Wither (Chemical Garden #1)by Lauren DeStefano The concept of a society in which girls are forced into polygamous marriages may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but I like art that pushes boundaries or attempts to explore unusual subjects in a meaningful way. Besides, the cover is gorgeous! And on the set decoration front, Wither is a novel that seductively beckons the reader with alluring images and positively drips with atmosphere. Languid young women wander around a mansion in lacy gowns waiting to be impregnated by their joint husband, due to drastically shortened life spans that force them into polygamous marriages. It’s pretty much the love child of Ally Condie’s Matched and the television show Big Love, as styled by Vogue. While many of the scenarios and language are certainly quite beautiful, however, sometimes I wasn’t sure whether I should laugh at the repeated images of our heroine lounging on a satin bedspread eating candy, all… Read more »
Spellboundby Cara Lynn Shultz The beginning of this book is pretty good. There’s a little bit of set up that explains Emma’s nervousness over attending an exclusive school in a new city, plus some funny one-liners that make her seem pretty likable. But on page 15, Emma meets Brendan and everything goes downhill from there, because her whole life, including the scant paranormal aspects of this book, then revolves around getting him. Here is a sketch of the story, with some spoilers. Here’s what we know about the main characters: The Girl Emma is a high-school junior who lives near Central Park. She likes Brendan. A lot. Immediately after she meets him, she starts obsessing over everything he says and talks about him with literally everyone she knows. When he blows hot and cold, she gets upset. She feels “absolutely crushed” when she walks into a classroom and he’s not there…. Read more »
Updated 5/24/2011: Feed is spectacular. If this premise intrigues you at all, please read it! You can find my full review on GoodReads. It’s pretty incredible that a book with zombies would do this, but it moved me to tears. Feed, the first book in a dystopian zombie trilogy by Mira Grant, is on sale right now as an ebook through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. I’ve just started reading the novel and it’s hooked me from the very beginning with fantastic action sequences and smart, funny protagonists in twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason, who have been invited to cover a presidential campaign event that is attacked by zombies. The book has been getting rave reviews from all my GoodReads friends, and the second installment Deadline is one of the hotly anticipated titles due at the end of the month. Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Urban fantasist Seanan McGuire (Rosemary… Read more »
Hard Bittenby Chloe Neill You’ll notice that the title of this post doesn’t say “review” because frankly, even after three days of thinking about the game-changing events in the newest installment of the Chicagoland Vampire series, I find myself incapable of writing a coherent analysis. Though there were moments where I thought certain things were a little out of character, the big big thing that happens still took me by surprise. Chloe Neill, you have punched me in the face, and now you have to put some ice on it. All I have to say is, if you’re a fan of this series, you have to read Hard Bitten now. Because if you don’t, sooner or later it’s going to get spoiled for you, and believe me, you do not want that to happen. (Don’t read any reviews unless you know the source won’t ruin it!) Besides, the more people… Read more »
Over at SYNC, they’re offering two free audio books a week from June 23 to August 17, including several classic and contemporary YA titles such as:ShiverRomeo & JulietLittle BrotherThe TrialWhere the Streets had a NameA Passage to IndiaThe Last Apprentice: Revenge of the WitchBeowulfChanda’s SecretTess of the D’UbervillesAshes, AshesRescue: Stories of Survival from Land and SeaImmortalWuthering HeightsStorm RunnersThe Cay It looks like you will need to download overdrive software, which is the software program that most libraries use for their ebooks and audiobooks. I’m one of those people who, if I love a book enough, I like to have it in a lot of different formats. I have Shiver on Kindle as well as in hardback, and am looking forward to having someone read it to me as well!
Cassandra Clare just shared a fun short story on her site, which is told on postcards sent to and from the Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane’s vacation. Visit her live journal to read the rest! Even in these cards, everyone’s humor and personalities come through.
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter I don’t like it when mermaids are mean. This book has beautiful imagery of shimmering fins and tails and mesmerizing siren songs, as well as exciting near-misses with giant orcas. The author writes lovely descriptions that you can easily picture in your mind, and the book description sounds very intriguing–but unfortunately, neither the story nor the characters live up to the pretty words or the pretty cover. Aside from juvenile dialogue and a slight plot, many elements of this book are actually also quite disturbing. The mermaids come into being as a result of the extraordinarily cruel actions from the humans in their lives, such as attempted rape, “boiling babies,” and slavery. These are serious topics that are mentioned in passing but never fully explored, and such casual treatment of such brutal topics seem both jarringly out of place and completely inappropriate in a book like… Read more »