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OMG!Mythology, sequels are even better, adventure, action, humour, etc.

One last entry before the year is done... )

Um...reviewing things this week is hard. I am on overload. But I am giving this book an 8 out of 10, because it was solid yet not BRILLIANT, and because there will be SEQUELS! ;)

Next year, I suppose the goal is 40 (first reads).
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OMG!Mythology, sequels are even better, adventure, action, humour, etc.

One last entry before the year is done... )

Um...reviewing things this week is hard. I am on overload. But I am giving this book an 8 out of 10, because it was solid yet not BRILLIANT, and because there will be SEQUELS! ;)

Next year, I suppose the goal is 40 (first reads).
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girl power, Asian flair, swords, dragons, destiny, gender issues, clever rebels, etc.

Maybe because the book was recced on the cover by Tamora Pierce, and maybe because it's also one of those "girl dresses up as a boy" deals that I associate with Pierce's writing, but this book was not nearly as much fun as I hoped it would be. I mean, it was a great read and stuff, but the characters were much more...serious. In the Lioness books, there's always a sense of levity and fun, or at least the potential of it, but here...nothing. There are several reasons for this, which I'll discuss in the spoiler cut, but it made for a very different reading experience that I was expecting.

Because really, what's the point of having a charming brigand if he's only barely charming? )

I said when I left Chapters that if either of the books scored less than an 8, I was going to take it back, but even though I'm only giving this a 7/10, I'm keeping it, on the grounds that the cover is freaking gorgeous and the sequel has potential.
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girl power, Asian flair, swords, dragons, destiny, gender issues, clever rebels, etc.

Maybe because the book was recced on the cover by Tamora Pierce, and maybe because it's also one of those "girl dresses up as a boy" deals that I associate with Pierce's writing, but this book was not nearly as much fun as I hoped it would be. I mean, it was a great read and stuff, but the characters were much more...serious. In the Lioness books, there's always a sense of levity and fun, or at least the potential of it, but here...nothing. There are several reasons for this, which I'll discuss in the spoiler cut, but it made for a very different reading experience that I was expecting.

Because really, what's the point of having a charming brigand if he's only barely charming? )

I said when I left Chapters that if either of the books scored less than an 8, I was going to take it back, but even though I'm only giving this a 7/10, I'm keeping it, on the grounds that the cover is freaking gorgeous and the sequel has potential.
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[livejournal.com profile] emmaorgana: do not read this post. Go to Borders and buy the book yourself. But DO NOT READ THE POST!

Girl power, magic, vaguely set on Earth, historical, kind of sad but awesome, wandering, Canadian author, etc. Oh, and also cats.

EMMA, WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?

I have just finished reading "Plain Kate". As with all the books that length I love, it took me about two and a half hours. I have been looking forward to the book since I found out it existed a few months ago...mostly because I love reading books with my name. It wasn't the first book I bought after I found out I had a full time job, but it is the book I bought after I got my first full pay cheque.

I have a weakness for craft and books about knives )

And the author is Canadian! AND FROM KITCHENER! Maybe someday I will meet her and fangirl her in person!

I give it an 9/10 on my increasingly arbitrary scale of book rankings. It loses .5 for not having a map and the other .5 for not begin Poison Study. ;)
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[livejournal.com profile] emmaorgana: do not read this post. Go to Borders and buy the book yourself. But DO NOT READ THE POST!

Girl power, magic, vaguely set on Earth, historical, kind of sad but awesome, wandering, Canadian author, etc. Oh, and also cats.

EMMA, WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?

I have just finished reading "Plain Kate". As with all the books that length I love, it took me about two and a half hours. I have been looking forward to the book since I found out it existed a few months ago...mostly because I love reading books with my name. It wasn't the first book I bought after I found out I had a full time job, but it is the book I bought after I got my first full pay cheque.

I have a weakness for craft and books about knives )

And the author is Canadian! AND FROM KITCHENER! Maybe someday I will meet her and fangirl her in person!

I give it an 9/10 on my increasingly arbitrary scale of book rankings. It loses .5 for not having a map and the other .5 for not begin Poison Study. ;)
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Alternate history (WW I), steampunk, Girls Are Awesome, Boys Are Awesome Too, semi-real politics, friendship, messed up science, general fabulousness, etc.

Allow me to begin by mentioning that "behemoth" happens to be one of my favourite words in the English language. It's just so...hemoth-y.

It's not really Steampunk until someone mentions Nikola Tesla )

9 out of 10. For sheer awesomeness, dazzling imagery, awesome girls, maps, illustrations and unreasonable potential.
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Alternate history (WW I), steampunk, Girls Are Awesome, Boys Are Awesome Too, semi-real politics, friendship, messed up science, general fabulousness, etc.

Allow me to begin by mentioning that "behemoth" happens to be one of my favourite words in the English language. It's just so...hemoth-y.

It's not really Steampunk until someone mentions Nikola Tesla )

9 out of 10. For sheer awesomeness, dazzling imagery, awesome girls, maps, illustrations and unreasonable potential.
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That would be [livejournal.com profile] m_stiefvater on livejournal.

Okay, I read fast. Particularly when I want to find out what's happening at the end of the book. "Shiver" (the first book in this trilogy) is written from two viewpoints, shifting between Grace and Sam. "Linger" is written from FOUR POV. At this rate, "Forever" is going to give me a split personality. ;)

I missed the temperature/date thing a lot. It made "Shiver" so compelling, so driven forward. Then, of course, I realized that you really don't want that in a book called "Linger". In "Linger", everything kind of hovers for 200 pages and then it all crashes together at the end when the bottom finally falls out.

Werewolves again (more or less)! )

8.5/10, even though Cole was practically a vampire. ;)
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That would be [livejournal.com profile] m_stiefvater on livejournal.

Okay, I read fast. Particularly when I want to find out what's happening at the end of the book. "Shiver" (the first book in this trilogy) is written from two viewpoints, shifting between Grace and Sam. "Linger" is written from FOUR POV. At this rate, "Forever" is going to give me a split personality. ;)

I missed the temperature/date thing a lot. It made "Shiver" so compelling, so driven forward. Then, of course, I realized that you really don't want that in a book called "Linger". In "Linger", everything kind of hovers for 200 pages and then it all crashes together at the end when the bottom finally falls out.

Werewolves again (more or less)! )

8.5/10, even though Cole was practically a vampire. ;)
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[livejournal.com profile] brennayovanoff on livejournal.

First, let me talk about the cover. Because everyone who sees it does. Seriously. While I was buying it, no fewer than four random strangers made a comment about it. And then all of my co-workers said they'd have picked it up, no matter where in the store it was shelved.

In fact, because it's that awesome, here is a picture of the cover:



SEE WHAT I MEAN?

The blurb (by [livejournal.com profile] m_stiefvater), reads thusly: I loved this eerie and beautiful story of ugly things. It should be read aloud after dark, at a whisper.

I read this book mostly after dark and, so help me, I could NOT GET WARM.

These fae are dark. And brutally honest. And kind of gross. And very, very desperate. But so lyrically and cleverly woven together that sometimes you forget about it. The humans are complicated, shallow, wonderful and kind of wretched. Usually all at once.

It's not my usual thing, but it somehow managed to push all of my buttons in a way that Sarah Rees Brennan's books did not. Possibly because there wasn't a lot of lying? Or deliberate meanness? Or maybe it's because I found Emma about a million times more interesting than Alan. ;)

The other thing about this book is that it's just stunning. You can see how the concept could have gone off the rails in a huge way, or gotten bogged down, bu it didn't. If you've read Brenna's short stories, you know how creepy and detailed she is. That paid out in FULL in this novel. The first paragraph kind of destroyed my brain, and then I spent the rest of the book putting it back together.

So if you read Rees-Brennan and it just didn't click, read this book. If you liked "The Perilous Gard" as a child, and can handle your faeries just a shade darker, read this book. And if you can't get the cover out of your head, and who could blame you, read this book.

