Emma Richey Richey من عند Yasnaya Polyana, Kurganskaya oblast', روسيا، 641752
"Deliciously creepy"? True. I had high hopes for quite a while. But the end was really, really disappointing. Big no-no for gothic lit.
It strikes me tonight that I read a book because I HAD to. Not wanted to, mind you. It looked like a great little pirate story - totally wonderful for teens. I, on the other hand, prefer nonfiction - and intense adult titles. But - I read this book because the author is planning to visit our store and I want to be able to talk about his work to my customers, hand sell the book, etc.. I must admit I really, really enjoyed it! AND THAT'S THE COOL PART. When I read these arcs - I almost always find a gem of an author!! Someone new, someone fresh. Like the air on a winter's morning, they wake you up and get your attention. This month it's Stephen Wren ~ Author of said "great little pirate story"... (scheduled to visit our bookstore in May 15th). Titled 'Jeremiah Bloom and the Amulet of Osiron' ~ this book surprised me... it's an awesome story of an intelligent 15 yr old who ends up on his own in a new city, quickly becomes like a son to the Innkeeper, then heads to sea and works as a cabin boy and ends up fighting pirates. I read it aloud to my 5 and 6 year old - editing occassionally when I needed to. (They're be a bit young for some of the more descriptive fight scenes) This is a great read for older teens - 10 & up - or a middle grades bookclub. I know this book will stay on my shelf ~ as I'm sure my boys will want to read it again when they get a bit older. Not to mention I suspect there are more adventures to be had by young Jeremiah ~ at least I hope so! Stephen Wren will be at Fireside on Friday, May 15th, 2009 from 6-8PM. We invite you to join us! Go online to www.firesidebooksandgifts.com to view our calendar of events and be sure to sign up for our newsletters! Don't miss a chance to meet your favorite author, attend store events and receive sales alerts! Happy Reading!!