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The Hunt – Andrew Fukuda

Fukuda, A. X. (2012). The hunt. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin.ISBN: 9781250005144. Paperback. $8.32.

10913887Annotation: In a vampire world, Gene has to hide that he is really human. Joining the hunt with vampires to find scarce human blood, Gene has to use all of his knowledge about keeping his identity a secret in order to survive.

There’s no blood left and in a world of vampires, that’s a problem. Gene, though, isn’t a vampire. He’s just good at pretending to be one of them. He’s trained his body and his mind to move and think like one of them. But as blood becomes more and more scarce Gene has to work harder to “fit in” and risk being devoured. So, naturally, he joins the hunt with a group of vampires looking for human blood. Then Gene meets a girl, and she’s the first person he can see a future with. The question remains: Can they survive the hunt?15787790

Andrew Fukuda takes a new spin on the modern vampire story, almost a reverse Dracula. Much like Dracula, these vampires aren’t fun, happy-go-lucky characters, but ruthless hunters. The world is very dystopic, yet a very familiar and Gene is a complex character that you want to root for. This series would be great for male teen readers who like horror/action novels, such as The Maze Runner or Alex Rider, but for an older crowd. This series is more expensive and the first is a little harder to find, so I would suggest getting it for free at the library to see if you like it first.

Awards & Nominations: 2013 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers — Young Adult (Nominee),  2013 RT Book Reviews — Top Pick.

You can find Andrew Fukuda on Twitter, Facebook, or Personal Author Page

Here is the official US trailer for The Hunt:

And here is the official UK trailer for The Hunt:

And here is a snippet of the audiobook:


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The Good Neighbors: Kin – Holly Black, Illus. Ted Naifeh

Black, H., & Naifeh, T. (2009). Kin (1st ed.). ISBN: 978-0439855655. Paperback. $7.72

Annotation: When her mother is taken back by the faerie King and her father is arrested for kidnapping, Rue must find a way to put her family back together.

2929794When you break a promise you have to pay. Rue’s mother is gone and her father has been arrested as a suspect, but Rue knows better. Rue is of the blood, or a Faerie as everyone else likes to say. Her father made a promise with the King of Faerie in order to be with the King’s daughter…but when he broke that promise, his wife was pulled back to faerie. A dark presence is in the world of humans as seen in the black and white shadowed drawings of Kin. The dark Fae lurk everywhere including in Rue’s friends. By using her connection to Faerie, can Rue save her mother? With the help of her friends, new allies, and even old enemies, Rue travels through the darkening world to bring light back to hers.

I chose to read The good neighbors: Kin, the first in this graphic novel series because it seemed to be for an older audience, and a different style. Although the copy I used had limited color, the black and white actually fits well with the theme of the darkening city and life of the main character Rue. I think this book would also be a great introductory book to graphic novels because, like Rapunzel’s revenge, Kin is written by a teen author and readers who like their books may widen their reading tastes with either of the graphic novels. I also think this book would be liked by a variety of genders and could even appeal to adults. It’s darker theme although sci-fi is rooted in reality and Rue, along with her friends and family, are more relatable. This graphic novel would be great for teens that like fairytales or “broken” fairytales, and like books, such as Holly Black’s Tithe or Maggie Stiefvater’s The raven boys. I would again suggest that people check out the book from the library first since it is a series and it’s darker plot and setting may not be for everyone. On the other hand, it is cheaper to buy, yet harder to find in-store, which may be another reason to get it from the library.

Award Nomination: Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee for Best Publication for Teens/Tweens (2009)

Holly regularly updates her Instagram and creates Pinterest boards to go with her books. You can also find a lot about her books on http://blackholly.com/.

Here is a video of Holly and her good friend Cassandra Clare talking about their book The Iron Trial. One of the First book signings I went to was with both of these authors when they toured together for Ironside and City of Bones. It was magical! As a teen, Holly was also one of my first hair idols and has always dyed her hair different colors.

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Rapunzel’s Revenge – Shannon & Dean Hale, Illus. by Nathan Hale

Hale, S., Hale, D., & Hale, N. (2014). Rapunzel’s Revenge (1st ed.).
ISBN-13: 978-1599902883. Paperback. $9.84

Annotation: Rapunzel has lived a comfortable life with Mother Gothel, but something feels off about the way people treat Rapunzel. After discovering who her real mother is, Rapunzel becomes an outlaw to rescue her birth mother and take down Mother Gothel.

2626492Rapunzel always thought she knew who she was. She even thought she knew who her mother was. Nope. Wrong. After looking past the wall that her pretend mother created she discovers that life past the mines and desert is actually wonderful and beautiful. After learning that Mother Gothel has Rapunzel’s real mother locked up, Rapunzel wants revenge. Shown in vivid color on every page, Rapunzel becomes an outlaw, using her long flowing red hair as a weapon against her enemies. The wanted posters start showing up saying: WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE. RAPUNZEL For horse thieving, kidnapping, jailbreaking, and using her own hair in a manner other than nature intended! (Hale, S., Hale, D., & Hale, N., 2014). With the help of her new friend Jack, who can’t get his goose to lay any golden eggs, Rapunzel is looking to defy Mother Gothel and rescue her mother. Can these two misfit outlaws beat Mother Gothel? There’s only one way to find out.

Rapunzel’s revenge is a great graphic novel for a wide variety of ages and I could see both teen girls and boys reading it. I think younger teens would like it the most because it is very transitional in subject matter, style, and vocabulary for students who loved graphic novels and picture oriented chapter books. It would also appeal to audiences who like fairytale retellings, old western stories, or Disney movies. I also really enjoy that every page is in color and that the physical copy of the graphic novel is slightly larger than normal, about 10”x12”. The drawings add so much texture to the setting and plot that it would also be a great introductory graphic novel book to students who have a harder time reading them. I would recommend that readers get a copy from the library first because it is a series and they may want to see if they like it before they purchase, but it isn’t too expensive at $9.84.

Award Nomination: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee (2010)

Shannon Hale’s Tweets:

Here is commissioned animated video for the graphic novel:

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