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Introducing Graphic Novels (1)
May 27, 2012 posted by Nichole

Introducing Graphic Novels (1)

This quarter I am taking a women’s studies class at my University.  Now, my school is a bit different than most. It’s a Liberal Arts school, so it”s more….flexible/unique? For example, you don’t earn grades. Instead, the professors can either give you the full credit amount or take away credits. Also, you can negotiate, with your professors, what your credits will be called. So, I’m taking a feminist class, but I’m receiving credits in Multicultural Literature for my English endorsement. As some of you may know, my goal is to become a high school English teacher. I also am working on an endorsement for elementary education.

So, while the other students in my class are working on final projects that revolve around feminism, my teacher and I worked it out so that my research project revolves around education. My topic? Graphic novels. I have never had a desire to read graphic novels; I prefer to have the actual book in hand. What I didn’t know, though, is that graphic novels are extremely popular amongst the youth of today. I was also unaware that they are very educational and that schools are incorporating them into their curriculum.

After doing this research project, I made a decision. Every once in awhile I am going to introduce you guys to some graphic novels. There is no set time that these posts will be released. Every once in awhile one will just pop up. My goal is to have maybe one or two posts about graphic novels a month. There will be at least one a month. Below are some titles I want to introduce to you guys. I hope you enjoy!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:

After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger—and even romance.
Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.






 House of Night by P.C. Cast:

Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you are Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood.


Kin (The Good Neighbors) by Holly Black:

Rue Silver’s mother has disappeared . . . and her father has been arrested, suspected of killing her.  But it’s not as straightforward as that.  Because Rue is a faerie, like her mother was.  And her father didn’t kill her mother — instead, he broke a promise to Rue’s faerie king grandfather, which caused Rue’s mother to be flung back to the faerie world.  Now Rue must go to save her — and must also defeat a dark faerie that threatens our very mortal world. 









House of Night Giveaway!
July 6, 2009 posted by Nikki

House of Night Giveaway!

Fans of teen vampire fiction are going to love this contest. Thanks to Little Brown UK we have four of the House of Night novels to giveaway to one lucky winner. Unfortunately, we’re not in posession of the entire series, but the titles we are offering are:

To win one of these awesome prize packs you need to do one or more of the following:

  • Comment on this post with your email address.
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Leave a comment on this post outlining exactly how many of the above options you participated in with the link/s for proof. If you’re not comfortable displaying your email in public, you can send us your email address at yareadscontest(at)gmail(dot)com.

Each option will get you a new entry.

Competition closes Friday July 31.

Marked – P.C and Kristin Cast
Book Reviews
November 19, 2008 posted by Nikki

Marked – P.C and Kristin Cast

Marked is the first novel in the House of Night vampyre series. It was published in 2007, so I realise I’m a little late jumping on the bandwagon. Sadly, I’m wondering why I bothered at all. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this series, so perhaps I set my expectations a little too high when I started reading, but as I sit here with my fingers hovering over my keyboard I’m lost for positive words.

P.C and Kristen Cast certainly have the right idea, but the execution, in my opinion, is all wrong. In sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampires (note, with a ‘y’ not an ‘i’) have always existed, and unlike most other vampire novels around at the moment, everyone knows about them. They’re integrated into society, and they even have their own finishing school! Zoey, freshly marked as a fledgling, heads off to the House of Night Finishing School to learn all about being a vampyre.

Vampyre Finishing school isn’t all that different to regular high school. Except classes are at night (because vampyres are naturally nocturnal), and on top of all the regular school stuff, fledglings are required to take classes that will help them harness their powers. Readers follow Zoey as she makes new friends (and enemies) and quickly discovers that her new school is full of very attractive vampyre boys. Suddenly, Zoey feels like she is in high school heaven! But Zoey imprints on her ex-boyfriend, and forms a unique bond with him that is almost impossible to break. Such relationships between human and vampyre for a fledgling of her level are prohibited, however, and our protagonist finds herself in a bit of hot water.

The plot is strong and original enough, so I can understand why so many people are drawn to this novel. I had certainly never entertained the idea of a vampyre finishing school before reading this book. The characters, however, are its downfall. Zoey is little more than a two-dimensional cardboard cut-out. She’s tacky, weak and uninspiring. Being inside her head was frustrating and I found it impossible to lose myself in the story. I didn’t feel like I was sharing her experiences with her, and watching her stumble through one predictable situation after the next got tiring.

Heath – Zoey’s human imprint – displays no remarkable character traits whatsoever. He’s dopey, lazy and is definitely not the kind of boy you’d want as a boyfriend. Apart from the fact that he’s Zoey’s imprint, as an individual character he adds almost nothing to the narrative flow. It would have made for a much more interesting read if Zoey had imprinted on someone with enough brains to actually create some kind of trouble. Heath, however, reminds me a little of a loyal dog: always there, but achieves very little.

On the plus side, the cover art for this book is spectacular. The picture attached to this review does not do it justice. It is simple, yet incredibly eye catching and lures the potential reader into thinking that its pages hold a dark and chilling mystery. Sadly, cover art can be very misleading and this is a perfect of example of why we should never judge a book by its cover.

Rating: : ★½☆☆☆