Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner. This week we are going to be discussing Spelled by Betsy Schow.
Spelled, like so many recent books, is a new twist on an old tale. Everyone knows the story of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, but the Dorothy found in Spelled has never known Kansas. Schow takes the well-known story and twists it into something we’ve never seen before. This concept is very popular in the YA genre at the moment, and Schow weaves her magic (pun intended) extremely well in her retelling of The Wizard of Oz.
Dorthea (or Dot to her friends) has everything she wants out of life — except for the ability to leave home. Sure, being the Emerald Princess has its perks, including extravagant ball gowns made by Glenda, but along with the royal title comes the royal curse. The curse states that one day a girl from the Emerald line will turn evil and leave Emerald to burn. Dot might not be the cursed Emerald, but she’ll never leave the castle just to be on the safe side. However, this is a problem for Dot, because all she wants is freedom.
Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner. This week we are going to be discussing The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. As some of you may know, The Outsiders celebrated its 50th anniversary this past November. And for the uninformed, The Outsiders is a much celebrated book, which was an incredibly important piece of fiction when it came out in 1967.
The Outsiders was revolutionary because it was written by a teenager, about teenagers, for teenagers. In fact, that was the original tagline when the book first came out. Some would say that The Outsiders was one of the first books in what would later become the young adult genre. The Outsiders is a book that has resonated with people of all ages over the last 50 years because of the relatable characters and strong themes.
“Sabrina Parr’s work delves into worlds of destruction and deterioration, but through lenses of admiration described via language. Parr’s ability to take these images of mass deterioration and flip it into something that contains beauty in some way is done so artfully that you may be forced to read it multiple times.
A cyclical nature is apparent in Parr’s piece, ‘Tinted Lens.’ Parr writes about the beauty which can be seen through a lens — ‘We stare down the lens of whatever’ is a line that’s broad, and yet specific enough that the audience can relate it to whatever they would like.
This piece continues to fill us with excitement and feelings of admiration as she follows up with the line, ‘to love the contents that construct us.’ Here the audience is allowed to feel admiration for what they are viewing, or quite possibly themselves. While it is open to multiple interpretations, the overall message remains positive, however.
Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we will be talking about Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter.
Kylie Galen is shipped off to a camp for troubled teenagers for the summer. Soon after she arrives, it becomes clear that Kylie has a very different definition of “troubled” from the campers at Shadow Falls. Because “troubled,” for them, means supernatural.
Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and fairies who find it difficult to hide their powers in the human world make up the cast at Shadow Falls. While Kylie has never felt normal, she definitely doesn’t belong at a camp for troubled supernaturals, but everyone insists that she is one of them, even if they can’t figure out what kind of supernatural being she is.
Of course, then enters more trouble in the form of Derek, a half-fae who makes Kylie’s life feel normal again, and Lucas, who is really familiar, but doesn’t seem interested in sharing how he and Kylie may know each other. With her life falling apart and Shadow Falls coming under attack, Kylie finds that she might just be right where she belongs.
C.C. Hunter weaves together a fast-paced supernatural story with a couple of interesting twists, too. Born at Midnight is a fun and fast read for any fan of the supernatural.
That’s all for this week, and as always, happy reading! — Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor
Hey, everyone! This week we are going to be talking about Kristi Cook’s Haven.
Violet McKenna is having a tough year. It’s bad enough that her father was brutally murdered, but Violet actually saw it and couldn’t stop it from happening. You see, Violet has visions of the future, mostly dealing with tragedies. Now all Violet wants to do is try and move on with her life.
So, when her stepmom gets a job in New York and gives Violet the choice to move to New York with her or move in with her ailing grandmother, Violet opts for New York. Enrolled at a new prestigious boarding school, Violet is ready to put everything behind her and be normal for once in her life. Winterhaven is Violet’s chance for a fresh start, but it might not be what Violet expects.
Strange things are happening at Winterhaven and Violet soon finds out that she is not the only one with a strange talent. Everyone at Winterhaven has one! Just as Violet is starting to feel normal, she meets Aidan. Mysterious, gorgeous Aidan who keeps only to himself. Soon after Violet meets Aidan, she starts to have visions of his death and it looks like she is going to be the one who kills him. Can Violet figure out the vision before it’s too late? Can she find out what Aidan is hiding before the vision comes true?
Mystery and supernatural powers abound in Kristi Cook’s Haven. You’re in for one wild ride.
That’s all for this week, and of course, happy reading!
Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner!
I spent the summer reading any book I could get my greedy little hands on in order to tell you all about them. We are going to start off with one of my favorites, The Selection by Kiera Cass.
The heroine of The Selection, America, does not want to be a princess. The Selection is a competition to win the Prince’s love and become the new princess. To America, this sounds like a waste of time, and this isn’t the life she wants to lead. Besides, America already has her life figured out. She is going to save up money to marry her secret boyfriend, who is in a caste below her, and take care of her family.
Nowhere in her plans did America want to become a princess, but when her secret boyfriend breaks up with her, and her mother pushes her to apply, America finds herself not only applying for the Selection but winning a place. Now she is one of thirty-five girls who have a chance to compete to win Prince Maxon’s heart and become the next princess.
There’s only one problem — America still doesn’t want to be a princess. All America wants is for her heartbreak to end and to go home. That is, until she actually meets Prince Maxon. Maxon isn’t at all who she thought he would be; Maxon listens and is understanding. America could use someone like that in her life.
Hastily thrown into the world of ballgowns and royalty, America finds herself very confused. Could she be falling in love with a prince she swore she wasn’t even going to like? Could she become the next princess? Is that even something she wants? Thirty-five girls are competing for one man’s heart. Who will be the one to win Maxon’s heart? That is something not even he knows.
Writer Kiera Cass brings us on a wild ride with The Selection. May the best girl win!
Hello readers, and welcome back! This week we are going to be talking about My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison.
Savannah Delano’s life is going great. She is popular, a star on the track team, and dating the hottest boy in school. Everything is great until her sister steals her boyfriend. All Savannah has now is a broken heart and a prom dress she won’t be wearing because her boyfriend will be taking her sister instead.
Enter Chrysanthemum (Chrissy) Everstar, Savannah’s Fair Godmother. Yep, you read that right — Fair Godmother. Chrissy is a Fairy Godmother in training and she’s not doing very well, so she takes Savannah on as an extra credit assignment. Chrissy offers Savannah three wishes. What’s a girl to wish for? A prince and a ball, of course. One Cinderella story coming up.
The medieval period isn’t everything Savannah thought it would be — no electricity, no indoor plumbing, and serving your evil stepmother and ugly stepsisters isn’t fun. With no ball on the horizon, Savannah is less than happy. She keeps calling for Chrissy, but Chrissy never shows up.
When Chrissy does show up, she complains about being yanked away from her shopping trip. Savannah then uses her second wish, to be loved and taken care of. One Snow White coming up.
But being Snow White isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either. With one wish left, Savannah has to (1) get Chrissy to show up again, and (2) think of just what she wants. This is her last chance to get it right.
When Chrissy finally shows up, complaining about being yanked away from a shoe sale, Savannah uses her third wish. The wording has to be just right, so Savannah wishes for a princely guy to take her to prom while she is back at home.
Finally back at home, Savannah is ready to put her life back together. Everything is going well until Savannah finds out that the guy she’s been set up with — Tristan — is missing under mysterious circumstances. Turns out Tristan is trapped in the middle ages until he can become a prince. Savannah has to go back to medieval times to help him, what could go wrong? Can Savannah help Tristan? Will he let her?
Mystery and magic abound in My Fair Godmother. With three wishes, what could go wrong? That’s all for this week. Happy reading, everyone!