Brad B.'s Blog
Enjoy books like The 39 Clues? Looking for something else with adventure and mystery? Try some of these:
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
A world without heroes by Brandon Mull
The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Au revoir, crazy European chick by Joe Schreiber — is the type of book that's great for turning your brain off and just having a good time. It's short. It's got a great initial hook (boy mistakenly takes an assassin to prom), and it's got explosions. Lots of explosions. What more can I say? Sure, the plot is ludicrous. Sure, it's a little shallow. It's no Crime and Punishment, but hey, that's the point for some: no punishment. Just action. If you're looking for a book like a summer blockbuster, then give this a try.
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Venom by Rick Remender takes the classic spider-man villain and turns him into a secret agent for the side of good. Really; I'm not kidding. Flash Thompson is the new guy in the (evil?) alien suit, and he's doing military missions for the government. There's just one catch: they've got a "bomb" strapped to him in case the "living" suit gets out of his control. It's a great new twist to this old character, and if you love bad guys turned good, give this one a read.
Daughter of smoke & bone by Laini Taylor takes the paranormal romance genre and serves it up with a mad-cap creativity all its own. If I explained the plot it might sound ordinary: Tough as nails girl with unknown parents. Mysterious angel figure. Girl consorts with demons (or does she?). Forbidden romance ensues. But trust me, it's not ordinary. Scorpion mice, a wishmonger looking for teeth, castles inside of a cage. This is a fast paced read that is wholly original with a heroine that's easy to root for. My only complaint is that it ends just as it gets rolling, and the sequel's not out yet.
[Photo courtesy of flickr user Joo0ey]
Arata : the legend. Vol. 1 — Yu Watase, normally known for her shojo series (such as Absolute Boyfriend) tackles the shonen genre here. Two guys from different worlds, one a modern day student, the other pretending to be the next ruling princess of a magical land (it's a long story), suddenly switch places. Watase demenstrates she's a master of either genre, as she spins a fantasy yarn similar to her Fushigi Yugi but this time with a bit more action, shonen-style. The 7th volume has just come out, and this series just keeps getting better.
[photo by Nina Yasmine]
*Meeting in the Purple Room.