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CHILDREN OF RAGNAROK:

Since Ragnarokthe great war between the gods and the forces of chaos—the human realm of the Midlands has become a desperate and dangerous place, bereft of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Eiric Halvorsen is among the luckier ones—his family has remained prosperous. But he stands to lose everything when he’s wrongly convicted by a rigged jury of murdering his modir and stepfadir. Also at risk is Eiric’s half-systir, Liv, who’s under suspicion for her interest in seidr, or magic. Then a powerful jarl steps in: He will pay the blood price if Eiric will lead a mission to the fabled Temple at the Grove—the rich stronghold of the wyrdspinners, the last practitioners of sorcery.

Spellsinger, musician, and runecaster Reginn Eiklund has spent her life performing at alehouses for the benefit of her master, Asger, a fire demon she is desperate to escape. After one performance that amazes even herself, two wyrdspinners in the audience make Reginn an irresistible offer: return with them to the Temple to be trained in seidr, forever free of Asger.

Eiric’s, Liv’s, and Reginn’s journeys converge in New Jotunheim, a paradise fueled by magic and the site of the Temple. They soon realize that a great evil lurks beneath the dazzling surface and that old betrayals and long-held grudges may fuel another cataclysmic war. It will require every gift and weapon at their command to prevent it.

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Review: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Cohn/Levithan)

I loved this cute little story! It is nice and short and does not take itself too seriously.

AUTHOR: Rachel Cohn
SERIES: none
PUBLISHER: Random House Children’s
PUBLICATION DATE: May 23, 2006
ISBN: 9780375835315
PAGES: 183
SOURCE: public library
GENRE: romance; humor
GIVE IT TO: HS girls/guys who are into punk music and clubs

SUMMARY: To avoid talking to his ex-girlfriend at a club, Nick impulsively turns to the stranger next to him (Norah) and asks her to be his girlfriend for the next five minutes, setting off a first date that neither Nick nor Norah wants to end. Told from alternating perspectives.

RATING BREAKDOWN:

  • Overall: 4/5
  • Creativity: 5/5
  • Characters: 5/5
  • Engrossing: 4/5
  • Writing: 4/5
  • Appeal to teens: 5/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5

CONTENT:

  • Language: very high; lots and lots of fu– and sh–
  • Sexuality: very high; two intense make-out scenes, well-described with body parts; multiple references to homosexuality and homosexual characters
  • Violence: none
  • Drugs/Alcohol: medium; references to teen drinking and marijuana use, but neither of the two main characters partake during the story

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We don’t have it; way too mature for middle school

WARNING: The reviews on this site are intended for librarians who need thorough book reviews in order to make informed purchasing decisions. As such, anything below this warning may contain mild spoilers. I try not to give away too much, but I do review the entire book.

WHAT I LIKED:  Nick and Norah is a cute slice-of-life story about how two relationship-weary teens learn to move on from heartache. Nick and Norah are likeable and people I would want to hang out with. I especially enjoyed reading Nick and Norah’s alternating perspectives and how they each perceive the same event.

The Manhattan setting works well for Nick and Norah. Descriptions of the gay club scene are spot-on, and the inclusion of street names and open-all-night vendors lend an air of authenticity.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: I liked the whole story! I seriously cannot think of one thing I didn’t like. The only reason I did not give it a five-star rating is because I don’t think it rises to the level of books I’ve previously rated at five stars. My five-star ratings are the squeal-worthy ones, and I don’t think this one is that.

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