8 out of 10 (but 11 for the cover. Because, REALLY!)
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[livejournal.com profile] brennayovanoff on livejournal.

First, let me talk about the cover. Because everyone who sees it does. Seriously. While I was buying it, no fewer than four random strangers made a comment about it. And then all of my co-workers said they'd have picked it up, no matter where in the store it was shelved.

In fact, because it's that awesome, here is a picture of the cover:



SEE WHAT I MEAN?

The blurb (by [livejournal.com profile] m_stiefvater), reads thusly: I loved this eerie and beautiful story of ugly things. It should be read aloud after dark, at a whisper.

I read this book mostly after dark and, so help me, I could NOT GET WARM.

These fae are dark. And brutally honest. And kind of gross. And very, very desperate. But so lyrically and cleverly woven together that sometimes you forget about it. The humans are complicated, shallow, wonderful and kind of wretched. Usually all at once.

It's not my usual thing, but it somehow managed to push all of my buttons in a way that Sarah Rees Brennan's books did not. Possibly because there wasn't a lot of lying? Or deliberate meanness? Or maybe it's because I found Emma about a million times more interesting than Alan. ;)

The other thing about this book is that it's just stunning. You can see how the concept could have gone off the rails in a huge way, or gotten bogged down, bu it didn't. If you've read Brenna's short stories, you know how creepy and detailed she is. That paid out in FULL in this novel. The first paragraph kind of destroyed my brain, and then I spent the rest of the book putting it back together.

So if you read Rees-Brennan and it just didn't click, read this book. If you liked "The Perilous Gard" as a child, and can handle your faeries just a shade darker, read this book. And if you can't get the cover out of your head, and who could blame you, read this book.

8 out of 10 (but 11 for the cover. Because, REALLY!)
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OH, THESE BOOKS!

It's a bit like volunteering to get punched in the stomach over and over. The volunteering part, I mean. Not "Please, punch my in the stomach a lot", but "Would you like me to punch you in the stomach?"; "Yes please" [punch] "That really hurt!"; "Shall we go again?"; "Please do!"

Real or Not Real? )

My words cannot convey the ABSOLUTE STUNNING ACHIEVEMENT that is this series. 10 out of 10. Possibly, if taken cumulatively, 11.

...I think I need a nap.
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OH, THESE BOOKS!

It's a bit like volunteering to get punched in the stomach over and over. The volunteering part, I mean. Not "Please, punch my in the stomach a lot", but "Would you like me to punch you in the stomach?"; "Yes please" [punch] "That really hurt!"; "Shall we go again?"; "Please do!"

Real or Not Real? )

My words cannot convey the ABSOLUTE STUNNING ACHIEVEMENT that is this series. 10 out of 10. Possibly, if taken cumulatively, 11.

...I think I need a nap.
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Girl power, post-apocalyptic, really not like Survivor, so good it kind of hurts, brilliance in concept and in execution, sequel that more than lives up to the hype.

I can't really be coherent (and trust me, it's been nearly an hour since I finished the book during which time I filled the car with gas, went grocery shopping and drove 30 kilometres) because this book just blew my mind on about 18 levels. I can't even make a list of things I like, because it would be EVERY THING THAT HAPPENED. I read it in the Starbucks at Chapters, and made myself go home before I started reading "Mockingjay". Fortunately, I've learned to read without shrieking and hyperventilating whilst in public, but I can't stop myself from rocking back and forth and looking like I want to.

How awesome is an author that can pretty much do the same thing TWO BOOKS IN A ROW and have it leave me feeling totally gutted and speechless both times? BECAUSE, REALLY. My mother once told me that watching me read is like watching someone play a full contact sport. I don't think this is always true. But there are certainly books where it's pretty darn close. So close, in fact, that once I finish "Mockingjay", I'm probably going to have to read Shakespeare for a week to calm down again.

