Before last weekend's orgy of Kids' Book Wonder and Wow, I read as many of the ARCs - that I received to hand out - as I could. I read;
Cyclone by Doreen Cronin. Named for the roller coaster on Coney Island, this is the story of two cousins - one who ends up in the hospital after a fateful ride and the other who blames herself for her cousin's illness. At times scary, at times funny, this book is an exciting read. (Notice that I did not use an amusement park reference. You are welcome.)
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. A young artist is commissioned to paint the Autumn Prince, since the fair folk cannot create any art of their own. And, her painting unleashes a world of hurt, hunt and hunger!
A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander. Rosa’s mother is Librarian ghost appeasement specialist. They have just moved to a town that has no ghosts. Well, we all know what THAT means. A local Ren Faire is the site of some serious paranormal activity.
I am reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente. Emily and Charlotte Bronte are sentenced to return to the horrible boarding school where their sisters died. And Branwell and Anne walk them to the train station to see them off. But the train that arrives is one created by the Brontes' wild imagination. Valente's whimsical language suits this story perfectly.
I have also finished Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. It's the beginning of a new Sci-Fi battle series and although I like the characters, I doubt that I will read the sequels. Roth fans will LOVE it, I am sure.
If you want to see my addendum, here it is. I posted it on Scribd. If you have trouble reading it, or if Scribd asks for info you prefer not to give, please comment below.
HEADS UP! I have leftover ARCs and, at least, one signed book that I plan to give away in a future post. So check back - or sign up for email notifications over there in the right hand sidebar.