I'll never forget what book got me hooked on reading. Gary Paulsen's Hatchet,
was one of thrills and adventure. I realized at a young age that I adored books
where the main character was just trying to survive, but was left with nothing
or no one. I suppose it was easy to put myself in the place of that character
and wonder to myself how would I survive if put in that same place. Ashfall is
one of those books! What would you do if a supervolcano erupted and you had no
warning and no one to help you figure out what to do? You had no preparations,
no family near you, no clean water, and people known as 'flencers' were trying
to hunt you down and eat you?! Mullin makes it easy to put you in this person's
place, and it's honestly terrifying. I truly loved the twist and turns this book
took, and am just engrossed in the second installment. I highly recommend to
those who looking for a thrilling story with just a tad of romance and plenty of
moments that will have your heart racing.
--Reviewed by Courtney, of Books Inc. Burlingame
People are always asking us what book we are reading for Not Your Mother's Book Club, which is a TOTALLY REASONABLE question, considering we're called Not Your Mother's Book CLUB. But the truth of the matter is, for the last 5 years, this has been an author salon, only. NOT SO ANYMORE! Thanks to Anna, the newest member of our Books Inc. Palo Alto team, we are now launching Not Your Mother's ACTUAL Book Club, a book club that reads books! HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND! So join us for our first meeting, no reading required. Yet. :)
I loved every agonizing heartbreaking moment of this book! Set in a
small town in Maine best friends Dinah & Skint couldn't be more
different, they both want to help and make things better for those around
them but while Skint rages against the injustices of the world Dinah's main
concern is trying to get Skint to wear a winter coat. Their friendship also
around an elephant in the room, Skint's father is homebound with dementia a topic Skint has made clear is not to be broached. But his family
may be in desperate need of help and by the time Dinah opens her eyes and
sees it things will never be the same for them.
--Reviewed by Shannon, Senior Children's Buyer
This novel snuck under the wire to get into my top three young adult novels
for 2012. I read it in one breathless night, and the next morning, when I saw
an airplane flying overhead, I burst into tears. Which, I admit, probably seems like a crazy response, and fairly so. But like all the best, most special books, Ask The Passengers doesn't just satisfy the mind while it's being read-- it also colors life long after it has been put down, making otherwise banal things, like the sight of airplanes overhead, illuminated.
King uses complicated ideas,
recurring imagery and deceptively simple language to craft a story of
incredible honesty and pathos. Those who were unlucky to be around me
in the days after I read it were
subjected to my many gushings-and even with the amount of hyperbolic gushery
I put forth in those days, I'm not sure I did this novel justice. Gorgeous.
Wise. Vibrant. For those who love any of the following authors: David Levithan, Nina LaCour, Sarah Dessen or John Green should certainly take a look.
I cannot wait to pick up more of A. S. King's work. Because if
it's even a FRACTION as good... I may have a new favorite author. For ages 15+ --Reviewed by Maggie, Books Inc. Children's Department Director
In the small English village, Sorry-in-the-Vale, Kami Glass has dreams
of becoming an intrepid reporter. When the aristocratic Lynburn family
return to their mansion on the hill and strange events begin to occur, Kami
is on the job investigating. Complicating things are the two beautiful
Lynburn cousins, golden Ash and brooding Jared, who both show an interest in
Kami. Also, one of them sound suspiciously like Kami's "imaginary" friend -
a friend that she's been talking to in her head since she was a child.
I completely devoured this book. Brennan has crafted a delightful story
with laugh out loud dialogue and endearing characters. I can't wait until
book 2, especially with the way the story ended.
-- Reviewed by Connie, Books Inc. Opera Plaza
I met this
amazing man just a couple of months back, and I was just elated. Doctorow's new
techno-geek novel is set in London, where Trent
McCauley has just gotten in trouble with the Man. His crime? Downloading films illegally
in order to make his own films by splicing scenes from different movies
world, set slightly farther in the future, is a world where we may be living,
and everything requires the
Internet in order to live. With the Internet shut down, his father can no
longer work, his mother can't receive her benefits, and his sister will have a
tough time passing high school. Guilty and beyond upset, he runs away and meets
his destiny in the form of a dapper gentlemanly beggar named Jem. Time passes
learns the ways of living off the street with Jem and the Jammie Dodgers.
Eventually, with this ragtag group of homeless folk, Trent realizes the only way to get his life
back is to make the government give it back -- for good. Recommended for the
clever people who like figuring out backdoors for computer programs and the
for ages 13+
Reviewed by Robbin, Compass Books SFO