Thursday, January 1, 2009

For the New Year, Past and Future

I thought it would be good for the New Year to take a look at the last year and a peek at the future: or, the best and worst book from 2008 and new releases for 2009.

Best Read of 2008: (there is a tie)

Artemis Fowl and The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
True to form, Mr. Colfer provided a gripping novel, where poor Artemis has to outsmart his toughest opponent yet... himself. Can he overcome his past self in time to save from extinction the only creature which can cure his mother? I couldn't put this book down and finished it in one sitting.

Chalice by Robin McKinley
Mirasol never asked to become the new Chalice of the Willowlands, but after a fire killed the last Master and his Chalice, she is chosen to assist the new Master in holding together their realm. An artfully told story reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, Ms. McKinley never fails to please.

Biggest Letdown of 2008:

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
While I have to admit I liked the first three in an embarrassing sort of way, this book was terrible. The characters all did 180s from who they had been for three books. Bella didn't have to sacrifice anything to get everything she wanted. Plus, it left girls with the advice that all you need to be happy is a child and a husband. A little too 1950s mentality if you ask me.

Exciting releases of 2009:

February 24 - The Singing by Alison Croggon
(Pellinor book 4) (US release)

March 1 - Silent on the Moors by Deanna Raybourn
(Lady Julia Grey mystery book 3)

April 28 - Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
(Beka Cooper, a Tortall Ledgend book 2)

Mid June - Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
(Keys to the Kingdom book 7)

Fall - Syren by Angie Sage
(Septimus Heap book 5)

Late - Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier

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