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Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

“Burning Sky” by Sherry Thomas

A written review by Adrienne

In Atlantis, a kingdom that exists parallel to our own world, in 1883, Iolanthe discovers quite by accident that she is able to command the very powerful elements. This discovery, however, completely changes her life in a matter of minutes. She is quickly taken by Prince Titus to hide for her own safety in a school for boys. Iolanthe reluctantly becomes Archer Fairfax and with the help of the Prince learns about her powers.

Prince Titus with a prophecy of his own to find the one mage powerful enough to overthrow Bane whose oppressive rule has made anyone who opposes him disappear. Titus is haunted by his mother and the fate she foresaw as he shepherds Archer (Iolanthe).

What I liked was the world building. Atlantis co-exists with the non-magical world. There are several of our world historical events that have ramifications in the magical world. The story is told in third person from Iolanthe/Archer and Prince Titus’ point-of-views in alternating sub-chapters. Footnotes within the story correspond to citations in the back of the book where excerpts from magical historical texts further deepen the world building. This is the first book in a series. Recommended for fantasy lovers, middle school and up.

 

ATBF Rae Carson Interview

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Rae Carson

Cathie Sue and Adrienne attended the 2013 Austin Teen Book Festival and were fortunate to grab an interview with author Rae Carson. Happy, happy, joy, joy here for you, our favorite listeners, is a bonus podcast with Rae. Thank you so much Rae and to the Austin Teen Book Festival for making it possible.

[Note: We were in a room where other interviews were being conducted so there is some background noise. –ab]

 

Super Human by Michael Carroll

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A written review by Adrienne

“Super Human” by Michael Carroll

Krodin came to Earth 4,500 years ago and with lots of slashing and gashing brutally ruled our world until he suddenly vanished to reappear in present day. It was the Helotry who caused Krodin’s magical feat, a fanatic group who created a plague that only affects adults in their attempt to align themselves with the evil warrior. It’s left up to a group of super-powered teens to save the world.

This is an action-packed book that starts and ends with a bang. The story rollicks along with Carroll’s amusing characters. Part X-Men, part Michael Grant’s “Gone” series and all action, action, action. This is book 4 in a series: “The Quantum Prophecy / The Awakening”; “Sakkara / The Gathering’; “Absolute Power / The Reckoning”; “The New Heroes: Superhuman”, “Super Human”; ‘The Ascension”; “Stronger.” A fast exciting read for middle grade and up.

The Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom or, I Thought There Would Be Cheesecake!

The Heroes Guide to SAving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

The Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue
Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne

Upcoming books:
“Ashes” by Ilsa Bick

6 folktale picture books:
“Nabeel’s New Pants” by Fascia Gilani-Williams
“The Matatu” by Eric Walters
“The Boy From Dragon Palace” by Margaret Read MacDonald
“The Greedy Sparrow” by Lucine Kasbarian
“The Flying Canoe” by Eric Kimmel
“Little Sister and the Month Brothers” by Beatrice Schenk de Reginers

Oni Press Graphic Novels

“The Avalon Chronicles: Once in a Blue Moon”, volume one by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir and Emma Viecele.

“Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge!” by Brendan Hay and Justin Wagner

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue
Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne
Guest: Scott Freeman

Upcoming:
“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
“Never Fall Down” by Patricia McCormick

 

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making or, Welcome to Your Life

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

“The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” by Catherynne Valente (author’s website)

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Cathie Sue
Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne

City of Fallen Angels & TMI

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Roll call question
What are your favorite places to read?

Topic
“2012 Newbery Reading List”, by Hunt, Jonathan. January 27, 2011, School Library Journal Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery blog.

Recommendations
Jenny
Virginia Euwer WolfeNeustadt Award winner
Monday is One Day by Arthur Levine
Which Way by Marthe Jocelyn
Go outside

Emily
DC Comics reboot of their entire universe

Karl
Anti-recommendation: Don’t watch Bill and Ted Adventures cartoon

Adrienne
Teen Read Month partnering with Kevin Stark of Toy and Action Figure Museum, a Color Nook for top readers of a school and public library provided by Sonic, Corp, posters and a drawing of all participants for a set of books.

Upcoming
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Zombies vs Unicorns or, The Winner Is…

Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

Unicorns FTW!

Simon and Schuster Promotion Website

Holly Black – Author website

Justine Larbalestier – Author website

Recommendations

Karl
Zombie Risk game
Major Spoilers.com
Major Spoilers Podcast
Major Spoilers Critical Hit – D&D Podcast

Emily
Mildred Laughlin 2010 Festival of the BookTamora Pierce
John Green books and Nerdfighters

Adrienne
Television Without Pity.com

Upcoming Books

Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Space Between the Trees by Katie Williams

Clockwork Angel or, A Corset Too Tight

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare – Author website

Clockwork Angel Playlist – Author’s list of songs in Grooveshark playlist

Topic

Who the heck are we?!?

Adrienne Butler, Youth Services Consultant, Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Emily Williams, Young Adult Services Coordinator, Metropolitan Library System

Cathie Sue Andersen, Selector – Youth Fiction, Tulsa City County Library System

Karl Siewert, Young Adult Librarian, Tulsa City County Library System

Recommendations

Adrienne
Slate Culture Gabfest
Slate Spoiler Special
Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Renew your driver’s license

Cathie Sue
The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie by Alan C. Bradley
The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan C. Bradley
ThinkGeek.com

Karl
To Write Love On Her Arms.org
Fade to Blue by Sean Bedoin
Ignite – Seattle, Tulsa, OKC

Emily
Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, AMC TV Show

Upcoming Books:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway