Google+ Reading Teen: What I've Read (or tried to) This Week

Friday, June 28, 2013

What I've Read (or tried to) This Week

Summer is seriously awesome.  Laying by the pool, or sitting out on my back deck, reading awesome books, what could be better?

I've had a really interesting reading week, so I thought I'd give you a quick recap on what I read and how I liked them.  (Click the links to see the descriptions)

First, I decided to pick up a book that I haven't heard too much about, called Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox.  I read her Dreamhunter duology a few years ago (on the recommendation of Stephenie Meyer) and they were so strange, but also really good.  They've stuck with me over the years and I've often found myself thinking about the world Elizabeth created.  I felt the same way about Mortal Fire.

I have no way, really, to describe this book, or explain how I felt about it.  It was slow and strange, but beautiful and fascinating.  There were complexities that you rarely find in YA, and a storyline that I've never even come close to before.  There were times where I wasn't sure if I liked it or not, and times where I thought it was one of the best books I've read in a long time. This book took some concentrating.  It wasn't one of those mindless reads that you could fly through in a couple of hours.  There were times I actually had to stop and re-read certain paragraphs just to work out what the author was trying to get across.  But let me just tell you, it was worth it.  To see this story unfold, the mystery unravel, all the intricately placed details and foreshadowing fall in to place was just brilliant.

I think this is a book that will only appeal to a certain type of person, I'm not sure how many actual teens will take the time to delve into this story, but if you commit to it, and invest in it, I think you'll end up loving it like I did.
When I couldn't actually read (like when I was driving, or in the shower, or going to sleep), I was trying to pick out an audiobook.  The first one I tried was Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.  It was read by two different readers, male and female, and I just could not connect with either one of their voices.  I think I may have been able to take it if it was just the girl, even though she sounded way too old, but the guy who read for Josh was just too off.  Christina from Allodoxophopia assures me that the book is fantastic, so I think I may have to get my hands on the book and forget the audio.  Have you read this one?  What did you think of it?
On Saturday I had the opportunity to go to the release party for Jessica
Spotswood's Star Cursed.  I was really excited to go and celebrate with Jessica.  It was an awesome event at One More Page Bookstore in Alexandria, VA.  There were tons of people there and Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes made TWIX, COOKIE DOUGH, AND LEMON BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES!  They were so delicious!  We also had wine, and Jessica read from the book.  Then we mingled, got books signed, and a few of us YADCers headed to dinner around the corner.  It was a lot of fun.
While I was at the signing, I got a chance to talk with Diana Peterfreund.  She was so sweet, and I've been meaning to read her book, For Darkness Shows the Stars, for a long time now.  Since she's a local DC author, and I've heard so many good things about the book, I really wanted to make it happen.  So at the signing, I went ahead and grabbed a copy of FDStS as well, and Diana was nice enough to sign it for me :D

Let me just tell you, this book was fantastic!  It's been a long time since I saw Persuasion (yes saw, I didn't read it), so I didn't remember all the details, but it didn't matter at all.  I loved this book.  It was so imaginative and fantastically written!  I read it in a day because I just couldn't put it down.

There was so much to love about this book.  Elliot North was a fantastic protagonist.  Kai was so frustrating, and amazing, and....frustrating!  I love how Diana took the story Jane Austen created and turned it into something so different, and creative.  The futuristic dystopian/sci-fi world that Elliot lived in was so fun to read and kind of scary to think about.  It felt like the future, but also the past.  The romance was so full of tension and so aggravatingly wonderful. I just loved every minute!

If you're like me, and you still haven't picked this book up, you need to do it now.  I can't wait to see what Diana has in store for us in Across a Star-Swept Sea.

So, that's what I've read this week.  Right now I'm listening to RUSH and reading SWEET EVIL (trying to catch up on a few that have been sitting on my shelf).  What are you reading this week?


  1. Funny-- I am listening to and LOVING the audio version of The Sea of Tranquility right now! To each her own!

  2. Don't feel bad! i read The Sea of Tranquility and did not enjoy it AT ALL. In fact, I was extremely disappointed in this book. The reason I disliked it so much WAS the characters. If you didn't like them on audio i'm not sure you would on paper. But I think I'm in the minority here. Everybody certainly seemed to love this story...


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