Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday... Talon by Julie Kagawa

Hey, Iron Fey fans!
The first book in
Julie Kagawas new series
will be released on
October 28th!

 The series revolves around dragons with the ability to disguise themselves as humans and an order of warriors sworn to eradicate them. The dragons of TALON and the Order of St. George have been at war with each other for centuries. The fabled creatures, whose existence is unknown by the general public, are determined to rule the world. Their foes, a legendary society of dragon slayers, are equally bent on driving the fabled beasts into extinction. However, when a young dragon and a hardened slayer unknowingly befriend each other, it has severe repercussions for both organizations.


17331828Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Series I Want To Start Reading

Top Ten Series
I Want To Start Reading
Corpus Series
Gated Series
The Forbidden Library Series

Stone Braide Chronicles by Bonnie S. Calhoun 

Words Made Flesh by AdriAnne Strickland
After the End Series by Amy Plum
Extraction Series
The Book of Ivy Series by Amy Engel
Talon Series by Julie Kagawa
Red Queen Trilogy by Victoria Aveyard

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: Pride of Baghdad by Brian Vaughan

2133652Pride of Baghdad Discussion
Title: Pride of Baghdad
Author: Brian Vaughan
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published September 13th 2006 by Vertigo
Readers of nonfiction graphic novels

This book teaches many powerful lessons.  I think it would be a good book for a discussion group or book club.

This book tells the story (in illustrations and words) about the 2003 bombing of the Baghdad Zoo.  The story is about a pride of lions who are ripped out of the comfort of here enclosure into the chaos of war. 

In the beginning of the book, the pride of lions think that their biggest problem is the arguments amongst themselves, but soon they realize that outside forces can be the driving force that either tears a family apart or makes them realize they need each other.

This book was recommended to me by two people in the same week; so I had to read it. I didn’t get up from my sofa until I was done—no bathroom breaks, snack breaks, and I didn’t even check my phone.   This book was very powerful and very unique.  It exposed me to a piece of history I wasn’t familiar with.  I would love to see this book read in history classes, but due the sexual nature in parts of this book, I understand why a teacher would be hesitant to assigning it to a class.