It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's/YA version at Teach Mentor Texts.
Second Chance, the second book in The Slayer Chronicles by Heather Brewer for Children's Book Week. Rather than giving Joss's perspective of Ninth Grade Slays, this book skips right over that action and goes to the fallout from his actions. It offers an exciting story, but it's been too long since I read the corresponding Vlad Tod book, so there were some players whose names I recognized, but not much else. There were also certain sections that required a bit too much suspension of disbelief. But once you look past that, it's a great fun read.
Eighth Grade Bites: A Graphic Novel by Heather Brewer, adapted by Tony Lee, illustrated by Julia Laud. I'm excited to see this series come to graphic novel where it might reach some readers reluctant to pick up a full-length novel, but I'm a bit disappointed in the adaptation. The art is largely generic, and the dialogue is often stilted and awkwardly packed with exposition. I wish it had been longer and allowed the plot to develop more naturally. I'm curious to see if some of that is ironed out with future installments now that a lot of the characters and setting are established.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park, for World Book Night. I must admit, I was not very excited to read this one, but it's pretty enjoyable. There's already been one complication that surprised me in a good way.
This week I'll be finishing Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, then starting on City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series.
What are you reading?