Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

May the book fairy visit and bring you lots of good books!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Infandous by Elana K. Arnold

p. 149 “A myth is not in the telling but in the endless retelling.”

This slim book kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for the big reveal. It wasn’t what I thought it would be, turning out to be more horrifying than I had imagined, and I imagined a lot.  The plot is interspersed with fairy tales and mythology stories that give hints and help one draw conclusions, while not giving everything away.  This one will stay with me for a very long time. 

The relationship between Sephora and her mother is interesting and changes, as all mother/child relationships do as people grow older.  Sephora’s art changes as she deals with new knowledge gained from observation and her own life.  There are so many complex emotions and relationships dealt within the book, yet most are left unresolved as in real life, which will frustrate some readers.  And I myself would like more, but it’s not necessary to the plot. 

In recommending this one, I’ll tread carefully.  The reader needs to be someone who can handle tough subject matter, and won’t get frustrated by the interrupted plot line, someone who loves the complex, and far from “fluffy” novels. I actually will give it to some of my colleagues first, who I think will love this one.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Another Day by David Leviathan

Another Day is Rhiannon’s, from Every Day, side of the story.  I think it qualifies as a companion or even a stand-alone, as it could be read without having read Every Day.  I wanted an actual sequel; but after reading this, I was happy to have Rhiannon’s side.  It’s really a strange thing to be told—A changes bodies every day? I’d have thought I was being punk’d, too.  BUT I STILL WANT A SEQUEL!  I’ve categorized this book as a romance, so that it is with Every Day, because it is about love, and I don’t have a magical thinking category.  The questions remain from the first book; what do you love about a person: looks, interests, or the soul inside?  David Leviathan does an excellent job exploring the topic.  If you loved Every Day, you’ll want to read Another Day.  If you haven’t read Every Day, you could start with this one and pick it up later. They can be read in any order. 

Favorite quote:
A says “…I read it a lot, whenever I find it in a library.  Partly because I find new things every time I read it, but also because these books are always there for me. All of them are there for me.  My life changes all the time, but books don’t change. Your reading of them changes—you can bring new things to them each time. But the words are familiar words.  The world is a place you’ve been before, and it welcomes you back.” (loc. 2824)

As a service brat, I can relate to this statement. I wasn’t in a new body every day, like A, but every year I changed schools in the middle of the year. Books were the only friends who ever stayed the same.  Everyone else became interchangeable.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Imagine living your whole life inside, because you are allergic to everything. What if one day a beautiful boy moved in next door? Is the world you know enough? Or do you choose to want more?

This was quite a roller coaster ride for me. I felt so much for Maddy. I wanted her to not be stuck inside. I marveled at her patience. I was excited at the prospect of a new friend for her. Olly was an interesting character, but I wanted to know more. Since we’re limited by Maddy being the narrator, we didn’t get into Olly’s head like hers. I wanted to know more of what he was thinking.

I don’t want to talk about the plot too much as it will turn spoilery. But I read this in two big chunks, so it kept my attention easily. It’s filled with charts and drawings to illustrate Maddy’s thoughts, and has email transcripts that further the plot line. I’m glad I bought this for the library. I think it will be popular. (Update--it's been very popular!)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

I want this to be a series. I want more of this story, I want to see/read Zephyr coming into her powers as Nyx, to see if she can fully control them, and see if she can find love unlike other Harpies.  The promise is there, even though the novel did wrap up nicely. It’s well paced, and the romance is downplayed. With the cover a mysterious bunch of black feathers, the boys can even read this one without feeling uncomfortable.  If you are a fan of modern mythology stories like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books, Aimee Carter's Goddess Test series, or Terra Lynn Child's books Promise of Shadows should please you.