Friday, May 7, 2010

Book Views (6)

Again, I am copying Kate over at The Neverending Shelf in these Book Views. Basically, I give you a picture, the summary and a review (in less than 75 words).

Black is for Beginnings
by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Summary (via Goodreads): Prophetic nightmares. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn't all it's cracked up to be. All she really wants to do is work things out with Jacob and figure out what to do with the rest of her life. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. Black is for Beginnings reveals the never-before-seen backstory—and what lies ahead—for the young, spellcasting lovers. It's happening again . .

Review: I haven't read the books in this series, but I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It had some cool action and who doesn't love a bit of romance? Definitely a series I will be checking out soon. The drawings are in black and white and I also really like the style behind this one.

Final Verdict: Great graphic novel for young adults.

Bride of the Water God #1-3
by Mi-Kyung Yun

Summary (via Goodreads): When Soah's impoverished, desperate village decides to sacrifice her to the Water God Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will save their entire community and bring much-needed rain. Not only is Soah surprised to be rescued by the Water God - instead of killed - she never imagined she'd be a welcomed guest in Habaek's magical kingdom, where an exciting new life awaits her! Most surprising, however, is the Water God himself... and how very different he is from the monster Soah imagined.

Review: A fantastic manga that has all the fantastic elements I like. There's the conniving character who is set out to ruin the budding romance. There's fantastical elements that are just phenomenal and well.. the romance is always key. Not to mention the very very pretty manga men. :)

Final verdict: A series I want more of - now! Definitely for Young Adults.

Avalon High: Coronation #1-3
by Meg Cabot

Summary (via Goodreads): Being a new student at Avalon High has been exciting for Ellie, to say the least--she's an honor student, a star on the track team, and, oh yeah, dating the super-hot class president, Will. Who also happens to be the alleged reincarnation of King Arthur. Ellie couldn't be happier to have Will in her life, but she's also worried that his estrangement from his parents is tearing him apart. To make matters worse, Will's doubt that he really is King Arthur could prevent the Merlin Prophecy--an age of enlightenment-- from occurring. Can Ellie convince Will to believe in something that even she isn't sure about? And more importantly, can she get him to give his parents another chance? With all the mythology and mysticism of AVALON HIGH, Meg Cabot's very first manga is indeed a tale for the ages.

Review: I really enjoyed these three books in an awesome graphic novel series. I haven't read the actual book these graphic novels are based off of, but I think I will have to soon. Definitely a great series based on Arthurian legend and set in modern times. A must-read for those who love legends.

Final Verdict: Definitely a graphic novel series to check out. Young Adult reading level.


  1. I am so desperately wanting to read Bride of the Water God!

  2. Just in case you're interested, a couple of first pages of Avalon high are available on Meg Cabot's official site for reading.


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