Mondays with Megan: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken Review

I have some exciting announcement for this lovely Monday afternoon. The new edition of The Inside View is available. This is exciting because now you can see all of the fun programs that are coming up this spring and summer. For example, Skin Care and Makeup for Teens, a Dance Party, and Tie Dying are just a few of the things I have planned. Check your mail, or stop in to the library to get your copy today. There will also be a practice SAT test offered May 1st at 9:30. If you are interested please call or register online.

Tomorrow is another Teen Scene in the Basement day. Stop in for snacks and video games. For a special treat there will also be KARAOKE! This is a one-time deal so don’t miss out.

That’s all for my exciting announcements, on to some of the exciting books I finished. First of all, I must confess that I only finished 2 books this week. In my defense I was busy doing important things like learning to play Dungeons and Dragons. If anyone is interested in starting a teen D&D group in the fall please let me know.

Now, as many of you know, I have recently discovered and fallen in love with the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. Well, the third book (or in my case, audiobook) does not disappoint! Jacky finally makes it back to London to reunite with her true love Jaimy, but of course things don’t go according to plan. Jacky finds herself sent back to sea, this time against her will, on a Royal Navy ship. She finds herself in some precarious situations with a lecherous captain, but it turns out that is nothing compared to the trouble she finds herself in after being declared a pirate! Another cliffhanger ending leaves you wanting more, and luckily, there is more. The next in the series is In the Belly of the Bloodhound and since both the book and the audio are checked out I am being forced to listen to something else. This is a good thing, really. So while I wait I am starting another series. The first book in the Keys to the Kingdom series is Mr. Monday, by Garth Nix. I have just started it, but I think I am going to enjoy this fantasy series. I’ll keep you posted.

The books that I managed to finish this week are Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken and Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. Both are by debut authors and both are fantastic. Hex Hall is the first in a series about Sophie Mercer, a teen witch sent to a reform school for naughty magical teens. Her roommate is a vampire, her enemies are the popular witches, and her crush is totally dreamy and mysterious. When someone starts targeting the witches everyone naturally blames the vampire, but Sophie can’t believe it. As she works to clear her friend’s name she uncovers some startling information about both her self and the hottie Archer. Fun, fun, fun. Enough said. Read it.

I am not sure if Brightly Woven is going to be a series. It had a nice ending, but I would definitely read more about Sydelle and the wizard Wayland North. In any case, Brightly Woven works just fine as a stand-alone book. Sydelle Mirabel lives in a draught stricken village. One day the rains came, along with north, a mysterious wizard. As his reward for bringing rain North requests that Sydelle accompany him on an important but dangerous quest. Together the two set out to deliver an important message to the Imperial Sorceress. Secrets and betrayals plague the tenuous relationship between Syd and North, but with war imminent the two must work together maintain peace in the kingdom. This is a promising start for Ms. Bracken and I look forward to more from her.

Once again, I have gone on and on…so let me wrap this up with a little list.

Currently Reading: Aries Rising by Bonnie Hearn Hill
Currently Listening to: Mr. Monday by Garth Nix
To Read: Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Happy Reading!



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