YA Fantasy Adventure: 100 Cupboards

I guess it’s okay to admit to you that I read young adult fiction since it seems as though it’s now the fashionable thing to do.  I just came across N.D. Wilson’s 100 Cupboards and Dandelion Fire.  I love the unique concept for this series:

Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.

I’ve been reading the author’s blog, and I like his writing style just from that alone.  I can already tell I’m going to enjoy these books (and I just got not one, but two, amazon gift certificates! — woot woot and all that).  Also, Wilson’s guest post over at Powell’s Books, titled The Amazing Tale of the Butterfly-Unicorn-Ballerina-Princess and the Giant, Creeping Land Squid, had me cracking up.  Do not read this post without clicking on that last link, people.  I promise it will make you laugh, or at the very least, chuckle.

You can also visit the author’s website here.

L8r G8r — A Novel Using Internet-speak

The quest to feature one 2007 novel for each letter of the alphabet continues.  L8r G8r (as in “Later Gator”) by Lauren Myracle represents the letter “L,” and it looks really freakin’ cool.  It is the third in a series of young adult novels (although there’s no reason the book can’t be enjoyed by old adults, too, like me).  The first book in the series was TTYL (Talk To You Later) and the second was TTFN (TaTa For Now). 

The novel is done in a style where it is built out of instant messages.  I want to read it not only for the story, but to see how the author brings this style to life.  Plus, being an internet addict, the whole concept appeals to me.

Fantastic Fiction offers this description of this unique novel:

The winsome threesome say “l8r” to high school in this sequel to the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers ttyl and ttfn

Through their instant messages, three inseparable friends have shared the ups and downs of high school. They’ve survived a flirtatious teacher, a witchy classmate, a pot-smoking smoocher, a Care Bear-toting stalker, and much, much more. Now it’s their senior year, and Angela, Zoe, and Maddie–otherwise know as the winsome threesome–are feeling invincible. Too bad Jana, the Queen Bee who made their sophomore year a nightmare, is on the warpath again.

The Oops Wrong Cookie blog says:

Don’t let the unusual format turn you off from a touching, well-written story. Yes, even though you may cringe at the thought of reading all lowercase typing, 3 different fonts (including blue type), and abbreviations like “cu”, “ur”, “plz” and “g2g”, it’s such a fun story. Honestly, there isn’t much IM language in here as I thought there would be. It’s really a novel in dialogue. Just think of it that way and give it a try.

You can view the author’s website at laurenmyracle.com or read her blog here.

Marked and Betrayed

I was thrilled to get home and find the books Marked and Betrayed in my mailbox yesterday.  I had won Betrayed in a contest over at Dionne Galace’s blog, It’s Not Chick Porn (see my previous post), but was not expecting to receive a copy of Marked as well, so I was doubly stoked.  Adding to my excitement, the books were signed by the authors, although one was signed “You’ve been marked,” which freaked me out a little bit — lol.

For some reason, I’m just not into the book I’m reading now, so I think I’ll put it aside for awhile and jump right into this series (called the “House of Night” series) of YA vampire fiction.