Here is your opportunity to do extra credit this six weeks! It’s the easiest it has ever been! Let’s get excited about reading. This is a great way to share your favorite books with your classmates…and the rest of the blogosphere! Comment here on this post, and tell everyone a little about the book of your choice. I’m going to make the first recommendation, so you can follow my format if you’d like. Remember, it’s a recommendation, not a summary; don’t give away the plot. What were the strong points? Who might like it? Who might not? Feel free to join in a conversation and comment on other people’s recommendations as well. Of course, the guidelines here are the same as anywhere, be considerate and think about your words before submitting them.(All comments do await my moderation–just in case, so you won’t see them instantly.)
The more involved you are, the more credit you get.
“How much extra credit?” you ask.
“Up to 40 points on a major exam,” I reply.
“Holy cow! That’s amazing!” you exclaim.
“I know,” I nod and answer.
So to get you started, here is my recommendation for a book I’m reading right now:
I’m reading a book I picked up in Asheville a few weeks ago, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. You may recognize Holly Black’s name from her work as the author of The Spiderwick Chronicles. She has aimed for older teens as her audience of this book, so if you felt you had outgrown her, give this one a try.
I don’t want to give away much plot, but the premise is that vampirism has spread throughout much of the world. In order to contain it, those who are vampires or who have become “infected” are quarantined in Coldtowns. The main character of this book is Tana, an ordinary teen whose life is turned upside down when she wakes up surrounded by corpses after a party. (Talk about somewhere you wouldn’t want to get caught dead!) This begins her journey with an infected former boyfriend and a vampire to the world’s most famous Coldtown.
I love this book because the characters are so well-drawn. I immediately cared about what would happen to Tana and her somewhat irritating ex-boyfriend. I was also intrigued by the vampire Gavriel, who is both frightening and fascinating– but never sparkles!
This book also started out with a bang; there was no wasted time since the background is given to the reader in flashbacks. Holly Black is, as always, a great writer who handles dialog expertly.
If you have ever read and enjoyed a vampire novel, I recommend this one to you. A question that popped into my head as I was writing my review was, “Will guys like it?” I think it has potential. It’s very un-Twilight! (I did not care for those books.)
OK, guys, there is my recommendation! Now give us all yours!