Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Books: If you read, you might as well read something good

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved reading. Before i read i looked at pictures and imagined stories for them. I loved being read to and i was thrilled when i finally learned enough reading skills to start chapter books.

But as I got older I found out that good books became harder and harder to find. Especially mysteries. I love mysteries but apparently every other 16 year old doesn't. But i must say the ones i did find, were well worth reading.

My favorites have been Kiki Strike: In the shadow city and its wonderful sequel the empress’s tomb. Kiki Strike is the story of six girls with unusual talents suppressed by there monotone lives until they discover a secret city under New York City.

It's well written, realistic enough too maybe happen, and lots of fun. I couldn't put it down, which was bad because I have a lot of things to do during the day.

The other one I liked came as a surprise to me was Skullduggery Pleasant a book about a walking talking wise cracking skeleton detective. Although it scared me (It was a horror book for kids but I am VERY, very easily scared) it was soo well written and the characters so unbelievably witty I couldn't help but finish it.

I look forward to its sequel, and to catch up with the girls of Kiki Strike when its next book comes out. So if you like good books, with somewhat predictable plots that are not ruined because they have such great characters definitely check these books out.

If you like straight up fantasy check out Diana Wynne Jones first chrestomanci book: Charmed life. This one i mention because even though the others are very good as well this one stands on its own as one of the best.

It's about a powerful sorcerer and a young witches attempt to impress him no matter if she gets her seemingly untalented brother into life threatening situations. This book has characters that make your react to them and several unexpected plot twists. Her other good works include Howls moving castle which was turned into a beautiful animated film.

If you like a little romance about dragons and princess's in weird situations try the Frog princess series by E.D. Baker.

Story behind the story fan, you might like the looking glass wars which is a take on Alice in wonderland. Although it seems a little too ridiculously serious for an Alice book it still has entertaining moments. As far as straight up mysteries...still looking, but if I find any I'll let you know. Unless you find one first. In that case, let me know ^_^

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