June 12, 2011 | Brad B.
May 28, 2011 | Brad B.
Blue Exorcist is like a cross between Bleach and a horror movie. Twin brothers with a mysterious past live with their adopted father, an exorcist priest, when all Hell breaks loose, literally. A large cast of characters, complex backstory, and creative fight scenes puts this series right up there with the best action mangas out today.
May 20, 2011 | Brad B.
Love offbeat series like Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&!? Then check out K-on! It follows the foibles of a high school music club (they've just enough people to form a pop band — nevermind some can't play instruments). Filled with lots of quirky, short, often non-sequitur gags, this is the perfect thing for anime/music lovers looking for a laugh.
May 15, 2011 | Brad B.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
The day my butt went psycho by Andy Griffiths
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
May 12, 2011 | Brad B.
April 8, 2011 | Brad B.
Looking for a book that has thrills, mystery, and, most importantly, a bit of love? check out this list:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Beautiful creatures by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl
I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you by Ally Carter
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han
March 25, 2011 | Brad B.
Orson Scott Card, writer of Ender's Game, delivers another brilliant teenager in Pathfinder. Rigg has a gift; he can see people's paths through history, much like an animal leaving its tracks. On the day his father dies he is mysteriously charged to seek the sister he never knew he had, and from there the plot weaves together fantasy adventure with hardcore science fiction. This book may be a little slower than Ender's Game, and even repetitive at times due to the nature of its plot, but for all of that it's deeply philosophical, and fun. For an adventure book with one of the most original takes on time travel out there, it's worth reading. I'm curious to see where the rest of this series goes.
March 11, 2011 | Brad B.
Parnormalcy stands out from the rest of the paranormal romance books out there in that it's got something of an attitude. Yes, romance junkies, you can be sure there's plenty there to make your heart 'a flutter', but it's the tongue in cheek humor — a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and the very likable, kick-butt heroine, with her pink taser and sarcastic commentary, that makes this worth reading. This book isn't afraid to poke fun at itself while at the same time dishing out top notch suspense. Definitely worth checking out.
February 11, 2011 | Brad B.
If you’re a firstcomer to Pratchett, then Wee Free Men is an excellent place to start; if you're an old fan, then rest assured that all of the trademark wit you've come to love is here. I found this book hillarious. I could tell you about a girl trying to become a witch, lost baby brothers, and little blue men, but it's the clever dialogue that sells this book. Oh, and the audio book is excellent too!
January 28, 2011 | Brad B.
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