Monday, November 28, 2011

Withering Tights- Louise Rennison

 I was looking forward to this one after reading The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, but I didn't think it was as funny.  It had some good parts, but it wasn't the type of book that has you in hysterics.  I think what I like most about Rennison's books are the slang- for some reason weird slang really amuses me.  I thought Tallulah, being Georgia's cousin, was pretty similar in a lot of ways but not quite as outrageous.  She was like a toned down version.  Her friends also weren't as ridiculous as Georgia's; they seemed pretty normal and she never made fun of them like Georgia is constantly doing. While Georgia would go crazy and change her mind about something at a moment's notice, Tallulah was more steadfast in her ways.  Altogether, she was a more mature character, but that kind of made the book less interesting.

The setting was very different from Georgia Nicolson's world- Tallulah is doing a performance art program in Yorkshire, where there is pretty much nothing. Well, there's a pub, of course, as this IS England, but that's about it.

Tallulah was also obsessed with boys, a little less obsessed with makeup, didn't break as many rules, and just couldn't figure out why she started doing Irish dancing whenever her mind went blank.  She was very obsessed  with her knees and lack of corkers and came across as misunderstood.  And she adored her older cousin Georgia, who gave her a fake mustache which she did in the end find a use for.

Withering Tights was more of a 'I stumbled into a performing arts school and oh look I found out my unique talent' type of story, whereas with Georgia, well, she pretty much lived in a fantasy land.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick- Joe Schreiber

I think it's just one of those things American teenagers do- they get these ideas in their heads that they'll fall in love with some gorgeous European and either a) live happily ever after, or b) have a raucous good naughty fun time that will make their friends jealous.

Perry was hoping for the latter.  Gobija was supposed to be some extremely sexy and experienced Eastern European Goddess who was coming to stay with his family outside New York City.
But she was more like a kerchief wearing mashed potato faced frump.
Not what he was hoping for.
And to top off the year of living with the disappointing foreign exchange student, he's forced to take her to the Prom instead of going to play a huge gig his band had in the city.
Enter the Transformation.

After Gobi's very blah prom attendance, she and Perry end up driving Dad's Jag to the city, and Gobi transforms into this vampish wonder of death.  Turns out, the exchange student thing was a cover for her being an ASSASSIN.  And a sexy one too.  Only, she sort of makes Perry drive her to to all her hits, and he gets in major trouble, and oh the blood and guts are everywhere!  But the whole thing is so ridiculous, the 'OMG, it's like he's puking blood!' is really more amusing than disgusting.

This is seriously quick read, and definitely enjoyable, but of course it isn't exactly the sort of thing with lingering  impact.  More like junk food reading, but not really bad.  It's like an action film you all go to see, but by the time it's out on blu-ray, everyone forgot about it.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Darker Still- Leanna Renee Hieber

This is a book about a girl who falls in love with a painting.

Okay, maybe that's not the most accurate description, but basically, Natalie sees this painting of this Lord Denbury character, and somehow the painting is communicating with her.

So Natalie, a mute but pretty middle class girl in Victorian New York City, is introduced to the fabulously wealthy and somewhat eccentric Mrs Northe, who knows all kinds of amazing things about magic and spiritualism  and gets away with her weird meddling because she is fabulously wealthy.

Mrs Northe is very aware that there is something about this painting that is not normal.  She is determined to keep it out of the hands of people who practice foul magic as opposed to the helpful type that interests her.  She also discovers that Natalie is important to the process of discovering the mystery of the painting.
Most young women who see that painting act like preteen girls who scream about Justin Bieber, but only Natalie can actually communicate with it.  Even though she's mute.

Things start to get weird, and soon enough, Natalie finds she can go inside the painting, and while she's there, she can talk, too.

So a lot of the book consists of Natalie hopping into this painting and talking to the dashing young British Lord who is trapped inside.

I was somewhat disappointed with the book, which I had been looking forward to forever.  This could just mean that I need to read a different type of book, one that doesn't have a pretty teenage outcast girl becoming the love interest of a dashing and swoon-worthy man.  There seems to be a lot of that these days.  I'm getting a little sick of romance, I think.

The setting was pretty cool, however- I have always been intrigued by those stories about people trapped in paintings which do not get told too often.  They're so creepy.  I really like the creepy.

The story incorporated just about every form of religion and spirituality- Christianity was combined with Egyptian mythology, and there was all this Latin, so it was just all over the place.  I was surprised Buddha did not make an appearance.  Since Mrs Northe was just so interested in EVERYTHING, she was this fountain of information that wouldn't be useful in the real world unless you were taking your finals for a liberal arts degree.

This may sound petty, but I got annoyed with the characters because they didn't like Baudelaire's poetry.  I hate most poetry EXCEPT for Baudelaire.  And maybe a little Lewis Carroll.  But that's it.  And they're all, 'oh, how I hate Baudelaire!' and I wanted to be like 'man, you people are so SQUARE!' Though I suppose that they are Victorian, so they're just normally like that no matter what.  Stupid Victorians.

There's also a part about how someone is using Lord Denbury's body to kill people.  So that makes things complicated. And dire. And foul. So of course Natalie and Mrs Northe must use their otherwise useless specialized educations to solve the issue and free Lord Denbury.

There will be more in this series, but I'm not sure I'll read them.  I guess I thought the protagonists were too well-behaved and I like my characters with a touch of the nefarious in them.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin

I decided to read this book because Beth Revis liked it. And I think Beth Revis is Super Awesome.
Plus, this book has an awesomely cool cover and a cool name and was purported to be creepy.
I like creepy.  Creepy is fun.
So, Mara Dyer.  She survives this building collapsing on her and her friends and doesn't remember any of it. Her friends are dead, but she's alive.
After this traumatizing experience, her family moves to Miami and she's put in some snotty private school (apparently the building collapsing was just not traumatizing enough and they had to make it worse).  She's feeling rather out of place and keeps having hallucinations, such as seeing her dead friends in the mirror.
Meanwhile, there's a Hot Guy at school who seems to think Mara is the Greatest Chick Ever, but of she is suspicious of him.
As Mara's relationship develops, she also starts imagining horrible things happening to people . . . and then they happen.  She can't decide if she's crazy or if she's demonic.
Most of the book is about Mara and Noah (the Hot Guy) and also Mara's visions.  More creepy things have been happening, and despite the fact that she managed to save the life of a pit bull (+100 points from me), she's getting rather worried.
Personally, I was hoping for some more creepiness, but after the ending . . . well, everyone's all about the twist at the end, so I'm definitely going to be reading the sequel.  There is WAY too much that we don't know yet.  Way too much.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Lover's Dictionary- David Levithan

This is going to be a short review because this was a short book.
However, this was also a really cool book.
There are a lot of love stories out there.  But I have never seen one told in this way.

Seriously, it's brilliant.  Each page has a word.  And under the word, there is a description of something that happened in the narrator's relationship that could be described by that word.

So the book goes from A-Z, telling the story of this relationship in a sort of disjointed way.  It's not linear, and a lot of it is very general, but there are also some things which are peculiar to that relationship alone.

I think anyone who has been in a relationship can find some truth in this book.  There are always uncertainties, issues, problems, and still some really amazing moments.

I liked it quite a bit.  I think you should read it, too.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight- Jennifer E Smith

This book felt real to me. Probably because so much of it took place on an overnight flight to London Heathrow, and the main character, Hadley, had to figure out how to get around London without ever having been there before. I did find it odd that no one seemed to want to help her; when I was living in London and would wander around by myself, all kinds of people would try to help me. Mind you, it's a damn big city, so they weren't always able to do so.
I give it extra points for the title, too. Since I secretly love statistics, anything statistical that seems illogical (like love) makes me laugh. Yes, I laugh at statistics jokes. I laugh at physics jokes too, but don't tell anyone.
Hadley was a believable character; she was still angry with her father for leaving her and her mother and going off to Oxford, and thus did not want to go to their wedding in London. Knowing what a pain in the ass weddings can be, and how it would be bizarre to see your dad marry someone you don't know, I would likely feel the same way.
The love interest, Oliver, was a charming sort; I think I found him this way because he made psychology and statistics jokes. Yes, he would carry Hadley's suitcase too, but that alone does not a charming man make; my jerk British ex would do that, and I still hate him (but I am still friends with the non-jerk British ex).
This was a light read, nothing earth-shattering, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Things About Love- Jackson Pearce

Hey!  Did you know that this anthology has other good authors' work BESIDES Rachel Vincent's?

Well, it does.  In fact, it has one story by Jackson Pearce, local superstar.

I was pretty excited about this story.  See, it's set in the As You Wish world.  I LOVED As You Wish.  In fact, I'm holding a contest which will have TWO winners who will both receive a SIGNED copy of As You Wish!  Just check over to the side for the link.  You won't regret it.

Instead of the story of Viola and her jinn, erm, Jinn, we have the story of her gay ex boyfriend Lawrence.  Lawrence is in college, and jinn have been keeping tabs on him for years just to make sure he doesn't go off and reveal jinn secrets.

This story is told in a way similar to Viola and Jinn's.  The sections alternate between Lawrence and Juliet, a jinn historian. Juliet isn't really keeping tabs on Lawrence.  Instead, she's using him for reasearch.

Juliet's mission is to understand love.  That's why she named herself Juliet; she'd heard that Romeo and Juliet was a love story.  Jinn do not typically love.  They live in Caliban and sometimes feel lust, but not love, at least until Viola and Jinn did.  So Juliet is in the real world, hanging out with Lawrence, trying to understand it.

This story, though short, was pretty satisfying.  For one thing, I was terribly excited to get back to the world of Caliban.  Though I would have liked to see Viola and Jinn, it was nice to see things from other perspectives.  Juliet's blatant lack of social skills was quite amusing.  She would ask questions of Lawrence that made very little sense to most humans, trying to figure out the differences between love, lust, and friendship.  He ended up taking her along to social functions and both of them got their feelings twisted up by various potential lovers.

The ending was open-ended, but it felt right for the story.  Love, you see, is very hard to define.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Secret Year- Jennifer Hubbard

This is not a love song.
Sure, Julia was a girl from the privileged part of town, and Colt was a boy from the not so privileged part of town, and yes, they did spend a year secretly meeting each other by the river for various trysts.  But Julia had a boyfriend, another privileged sort, and she wasn't in love with either.
Then, she goes off and dies in a car accident.

Colt can hardly believe it, but who can he talk to about it?  Nobody knows they knew each other.

There really isn't much romance in these typical teenagers' lives.  It's not like so many YA love stories in which they meet their immortal soul mate.  Their relationships are molded by lust, hatred, greed, cruelty, angst, and confusion.

Julia's brother discovers a notebook Julia wrote in.  In every entry, she wrote to Colt, but he never knew it existed.  So her brother passes it on to him to help him come to terms with her death.

While the characters were realistic, I didn't particularly like them.  Of course, I don't like most real people; I think they fall short by my standards.  But it is nice to see a book written about believable teens.  And sometimes their normality and issues made me laugh out loud.

To me, the underlying theme of this book seemed to be that high school doesn't matter.  Once you get to the world outside high school, no one really cares what part of town you're from.  No one cares who you dated.  And the girl who died?  Well, after high school, she'll fade away as well.

But there are still many similarities between the real world and high school.  There will always be people who think they can do anything they want because they have money.  There will always be people who don't fit in.  There will always be people who feel like they're trod upon everyday and can't understand why.

Colt was pretty average.  He thought he loved this beautiful girl, but he knew she would be ashamed of him.  She couldn't take him to the Country Club; he doesn't belong there, and she has to have someone to take, even though she doesn't like her boyfriend much.  She loved having their secret affair; she got a thrill out of it, but whether there was any love involved is kind of hard to say.

One thing I did not like about this book was that no one seemed to be defined by their interests, their talents, their intelligence, or their personalities.  It was basically 1. you live in a mansion on Black Mountain; 2. you live in substandard housing in the flats, or 3. (and there was only one of these) you live sort of in between so apparently this gives you an identity crisis.  The entire system was based purely upon where you lived.  Now, I knew some snotty stuck up wealthy kids in school, and I knew some poor kids who were made fun of for being poor, but there was generally at least a little more to it than that.  Just because you were poor does not mean you like to sit on your back porch shooting targets.  Being wealthy does mean you go off to the Country Club every weekend.  Except for their environments these kids were pretty much the same.  They never noticed how much alike they were because they were so wrapped up in their demographics.  You switch a Black Mountain baby and a flats baby at birth, they'd be the same.  But the one who was supposed to be in the flats would just go to the Country Club instead  of shooting in the backyard and vice versa. 

This is definitely the sort of book aimed more toward older teens based on the subject matter.  They all have sex.  Those girls take their bras off right quick and those guys are rearing to go at any moment.

There is also a delightful scene in which Colt's brother reveals his homosexuality and his parents go temporarily insane. "Don't you know what those guys do to each other?!" asks the father.

Colt's brother, Tom, was one of the few reasonable voices in the story. Sure, he's gay, he's only a freshman in college, but he actually had a personality.  He wasn't an "oh I'm gay, let me flit around like a sparkle pony and wear lip gloss" type of gay character.  He was just a reasonably intelligent young man who found out that in the real world, you could be who you are and not be defined by where you lived.

The book did not end with Colt saying "Yes!  I am over Julia!  I am in love with whoever!  Now I can be happy again!" but the secret does get out.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Passion- Lauren Kate

Yeah, I know, it came out in JUNE and I'm just now reading it.  #bookbloggerfail

And my Amazon thing still isn't working because of this new interface, but you know what?  I'm still going to review the book!

As the third in the Fallen series, this one was definitely different. Fallen started out with poor Luce stuck in a reform school which happened to be inhabited by quite a few angels, including the Amazing Sexy OMG LOVE! Daniel.  These would be Luce's opinions on Daniel, not mine.  I think I'm more into the demonic ones . .
And in Torment, she is lucky enough to go to a school in CALIFORNIA (I seriously love California, see) with a bunch of Nephilim kids.  Nephilim kids, you see, are part human part angel.  Because apparently angels and humans have similar enough DNA that they can produce fertile offspring.  #thingsididnotknow

But in Passion, she's . . . not in school. She is EVERYWHERE.
Since Luce is feeling unsure of her neverending doomed relationship with Daniel, yet Daniel, being immortal, kinda has oh, ALL the facts on their past fancies and frolics because he never had to burst into flames and die at 17, Luce decides to visit her past lives!

Doesn't that sound like the most fun EVER?  I would totally love to do that!  Star-crossed relationship or no, that is a damn cool holiday.

Of course, she has NO IDEA where she's going or when.  She just . .  goes.

Ending up in war zones isn't too fun, but fortunately, Luce manages to visit all kinds of past lives.  She even discovers that in one past life, she hates herself.  Or her past self.  Her past self is really nasty and bitchy in one life.

So sometimes, she's the princess, or the quality rich girl, and Daniel is the poor schmuck.  And in some, Daniel is the Person of Quality and she's the servant.  Some of them, they're pretty much equal ( I mean, come on, Soviet Russia?  Being equal is kind of the 'thing' there, despite the outcome).  There's one really fun one in which she's a Mayan Sacrifice so that they can have rain (because cutting off people's heads brings rain, you know). 

Her name is not always Lucinda.  She may be Luschka, Lucia, Ix Cuat, Lys, or Layla.  You never know.

Along the way, she picks up a guide who is a gargoyle or something and he teaches her things.  Even though he's gross.  And manipulative. And. . . oh must not spoil.

Daniel is trying desperately to track her down, but isn't really doing that great  a job.  You'd think this immortal angel from the dawn of time or before would be better at this.  But he's not.  Oh well.

My favorite part of this book is the setting(s).  I love time travel, and visiting yourself and your lover throughout time, well, that beats going into the future and dealing with Morlocks.

What I didn't like as much, and I should really expect from this type of book anyway, is the religious aspect.  I mean, he's a FALLEN ANGEL, so OBVIOUSLY there is the whole Judeo-Christian theology in there.

But the description of Heaven seemed so bland, and the Lucifer and The Other One (I'm thinking that one's also called GOD, but they never say it . .) are also very meh.  Lucifer is a jerk, and The Other One is a pretentious wanker who likes to boss people around (this is why I'm not into Christianity; He always comes off as an asshole in all the biblical thingies I've read or heard [no offense to anyone into that sort of thing]).

However, there is this message about how serving love is better than serving a deity.  Daniel doesn't want to choose a side because the most important thing to him is Luce; not eternal damnation, not faith, not anything like that.  He believes that love is the most important thing ever, and I guess when it comes to hot angel boyfriends, that's a pretty good one to get.

Now, the fourth and final book in this series is going to be called Rapture, and based on the ending of Passion . . .  I don't know about that one.  I'm not really on the edge of my seat for that.  If it had ended with Passion, I would have been okay with that.  But I suppose I shall have to wait and see.  And of course, if it's another freaking gorgeous cover, I'll have to buy it just for that.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Niederwald- Rachel Vincent

You know how I really like Soul Screamers and recommend it to everyone?  Well, there is this book called ENTHRALLED which has short stories quite a few authors wrote, and guess what?  ONE OF THEM IS A SOUL SCREAMERS STORY.
In this one, we get to see Sabine again. Or, well, we do see Sabine again, and see what she's thinking, but I still don't like her.  I don't think there is anything she can do to redeem herself in my eyes because I really hate her.  She's so mean to everyone except Nash.
Anyway, Sabine is hanging out with Kaylee's friend Emma and they end up driving to Niederwald, Texas, to visit a harpy oracle.  Emma didn't want to go, but you know how Sabine is (ie, we HATE her).  Sabine is all upset about Nash being with Kaylee, as usual, so she wants to find out if they will ever be together again. Sabine is a crap heroine, I think; all she really cares about is getting her man and when she doesn't get her way she's just a bitch.  It's like she can't think of ANYTHING ELSE to occupy herself with.  I mean, she has her special power which kind of makes her unpleasant by nature (feeding off people's nightmares= making everyone have nightmares = bitch), but all she cares about is having sex with Nash.  This is why we like Kaylee better.  She actually has a personality and interests outside of her boyfriend, and her boyfriend is NOT the most important thing in her life because she is NOT an annoying bitch (screaming to keep people from dying = trying to keep decent people alive= not bitch).
So here is Sabine, and these harpies, and they kind of want to eat Emma, and Sabine is really much more into NashNashNashNashNashNashNash than keeping decent people alive, but she doesn't really want to kill anyone who isn't Kaylee.  Therein lies the action sequence.
To me, Sabine is like an evil Bella Swan.  She's completely obsessed with this one guy and everything she does revolves around him.  But instead of being all 'boohoo, my boyfriend left me' she goes off on a mad hunt to reclaim him and along the way steps on as many people as possible.

Despite the fact that I hate Sabine, I still enjoyed reading the story.  I love how the characters develop and all the little things about the Netherworld that show up.  Vincent has crafted the Netherworld so well; she takes it slow so you can really absorb all the details and there's always something new showing up.  I also like that it's not just a dumb girl in love with one guy for all eternity and how people WILL date more than one person (except Sabine, of course).  I think Sabine is really one of those who the reader enjoys hating.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Forever- Maggie Stiefvater

Blogger is currently being stupid, so there are no pretty pictorial links.
However, this is a link to Forever on Amazon.
In case you were wondering, Forever is the third and final volume of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater.
I previously reviewed book one, Shiver ,and book two, Linger
I have decided that my favorite of the series is Linger.
When I met Maggie Stiefvater, she discussed the first draft of Forever and a pretty gruesome scene that didn't make it to the final version.  Apparently she decided to make drastic changes to the final book. 
The problem is that I really liked that gruesome scene.  So I was a bit disappointed with the final copy.
That is not to say that it wasn't good, because it was still a good story.  There was good character development, plenty of characters to hate on, a sense of hopelessness, romance, confused teenagers, and all that good stuff.
But for some reason I always want it to end badly.  I blame this on Philip Pullman.
See, since Pullman had two characters fall in love and then realize that they can never ever see each other ever again or the world will end, it just seems like it's too easy for the characters in love to be together in the end.  I mean, that's not how it always happens!  Sometimes people die and it sucks hardcore and you can't do anything about it.  That is something that happens in real life, and I get kind of tired of all these YA romances ending happily.
Forever did have one thing that made it a bit different.  The ending was open-ended (is that redundant?), so you don't know for sure it'll be happily ever after.  All you know is that the characters are alive, whether or not they're wolves or humans.
This final volume continued the narration of four characters as was in Linger.  We still have not only Grace and Sam, but Cole and Isabel too.  While Cole is someone I would probably dislike in real life, he's interesting to read.  Sometimes I forgot who was narrating, but I could pick it out within a few sentences in most cases.  I don't feel like I count against it for that; having four narrators is tough unless you use some sort of font or style trick to make them more different, like in Will Grayson,Will Grayson. This was a case of one Will Grayson written normally, while the other Will Grayson didn't capitalize.  Easy to tell apart.
Oh wait!  I forgot to reveal the plot!  See, in the final volume, Isabel's douchebag father wants to kill all the wolves.  Cole, in the meantime, is doing medical experiments on himself and the other wolves to try to figure out how to cure it and/or stimulate the shift.  Grace is 'missing,' Sam gets questioned by the police a lot, and Grace's parents get a cat. The cat isn't an important character, however.  I just like them.
Throw in some angst, death, and theft, and you've got Forever!
If you didn't like the first two, you probably would not like the final volume.  But if you did, then you probably would.  And I think that's about as well as I can describe it without spoilers.

Friday, September 9, 2011

100 Most Popular YA Books?

Stole this from Ashley @ What's Your Story?

These are supposedly the most popular YA books/series of late.
Bold means I've read it.
Italics means I own it, but have not read it yet.
Bold AND Italics means I own and read it.
Red means I couldn't finish it because I hated it.

  1. Alex Finn – Beastly
  2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
  3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
  4. Ally Condie – Matched
  5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
  7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
  9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
  10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
  12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
  13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
  16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
  17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
  18. Christopher Paolini - Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
  19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
  20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
  21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
  22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
  23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
  26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
  27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
  29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
  31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
  33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
  34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
  37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
  38. John Green – Paper Towns
  39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
  40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
  41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
  42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
  43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
  44. Lemony Snicket - Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
  46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
  47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
  49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
  50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
  52. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
  53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
  54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
  56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
  57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
  58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
  61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
  63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
  64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
  67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
  68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
  69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
  72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )
  73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
  74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
  79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
  80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
  81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
  82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
  83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
  84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  85. Scott Westerfeld - Leviathan (1, 2)
  86. Scott Westerfeld - Uglies (1, 2, 3, 4)
  87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
  88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
  89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
  90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
  92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
  93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
  94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
  95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
  96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
  97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
  99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
  100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Demonglass- Rachel Hawkins

Huzzah!  It's time to visit Hex Hall again!
Oh, except in this book, Sophie is on summer vacation in England. That's where her estranged father is, and he's trying to convince her to embrace her powers rather than shun them.
So she gets a lot of quality time with her father.  And of course she brings her vampire friend Jenna along, because what fun is a magical manor in England without your best friend?
Sophie and Dad get along pretty well for a parent and teenage child who've never met.  Sophie, with all her snarky smart ass ways, is still funny and doesn't really harbor any ill will towards her father.  She's pretty resilient, after all. And he is doing quite a lot for her in this book.
This gigantic manor, which for some reason Americans think are all over the damn place in England (they're not; most people live in tiny houses) also houses a few other magical types.
There's two demons, Nick and Daisy, an 'important' person--Lara, Sophie's betrothed who was also invited to stay, and various others.
Of course, Sophie is quite shocked to find she's betrothed to Cal, the groundskeeper at Hex Hall, as any modern young woman would be.  Not that there's anything wrong with him--it's just not exactly what she was expecting.
So everyone is in this fabulous setting where they're supposed to be learning and developing and having a jolly good summer, but of course, a bunch of crap happens.
Sorry to dampen the holiday, but those people from The Eye who like to kill magic types are quite busy doing the things they enjoy.  And we see someone who we weren't expecting to see again.  And there are also lots of things going on that don't make sense, and we can't always be sure who to trust and who to loathe.  So we don't put down the book until it's completely read like any normal person would do.
I was most definitely NOT disappointed in this sequel.  If you like Hex Hall, you'll probably like Demonglass, too. Unfortunately, however, the third book won't be out until March.
I know.
Total suck.
But you can preorder it!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hex Hall- Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall? Is that like, Hogwarts or something?
Sort of.  It's a school for witches, warlocks, demons, fairies and even vampires. And it's in Georgia.  And it's only for the ones that get in trouble. So it's kind of like Paranormal Reform School.
I was reminded of the Sword and Cross School from Fallen.  This was a reform school, and it was in the same state as Hex Hall (unfortunately the same place where I reside unhappily), but for some reason that school had a bunch of angels as students and no one seemed to know about it.
Hecate Hall, as it is properly called, is full of students are very well aware of the other types of students who reside there.  Everyone knows that Beth is a werewolf, and Jenna is a vampire, and Elodie is an annoying witch who thinks she owns the place.  So, like a normal high school, there are cliques and groups and prejudices and all that lovely adolescent crap.
So, our main character, the terribly ignorant and confused witch, Sophie Mercer, ends up at this school.  At first, she has no idea what is going on since her Warlock father has never actually met her, and she was raised by her completely human mother.  It may sound a little Harry Potter, but Sophie's mother never locked her in a closet and she has no use for a magic wand.  The classes are also a bit different; some of them involve beating the crap out of other students.
Sophie is extremely likable; very snarky, very full of amusing pop culture references that no one else seems to get and apparently has a dark family secret.  Secret as in, she doesn't know, but some other people do, so she feels like a total imbecile all the time.
Her roommate is pink-loving lesbian vampire Jenna who is also a bit of an outcast seeing as she is a Creature of the Night and everyone is convinced she killed this witch named Holly.
There is also this whole thing about various groups of humans who want to kill all these un-people.  So instead of Voldemort running around killing humans, you have humans running around killing magic people.
Of course, some of these special magic people do awful things, too, so both sides are guilty.
This is a pretty quick read, seeing as I actually finished it in one day.  The ending is not quite what you expect.  Sophie does not defeat the most evil wizard of all time (there are no wizards anyway) and she does not win the House Cup (there isn't one of those either).  Some people die and some people turn out to be bigger jerks than once thought, and it's not exactly a happy ever after.
Saying that, it does mean that the sequel has more potential!  Huzzah!  So of course I started Demonglass today.
I suggest you go read Hex Hall, and then check out these:

Spell Bound (A Hex Hall Novel) this one hasn't come out yet.  But you should pre-order it or something.  It's what the outcast kids are doing.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Dead-Tossed Waves- Carrie Ryan

This book is the sequel to Carrie Ryan's first book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  I reviewed that one some time ago.
The second installment is about Gabrielle, the daughter of Mary from the first book.  Personally, I liked this one better.
For one thing, Gabry lives in a place that makes more sense to me-- a town by the ocean that is still closed off from the Mudo, or as most people call them, zombies.
This is, of course, a zombie apocalypse series.
Mary claims to be from the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but most people don't believe her because they think all it has in it are those damn Unconsecrated Mudo dead freaks.  They aren't aware of the elaborate gate system with multiple towns separated within the forest.  The elaborate gate system confused me terribly throughout the first book, but here's a hint: the whole gate system and how it was created is revealed in this book. Yay!  That made me happy.
As in most of Carrie Ryan's works, it's not all lollipops and rainbows in the end.  People die a lot.  You know how a lot of times there is be all and end all relationship in which the teenage girl finds the love of her life in high school and something is keeping them apart but in the end they are meant to be?  Carrie Ryan doesn't do that.  Her relationships are more realistic.  They don't always work out; sometimes they find other people they like better; they're confused about what their life means and who, if anyone, they should be with.  This is really nice to see in YA fiction because I think it shows how most young people really feel.  They don't always fall in love with the first person they see and stay with them forever.  Sometimes they end up alone.  And of course, all those damn Unconsecrated Mudo dead freaks are running around making life hell for everyone else.
Even from the beginning, you can tell that things are not going to be rosy.  And I love that.  It's a wonderfully depressing yet hopeful read and is full of mysteries.  I'm already wondering what will happen in book three.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What is Wrong with Me?

For some reason, and despite the fact that I have plenty of excellent books to choose from, I can't seem to finish anything lately.
This means no reviews.
I'm sorry.  I don't know what is causing this. Perhaps it's because I have too much stuff to do and am under too much stress.
Actually I think that might be it.
Ok, problem identified. But there is not a damn thing I can do about it.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Linger- Maggie Stiefvater

Yup, I decided I needed to know more about why girls love both wolves and boys.  So I read the sequel to Shiver, which I reviewed the other day.
Linger is not quite the same as Shiver.. For one thing, there are more character POVs.  You not only get Grace, Sam, and Isabel, but also this new guy named Cole. And Cole is really screwed up.  I liked reading Cole because I didn't like him much.
Of course, I hated Isabel in the first book, but when you see things from her point of view, she's not as annoying.  Plus she helps the wolves, which I personally think is a nice thing to do regardless.  Her family is horrible of course, but pretty much everyone has a terrible family in these books.  I mean, we have Grace who is sufficiently ignored by her oblivious parents for years and Sam whose parents tried to kill him. Cole's parents expected him to be some sort of genius wonder boy so he went off and rebelled by being in a band and doing whatever drugs he could get his dirty hands on, showing that while his parents at least meant well, they just weren't the right parents for him.  Isabel's parents are rich jerks who get drunk and hate each other and yell a lot.  And her dad likes to kill things, especially wolves.  So while sometimes you don't like the characters much, you can kind of see that they were shaped by the people around them.
I think, weirdly enough, that the person I identified with most was Sam.  Not only did he work in a bookstore (which I have done), but he folds origami cranes like mad (which I do and can't seem to stop.  It's an addiction).  I also have scars on my wrists like he does, only mine were um, not inflicted by my parents 
Now, I like books in which bad stuff happens.  I believe in a world where things don't always work out well because that is how I have experienced it.  The fact that all these characters are so horribly misunderstood rings a bell with me.  I think as teenagers a lot of us feel that way and sometimes we still feel that way when we're grown.  It's just one of those crappy things about life.
So while these people are being misunderstood, taken for granted, and rebelling, more BAD STUFF happens!
Yay, lovely exciting bad stuff!  I know for a fact that Maggie Stiefvater likes to make readers cry, and I appreciate this quality in her.  The werewolf disease becomes more complicated than previously thought (it's not just a temperature thing after all) and there is death.  Yes, death in this book.  As well as near-death, illness, drug abuse, nudity and German poetry.  All of these things are fabulous, with the possible exception of German poetry.  That's on the quirky-but-not-fabulous end of things.
I still think this series is pretty much GIRLY, because there's the agonizing romance, but if you like that sort of thing, and you like wolves (which we have previously proven that girls do) you'll probably like these books.

Next book in the series is . . .

Monday, August 8, 2011

Shiver- Maggie Stiefvater

This book is about how girls love wolves.
It's true.  We do.
I have photographic evidence (Look further down, it's really good!)
It's also a book about how girls love boys (I don't think I need photographic evidence for THAT one).
So, Shiver is a book for girls.  Or maybe guys who want to understand girls.  Or gay guys.  Maybe.  I know my husband wouldn't like it though.

Girls who like Twilight would probably like this book.
When I started reading this book, I was wary, because a friend of mine whose opinion I respect hated it.  But we're not the same person, so I read it anyway.  Plus I got to meet the author.
It took me a while to get into this book.  I didn't quite get why Grace was in love with Sam, and even less why he loved her.  She was a put-together person who could clearly take care of herself (unlike many heroines) but she wasn't fascinating. So the first part of the book was her and Sam being all, 'oh I like you but I'm going to sit silently next to you and wish you could be human forever (see, Sam turns into a wolf when he gets cold, and they live near Canada).'  But then there's more action because this one guy who is basically a total jerk gets bitten by a wolf and he keeps running off and doing jerky things like eating his sister's dog.  And he wants to be cured, and he thinks Grace knows the cure.  So we get less 'look I'm silently liking you' and more 'OH CRAP PEOPLE IS GONNA DIE.' And so Grace teams up with jerky wolf boy's obnoxious sister even though they dislike each other.  And of course there's the other wolves getting involved, and there's all this hopelessness because eventually, you stop turning into a human when you're part wolf (thus the agony of Grace and Sam).
The ending made me go, 'huh.'  But that 'huh' was enough to get me to pick up my copy of Linger.
I was talking to a middle school librarian, and she told me she wasn't sure she could put Maggie Stiefvater's books in the school library because they 'might' be a little risque. This, of course, was another factor which made me decide to read Shiver.  Personally, I don't think it's very risque.  But there is hope that the next two in the series will have more of that. . ..

