On the morning of her high school graduation, Kylie Flores wakes up hung over and
a little confused on how she ended up on the other side of the border in bed with Max
Langston, the most popular boy in school. With such a cinematic opening scene and the
authors’ background in the movie industry it’s no surprise the rest of the book reads like
it was made for a movie. From chasing after thieves that stole Kylie’s laptop to getting
trapped in a truck full of stolen goods headed to Mexico to meeting lost-long friends of
Kylie’s Mexico-born father – everything is slightly too unbelievable, but that was the fun
of it. The quick pacing and the over-the-top adventures made it a great breezy, summer
read. One to wile away the summer days.
- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Friends don’t let friends date vampires. Mel lives in New Whitby, a town in Maine where vampires and human coexist. Unlike many of her fellow humans, Mel does not get the intrigue of vampires; she prefers not to work with or date them. However, her best friend Cathy has always been somewhat obsessed with vampires and when one is a new student at their high school, Mel tries everything to get Cathy away from him and the idea of turning into a vampire. This is a book I have been waiting for since the outpouring of paranormal romance in young adult literature. I loved how the authors strike a great
balance between mocking the genre, but they also convey an understanding of the attraction to vampire romance. The diverse characters are memorably drawn and Mel –Mel is such a character. I love her staunch loyalty to her friends and her realist nature. The prose is brilliantly funny and will have you laughing out loud. One for vampire lovers and haters alike. Don’t miss this book!
- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza
A picture book from the point of view of Julia Child’s cat, this book lovingly charts Julia Child’s culinary progress in muted watercolors and her cat’s eventual preference of Child’s cooking over mouse. Bates’s illustrations are richly textured and detailed, offering ample surprises when pored over. A gem of a picture book.
- Georgianna from Books inc. at Opera Plaza
Dragons are people too... or at least, they have the option to be in Seraphina's world. Humans and dragons have worked out a fragile truce, which is constantly under threat from the violent members of both races-- and it falls to Seraphina, to combat a conspiracy that would bring ruinous war. Brilliant storytelling, a fresh and winning voice, and a wholly original approach to the dragon myth make this an exciting, unforgettable read. --Tom Gartner, buyer from Books Inc. Chestnut Street
responded like this to a book since I first read Eon: The Last Dragoneye
by Alison Goodman. Seraphina is about bigotry, and the church that feeds
it. It is a warning, and illuminates the path away from that sin. Tough going,
I wouldn’t give it to anyone younger than 4th grade.
Deeply great stuff. –Elizabeth, children’s specialist from Books Inc. Alameda
I’ll be the first to admit that typically, when confronted with a book about dragons, I shy away. It’s an old prejudice, one that was proved gloriously wrong by Rachel Hartman’s breath-taking debut, Seraphina. Though Hartman’s writing style pays homage to fantasy great J.R.R. Tolkien, and has faint echoes of Megan Whalen Turner’s prose, her world and her characters are completely of her own devising. Masterful pacing and superb character development keep the pages turning, but it was the expert world-building that stirred my imagination. The world of Seraphina is one that I have never seen before, and is also one to which I am eager to return. For once, I found myself thinking, thank goodness it’s a series! --Maggie, Children’s Department Director
If you crave an exquisite fantasy of substance, you have found your prize. Seraphina is a singularly beautiful story of identity, passion, and, yes, dragons! Hartman has designed a world and characters that are complex and engaging, and her prose is absolutely brilliant, not a word wasted in creating each perfectly crafted scene and conversation. This book will question your preconceptions, enliven your imagination, and expand your vocabulary, all in due measure. --Tanya, manager at Books Inc. Palo Alto
I don’t usually read YA but I found this book quickly caught my interest. It’s an amazing story about a girl who is a brilliant musician, an intrepid investigator, who also possesses boundless charm and spirit. She’s haunted by a dark and terrible secret; her mother is a DRAGON! (Ages 12+) --Josh Books Inc. Berkeley
This is a fun and engaging read about a dog (Arlo) that is having a problem with his sight. Arlo’s owner takes him to get glasses and he has to search for just the right pair! Children and adults will get a kick out of the pop ups, and it sends a positive message to kids about wearing glasses. (Ages 3+) --Reviewed by Melanie of Books Inc. Berkeley
This is one gorgeous picture book. From the endpapers, which look like natural fibers and leaves have been pressed into them (a motif which is echoed in the backgrounds of the illustrations), to the fully saturated coloring of the protagonist bird hoarder, More delivers everything a picture book should. It tells the tale of a bird who lets his collection of salvaged treasures (some might call it “junk”) get out of control and then pares it back down with the help of a concerned mouse friend.
--Reviewed by Georgianna from Books Inc. Opera Plaza