Monday, January 30, 2012


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 (Leviathan, book 1)
Scott Westerfeld
Leviathan + Behemoth + Goliath = One awesome book series.
Set in an alternative Europe at the start of World War I, it features two very different sides; Clankers, who are masters of the machine, and Darwinists, who can manipulate DNA to craft special creatures. 
Darwinist Deryn (a.k.a. Dylan) Sharp has always wanted to fly, and she's not going to let anything get in the way of that- not even the fact that they don't let girls into the British Air Service.
Clanker Prince Aleksander of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is on the run. His parents have just been murdered by his granduncle, and now he has a new target- Alek.
But after an unfortunate attack on the ship Deryn is stationed on, the Leviathan, it seems that Alek and his men are the only ones who can save them, in return for being saved themselves. Can this alliance work out on both ends?
This series is amazing. I'm having a hard time returning it to the library, it's that good. Because of some complex schemes, I recommend this book for ages 13 and up. Author: Scott Westerfeld. Release date: 2009 On a scale of 1 being not so good, and 10 being the very best book I've ever read, I rate this series an 8. Check out the website at

Monday, January 16, 2012

Okay For Now

book cover of 
Okay for Now 
Gary D Schmidt

Ollo, peoples. 'Kay, so this post is about the book Okay For Now by Gary D. Schimdt. I had been browsing on one of my favorite websites, Fantastic Fiction, and had come across this book. I remembered seeing it on the new shelf at my library, and made a mental note to check it out. When I did, it made me cry.
Doug Swieteck's life is tough. The book opens on his family's abrupt move to a small town in New York, which Doug is sure he is going to hate. But then he ends up in the library. And that's where he sees the Arctic Tern picture. This book was written in delightful variations on a main theme, from Doug's weekly Saturday grocery delivery job, to the Saturday visits to the library, to the regathering of pictures to make a book whole again.
Because of some tense themes, I recommend this book for ages 13 and up. Author: Gary D. Schmidt. Release date: 2011 On a scale of 1 being not so good, and 10 being the very best book I've ever read, I rate this book a 6. Check out the website at