I took I Am Number Four out from the library after seeing the trailer for the film version. For some reason, I thought it was dystopian. It’s not – it’s science fiction, and it’s fantastic. The main character is one of a group of Lorien children who came to Earth with their guardians in order to hide out and, hopefully, live long enough to acquire the powers needed to go back and restore their race. The Mogladorians have followed them, and are picking them off one by one. John Smith longs to be a normal teenager, to have a girlfriend and friends, to live in one place for longer than several months. But the Mogladorians will never rest until they have killed the 10 Loriens, who can only be killed in the order of their numbers. One, Two, and Three have already been killed. John is Number Four. This was a page-turner, and I can’t wait for book two, which comes out in the spring.
Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Children’s fantasy
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.
The kids and I all really enjoyed the Percy Jackson movie, but I’m not sure we would have been so impressed if we had read the book first, because the book is brilliant. It has much more humor and avoids the whole romantic angle, since Percy is only twelve in the book, not 16 like in the film. This was one of our favorite read-alouds of all time, and we will be reading the rest of the series, too.
Title: Blood and Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Genre: YA paranormal fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my daughter’s personal library
First line: “Mom, you’ve been fighting again.”
Blood and Chocolate was first published in 1997, and has been re-marketed recently to take advantage of the recent mania for all things vampire and werewolf. Good thinking on the publisher’s part, especially since this book is extremely well-written – much more so than a lot of YA paranormal fiction, and gives a new view of the werewolf mythology. There is romance in the book, but it deals more with the main character’s struggle between her human side and her werewolf side. Natalie picked this up on a trip to Barnes & Noble, and then wanted me to read it, and since I often hand her books, saying, “You have to read this,” I try to reciprocate as often as possible. This was one instance when it paid off, as this is a great read.