“The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black

Book Reviews 4 Comments 28th July, 2014

28 July

  Disclaimer: This is a ridiculously early review. Under normal circumstances I’d wait to post this review until much closer to the publication date, but Holly Black is important.  My little sister is a huge Holly Black fan, and since we live several states away from each other, I wanted to read/review The Darkest Part of the Forest before passing the book along for her to read. I love the way that Holly Black manages to blend a story about contemporary teenagers with the faerie mythology.  There’s this town called Fairfold.  It’s your typical rural American town, except for the… Read more »

Write-On Review-a-Thon

Reading Challenges and Events 6 Comments 26th July, 2014

26 July
Write-On Review-a-Thon

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Saturday, July 26th and Sunday, July 27th. Let’s get those reviews done! I love the idea of this event and it’s focus on catching up and getting reviews written. Here are the ones that I’d like to write and schedule this weekend: The Farthest Shore by Marian Perera The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy I’m… Read more »

“The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness

Book Reviews 8 Comments 25th July, 2014

25 July
“The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness

  At long last, the conclusion to the All Souls Trilogy is here!  For anyone new to the series, it’s about a witch who stumbles upon an old manuscript at Oxford’s library that holds secret knowledge relevant to witches, demons, and vampires.  This review does contain some spoilers from earlier books, so if you haven’t read them, check out the first two reviews instead. Diana Bishop is a witch who fell in love and married a vampire named Matthew Clairmont.  Witches, vampires, and demons are bound by a historical agreement called the Covenant, which prevents them from socializing with each… Read more »

“Clariel” by Garth Nix

Book Reviews 2 Comments 21st July, 2014

21 July

  Disclaimer: This is a ridiculously early review. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy.  I read and re-read Sabriel and Lirael until the paperbacks very clearly showed how much they’d been loved, and jumped for joy when Abhorsen was finally released.  Nix’s stories had everything to love–undead villains, strong protagonists, sarcastic kitties, bardic weapons, and enchanted paper airplanes that you can really ride in. Now, almost a decade later, Garth Nix is finally releasing Clariel, a prequel novel set several hundred years in the past.  Clariel‘s release date is set for October, and… Read more »

Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month

Reading Challenges and Events 0 Comments 20th July, 2014

20 July
Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month

  This summer, Angry Robot’s young adult imprint Strange Chemistry and mystery imprint Exhibit A abruptly shut down.  Strange Chemistry was my favorite YA imprint, and it was a place that I could go to look for quality young adult sci-fi and fantasy that featured grand adventures rather than tired love triangles.  I’m very sad about Strange Chemistry’s loss, and many other bloggers feel the same.  [Note: I don't really read many mystery/crime novels, so I don't know enough about Exhibit A to do more than just mention them.] Little Lion Lynette’s is hosting a Strange Chemistry & Exhibit A… Read more »

Guest Post by Marian Perera – Strange Bedfellows: When Science Meets Fantasy

Guest Posts 2 Comments 17th July, 2014

17 July
Guest Post by Marian Perera – Strange Bedfellows: When Science Meets Fantasy

Strange Bedfellows: When Science Meets Fantasy Guest post by Marian Perera, author of the Eden series I was browsing articles on Wikipedia one day (that site is almost as bad as TV Tropes for me) and I came across a picture of brain coral. “What would happen if that acted like a real brain?” I thought, and imagined it transplanted into some unfortunate person’s skull. That gave rise to a monster which fitted perfectly into a series of sharkpunk novels I was working on, and which I want to bring back again in the future. It was just that disturbing—and… Read more »

On Why I Don’t Support Book Buying Bans

Articles, Lists, and Rants 6 Comments 12th July, 2014

I was reading an article over on Book Riot a few days ago about one columnist’s unsuccessful book buying ban.  As a book addict, the article made me think about my own book buying habits. Even though I have an overflowing TBR pile, I refuse to go on a book buying ban. As a book blogger, many if not most of the books that I read come from other channels.  That’s a good thing, because if I spent all my money on books, I’d be living in a fort constructed entirely of books instead of in my air-conditioned apartment–and DC… Read more »

“Feather Bound” by Sarah Raughley

Book Reviews 4 Comments 10th July, 2014

10 July

  True story:  I picked up this book because the protagonist shares the same name as my sister. When Deanna attends the funeral of a family friend, she discovers a ghost from her past.  She thought that her childhood crush/friend Hyde was dead, but now he’s mysteriously reappeared and is fighting to reclaim his stepfather’s company.  Deanna had already mourned his loss and is now trying to sort out her feelings.  Of course, she’s got bigger problems, like trying to keep her broken family afloat because her alcoholic father can’t hold down a job.  And Deanna’s problems are about to… Read more »

“Hard to Be a God” by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

Book Reviews 1 Comment 8th July, 2014

08 July

  The Strugatsky brothers are among the classics of Russian/Soviet science fiction, most famous for their novel Roadside Picnic, which became the basis for the film Stalker and its later videogame adaptation.  When I saw that another of their novels was being translated into English, I jumped at the chance to read it. Hard to Be a God is a bit less accessible than Roadside Picnic, but I ended up loving it just the same.  It’s set far in the future, where Earth has become a technologically advanced utopian communist society.  Don Rumata is a historian, and he’s visiting another… Read more »

June 2014: A Month in Review

About My Blog 3 Comments 3rd July, 2014

June has been a slow month for me in terms of blogging. As you can see, I reviewed fewer books than usual.  I’ve been reading a lot, but haven’t been home long enough to sit down and write reviews.  My mom came down to visit me, which is very exciting, and while she was here were were busy going out and enjoying the city.  I’m going camping in Pennsylvania this weekend far away from internet (or even cell phone service), but hopefully I get home early enough on Sunday to play catch-up and have a blog-writing marathon. Even though I… Read more »