Friday, November 23, 2007

The New Name

As you may have observed, the title of this fantasticamundo location has changed drastically. Somehow, Book Sweep (as I shudder at my own lack of imagination), hardly brought justice to the kinds of novels I talk about. Therefore, because of, in light of changes, I have created Maelstrom *insert maniacal laughter and screaming mermaid*. The title is a little more fitting and I am excited by its connotations. And no books were water-logged in the process of this christening.

Aella Siofra

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Surplus Spy Stuff

I love Alex Rider and Young James Bond as much as the next person who comes along, but where does it end? There are so many spy books out right now I don't know which one to pick. Catch me if I'm wrong, but do 50% of these not include a plot line that goes something like this:

Confused protagonist is shocked to discover that the elite boarding school they just received acceptance to is really a spy academy *uber gasp*. They are either super smart or super gifted and most super villain plans have to do with bio-engineering or bombing India.

Am I right? So for a little bit of time I have shunned young adult spy novels (not to mention anything even resembling a "chick lit" *shudder*) altogether, only to find I was missing out on the great and fantasticamundo Gallagher Girl novels. Girls are portrayed cattier than ever, but it all seems so much less vapid when they sort things out with Tae-Kwon Do and firearms. Sure the premise is an A+ example of the plot mentioned above, but its almost like they created it. I don't know what it is, but Ally Carter manages to bring new life to Mission Impossible theme music! These books make me stand in long hallways with my fingers creating a mini-gun and cause the first of my thoughts on entering a room to be either I'm in or Check for bugs. So try them out. They're pretty good. I mean, where else are you going to find a book called I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You(Scroll over for the incognitoness) ? After a title like that everything else just seems like a poser.

Humming James Bond,
Agent 1-5-12-12-1 Siofra

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Enter Aella

It has come to my most solemn attention that the young adult world is losing sight of that most honored of pastimes *drum roll* reading. It is the point of this blogtastic endeavor to (see above) aide the readers of this world in their noble pursuits. Surprising as this may seem, there are more admirable things in life than awaiting the results of American Idol or watching Youtube. So go! Read this blog! Find the books it describes! And live!!!

Overcome with excitement and speech giving fervor,
Aella Siofra