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50 Underwear Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action by James Sturm
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson
Blameless by Gail Carriger
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers by Lilian Jackson Braun
Chopping Spree by Diane Mott Davidson
The Crows of Pearblossom by Aldous Huxley
Daffodil by Noël Kingsbury
The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman
Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson
Flowers for Mrs. Harris by Paul Gallico
Gulp by Mary Roach
How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg
Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein
Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Mr. Flux by Kyo Maclear
Rooftop Cat by Frank Le Gall
Scholastic Dictionary of Spelling by Marvin Terban
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
Song for Papa Crow by Marit Menzin
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
Super Boys by Brad Ricca
Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga by Teddy Steinkellner
The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt
Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak
Where Do The Animals Go When It Rains? by Janet S. Crown

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Comments for The Awakening

The Awakening: 09/22/13

Cover artThe Awakening is by Kelley Armstrong is the second of the Darkest Powers trilogy. In the last few weeks Chloe gone from being a fairly average high schooler to being a powerful necromancer. She's on the run from Lyle House and the Edison Group

As with so many trilogies — especially one that involves a final fight-or-flight show down in book three — the second book ends up being the transition from the initial state (unsuspecting hero at home) to the final battle grounds. In Chloe and friends' case, that means hiding out in various abandoned places and a lengthy bus ride. If this were The Hobbit (which wasn't originally a trilogy — but hey! — this wold be Biblo et al in the forest, the spiders, the getting captured and escaping in barrels, with Smaug and his horde being the tantalizing bit of adventure before the all out war).

So Chloe Baggins still not sure how to use her ring (necromancy) accidentally summons bats, dead homeless folks, various roadkills and whatnot. Meanwhile Derek seems to be suffering from dramatic werewolfism. Rather than follow a lunar schedule, he seems to fall into the throws of transformation whenever it's dramatically inconvenient. Bad guys coming? Quick — try to transform. Zombies on the prowl — quick transform!

Despite the goofy plot, I did enjoy the plot. (I also like The Hobbit for similar goofy reasons). I think it's more flawed than the Darkness Rising trilogy but it's still fun. For fans of this trilogy, I also recommend the anime/manga Is this a Zombie?

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