Saturday, September 28, 2013

Disappearing Nightly

I finally picked up this book after reading Cat's glowing review at Beyond Books just about a year ago. I liked what she said about feeling like she wanted to sit down with the characters at the book store and help them solve mysteries.

This first book is about a young actress named Esther Diamond who is playing a minor part in an off-Broadway production of a play called Sorceror! when the lead actress disappears into thin air. Esther is asked to substitute for her, and she can't help worrying that she will disappear into thin air too, if she gets into the prop box - and her fears increase when a mysterious stranger warns her that there is evil among us...

This is a fun, lighthearted mystery with supernatural elements and an interesting cast of characters. I'm not sure I enjoyed it quite as much as Cat - I found it dragged a bit, with the characters spending a bit too much time sitting around and talking and not doing as much as I'd have liked, but I did enjoy it. And I do like to give the first book in a series the benefit of the doubt. I will give the next one a try when I'm in the mood for something light and funny - and I imagine that with the increasing demands of a new school year, I'll be ready for something light and funny very soon.

Books in the Esther Diamond series:
1. Disappearing Nightly
2. Dopplegangster
3. Unsympathetic Magic
4. Vamparazzi
5. Polterheist
6. The Misfortune Cookie 

Disappearing Nightly  (#1 in the Esther Diamond series) by Laura Resnick (Luna, 2005)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Who is AC?

Fans of the sadly defunct Minx comic series are sure to be delighted with Hope Larson's latest graphic novel, Who is AC?

Our heroine is Lin, a teen who has recently moved to a new town. Missing her friends back at home and feeling a bit isolated, she spends most of her time writing about Rhea Ironheart, a swashbuckling heroine who has amazing adventures.

Lin has an adventure of her own when she stumbles upon a robbery at her local photocopy store. She returns a mysterious phone call she'd received earlier, and suddenly she is somehow transformed, through a strange cybernetic cell-phone power, into a superhero. She foils the robbery and discovers an even worse villain lurking in her new town.

This one has so many elements that appeal to me - a strong heroine, a thought-provoking premise, engaging characters, humor, suspense, and surprises along the way. The illustrations are bold and appealing, mainly in black and white but with a few dashes of purple here and there to liven things up. I do hope there will be more AC adventures to come!

Who is AC? by Hope Larson; illustrated by Tintin Pantoja (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013)

Also by Hope Larson:
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel