Wednesday, March 28, 2012

So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane

Neither thirteen-year-old Juanita "Nita" Callahan and twelve-year-old Christopher "Kit" Rodriguez, fully understood what they were getting themselves into when they gave the Wizard's Oath to become wizards. Both simply wanted to find a way to protect themselves from bullies (and Nita wanted her stolen pen back). Nita's first attempt at wizardry with Kit, ends up bring from space a white hole named Khairelikoblepharehglukumeilichephriedosd 'enagouni, nicknamed Fred by Kit. Fred, however, brings news that the "Good Book" the Book of Night with Moon, is missing. And so they find themselves on their Ordeal (a test given by the Powers That Be). On their Ordeal they will enter an alternate New York City, face a dragon, and cars and helicopters that move on their own accord. And lastly, they will face the Lone Power the creator of death and known by many names (ex: "Starsnuffer").

I have to say I loved this book. I've read it a number of times and never loved it more. When I first read it... oh some eight/nine years ago, I couldn't really get into it. The first book in the Young Wizards series held little interest to me. Though some what predictable and cliched in some parts. *Bring on the sarcasm* I know what am I talking about good vs. evil, who does that? But these kids Nita and Kit, who are just a couple of really smart kids, sure made me feel stupid when I was their age (and there I thought thinking I was a smart kid). Though the book, which was great with other aspects, didn't really allow the reader to get to know the characters much. Still, I'll admit, I loved the characters. Of course, I'd give a million props to any author who would have a smart, Hispanic kid, kicking major butt.

This time around, I hated every time I had to put the book down, usually I'm easily distracted. Though I know how it ended, I couldn't wait to read it again. I even found the dragon thing amusing, which I'm pretty sure I usually skim over at that point. Though the book is more MG than YA, I probably wouldn't recommend it to a middle schooler, I'm not sure how much attention they would have for the details.

This is a book from my own personal library.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

*Lazy* & That One I Keep Meaning to Read (8)

It's been a slow two months or so for me. I've been lacking in the reading area... I'm hoping to get that fixed by the end of the month and next month. I couldn't help it, I've been playing all the Kingdom Hearts games back to back. Anyway, on to that one I keep meaning to read...

The Time Weaver
by Shana Abé

Description (from Goodreads): From the highly acclaimed author of The Treasure Keeper and Queen of Dragons comes this mesmerizing new novel of the drákon, a supersensual race of shapeshifters whose world exists side by side with our own. In The Time Weaver, a young drákon woman discovers she possesses a unique gift, one that brings her closer to her destined love—at the cost of their very lives.

Honor Carlisle may have been born into the drákon clan but she’s always felt like a stranger to her kin. It’s an intuition that proves true when she receives a mysterious letter—a letter sent by her future self. Honor learns she is a Time Weaver: a creature with the extraordinary ability to transport herself into the past or future.
But the letter contains a dire warning. If Honor remains in her home at Darkfrith, she is certain to be killed. Fleeing for sanctuary among old friends in Spain, she practices her Weaving and unknowingly draws closer to an even more immediate danger. For on one of her Weaves into the future, Honor encounters the very man she should most avoid: the prince of a rival tribe of drákon.

Drawn to Prince Alexandru of Zaharen, Honor is unable to resist the temptation of Weaving to him again and again across time. As they surrender to a desire that brings the present and future ever closer, they realize they are true soulmates. But they also risk fulfilling a terrible prophecy—for their union is destined to wreak havoc. Now Honor and Sandu must place their trust—and their lives—in each other’s hands, and their faith in a magical love that could restore order to the drákon universe—or destroy it forever.