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Trisha’s pre-ALA June Roundup

June 20, 2007

Since I’m leaving for ALA today.

cover of Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moorecover of Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiesscover of The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffmancover of The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Maggie Quinn has no intention of going to prom, but finds herself attending anyway in order to save her classmates from a demon. But, lucky Maggie, she has two crushworthy guys vying for her attention and assisting her.

I’ve never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer (well, just the movie, but that doesn’t count, right?), so here’s my TV comparison: Veronica Mars meets Supernatural. So of course I thought it was great.

Not to be confused with Prom Nights from Hell, an anthology with contributions from Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, and Stephenie Meyer. Is it just me, or were there a lot of books about prom published this year? (See: Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, Prom Crashers, Prom Season, 21 Proms, Prom Night: All the Way)

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
Meredith loved her father, idolized him when she was younger. Then he raped her and she learned that she is not the only one he abused. When he is released from prison early, Meredith must confront her mother, who insists on forgetting the past, and her own demons. Wiess manages to make this book simultaneously easy and difficult to read. Easy, because the story is straightforward and simply told, both in plot and style. Difficult, because it is so straightforward and simple that the story is that much more real. You can’t fool yourself into thinking that something like this would never happen, that it doesn’t happen in real life.

The Falconer’s Knot by Mary Hoffman
Mystery. Romance. Art. 1316 Umbria. What more can you ask for?

Accused of murder, Silvano is sent to a friary for his own protection. Destitute, Chiara’s brother forces her into a convent because he cannot afford anything else. Neither expects to enjoy the religious life, but through their work grinding pigments for artists and the companionship they find with others in the orders, they do. At least until another person is murdered.

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
This has been reviewed all over the place to great acclaim, so I’m not sure what I can add, other than you can count me among the numerous fans of this graphic novel.

Adult Books:
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Does she ever write a bad book? Lippman is so consistent, and so consistently good. I wish all writers could be like her. If you’ve never read her before, this is a good place to start.


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