Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Young Adult

Wires and Nerve volume 1 by Marissa Meyers and Douglas Holgate

After Cinder has become Queen of Luna, she has some trouble with rouge soldiers who refuse to leave earth and return to Luna. Iko, feeling rather useless volunteers to go hunt them down. As an android she has an advantage of most when it comes to taking a pounding. She’s doing really well, but she can’t get all of them, and one charismatic Alpha has begun gathering those who escaped her. Their demands are to be returned to human, and they won’t believe Cinder when she says it is impossible. After Iko takes some pretty serious damage, a concerned Cinder orders her to take a break and visit with Cress and Captain Thorne, and then sends Liam Kinney to help her. Liam and Iko clash over his refusal to believe she is anything but a robot, but Iko can’t help the growing feelings she has for him.
This is the first graphic novel of 2 (I think.) I liked the story and seeing the characters again, but the art left something to be desired.

~Naomi

Fantasy, Young Adult

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

In the sequel to Renegades Nova and Adrian’s relationship grows, despite how much she wish it was it wouldn’t. Her Uncle, Ace Anarchy, needs her to get close to Adrian to using. Agent N is unveiled and distributed to the Renegades, Nova and Adrian both express concern about the potential for abuse to just give out the ability to take away any other prodigies powers. Adrian finds a protective amulet that lets him be in Maxes presence safely, and Nova realizes she will need to steel it to protect her from Agent N when she puts Nightmare’s mask back on. Meanwhile Adrian tattoos the amulet on his chest over his heart so he won’t need it to give his little brother a hug, and also contemplates the pros and cons of letting the Sentinel stay dead. Nova also gets a job in the archives at Renegade HQ so she can try to steal Ace Anarchy’s helmet.
In short a lot happens in this book. I look forward to the next one, although I wish the author was better at making stories that stand up by themselves. I really enjoy her books, but they’re more like serialized mega novels than a series.

~Naomi

Graphic Novel, Young Adult

This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki

I admit that I rarely read graphic novels, but decided to go for it as December’s theme. I chose to start with “This One Summer”, as it was a Printz Award Honor book. Rose and her family head off to their beach house for their annual summer getaway. Rose meets up with her friend Windy, as she does each summer. Rose navigates the hyper personality of Windy, along with relationship issues going on between her parents. Rose and Windy witness some issues with the local teens and are pulled into some of the drama. The facial expressions and body language portrayed through the sketches added significant emotion to the text. Additionally the scenes and setting in each sketch added a feeling that could never be grasped through text alone. I can see why the teens are drawn to this graphic novel. By the story’s end I really respected Rose’s solid personality. Rose was a relatively quiet, but strong protagonist throughout the story.

~Lisa

Fantasy, Young Adult

Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin

Young Skeeve is training to be a magician, although he really wants to be a thief. In an effort to put the fear in him, Garkin (Skeeve’s master) summons a demon, but then is killed by an assassin. It turns out the “demon” is a magician from another dimension named Aahz, unfortunately Garkins last act was to play a practical joke on his friend leaving him stripped of his powers. The rest of the assassins are still out there, and Aahz reveals that their employer is a madman trying to conquer all of the dimensions. Aahz takes Skeeve on as an apprentice and with Aahz’s knowledge and Skeeves limited power, they make a halfway decent magician. They manage to find an old friend of Aahz’s and set out to stop the madman.
This is such a funny series! I’ve read scattered books throughout it but this is the first time I’ve gotten my hands on the first one. I look forward to traveling this series the way it was meant to be, even though the books are very self contained and worked fine on their own.

~Naomi

Fantasy, Young Adult

Tempests and Saughter by Tamora Pierce

I was really excited when I heard about this book, it’s about Numair back when he was Arram Draper. Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic series was always one of my favorites, and I really liked getting to hear about one of the characters more.
It starts when Arram is only 10, and he gets fast-tracked at the school for magic and Carthak. He makes two really good friends who understand him. The first is Orzone, way down the list of heirs for the Carthak throne and known as the leftover prince. The other is a girl named Varice, sweet kind funny and clever, and Arram begins to fall for her as he grows up. The story follows them as they grow into their power. Arram learns about healing and tribal magic and makes friends with a gladiator who saved him as a child and who he runs into again on various trips for his master culminating in time working as a healer for the gladiators.
It was so cool reading this, knowing bits about how things turn out for these characters, seeing how they grow and hints of who they will be. I can’t wait for more!

~Naomi

Fantasy, Young Adult

Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I loved Ella Enchanted in Middle School, and I really enjoyed this prequel.
Evie is a healer, she is 15 and her best friend, patient, and assistant Wormy ask her if she will marry him. She says no as politely as she can, and it would be fine except the fairy Lucinda was there, and she does not like a thwarted proposal. Lucinda turns Evie into an ogre, unless in 62 days she can receive and accept another proposal. Unsure what to do, and having to fight her ogre instincts, Evie sets off into the world to try and figure everything out. She goes to the ogres to learn about them, stays with a clever man who figures out her curse, and finds herself in the position of needing to cure everyone in the capital. But despite the fact that she saved the lives of the king and many others people don’t seem to trust an ogre in their midst.

~Naomi