Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New books update!

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce is now out!

Outpost by Ann Aguirre is also out!

And here's a chapter sampler for another new book, Unspoken!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fly on the Wall- E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart is a great author- I've enjoyed everything I've read by her.  She has delightfully weird characters and her writing style is funny and direct.  Fly on the Wall is no different.
In this tale, Gretchen is a bit of an outcast at her arts school because she's more into comic book art than other types of art.  Her teachers don't particularly like her style of drawing, and her love of Spiderman is ridiculed.  Most of the other kids think she's weird, and considering she goes to an arts school, that's kind of sad.  But Gretchen is a well-meaning, lovable character who is desperately trying to understand boys, a seemingly impossible task.
There is one in particular who she especially likes- Titus.  One day she fleetingly wishes she could be a fly on the wall of the boy's locker room so she can see what really goes on in there, and what do you know? For a week, her wish comes true.
At first Gretchen is terrified by her new form, but she does learn to put it to good use.  She listens to their conversations, watches them change, pick on each other, talk about girls they liked and didn't like, along with the other locker room shenanigans. 
She develops a sense of empathy for certain boys and learns about the hierarchy among them.  She watches Titus, and although he is not the perfect male specimen, she finds that her feelings for him grow as he is also empathetic and kind-hearted.  Everything is a bit distorted through her fly eyes, but she does learn quite a bit and even catches a few boys talking about her (and favorably!).  Since she's a fly, she isn't in class, and so some people are wondering where she is.

This was a quick read, and the character development and plotting are good.  It's also quite funny at times and hard to put down.  I started laughing from the first page, and while some of the topics were more serious (bullying, discrimination, etc), the books was overall lighthearted and fun.

Waking Storms- Sarah Porter

As a follow-up to Lost Voice, there were some things I didn't like about this book, but there were also things I did like.  Now, I loved Lost Voices.  I loved the tragedy and the bickering and the mermaid hierarchy and the mythology.  And that is in Waking Storms as well, but there also is a love interest, and I didn't like that part as much.
So Luce has left her tribe of mermaids run by the horrible, selfish, demonic, and stupid Anais- and Catarina is gone as well.  Luce misses certain mermaids from her tribe, but she has also developed a taboo relationship with a human boy who somehow withstood the mermaid song even though everyone else on the boat jumped to their deaths at the sound of it.  And she lies and tells them he's dead even though he isn't.
Luce meets a new mermaid, Nausicaa, who has apparently been around as long as mermaids have and knows pretty much everything.  And of course she tells Luce that no, it is not simple to turn human again and most mermaids fail at it and end up dying tragically.
I liked Nausicaa because she provided so much information and history of the mermaids . . and because she wasn't too judgmental.  But I felt that Luce was a little less likeable in this one because she just had to go all moony over the human boy.
This book was a much slower read than Lost Voices- I'm really hoping it picks up in the third book.