Saturday, July 23, 2011

So Long, Borders

I'm sure everyone has heard by now that Borders is going to close every store and go completely out of business.
This makes me really sad.  I remember when the Borders opened up near me when I was a child, and I LOVED it there.  I could stay there all day and not even realize I'd been there that long.  My family and I referred to this as the "Borders Time Warp," since we'd go in and not even realize we'd been there for four hours.
Later on, Amazon and Barnes and Noble came along, and we used those, especially when I had a job at Barnes and Noble.
But Barnes and Noble is NOT Borders.  There is no such thing as a "Barnes and Noble Time Warp," because it isn't as much fun to go to Barnes and Noble.
Borders was great because of the atmosphere and the selection.  It was relaxed yet organized, and you could get books, music, and movies there.  And they almost ALWAYS had what you were looking for.
Over the past few years, the one thing that made me want to use Borders over any other bookstore was their Rewards program.  Now, both Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million have rewards programs, but they can't compare to Borders Rewards.  With Borders Rewards, you could sign up for FREE and you got coupons every week for up to 40% off items in the store.  And for every hundred and fifty (or hundred, if you'd spent enough money there for an upgrade) dollars you spent, you got $5 in Borders Bucks to spend on anything in the store.  For $20, you could get the Rewards Plus which meant that on top of every other discount you got another 10% off, free shipping on the website for ANYTHING, even books bought from third parties!  Not even Amazon gives you free shipping from third parties unless they're fulfilled by Amazon.  Plus, you got a pack of coupons with the Rewards Plus and $10 in Borders Bucks.  I always managed to get spectacular deals at Borders.
The other bookstores' rewards program aren't as good.  You HAVE to pay for those and you only get 10% off.  That's it.
Another thing that made Borders a more enjoyable place to shop was the selection.  Remember the Wall Street Journal article about the woman who couldn't find a suitable book for her teenager?  Well, she went to Barnes and Noble, and their YA section leaves much to be desired.  Borders' YA section, however, was excellent.  I wonder if perhaps instead of going to B&N, the woman had gone to Borders, she would have found something for her daughter to read that was not "objectionable." I kinda think she would have.
A lot of times I feel kind of down and depressed, and a lot of times I know that if I go to Borders, it will help me feel better.  It's a nice place to browse and have a latte. And they usually had cool T-shirts.  I got a Hunger Games T-shirt there once.  The other stores didn't have those.
But now Borders is going away.  It feels like it's the end of an era to me.  The people at my local Borders loved me; a lot of times the cashiers had read the same books so we had good conversations.  I always had a good time at Borders and always left happier than when I came in.
I suspect that when I visit Borders over the closing weeks, I'll be a bit sadder when I leave the store.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Daughter of Xanadu- Dori Jones Yang

This is one of those books I got an ARC of ages ago and forgot about, but then when I remembered I had it, I wondered why no one I know ever mentions this book.
This book is awesome.  For one thing, it's set in Mongolia and the main character is the oldest granddaughter of Khubilai Khan.
Her name is Emmajin, and instead of wanting to marry some guy and live the boring life of a Mongol woman, she dreams of glory on the battlefield.
She and her cousin, Suren, are close in age and have spent their childhood practicing archery and fighting with each other.  Suren is about to be sent off with an army, and Emmajin wants to go too.
But before she can try to prove herself on the battlefield, she is given the job of spying on a certain foreigner in the court- Marco Polo. To do this, she must befriend him and ask about his home so that the Mongol army can find a way to subdue them and take them under the great Khan's rule.
This book was hard to put down.  I was fascinated with the Mongolian culture, especially from a Mongol's point of view.  Usually all we hear is that they conquered various people and the various people were not happy about it.  In this story, we hear about what the Mongolians think, as well as the perspective of others.  Marco Polo's ideals are not like those of Emmajin.  She thinks he must be weak and unmanly since he does not fight in battles.  After a while, she starts to see the value of his culture.  As her character develops, Emmajin starts to see other things she can do with her life.  She had thought that all she could do was either be someone's wife or be a warrior.  Being exposed to different cultures and people opens her mind in ways she never expected.
Historical novels can be hit or miss-- there's a lot of areas of history people tend to focus on and they often only give one perspective (i.e., the Holocaust is most often told by people who suffered from it), but this one is definitely a unique one.  While Emmajin is a fictional character, you can still learn quite a lot about Khubilai Khan and the world at that time.  It's also presented in a way that makes everything interesting, even what food they ate.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lor Mandela- 400 Days- L. Carroll

To start off with FOUR HUNDRED DAYS, I think we need at least a brief synopsis of Destruction from Twins. This book is more than just a pretty cover (but isn't it beautiful?  I love it!) and in fact has a very complex and unique story.
Now, we start out with someone who wants to gain power at all costs, and in so doing, she pretty much destroys the planet (but slowly, so it takes a while for people to notice).  The hierarchy of power on Lor Mandela is full of fun terminology, such as "vritesse," "atoc," "Trysta," and "Brashnellan."  If you decide to get into the world of Lor Mandela, there is a glossary at the back of book one to assist you in your understanding of this foreign world.
This story also takes place on Earth, and a seemingly unrelated teenage girl is in the middle.
What is cool about this book is that there is a richly detailed fantasy world, but also humdrum Iowa, and the two interfere.  Four Hundred Days also takes place in both worlds.  To get from one world to the other, you usually need  a Squanki to open a portal.  A squanki is a lovely little bug eating creature, and both books are infested with them.  The magic of Lor Mandela is unlike magic in many fantasy novels in some ways; for instance, they can transform people into other people.  And they can do it permanently.  Not like a fey glamour.
One thing I found amusing was that when Lor Mandelans try to fit in on Earth, they kind of . . . act like idiots.  One in particular adopts this 90s Surfer speech which is particularly hilarious.
There are so many characters in the first book that it takes a while to figure out who is more important.  The second book is more centralized around young Audril, who has lived on both planets.  Since she's had certain types of magic preformed on her, she doesn't always know how to do things.  She knows she has to do things, figure things out, but just like it is for any teenager who has to save the world, she doesn't always get it right. In the words of a specific Iowa teacher, "if at first you don't succeed, that's what I expected;" because honestly, hardly anyone gets it right the first time.
Oh, and let's take a look at the cover of Four Hundred Days again:


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Four Hundred Days Cover Reveal!

