Reading Horoscope: Taurus
Foiled (2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens) and Curses! Foiled Again, written by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Mike Cavallaro
Aliera Carstairs has one goal: to get to the national fencing competition. The only problem is, she needs a new practice foil (not a sword, thank you very much). Her mother finds her one at a tag sale, and Aliera is sure she is on her way. But her foil is not just any weapon — it is the weapon of the Defender of the Faeries and she has just been selected to the job. Through the first two books in this new graphic novel series, Aliera has to fight off trolls, ogres, goblins, fencing instructors, and even the cutest boy in school who is not what he seems. Luckily Aliera has help along the way, including her cousin and the great Baba Yaga. Full of action, adventure and terrifying (if not terribly bright) monsters, Aliera has more than enough excitement for one girl.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults)
Gansey (no one calls him Dick) is on a quest to find the body of Glendower, an ancient Welsh king in Henrietta, Virginia. And he isn’t crazy — well not completely. What he is is determined to find ley lines, places of energy, that could lead to the tomb of the lost king. Henrietta is also home to the Aglionby Academy, a prestigious all-boys school. Gansey has a crew to help him, dysfunctional as they are: violent Ronan, whose outbursts are tempestuous and dangerous; local scholarship kid Adam, who resents his impoverished upbringing as much as the excessive wealth of his classmates; and Noah, the quiet one in the group who keeps his secrets close. What Gansey did expect was Blue Sargent, daughter of the town psychic and avoider of all things Aglionby. But when Blue has a vision — her first — of Gansey dying, the two are thrown together on the quest for immortality and power. The second book, The Dream Thieves, comes out September 17th.
The month ahead is full of adventure, Taurus, and its up to you to grab it by the horns!
– Amanda Margis, currently reading The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan and listening to City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster