Monthly Reads | February 2018

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 Books against wood. The Dark Calling, A Lite Too Bright, Speak, The Cruel Prince

Read four books this month all in the young adult category. These were all titles I couldn't wait to get my hands on and I was not disappointed.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

(The Folk of the Air #1)

I had heard quite a bit of buzz about this book, so decided I needed to check it out for myself. It was fantastic. If you are into fantasy and strong female protagonists, this story is for you. One thing I appreciate is that this novel has elements of romantic plot, but it is not the driving force. The story doesn't end how I thought it would and I can't wait to read book two.

 

Speak: the graphic novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

(artwork by Emily Carroll)

The original novel is one of my favorites. As a young adult, the content of this book helped me tremendously and is a great resource to teach about sexual abuse. 

I was very excited to learn that is was being adapted into a graphic novel. The images are beautiful and add a different element to the story.

Side note: I read a passage from Speak at the American Library Association Conference a couple years back in support of banned books week. Check out the video below.

 Page from Speak: the graphic novel depicting classroom scene.
 

The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole

(The Arcana Chronicles #6)

I have been waiting for this book for over a year! I finished reading in it two days, which is really fast for me these days. This is the penultimate book to this exciting young adult series. I really enjoyed this one and thought it did well to set up the finale. 

I wouldn't recommend reading this book as a stand alone, prior story knowledge is a must.

 

A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller

Description

Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle.

It’s there that Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, an iconic Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. What happened in that week—and how much his actions were influenced by his Alzheimer’s—remains a mystery.

But now Arthur has his grandfather’s journal—and a final sentence containing a train route and a destination.

So Arthur embarks on a cross-country train ride to relive his grandfather’s last week, guided only by the clues left behind in the dementia-fueled journal. As Arthur gets closer to uncovering a sad and terrible truth, his journey is complicated by a shaky alliance with a girl who has secrets of her own and by escalating run-ins with a dangerous Pullman fan base.

Arthur’s not the only one chasing a legacy—and some feel there is no cost too high for the truth.

I reviewed this novel for School Library Journal, so cannot post on site.


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