And you thought the cover for Destruction from Twins was awesome! I think I'd like a poster of this one; it's just so pretty!
Lor Mandela: Four Hundred Days will be released on July 15.
In case you haven't read Destruction From Twins, you can order it from Amazon.  It's one of those big, pretty books that are hard to put down. Lor Mandela is a planet full of interesting creatures and people who can do amazing things with magic, such as turning a two year old into an infant.  The path of Lor Mandela and Earth cross when someone important (or at least, they think she's the important person; the girl in questions has no memory of ever being on another planet) is found in Iowa, trying to make her boring life more interesting.  Of course, all that happens next is a little more than she bargained for . . .

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lost Voices - Sarah Porter

Do you remember being 14 and alone?
Did you ever feel like it was hopeless to go on?
Did you ever wish you could get revenge on everyone who hurt you?
Do you know what it's like to feel human?
Sarah Porter's debut novel, Lost Voices, features a 14-year-old . . . human.  Her name is Luce.  And she thought she gave up.
Instead of dying after jumping off a cliff, she became a mermaid.
And this is no Ariel, and no Emily Windsnap.
This is the dark side of mermaids. These mermaids sing sailors to their deaths.  These mermaids sink ships.
But can you really be alone when you're surrounded by others like you?
All these mermaids have suffered.  They've all been hurt, abused, damaged, torn apart by the human world. And so they wreak their revenge on those who sail by.  Their voices are so beautiful, they inspire people to jump off ships and drown themselves.
Luce understands suffering, but her beloved father drowned on a boat nearby.  That was the real beginning of her trouble. She doesn't know if she should sing people to their deaths, no matter what atrocities they've committed.  She wants to know if maybe she can do something else with the power of her voice, but none of the others are interested in anything but killing the evil humans.
Luce retreats more and more from the others, especially as new mermaids join them, trying to find her voice.  The voice she lost as a human, but gained as a mermaid.  All mermaids have enchanting voices, but some are more so than others.  Some, however, do not understand what it means to be human or mermaid.
The mermaids Luce is surrounded by are ruled by a queen, Catalina.  She is the most talented singer, and therefore their natural leader.  She has them stick to the timahk, the code of mermaids.  There are certain rules, such as 1) never hurt another mermaid, and 2) never let a human who sees you stay alive.  These are the most important.
None of the mermaids are very old.  They're all young, some so young they cannot survive.  Those too young are referred to as larvae; they usually get eaten by orcas.  I would imagine quite a few mermaid larvae around the coasts of places like China, where baby girls are often left to die.
Catalina's tribe, however, thrives off the coast of Alaska.  Everything seems to be going fine, until they sing Anais from death to her new life as a mermaid.
Anais hasn't suffered.  Her life has been shiny, full of designer clothes and yachts.  She thinks life as a mermaid is boring, and convinces many of the others to sink ships solely to gain the human's loot.  Soon they have all sorts of things they can't use, such as sandals and a flat-screen TV.
Luce retreats more and more as Anais gains influence and finds solace only in her voice.
But maybe her voice is all she really needs. Her voice, and the music of the ocean, the rocks, the wind, and the waves.
So many girls die unwanted; so many voices are lost.  Maybe all you need to feel real is to find your voice, even if it is only echoed by rocks and wind.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Iron Daughter- Julie Kagawa

This is the second installment of Julie Kagawa's endlessly creative Iron Fey series, and I have to say, I was most certainly not disappointed.
Her first, The Iron King, was an excellent start to the series.
You can view my review of The Iron King  here.  I quite liked it, and you should too.
So now, Meghan Chase is sent to the Winter Court where Queen Mab hates her and she's confused as to whether Winter Prince Ash likes her or not because you know, royalty is like that, and then when they're fairies, they're even worse.
And then all sorts of stuff happens.  You know, like people betray each other and die and all that.  It's very exciting, to be sure.
Then Meghan has to go off to find a missing piece of fey importance to stop a war. This is when it gets really fun.
Along the way, she sees some old friends and an old enemy who has now become her friend, and they all work together with some outcasts from the fey world to try to and get the important thing back (no, I won't tell you what the important thing is; you just have to read it).
They end up spending time in the fey world, the human world, and the in-between world.
This book is an excellent follow up to The Iron King. While in the Iron King there was a lot of world building, The Iron Daughter takes off with exceptional plotting.  I honestly had no idea what would happen next or where they would end up or who they would meet.  Since they went to a few places they hadn't been before, there was some more world-building, but as in the first book, it was unique and inspired.  The little details in the book really made the characters and the world seem real.  There was more description of the various Iron Fey and how they affect the worlds (yes, worlds; that is not a typo). Meghan is a very likable character and I will warn you that whenever someone insults her you may feel indignant about it. She's realistic and easy to identify with; she's loving and protective, AND she has cahones (figuratively, of course).
I love Kagawa's faery world.  I just adore how inventive it is.  She takes old stories and gives them really interesting twists that you wouldn't expect.
I suggest that you get started on this series.  There's more coming, and it looks to be just as awesome as what we've gotten so far.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Four Hundred Days Social Network Contest

The goal behind this contest is to spread the word about Four Hundred Days as far as possible to as many people as possible.
Four Hundred Days is the second book in the Lor Mandela series by L Carroll. It’s a captivating trilogy that will keep you on the edge of your seat, turning pages, and asking for more.
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