July 15th, 2010


The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Title: Prophecy of the Sisters
Author: Michelle Zink
Page Count: 342 pages
Summary: "Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her. Debut novelist Michelle Zink takes readers on an unforgettable journey where one sister's fateful decision could have an impact of Biblical proportions. Prophecy of the Sisters is the first of three books."

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Review: Weekends at Bellevue: Nine years on the night shift at the psych ER, by Julie Holland, M.D.

#62: Weekends at Bellevue: Nine years on the night shift at the psych ER by Julie Holland M.D.:
"Hello, Doctor Holland," he boomed, smiling beatifically. "I am...God" He was perched on his bed like a guru on a mountaintop, in the midst of a manic episode, flying high on his own neurochemicals. He felt so good, he squirmed with pleasure, yet his manner was composed, a king on a throne. I called my mother that evening as soon as I walked into my new apartment. My white coat--stuffed with reflex hammer, penlight, and pocket guides--clunked to the floor. "You're not going to believe this. It's the best-case scenario. I am starting my medical career at the very top." I paused for dramatic effect. "I am God's doctor!"

"There's nowhere to go but down," my mother deadpanned.

Synopsis: As the attending in charge at Bellevue on weekends for nine years, Julie Holland has some stories to tell. Unfortunately, nearly all of them are about her.

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The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness

The Blurb On The Back:

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss.

Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order.

But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer?

And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode ...

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The Verdict:

A stunning book that makes you think about terrorism and justified resistance, this is an emotionally satisfying, fascinating, intelligent and exciting read. Todd and Viola are great characters, the scope of the story huge and it’s a book that deserves the many awards that it’s won (including the Costa Children’s Book Award).

Cross-posted to cool_teen_reads and yalitlovers.