Monthly Archives: June 2011

Countdown Quote: 4 days to go

Books are delightful society.  If you go into a room and find it full of books – even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.  ~William Ewart Gladstone



Countdown Quote: 5 days to go

No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic.  ~Ann Landers

Countdown Quote: 6 days to go

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.  ~W. Somerset Maugham


Countdown Quote: 7 days to go

Countdown quotes are here again! You may already be registered for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge (and if not, what are you waiting for?!) but July 4, one week today, is the official start. So from now until then, we’ll be posting a new quote every day to mark the last week before summer reading begins!

If you have never said “Excuse me” to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time. ~Sherri Chasin Calvo

Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman

[Review submitted by Rebecca]

I just finished Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman. The main character Bonita ‘Bonnie” Torres lives in a world where magic is common and she feels that doesn’t fit in with either side of the Talent world (Talent: a person (or persons) which can use magic which is refers to as current). Bonnie, armed with an impressive resume, is on a job hunt in the Null (Non magic person) world and is being turned down left, right and centre until a mysterious phone call promises her an interesting challenge to relieve her of her boredom.

Laura Anne Gilman skillfully intertwines fantasy with magic introducing readers to a new world where anything is possible and can be done with a little knowledge, a touch of curiosity and a lot of current.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series: Pack of Lies!

Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr

[Review submitted by Elissa D.]

I recentally finished the Wicked Lovely series and loved it! It had enough mystery and action but with a dash of romance in it too! I would give it a 8 out of 10!

Teensrc adds: the books in this series in order are:
1. Wicked Lovely
2. Ink Exchange
3. Fragile Eternity
4. Radiant Shadows
5. Darkest Mercy

The Guardians of Time trilogy by Marianne Curley

[Review submitted by Samarra B.]

The Guardians of Time Trilogy by Marianne Curley. Consists of The Named, The Dark and The Key.

These books were amazing! I read them for the first time in grade seven and they are my favourite series, even when I know exactly what is happening I feel myself being pulled in; I cry, I laugh, I smile.

The story begins with Ethan, a 15 year old boy with some pretty sweet powers. He is trained by Arkarian his whole life to harness them and use them to protect history. There are the Guard aka the ‘Good Guys’ and there is the Order of Chaos aka the ‘Bad Guys’. The Order sends there people back in time to change history, creating chaos and changing the present and the Guards job is to go back and protect the history so it plays out the way it was supposed to.

Ethan and everyone he knows soon get pulled into this world,becoming entangled in a plot that will surprise and thrill, all while following the Prophesy in unexpected ways.

A must-read for everyone.