Sunday, January 27, 2013

New haul of books

Back to the blog after what seems like nearly forever. Fortunately, on the web nothing gets cobwebs or aggravates allergies with collected dust...

It's rather Middle Grade-ish over here in literature... I've finished John Flanagan's Brotherband Chronicles book 3, The Hunters (fun, but a little too much to swallow at some points) and am now starting on the so-far-excellent Sway by Amber McRee Turner. Also in my library pile:

A Brief History of Montmaray, by Michelle Cooper. (I know I have heard of these books around the place.)

Darkwater by Catherine Fisher... After Incarceron, do I need too much of a reason to read Fisher's books? She's got an incredible way with descriptions, and though she's not without her plot inconsistencies, I've been overall delighted with her imagination and ideas.

Clare Vanderpool's Moon over Manifest: another one I've heard about but never actually read, so I'm looking forward to trying it out.

Selling Hope by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb. Historical fiction, a vaudeville troupe, and Halley's Comet... The premise interested me while I was browsing the Juvenile Fiction section at my library.

So, hopefully, there will be more reviews soon.

Also, I have some thoughts on Ellen Potter's The Kneebone Boy that I'm still trying to get in order. Am I the only person who was not 100% pleased by this one? It seemed to be trying a bit too hard to be "realistic" and ended up more on the disillusioning side.

P. S. - For the readers of my last "Waiting on Wednesday": I was a bit underwhelmed by Stiefvater's The Raven Boys, but then after Scorpio Races, I had the bar set fairly high. Raven Boys seems to be well-loved by many, though, so that might just have been my expectations getting in the way.