Trisha’s July Roundup
My Heavenly Hockey Club by Ai Morinaga
Why? Why couldn’t my high school years have been like Hana Suzuki’s? I mean, I love sleeping. I love food. I didn’t go so far as to feverishly study to get into a good school close to home just so I could have extra time to sleep, but honestly, proximity to home was the reason I ultimately chose the school I attended from grades 7-12. And I could do without getting hit by a car, have poor hand-eye coordination, and pretty much no athletic ability whatsoever, but still.
On her way to school one day, Hana gets in the way of a moving car. She’s unhurt, but the car is dented. The student being driven in the car proceeds to basically blackmail Hana into joining the school’s field hockey club. Other girls are jealous, but Hana is not too happy about it. Sure, she’s the only girl in the club, and she and the guys in the club (all of whom are attractive, of course) get to travel, eat good food, and somehow manage not to play a game, while finding themselves in crazy situations. But does that make up for having to get up insanely early to practice?
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Aislinn can see faeries. Her whole life her grandmother has told her how dangerous this ability is, and the danger is only increasing. Keenan, the Summer King, has singled out Ash as his next queen, putting Ash in a more treacherous position than she thinks. She used to feel safe at her friend Seth’s home, surrounded by iron, but will it still be safe now that their relationship seems to be changing?
Wicked Lovely comes thisclose to making my list of YA romances for older teens. Thisclose! Alas, since the development of Ash and Seth’s relationship is not the focal point of the book, it’s an urban fantasy with a really, really strong romantic element. But whether you like romance or fantasy, and especially if you like both, you should definitely read this book. And, oh, the pretty cover.
Marked by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
Zoey was Marked after school as she talked to a friend. She was lucky; hardly anyone else was around. What appeared on her forehead marked her as a vampyre. Escaping from her mother and domineering stepfather that afternoon, Zoey ultimately ends up at the House of Night, a boarding school for teens in the midst of the transformation from human to vampyre.
Marked is the first book in the House of Night series. But while I enjoyed reading it (hello, it’s set in a boarding school, plus there’s a brief mention of the attractiveness of vampires. But really, Kenny Chesney?), I didn’t find it compelling enough to be all that excited that there are more books to come.