The Hazards of Working at a Bookstore Vol. 2.9

Posted June 27, 2011 by Lisa Mandina in / 2 Comments

Only two books this time. Even though I’ve worked 2 different times since my last post, the 2nd time I worked I was at the cash register the whole time, so only saw what other customers brought up, and nothing new was brought up. Okay, here are the two I saw that I think I’d like to read.
First is Lost Voices by Sarah Porter. It seems that mermaids are the new “it” fantasy stories to go to if you go by the number of them now popping up. Not sure if I will enjoy them, as I have yet to read any, but the last few I’ve seen have intrigued me by their description. This one is about a 14 year old girl named Luce who is attached outside her Alaskan fishing village and left to die. She falls into the water thinking that she is about to die. Instead she becomes a mermaid and joins a large group of mermaids. All these mermaids are like Luce in that they gave up their humanity when they were at the darkest moments in their life. This seems to be the perfect life until she finds out that they must lure sailors to their death. Luce is a great singer, so she is revered, but she doesn’t want to become a murderer, so must decide what she will do.

The 2nd books is called Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruin Zafon. It is set in Calcutta in the 1960’s, an English soldier fights to save two twin babies from weather and danger, losing his life in the process. It flashes forward to 16 years later, and the twins Ben and Sheere are once again confronted with this unthinkable threat. With their friends they must fight this monster, one more horrifying and unimaginable than any other. Sounds like a fun mystery, and one that teens would like, with a boy protagonist, it’s possible it would be a good rec for boys.
And that’s all for now! I work the next 3 days, so expect another post like this soon.
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2 responses to “The Hazards of Working at a Bookstore Vol. 2.9

  1. Those sound interesting. I'm not sure how I feel about the mermaid trend, but I agree that they seem to be popping up a lot. I'd love to read a good werewolf book that isn't soft porn with claws.

  2. Hi, Lisa: What a great place to work…I think. I am seeing a lot of mermaid storylines kicking around these days. Let us know how the books are if you do read them 🙂

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