Recent Reads

Short reviews of what I’ve read lately:

 

Beautiful Darkness, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

I really enjoyed the first book in the Caster Chronicles, and passed the ARC onto everyone I knew that had read Twilight.  Obviously I was super-duper excited for the second book, and unfortunately it didn’t live up to the first.  Much of this book was spent on Ethan whining that Lena wasn’t paying enough attention to him.  If you can hold on until the last hundred pages, you get answers to why Lena’s being a flake, and the setup for another book.  Meh.

Where She Went, by Gayle Forman

This is the summer of sequels for me.  I enjoyed the male perspective of this book, but, again, there was a lot of whining.  I had set myself up for disappointment halfway through, and was pleasantly surprised.  Gayle Forman’s writing is so emotion-filled.  If I Stay, the first book about Mia & Adam, actually made me cry, which I don’t often do while reading. I finished this one while making dinner, which means standing at the stove, book in one hand, spoon in the other.  I’m pretty sure my husband was not impressed with my happy dance.

Dead Reckoning, by Charlaine Harris

Although this isn’t a teen book, and I’ve never seen an episode of True Blood, I do actually enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series.  This is the first book that I haven’t listened to on audio, and I missed the brilliant narration of Johanna Parker.  Sookie was a little random in this book.  I feel like a lot of storylines that were present in the last few installments of her story were just dropped.  It will be interesting to see where Charlaine Harris takes the next book, and whether or not the random threads get picked up again.

The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss

THANKFULLY this book was everything I’d hoped it would be.  The first book felt like one of those game-changing fantasy books that causes all sorts of copycat worlds.  I must say, however, that I am really surprised that Kvothe is still at the University by the end of this book, and I’m wondering how old he could really be while telling his story.  Great world-building and consistency across characters.  Again, not a teen book, but one I think teens would enjoy.

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One Response to “Recent Reads”

  1. Glad to hear you liked “Dead Reckoning”…I’m a little behind and need to start the series over again before I can read it.

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