We’re launching a new book discussion group here at Bon Air, beginning September 24 at 7 p.m. Our selections will cater to ages 15-25 but slightly older adults are welcome. The club will generally feature Older Teen and Adult Fiction with young adult characters ranging from 15 to 25-ish.
In the spirit of new beginnings I decided to choose two books that I had not previously read. September’s selection is Iced: A Dani O’Malley Novel. This book is set firmly in the middle of the ongoing popular Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. It is the first book told from the perspective of Dani O’Malley, a rather unusual 14 year old in a world gone mad. If you haven’t read the series, don’t despair. This book can be read as a stand-alone.
Bodacious fairies and dark evil things that go bump in the night have hemorrhaged over into our reality. Unfortunately, pretty much all of them are monsters and they think humans are tasty morsels. But even in the midst of monsters and mayhem, relationships and people who “care” may just be the most dangerous thing around.
Dani’s number one prerogative is to keep the people of Dublin safe. Number two is to stay free. Not-quite-human club owner Ryodan manages to blackmail Dani into helping him solve a mystery that threatens not only his business, but all of Dublin. To that end he keeps her under his thumb. Dani’s number one makes her want to help, but her number two makes her resistant and bitter.
Despite the despicable means by which their partnership is formed the two characters forge ahead to find out how and why something is freezing humans and evil creatures alike. The frozen venues are barely approachable by supernatural ilk. And for some reason, they keep exploding.
Dublin was already the seventh circle of Hell but now it’s frozen over. Will our reluctant heroine save the day? Only the book will tell.
Formats Available: Audiobook, Book, eBook
October’s selection is Horns by Joe Hill and we will meet on October 29 at 7 p.m. I swear on my library card that I didn’t know this book had a movie being released on October 31st. Just days after I picked this book, I was thumbing through my various “social” addictions…I mean apps…when I spotted a video box with Daniel Radcliffe’s face.
“Hmmm, wonder what that is?” Imagine my surprise when I click the play button like a good little monkey and I’m treated to an early sneak preview of Horns! “Yes! ” I mentally shouted, while I did a little spastic dance around the room. Luckily the only witnesses were my family and they’re used to my strange silent outbursts.
My family waited patiently for me to explain. When I told them that Daniel Ratcliff was playing the lead of a great philosophical horror story, my teens all began clamoring in protest, “You can’t do that to Harry Potter! That’s just wrong.” I laughed, perhaps a little bit maniacally, and told them that Daniel Radcliffe could play any character he desired, even a devil!
WARNING!!! This book will may make you squirm.
The beginning chapters of this story are dark and graphic. The main character, Ig (Ignatius) Perrish, has been living in a town where everyone thinks he raped and murdered his high school sweetheart, Merrin. He didn’t kill her. He loved her so deeply, he is lost without her.
Unable to cope with the anniversary of Merrin’s death, Ig drinks himself into such a stupor that he can’t remember the previous evening when he awakens the next morning. Of course, he knows almost immediately that he must have done something really, really bad. The horns sprouting out of his head are dead giveaway.
Ig’s first reaction is to think he’s hallucinating, but his current girlfriend, quickly disabuses him of that notion when she affirms that she can see them. As if that weren’t bad enough, she immediately begins to divulge her darkest urges and thoughts. Ig flees. He moves from person to person looking for help or absolution, but each encounter just leaves him more sickened and shell-shocked.
Slowly Ig begins to realize that he can influence people. He can’t make them do something they don’t want to do. But if the urge is tucked away inside somewhere, Ig can coax it out. When Ig finds out who truly killed Merrin he begins to actively used the horns and his new strange powers.
He wants justice and revenge, so he embraces the devil inside. Does that make him evil? You’ll have to decide for yourself, once you read the book.
Formats Available: Audiobook, Book
Reviews by Angel, Bon Air Branch