Monday, July 28, 2008

I'm Tempted...

Someone else who's a member of the Early Reviewers program at Library Thing mentioned a daily newsletter called Shelf Awareness. I certainly wish I could remember her name so I could thank her. It's turning out to be a gold mine! One book that really intrigues me from today's issue is Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye. Here's the book description from Amazon:

WHEN MILTON AND Marlo Fauster die in a marshmallow bear explosion, they get sent straight to Heck, an otherworldly reform school. Milton can understand why his kleptomaniac sister is here, but Milton is—or was—a model citizen. Has a mistake been made? Not according to Bea “Elsa” Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. She doesn’t make mistakes. She personally sees to it that Heck—whether it be home-ec class with Lizzie Borden, ethics with Richard Nixon, or gym with Blackbeard the Pirate—is especially, well, heckish for the Fausters. Will Milton and Marlo find a way to escape? Or are they stuck here for all eternity, or until they turn 18, whichever comes first?
This reminds me of Jasper Fforde, one of my favorite authors, and Heck has caught my imagination to the point where I'm wavering. Badly. I'm either going to be Good and pick up Fforde's Thursday Next: First Among Sequels from my TBR shelves, or be Bad and order Heck. I can remember the pre-Harry Potter days when I didn't read youth fiction. Now it's fast becoming one of my favorite reading categories!


  1. I think this sounds like an interesting read. I'm looking forward to your review. ;-)


  2. I found your blog through the LibraryThing blogroll and thought I'd stop in to say hi...

    And now I'm terribly tempted as well. If you do write a review, I'm looking forward to reading it (and the book too).

  3. You folks are not helping me resist temptation at all! LOL I'm glad you both decided to stop by my blog!

  4. I say go for it!

  5. Oh, I saw this one and was bummed that it wasn't available as an arc. It looks fantastic.

    I remember my first thought about Harry Potter was that I hope no one sees me reading a kid's book. Now, I read more children's and y.a. lit than probably anything else. Authors who write good kid books really have to know how to keep their audience interested.


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