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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

shiverWerewolves strike again! This book was a fun, easy read – very similar to Twilight with romance and werewolves. The main character Grace is a fairly normal high school student with self-involved parents that don’t pay much attention to her. She has always been drawn to the wolves that live in the woods behind her house, so much so that when she is attacked by them as a child, she doesn’t fight back. One particular wolf saves her, and she spends years watching him, yearning to know him better. Of course, she is ridiculed by her friends for her obsession, but there is a connection between this wolf and her that she just can’t fight.

So when she meets a boy with eyes that look just like her wolf’s, things start to get interesting…

It’s light and fun…ladies that like realistic fantasy, romance, and teenage werewolves will enjoy it!

~Mrs. Frilot

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Ophelia by Lisa Klein

opheliaI was skeptical going into reading this book. As an avid Hamlet fan (I taught it to skeptical seniors for several years) I didn’t think someone could do the story and character of Ophelia justice, but I really enjoyed this book! It is interesting and intriguing from the very beginning, and I think readers will like regardless of whether they know the story of Hamlet or not. There are some plot twists that are expected, but some that are not.

Ophelia’s young life is discussed briefly, and we follow her take on the happenings at court  of Denmark after Hamlet’s father is killed. Her love interest, Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, is struggling with the death of his father and the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia deteriotes as a result. It doesn’t help that Hamlet and Ophelia, because he is a prince and she is not royalty, shouldn’t be together anyway and they have to hide their feelings for one another. Things progress and get particularly difficult for Ophelia, but I don’t want to give anything away! Just know it’s a read worth your time, especially the ladies!

~Mrs. Frilot

May 1, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation, Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments