Friday, February 09, 2007

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Title: Blue is for Nightmares

Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz

Genre: Mystery

Summary: A teen witch dreams of her roommates murder.

The Take-Away: As a second in a series, the back story was handled well, except that it left one burning question in my mind: Why is Stacey at a boarding school? It didn't seem like it had anything to do with her parents, money or religion but no answer was given either. I assume that the answer is adequately explained in the first book.

This book is very detailed about how witchcraft works in Stacey's world. I enjoyed the explanations, but can see this becoming controversial, if the wrong parent/group were to read it. Personally, I would let my kids read it, and then discuss. But I'd do that with any book that they read. This isn't a Harry Potter type witch. Think white magic and Wicca.

It doesn't quite make the jump to appeal to the average adult reader, but neither would it be taxing to read, if you wanted to keep up with your kids.

Recommendation: Great title if you have teens or need to know what's hot their market.

Bonus Review: Melanie Lynne Hauser

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