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)
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.
***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
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
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?