Once again it is time for our First Chapter, First Paragraph book review as designed by socratesbookreviews blogspot.com with our own twist, of course, being used books only.
In honor of school starting this month I will be reviewing children’s and young adult titles. Today we have the following:
The Folk Keeper
Aladdin Fantasy, 1999
“February 2- Candlemas.
It is a day of yellow fog, and the Folk are hungry. They ate the lamb I brought them, picking the bones clean and leaving them outside the Folk Door. The lamb was meant for Matron’s Sunday supper. She’ll know I took it, but she will not dare say anything. She can keep her tapestries and silks and Sunday dinners. Here in the Cellar, I control the Folk. Here, I am queen of the world.”
Corinna is a Folk Keeper, tasked to keep the mysterious Folk who live underground at bay. But when a wealthy family takes her from the orphanage, Corinna must discover the secret of her talents and plan on what she will become.
The winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book award for fiction in 1999, this book is an unusual combination of fantasy, coming of age and horror, written for readers over the age of 9. Great for readers who enjoy a bit of gothic, ancient lore and strong self-reliant heroine.
“The wind was chill and the cold froze the ends of her toes. One of these days she was going to break down and buy boots-if only she didn’t need to eat.”
Anna is a waitress, living on a shoestring, and estranged from her family for their own protection. Attacked on a date, she is now the lowest, and most abused, member of the larger of the two Chicago wolf packs. But seeing the news report of the death of a young teen, whom she last saw drugged in a silver cage, Anna dares to break rank & call the Marrok, the Alpha of all the Alphas to bring justice to the dead. Thus taking the first step into becoming what her dual nature demands her to be.
This is book one of the “Alpha and Omega” series, which exists in the same world as Patricia Briggs “Mercedes Thompson” series. A world almost just like ours, but where things that go bump in the night really exist.
Based on the above, would you want to read this? Why or why not? Drop me a line and let me know.
This week we have another young adult book. Turnabout
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Simon & Schuster, 2000
“April 21, 2085
My sixteenth birthday. Sad, sad day. What I mind most-what I’ve dreaded most-is losing my license. I could still pass for being older for at least another year or two, but the agency won’t let me. Against the rules , they say. We know best, they say. How can they be so sure when this is all new territory?”
What if you were given the chance to be younger and live another life? What if you didn’t remember agreeing to do this? What happens when you keep getting younger?
In this novel we get to experience the hidden issues in de-aging and how things constantly change. Haddix has created a world where two friends will be friends until the end, which may be another beginning to them and the strange way they exist in the world.
“The day Alys was accused of being a witch started out like any other. She woke to the gray light of dawn and to the sound of her father coughing. Did he sound any better than he had the morning before? Yes, she told herself–just a little bit, but definitely better. And though she thought that every morning since late winter when he’d been so sick she’d been afraid he’d die, and though here it was with the wheat already harvested and the leaves beginning to turn, and he still too frail to run the tin shop by himself- that did nothing to lessen her conviction, He definitely sounded better. “
This young adult books is a nice spin on the whole “witch fed to a dragon” motif. Our hero is not perfect by any means. She is angry at how the village turned on her, and even those who passive-aggressively tried to help her (by not tightening the ropes too much) did not stand up for her, so when given the chance to cower & die, or run & die, she taunts the dragon instead.
This is an amazing story that is both simply entertaining and well written, along with being thought provoking and complicated.