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Recent Reads

I’ve had a lot going on with my day job, which isn’t going to let up until June (but there is an end!), and I have some freelance projects due. So, when something has to give, it’s the blog. I will have some posts throughout May, but I may not get to leave comments for you in return. I will be back eventually – I promise.

In the past few months I’ve read a mix of middle grade and young adult novels.

First I started with a YA I’d heard lots of good things about: Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. It did not disappoint. Although a quiet book in terms of plot, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Masterful characterization and relationship-building made me care so much about Cath and the outcome of her story.

Next was Sarah Rees Brennan’s Untold, Book 2 of The Lynburn Legacy. I loved the first book so much (and her Demon’s Lexicon trilogy – swoon), and couldn’t wait to pick this one up.  While I enjoyed it, I did wish I hadn’t waited so long. It’s hard to remember how the end of one book ended when you read it a year or more earlier. Here’s a good problem with a book: I’ve been made to like the characters so much, that I don’t always like what the author puts them through. Gold Rush Girl by Suzanne Lilly

Suzanne Lilly’s Gold Rush Girl is a historical fiction with a sweet romance written by a good friend who is also one of my critique partners. An easy read that will leave you feeling educated about California during the gold rush and will make you feel good.

Meg Rosoff’s Picture Me Gone confused me a bit as to its category. I found it with the YA books and it felt YA, but the main character was only 12 years old. Despite this, it was well written, mysterious, and another quiet yet gripping plot. I think about this book every time I write a new scene with way too much dialogue. Meg Rosoff told a great story without much dialogue at all. How?! Someone tell me how to do this!

Next was another book I kept hearing about and finally gave a try.Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The cover creeped me out. I didn’t think I’d enjoy this one, but I did. Such an imaginative and atmospheric story and I loved the historical connections. forbidden stone cvr

The only real MG on this list, Tony Abbott’s The Forbidden Stone, the first book in a new series, The Copernicus Legacy. A mysterious and fantastical adventure, this book mixes science and puzzles with a race against time. Four kids must save the world. I love when that happens! I realized A-Read (and possible Sprite, too) would enjoy this book. He’s reading it now.

Now I’m reading Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune, which A-Read read last year. He keeps asking me where I am in the book and almost giving away secrets. I understand. Rick Riordan’s books get me that excited, too.

What should A-Read and I read next?

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Read-Through Thursday: The Demon’s Surrender

This is a series wherein I will discuss whatever book I’m reading or have just finished.  Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading or your own thoughts about the books I discuss. 

The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Demon’s Surrender is the third in The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan.  I just love these books.  The plots always keep you guessing, the main characters are hot, and you seriously will not be able to put down any of these books.

I haven’t started with a synopsis because I don’t want to give anything away to those who haven’t read the first two books (The Demon’s Lexicon and The Demon’s Covenant).  Each book is narrated by a different character, and I can tell you that the books center around the Ryves brothers, Alan and Nick, and their friends Mae and Jamie Crawford.  The brothers have spent their lives running from and fighting magicians, who use the power of demons for their own purposes.  In the world Brennan created, a demon’s mark opens a human up to possible possesion, which soon leads to death.  The four friends must figure out how to survive in the war between the Goblin Market – where humans can get magical paraphernalia and answers from the demons – and the magicians.

If you’re into paranormal adventures, you must read these books.  And, since these books are YA, of course there’s romance.  Steamy romance.

Did you catch the WriteOnCon Live Chat with Sarah Rees Brennan?

Read any good paranormal lately?  Please share your favorites in the comments.

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Randomness 2010

In honor of this year’s Random Act of Publicity week, here are some book recommendations from the past few months.

 Powerful tearjerkers:

 Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere
Gayle Forman’s If I Stay

I don’t normally choose books that will make me cry.  I’m the same way with movies.  I like to be entertained.  These books made me cry and laugh and root for the main characters, and I couldn’t help but go along for the ride.  Pure awesome.

 Pure fun:

 Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Demon’s Covenant (Book 2 following The Demon’s Lexicon)
Holly Black’s White Cat
Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall 

These are all urban fantasies/paranormals with fun and/or sexy characters.  Brennan’s brothers are irresistible, Black’s twist left me breathless and I could feel the humidity of Hawkins’ setting along with the strong and likeable Sophie.

 Other (mostly) contemporary titles:

 Tara Kelly’s Harmonic Feedback
Pam Bachorz’s Candor
John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines
Francisco X. Stork’s The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

 Each of these books had quirky characters I couldn’t help rooting for and would definitely read more about if the authors decide to write sequels.  They cover a wide variety of settings and issues.  Green is one of my heroes, and I can’t wait for more from Bachorz and Kelly.

 My to-read list*:

 Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy
Kody Keplinger’s The DUFF
Garcia and Stohl’s Beautiful Darkness
Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution
Cheryl Rainfield’s Scars
Tricia Rayburn’s Siren

*These are not yet on my bedside table.  Click Books in the right nav bar to see what currently awaits my attention.

 There is something for everyone on this list.  So pick up a book and enjoy!

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State of the Reader

Today I’m feeling blown away by children’s literature.  There is just so much great stuff out there and I’m honored to have the opportunity to read it.  Obviously, I hope someday to be more part of it than I am now.  But for now, while I toil away in solitude, I surround myself with wonderful books, of all genres, for all ages.

Since beginning to write MG and YA, I’ve read so much of it, and as a result, my favorite genres have changed.  I didn’t think I was a fantasy (especially dystopian) reader, but Suzanne Collins, Sarah Rees Brennan, Lesley Livingston, Scott Westerfeld and Kristin Cashore have changed my mind.  I didn’t think I was a chick-lit/romance (as a sub-genre) reader, but I have enjoyed Maureen Johnson’s Scarlett and 13 Little Blue Envelopes books.  I didn’t think literary fiction was my thing, but Sara Zarr is just plain awesome.  There are plenty of other authors who have inspired my reading and writing (Libba Bray, Gennifer Choldenko and Rebecca Stead jump to mind).  I just can’t fit them all in here right now.  And new authors debut all the time.

I am so glad that I will never have to be without a good book!

This is also a good opportunity to offer public thanks to all the librarians in my life.  Ms. Leslie keeps my littlest guy entertained.  Sarah S. keeps my older son in good books, and gives me great opportunities to help out at the school library.  Elizabeth P. and Jennifer D. support my research, reading and writing in multiple ways.  And the reference librarian at my local public library kept bringing me books even while I sat among the stacks, pulling things off shelves.  And it was in one of those books that I found the exact photo I was looking for of the Paris Opera in 1895.

Not only do kids and teens need authors like those mentioned above.  They also need the dedicated librarians who keep abreast of the latest books and make sure those books are available to their youngest readers/patrons.

So what are some of your favorite books, Dear Readers?  And who would you like to thank for making you the reader and/or writer you are today?

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