A blog for young readers (and YA lovers) from the Providence Athenaeum.
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Francesca Lia Block’s books always hold a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to read her new one. For those of you who have not yet met these fantastic books, you should check out the whole WEETZIE BAT cycle. (My personal favorite book, a SEMINAL book in my internal upbringing is WITCH BABY.
And while LOVE doesn’t have the same cast of characters, I’m still just as excited.
Los Angeles has been destroyed by the Earth Shaker and the disastrous flood that followed. Pen’s family has vanished in the wake of the two-pronged catastrophe, and after narrowly escaping death herself, Pen has set off to find them. But could they possibly still be alive? Most of those who survived the apocalypse have been eaten by a genetically engineered race of giants that have mysteriously appeared following the disaster. But not all humans have perished. Pen soon meets three solitary boys who join her on her odyssey—and, yes, the story is inspired by Homer’s epic. The giants, for example, evoke the Cyclopes; a former soap opera star turned witch is Circe; and there are also sirens, lotus eaters, and more… Magic is no stranger to Block’s world, nor is her signature poetic sensibility. And love, in its many varieties and forms, is celebrated, as always
How did you do? How did you feel? Are you dead? Because I am a ghost right now.
My advice? Take December OFF. Scribble in your notebook, marathon Dr. Who and Buffy, read lots of books, enjoy your holidays and make cookies.
Then, in January, we start revising.
"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain."
from Work: A Story of Experience
On this day in 1832, Louisa May Alcott was born. We all know her as the author of Little Women, creator of the intrepid Jo March. But she was also the author of several “Dreadful Gothic Thrillers" like Pauline’s Passion and Punishment
Every woman has many sides, don’t you think?
The Providence Athenaeum will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday November 27th and will remain closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday (Nov. 28th). We’ll be resuming regular hours at 9am on Black Friday (or National Buy-Nothing Day Depending on your purview).
Until then, enjoy your friends and family (in whatever form they may take), and enjoy the day.
If you haven’t read the first book in the Lynburn Legacy, UNSPOKEN I insist that you do so immediately. I’ve been so looking forward to this book! And now its here!
In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. No one in the town is safe, and a decision must be made: pay the sorcerers’ blood sacrifice, or fight. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become “owned” by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win. Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but go along with her unusual tactics.
Sarah Rees Brennan’s darkly humorous take on Gothic romance makes it hard to put this book down. As co-author with Cassandra Clare on the bestselling Bane Chronicles, Sarah Rees Brennan has mastered the art of the page turner.