Wednesday, June 9, 2010

YA Guest Blogger Molly Afshar Suggests Some Rivoting Reads for Teens

Mistwood by Leah Cypess

The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwood. But when she is needed she always comes.

Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.

Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty—because without it, she may be his greatest threat.

Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.

Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.

Molly says:

"This book pulled me in from the start, making it hard for me to think of much else except the forever twisting story line. Leah Cypess put the book together in the best most imaginative way--it couldn't have been written in a better way. It's amazing and the perfect book for a variety of imaginative people."

Numbers by Rachel Ward

Jem has a secret: whenever she meets someone new, as soon as she looks into their eyes a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider.

Molly says:

" This book had twists and turns everywhere. It made me need to put the book down to think of what puzzle pieces would fit where. It is written in a perfect perspective and really pulls you in to look at things through the main character's eyes. While reading this book I felt connected in some way to the protagonist, with her through her fights and the curse that she held within her."

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