Mind Over Matter. Or the Other Way Around.

November 23, 2011

Have you ever had that itching feeling? The one where you’re on the edge of some momentous discovery or creation, an instant before a breakthrough, so close that a heavenly choir is preparing to sing in the background? If you’re anything like me, that instant-before moment is right about when you lose your train of thought.

The other night I was doodling my own book cover for Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Everything was going well, the  images were flowing freely from my mind to my pencil to the paper. My fingertips were throbbing, but it was that pleasant soreness of effort and accomplishment. The two-dimensional graphite on my paper grew a magical depth and form, reminding me of the real magic that came out of Clary Fray’s illustrations. Okay, maybe my surprisingly decent drawing of a finger sandwich couldn’t actually become a finger sandwich, like Clary’s could in Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, but it could make my soul soar.

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Teens’ Top Ten 2011: The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

August 2, 2011

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is one of the Teens’ Top Ten nominations for 2011.

When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell’s older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten, click here here.  To request this book from Wake County Public Libraries, click here.  Voting begins August 22, 2011 and ends September 16, 2011.  To vote during these dates, click here.

Teens’ Top Ten 2010: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

August 30, 2010

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare is one of the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations for 2010.

Still pursuing a cure for her mother’s enchantment, Clary uses all her powers and ingenuity to get into Idris, the forbidden country of the secretive Shadowhunters, and to its capital, the City of Glass, where with the help of a newfound friend, Sebastian, she uncovers important truths about her family’s past that will not only help save her mother but all those that she holds most dear.

To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten, click here.  To request this book from Wake County Public Libraries, click here.  Voting begins August 23, 2010 and ends September 17, 2010.  To vote during these dates, click here.

City Of Glass-Book Review

September 5, 2009

I just recently finished City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare. Boy, I am so happy about the ending, even though me, the one that sucks at predicting things, predicted things. This book was amazing.

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Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

August 4, 2008

How do you prove a murder took place when no one else can see the perpetrators and the victim disappears before your eyes? That’s what happens to Clary Fay, however.

The killers are Shadowhunters, and the “victim” was a demon; Clary, as a human, should never have been able to see any of it. Naturally, as the fantasy heroine of this tale, Clary has a history she knows nothing about, and powers she’s just discovering, and the scene described is just the beginning.

Returning home, Clary finds her mother missing and her apartment tossed. It’s the beginning of an adventure that will expose her to a world she never imagined. This urban fantasy is packed with action, lush description, and dark alleys populated with fascinating creatures. Imagine Buffy put on leather and moved to Gotham City – then kicked some serious booty. The vampires in Sunnyvale have nothing on the motorcycle vampire gangs, street-packs of werewolves, and warlocks who know how to party in Cassandra Clare’s New York.

City of Bones is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Reviewed by Amy at Southeast Regional Library.

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