I can't stop thinking about Rob and Amber )

9.75 out of 10. Because, like with figure skating, I'm saving the perfect score for the ending.

Okay, I can't start Mockingjay until after dinner, which isn't until six, or I won't go. I am sort of wishing I had [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson's phone number so I could call and yell at her for recommending these books just as I was exiling myself to Thunder Bay where there is NO ONE TO TALK TO ABOUT THEM! ;)
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Girl power, post-apocalyptic, really not like Survivor, so good it kind of hurts, brilliance in concept and in execution, sequel that more than lives up to the hype.

I can't really be coherent (and trust me, it's been nearly an hour since I finished the book during which time I filled the car with gas, went grocery shopping and drove 30 kilometres) because this book just blew my mind on about 18 levels. I can't even make a list of things I like, because it would be EVERY THING THAT HAPPENED. I read it in the Starbucks at Chapters, and made myself go home before I started reading "Mockingjay". Fortunately, I've learned to read without shrieking and hyperventilating whilst in public, but I can't stop myself from rocking back and forth and looking like I want to.

How awesome is an author that can pretty much do the same thing TWO BOOKS IN A ROW and have it leave me feeling totally gutted and speechless both times? BECAUSE, REALLY. My mother once told me that watching me read is like watching someone play a full contact sport. I don't think this is always true. But there are certainly books where it's pretty darn close. So close, in fact, that once I finish "Mockingjay", I'm probably going to have to read Shakespeare for a week to calm down again.

I can't stop thinking about Rob and Amber )

9.75 out of 10. Because, like with figure skating, I'm saving the perfect score for the ending.

Okay, I can't start Mockingjay until after dinner, which isn't until six, or I won't go. I am sort of wishing I had [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson's phone number so I could call and yell at her for recommending these books just as I was exiling myself to Thunder Bay where there is NO ONE TO TALK TO ABOUT THEM! ;)
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Yes, I've read three books since Tuesday. Archaeology is glamourous in theory and boring when it rains. ;)

Girl power, post-apocalyptic, really not like Survivor, so good it kind of hurts, brilliance in concept and in execution.

By the time I finished chapter one of this book, I knew three things:

1. I may never be able to watch Survivor again.
2. I should have brought more than four books with me to T-Bay.
3. Even though she used the word "nauseous" when she meant "nauseated", I am going to LOVE this book.

Katniss, the girl who was on fire )

9.5 out of 10, and it only lost that half a point because I am planning to read the other two books tonight and I don't want to overextend myself. ;)

([livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson, you were RIGHT AGAIN! What did I ever do without you?)
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Yes, I've read three books since Tuesday. Archaeology is glamourous in theory and boring when it rains. ;)

Girl power, post-apocalyptic, really not like Survivor, so good it kind of hurts, brilliance in concept and in execution.

By the time I finished chapter one of this book, I knew three things:

1. I may never be able to watch Survivor again.
2. I should have brought more than four books with me to T-Bay.
3. Even though she used the word "nauseous" when she meant "nauseated", I am going to LOVE this book.

Katniss, the girl who was on fire )

9.5 out of 10, and it only lost that half a point because I am planning to read the other two books tonight and I don't want to overextend myself. ;)

([livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson, you were RIGHT AGAIN! What did I ever do without you?)
grav_ity: (bite psychiatrists)
A book about boys, sort of, set in England, magic is a bad thing, maybe they're all just misunderstood, not Supernatural but kind of like it.

I am not sure, but I think the overall message of this book is that boys are evil. ;)

Mae, on the other hand, is AWESOME! )

8 out of 10, because Jamie is funny and Mae is unmagical and did a pretty good job of just about everything.
grav_ity: (bite psychiatrists)
A book about boys, sort of, set in England, magic is a bad thing, maybe they're all just misunderstood, not Supernatural but kind of like it.

I am not sure, but I think the overall message of this book is that boys are evil. ;)

Mae, on the other hand, is AWESOME! )

8 out of 10, because Jamie is funny and Mae is unmagical and did a pretty good job of just about everything.

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