I love getting book recommendations from my kids because:
a. They have great taste.
b. It means they're reading.
c. Each book we share is one more thing we have in common.
My son, who reads way faster than I do, told me I should read THE LOOKING GLASS WARS by Frank Beddor.
It's the first book in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. Here's the blurb from the back of the book:
Alice Liddel was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook.
Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss's parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author, to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
I really enjoyed it. I also felt the gorgeous illustrations in the middle of the book helped set the tone for Beddor's fantasy world. While I was at the bookstore last week, I ordered my son the next book, SEEING REDD. Of course, I may have to borrow it. ;)
I haven't seen the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND yet, but remember this?
Just yesterday, I finished PAPER TOWNS by John Green.
OMG, people. At a future date, I'm probably going to have to do a whole post on John Green. I kept hearing about his awesomeness and had PAPER TOWNS on my long-and-always-shifting to-be-read list, but it took me this long to get to it. Now his other books are needs, not wants. Yeah, he's that good. Here's the blurb for PAPER TOWNS:
Who is the real Margo? Quentin Jacobson has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life--dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues--and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...
That John Green...I'm his newest fan.
How about you guys? Have you read either of these books? What are you reading?