Monday, January 11, 2010

Weekly Finds: 1/11/10 (Part Two)

The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox

From the back of the book:  Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen - all these and more can be found in The Magic Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.

Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly fells like the most unpopular girl in her school.  The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in.  But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds  herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz.

In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she's honored as "the chosen one" the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz's control.  But it's nnot as simple as it seems.  To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous "Magic Warble", in its final resting place.  And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen's "zelbocks" before she reaches her destination.  Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but also her heart.

The Magician of Hoad by Margaret Mahy

From the inside cover:  Heriot Tobias was born with a gift.  Visions wake him in the middle of the night, and others' thoughts invade his head.  Herior's mind already feels torn apart when the King of Hoad decides to tear him away from his family.

Heriot quickly discovers that life in the royal court is much more difficult and complex than life on the farm.  Being at the beck and call of a King who expects him to read friends' and foes' minds alike is no small challenge, but neither is being caught in a power struggle among three princes and an intimidating Hero of Hoad.

As Heriot hones his skills and grows into the role of Magician of Hoad, the number of people he can trust becomes smaller.  Loneliness threatens to engulf him until a chance encounter brings a street urchin named Cayley into his life.  Heriot feels inexplicably drawn to Cayley, someone he sees so much of himself in, yet at times feels like he does not understand at all.  But even amidst the turmoil, Heroit is curtain that he ever-developing power is the key to his destiny...if only he could figure out exactly waht that destine is supposed to be.

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

From the inside cover:  With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods.  Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival.  Not to worry; love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side.  Or is it?  Schuyler has made her choice.  She has forsaken Jack for Liver, choosing human over vampires.  But old loves die hard...And even coldhearted Mimi seems to suffer from the ties that bind.

Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell

From the back of the book:  Bestselling romance author Orla Hart decides to ake her friend Millie Brady the heroine of her next novel, even though Millie doubts her boring life will inspire a steamy page-turner.  But whatever excitement doesn't happen to Millie natureally, Orla is secretly determined to stir up...While Millie faithfully recounts the hilarious mishaps of her friends and family, Orla schemes to match Millie with the perfect romanitc hero to really spice things up.  But Orla doesn't know that Millie has deliberately left out the juiciest recent development.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

From  Description: With heart-wrenching power and suspense, the bestselling author of "The Kite Runner" shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

Description: After more than 189 weeks on the New York Timesbestseller list for The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today. Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runnera beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Sunsis at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Sunsis a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love

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