, Teen Blogger

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