Spring Break Reading-Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo-fabulous setting and characterization! The mood she creates is intense :)
12/6-Thanksgiving reading! Seraphina, an historical fantasy with shape-shifting dragons who take human form to fit in. The novel revolves around a talented musician, a 16 year old girl who has a secret she must keep hidden from everyone, including the Prince she loves. This is a fantastic story about a girl who comes to own and accept her true self. (No inappropriate content) I stayed up until 1:30am to finish it on a work night...
8/15-Summer Reading! Nothing stands out except Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent trilogy, which was just as good as the first and very popular amongst the rabid Hunger Games fan base, but I did (re)read To Kill a Mockingbird and it's still SO relevant today.
5/21-I finished City of Fallen Angels, Book 5 in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series over the weekend. As usual, AWESOME. Check out her website to see all of her books and those to come. You won't regret it!(warning: some mature content). I just began Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, the last(?) book in a companion novel trilogy following Graceling and Fire (warning: mild (implied) mature content). I absolutely loved the pacing and writing in these mythical land novels with Lords and Kings and Queens and servants and royal spies and Graced fighters and Monster people and creatures... you'll just have to read them to find out what I mean!
4/9-Easter Reading-Cinder by Marisa Meyer. A SciFi Terminator take on the fairytale Cinderella, this fast-paced novel tells the story of a cyborg girl named Cinder who is a mechanic and ward of her evil guardian (stepmother) in a future with hovercrafts and androids. Loved it. Looking forward to the sequels Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel, who makes a cameo in this one), and Winter (you guessed it, Snow White).
3/19-Spring Break Reading!!! The week before the break, I read Maggie Steivatter's The Scorpio Races, which I was hesitant to pick up after being dissapointed in the last two books of her Shiver trilogy. It tells the story of a boy and girl in early 1900's Ireland on a fictional island that has yearly visits from mythical horses that emerge from the sea only to be captured and raced. A beautifully written take on the kelpie-type irish myth. I also read Shatter Me (in a DAY) which I LOVED (clearly). (See below for author interview.) The character's voice, her borderline madness and the author's use of beautiful personification made it easily one of my top 10 reads of this school year. Girls will love the romance and boys, as much as this book turns out to be full of military fighting that leads to an X-men style reunion, I'm afraid you'll never make it through the "mushy stuff". Then I read Legend by new author Marie Lu. Great, fast paced read that has a similar feel to The Hunger Games and Divergent, but told from the point of view of a privelged military protege and a famous criminal boy from the slums. Great story, some holes in the character development though, but overall a fun, excitement filled story.... And I abandoned Beautiful Chaos. I was only halfway through after 6 weeks...I'll finish it this summer.
1/30-Currently reading Beautiful Chaos (Bk. 3 of the Beautiful Creatures series by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia) and so far so meh. I'm also reading our teacher book club book so to be fair, maybe I'm not giving it the attention it deserves...but I doubt it. I just hope the action picks up soon...
1/17-Finished Blood Red Road. The action was relentless! Just as things couldn't get any worse for the main character, they did! What a fun, fast-paced novel.
1/12-Here is an excerpt from EW's ShelfLife blog about a new YA book (and author!) due out Feb. 7th. "Born Wicked, the first book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles. The planned trilogy, by debut author Jessica Spotswood, follows Cate Cahill and her sisters, all of whom happen to be witches. If their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, prison ship, or even death." Looks like a book I'll be checking out! If EW reviews it, it's bound to be good. They haven't let me down yet!
1/5-Winter Break Reading!!! Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched and its sequel Crossed by Alli Condi and now I'm in the middle of Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I liked the sequel Crossed better than Matched! Her writing is poetic...just beautiful. Divergent's sequel can't come soon enough...fantastic story. I'll let you all know about Blood Red Road when I finish it, but I can tell you this: the action begins immediately! I'm already hooked.
12-2-I'm reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor and even though I'm only 5 chapters in, it's AMAZING!**Update** 12/5-LOVED it! A MUST read! So far my favorite new book of the year!
11/29-Cool new dystopian YA novel called Pure by Julianna Baggott that isn't even out yet (Feb. 8), already has the film rights purchased for it by Fox! Check out the novel vid here.
11/28-If you are a Cassandra Clare fan (and all who know me know that I am!) her next book, Clockwork Prince, is due out Dec.6! See the novel vid here.
11/22-Shatter Me, a new dystopian YA is out...sounds awesome! Kind of X-Men-ish...check out the author interview here...