Friday, September 23, 2011

A Long, Long Sleep

"A Long, Long Sleep" by Anna Sheehan
Hardcover: 352 pages
Published: Candlewick (August 9, 2011)

Book Description:

It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril.
Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose— hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire— is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes— or be left without any future at all.

This book was OK.  I liked it enough, but the futuristic sayings bugged me.  Since she wakes up 62 years later, the slang has changed for teenagers.  The author could have been a little more thoughtful on what the slang would sound like.  I don't think that what she chose would really ever be incorporated into the English language, especially by teenagers.  "Holy coit" and "That is so sky" and "Oh burn it".  Uh, what?  It gets annoying.  The story was good, but the language got in the way for me.  If you can get past the language, then go ahead and read this because it is an interesting book and idea.  A sort of Sleeping Beauty in the future, but with parents that are somewhat abusive.  All in all, just OK for me.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


"Possess" by Gretchen McNeil
Hardcover: 384 pages
Published: Balzer + Bray (August 23, 2011)

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

I realize that I didn't list this book as being read by me right now, but I got sidetracked with it and couldn't put it down.  I was just looking at new books that had come into the library, and started to read the first few pages of this book.  I thought it would be good to read, and it was!  I couldn't stop reading it.  It moved along very quickly and was a great page turner.  I think it's going to be the first in a series, as it was left open-ended.

This book is kinda creepy with the whole demon thing, but had a good believable storyline.  I mean, people have made movies about this sort of thing so why not a book.  Definitely worth reading if you enjoy paranormal and angels/demons.