TRASH Picks for April 2012
Annotation:(Read by Kornela) Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing. She’s also a cyborg—32.6% of her is not human, making her a social outcast. Her stepmother tolerates her because of the income Cinder brings in but never lets her forget that she is an unwelcome addition to the household. When the young Prince Kai brings a damaged android to Cinder for repairs, she finds herself caught up in a web of secrets, startling revelations, and danger. She also learns that she may play a bigger part than expected to stop the plague that is running rampant and killing thousands as well as thwart the power-hungry Lunar Queen Levana’s plans to overtake the Earth. Partly an updated retelling of Cinderella, partly a sci-fi adventure, Cinder is a page-turner and the first in a planned 4-part series that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Annotation:(Read by Amanda) This sequel to Delirium brings you even more of the edge of your seat escape acts than the first book. Lena is living in a time where love is outlawed. After escaping Portland, where she would be required to have the procedure that would keep her from falling in love, Lena finds refuge with a ragtag group in the wilds and becomes a member of the resistance. Full of breathless escapes, plenty of action and great romance, Pandemonium picks up right where Delirium left off. Great for fans of the series and works well as a stand-alone.
Annotation:(Read by Tim) Have you ever wondered what it's like to be buried alive under rubble or possessed by spirits? This book will help you imagine these things and more as it tells the story of Haiti's struggle for independence and progress amid seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This unusual and captivating novel jumps back and forth between Shorty, a fictional teenage gangster from the slums of present-day Haiti and Toussaint L'Ouverture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution in the late 1700's. By weaving together their stories against the backdrop of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Lake examines the legacy of the first independent Caribbean country. Strong stomach required.
Annotation:(Read by Jessica) This beautiful and captivating coming-of-age novel tells the story of Cameron, a young girl simultaneously grieving her parents and trying to come to terms with her sexuality. Trying to get by in small-town Montana in the early '90s isn't easy, especially when you're a closeted teenage lesbian living with your conservative aunt and her boyfriend. Things take a turn for the worse when Cameron's secret is discovered and she is sent to a 'rehabilitation facility.' Ironically, it is there that she makes her first true friends and learns that she is going to have to make her own rules for her life if she hopes to survive.
Annotation:(Read by Amanda) Jill can’t remember the person she was before her dad died. Ever since he died she’s been depressed, angry and unsupportive. When Jill’s mom announces that she’s going to adopt the baby of an 18 year old girl she met online with no lawyers and no social workers involved, Jill flips. Then very pregnant Mandy comes to live with them and Jill wants to protect her mom and find out what Mandy is hiding. Jill and Mandy take turns telling this moving story of romance, recovery and finding a family of your own.
Annotation:(Read by Amanda) The first thing you need to know: Lucky Linderman is anything but Lucky. He’s bullied by this guy named Nader, he’s been in trouble at school and his grandfather is a Prisoner of War in Vietnam. The second thing you need to know: For years Lucky has been going on rescue missions in his dreams to find his grandfather in the jungles of Vietnam. The third thing you need to know: Lucky’s mom takes him to stay with his Aunt and Uncle for the summer where lucky sees snarky dancing ants and a beautiful ninja with long, dark glossy hair. The forth thing you need to know: Really, everybody sees those ants, right?
Annotation:(Read by Mr. Freeze) Batman: Gates of Gotham is an amazing standalone miniseries that takes place prior to the new DC universe, it is also a great super hero story that deals more with detective work than characters with super powers. During this story, someone is going around Gotham City and destroying major monuments around Gotham that are connected to the three old and prominent families that shaped the city. It is up to Dick Grayson, who during this time was actually a second Batman, Robin, Red Robin and Black Bat to save the day. The art is outstanding and the story compelling so this is an easy one to pick up. As an added bonus there is an extra issue at the end of the book that shows the beginning of Nightrunner, France’s member of Batman Inc..
Annotation:(Read by Mr. Freeze) Let me start off by saying that the main character of this series might be one of the worst people I have ever read about. That being said, this is a great story to read. Eric O’Grady is a jerk, and he knows it. Through some crazy events, Eric has stolen a proto-type Ant-Man suit and is now using it for personal gain by shaking down thieves and using it to get women. But S.H.I.E.L.D. is on Eric’s trail and a former “friend” is now trying to bring him in dead or alive. Filled with lots of humor and some nice action, Irredeemable Ant-Man is the graphic for the person who wants to hate their main character, yet in some way kind of root for them.
Annotation:(Read by Mr. Freeze) More Ax Cop is never a bad thing. This unique comic series continues its insane hijinks that only a six year old can come up with. Follow as Axe Cop and his team do battle with aliens, monsters and best of all the White Witch from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. The hysterical “Ask Axe Cop” comics return as well, and so does commentary from Ethan into how pretty much every cartoon was conceived and created. Once you start Axe Cop you just can’t stop, it’s that good.