What are you reading in March 2012?
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I just finished Partials by Dan Wells. I really enjoyed it, especially from the middle til the end. It started slightly slow but picked up around page 80 and from then on it was almost nonstop action.
The story follows Kira Walker as she tries to find a cure to RM, a virus that kills new born babies and is preventing the human race from procreating. She and the dwindling human population live in the year 2076, in a world torn apart by the war between humans and Partials, genetically engineered human look-a-like super soldiers, originally created by humans and blamed for the release of the RM virus.
I just finished The Queen Bee of Bridgeton about an African-American ballerina attending an exclusive private high school who runs into trouble when she starts dating a boy one of the popular girls (known as the Bitch Brigade) wants. I liked the dancing aspects, but some of the plot holes really bothered me. Plus I could have done without her going brain-dead every time her hormones kicked in (realistic though it may be).
I've also now started Flygirl by Sherri Smith about a young African-American woman who 'passes' for white during World War II so she can join the WASPs and fly airplanes. I'm really enjoying it so far - though I can tell that things are leading to inevitable heartache.
#3. Ooo that one looks good but I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. Let me know how it is for you!
I just finished the Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer about Calla, Ren, and Shay who are werewolves trying to save the world. That's a very simplified synopsis but there you have it.
Just started Incarceron--not sure what I think so far. Anyone else read that one?
This weekend I read Glass houses, the first Morganville vampires book. I really liked it, to my surprise; I could relate to Claire, and I liked the dynamic between the residents of the Glass house. Also, no insta-love! Hooray! Now I'm half way through Guardian of the dead, which is just amazing so far. I stayed up way too late last night reading it, and suspect I will do the same tonight . . .
>8 PAKelley:: Not yet, it has been on the tbr shelf for ages. I will try and get to it soon.
it´s ok.. nothing exciting happened yet.. and deff no clue where this book is going.. but that´s probably what makes me want to continue reading.
I kinda need to have a slight "feel" about where the plot is going....otherwise I lose interest *sigh*
Unwind by Neal Shusterman - this has been a long time on my shelf... >
Just finished The Humming Room: conceptually intriguing, promising in its debt to The Secret Garden, but deficient in its execution, especially the rushed, unsatisfying ending.
Just starting The Drowned Cities: too soon to tell...
Recently read Nick Lake's In Darkness: though I don't particularly care for the 'two narrative voices from two eras' format, this devastating book overcomes any such hesitation; this one's award-worthy.
Next up: Lewis Buzbee's third, coming after the commendable The Haunting of Charles Dickens.
I've actually never heard of these book but they all sound very intriguing. I'll have to give them a try when I finish my current book.
Just started Marie Lu's Legend. Fairly decent so far (I'm about a third through) but kind of cartoonish in the sense of Super Boy meets Wonder Girl.
Yeah that book is slightly more "childrens" rather than young adult book. I would give it a 3 1/2 stars out of 5. It's low just due to the fact that it's listed as a YA book but I think it should be a children's book.
Presently reading Yesterday's Dead for the Early Reviewers program. I'm loving the history!
#16) I just picked Legend up from the library. I sure hope it is good. :)
Just finished Switched by Amanda Hocking. It was really good! Now on to book number 2!
17,19>> I'll go with Danielle and give Legend three-and-a-half. I might have given it lower, but you make a good point that the problem may be more that it's in a style more suited to a younger audience than YA. Also, I thought it improved somewhat in the second half. Still, though, I thought the ending was quite predictable and not particularly original. Decent enough read, but I'm not sure I'm going to bother with the future installments.
Recent Reads include: Rules of Attraction and Mockingbird. On deck is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
22: I'm interested to hear how you like
24> Is it Enclave by Kit Reed or Ann Aguirre? I read the one by Ann Aguirre back in October and really enjoyed it. The details are kind of fuzzy because I was staying home sick and reading a LOT of books at the time, but it's part dystopian novel, part zombie novel. It has the world-building you expect from this genre, and it has the required love interest(s). I liked it more than Incarceron or Ship Breaker, but not as much as Divergent or Blood Red Road. The sequel, Outpost, isn't due out until September.
I did really enjoy Divergent by Veronica Roth so perhaps give that a try Kwidhalm :)
I am so excited for Insurgent -- May cannot get here soon enough! Have you all seen the teaser EW put up on their site?
I've started Finnikin of the Rock on my Kindle. So far a lot of backstory, but I'm rolling with it.
lcanon: Melina Marchetta is one of my favorite authors. As far as I'm concerned, she can do no wrong, whether she's writing contemporary or fantasy fiction. I loved Finnikin and I thought Froi of the Exiles was even better (and it's quite a bit bigger, too, which is a good thing for me, since I read quickly).
Pandemonium is amazing!!!! But you have to read Delirium first or it will be confusing. I'm reading it right now and it is sooooooooooooooooo good!!
27> Rebel Heart, the sequel to Blood Red Road, will be out at the end of October.
I'm #1 on the library's wait list for Insurgent.
I just finished rereading the Uglies trilogy. Very good books.
I just finished a beta read of a YA and can hardly wait for the author to make it even better (based on her editor's first round of feedback, not mine LOL). In print have started Shattered Dreams: A Midnight Dragonfly Novel by Ellie James.
Am listening to Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass - don't know if it's children's or YA. And by myself I'm listening to If I Die by Rachel Vincent. I wasn't going to keep listening (or reading for that matter) this series b/c as a mom I had a hard time with my mom brain wanting to have the teenagers make better choices - which of course, they don't in real life and can't in a book if you're going to have something worth reading. But then more than one friend told me that I need to keep going, so I am.
I'm in the middle of Code Name: Verity about two young women during WWII - one a WAAF pilot and one in special operations spying in France. It's a really good (though painful despite it not being terribly graphic) read so far. Can't wait to get back to it on the train ride home.
I had to go hide in the restroom this morning to finish it and I cried. It's brutal and heart-breaking and a wonderful book. I heartily recommend it!
Just finished Nancy Bilyeau - The Crown.. a book that you need to read! It's about the history of England coming with a mysterie and some romance. Deff one you need to have on your shelfs!
40> I will look out for your comments when you've finished it. I am very intrigued by this book and would love to know what you think of it.
I am currently reading Contested Will by James Shapiro which is about the history of the Shakespeare conspiracy theories, it is all very interesting. Particularly how much the proponents of the different theories project their own issues and the issues of their age onto the question anew each time. I'm starting to think it is a compliment to Shakespeare's brilliance that the authorship of the plays is so passionately contested by certain people.
Also reading The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, I seem to be the only person who has not read this book/ seen the film so DON'T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS!
Finally, I am re-reading Charles Dickens' David Copperfield on my kindle because I love it.
I just started Partials and I love it! I usually have a hard time connecting to a female character when it is written by a man, but I'm doing OK with it in this book.
Enclave was awesome and so was Under the Never Sky! Under the Never Sky is my favorite book this year (so far) :)
I will definitely have to give Under the Never Sky a read. I've heard some good things about it.
I read Soul enchilada last week, and loved it. The main character is a feisty 18-y-o Latina/African American girl whose tough life gets more difficult when she finds out that her dead grandfather sold her soul to the devil in order to buy the car of his dreams. There's lots of humour, snarkiness and local colour in the book, and Bug is an awesome heroine. Though there is romance, her personality and priorities do not change because of it, and things never get sappy - in fact, she and her man are more likely to be bickering than making out. Warning - you will probably experience cravings for pizza and Tex-Mex food while reading this book!
I LOVE strong snarky heroines. They are absolutely fantastic!
Am a little behind the times, just starting Catching Fire. I read Hunger Games probably year before last, and was just inspired to keep going by seeing the movie on Sunday (I enjoyed HG, but with a book that dark, and when I know the darkness isn't over, I need to psych myself up to continue and just hadn't gotten around to it yet).
Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking books are just 99 cents each today, Kindle daily deal. :)
53> Yeah, I've got 'em in hardcover, but for that price I decided to pick 'em up on Kindle too. Only problem is, the Kindle font face is messy for depicting the "noise."
52. I know what you mean. I'm currently stuck after reading The Maze Runner. I will get to the rest of them eventually.
Keeping expectations low is good. That way you can be pleasantly surprised if it's really good :)
>56 SaraHope: I think people don't like it as much because there is a widening of scope and so it feels different from the other two. I loved because it was exactly what I had been expecting and I would have been disappointed if it had gone differently. I have also been accused of meta-reading too much, so there's that...
I think a lot of people wanted the ending of Mockingjay to be wrapped up neatly in a happy little bow, but it doesn't. I do think, however, that it's an entirely realistic outcome. I did have some issues with Katniss at the beginning of the book, but it didn't make me hate it or anything.
I ended March with the ARC of The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi. It's very dark and grim, but an amazing book! Now to write my review. . .
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