Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Turn The Page ... Tuesday

Series & Sequels

Did you know Suzanne Collins wrote a whole other series before The Hunger Games? Uh hu. Neither did I until I decided to preview a book that I thought Henry might like but the reviews I read at Common Sense Media made me wonder if there was too much violence. I wanted to read what they were describing in it's proper context vs just a clip. Five books later ... I'd say ti was a hit! Unfortunately, Henry was not interested in Gregor The Overlander. These books are written for 9-13 year olds but I don't think age matters. She is a great writer and really has a fabulous imagination! These books have proven to be very fast reads and just fascinating ~ can you imagine running into a cockroach that is 6 ft tall? Or lets say a human who's skin is transparent and their eyes are violet? That is just a taste of what oddities you will come across as Gregor explores the underland.

From Amazon:
"When 11-year-old Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of his New York City apartment building, he hurtles into a dark Underland beneath the city. There, humans live uneasily beside giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats—but the fragile peace is about to fall apart. Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor, in the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles."

Bonus Books

The Lodger  was a kindle freebie that would make a perfect Halloween read. It's just suspenseful enough that the hairs on the back of your neck tingle a little and you hold your breath as you turn the page (or push the button in my case).
From Amazon:
"More than a story of a serial murderer in foggy London of the early twentieth century, this is also a look at the social and familial mores of the time and of the strange relationship that forms between a mysterious lodger and his landlady....Raver's voice has superb diction and range. She speaks for all characters, except for the lodger, in a strong cockney accent, and she sets the mood from start to finish."

Another great Halloween read is Miss Peregrine's Home For Pecular Children. This book really had me scratching my head at first. Not in a bad way but wondering what was "true" and what was just an active imagination of one of the main characters. As the story progresses you begin to wonder if there really are such people as the peculiar children. Read it - you will understand what I mean ;-)

From Amazon:
"A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows."

So tell me what good reads you've had lately. Any spooky Halloween-ish reads that won't give me nightmares? ;-)


Sara said...

Oooooo! Those last two look really good. Hmmmm--maybe I could read four books this month?? SO many books, so little...

Debi said...

I, too, did not know that Collins had written another series. Lots of interesting books this month!