As you know if you’ve read my last few posts, I’ve been revising. A lot. In fact, the more I revise, the more I realize I need to revise, so I’m not really any closer to being done. But, in spite of all this revising, I am still reading and have just realized that we’re down to only about 4 more months of 2012. Yikes! Considering the 65 books on my Goodreads “To read” list, I’m going to have to prioritize.
First, let me do some speedy reviews of the two books I finished recently.
I read Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races earlier this year and mostly liked it, so I thought I’d give the Shiver series a try. This is the first book in a trilogy about a girl (Grace) who falls in love with a werewolf (Sam).
I was hesitant to read it because I don’t really like the creature romances so much, but this one was decent. Not great, but decent. I had the same problem with it that I had with The Scorpio Races. The writing is beautiful and descriptive, but the plot…eh. I found it very slow and at one point considered giving up. However, I really enjoyed the last 50 pages or so, and I ended up buying the sequel (though I haven’t read it yet).
This past week, I finally finished The Girl of Fire and Thorns, which I’d been reading for months. It’s YA fantasy about a princess chosen by God to bear a Godstone in her bellybutton and…I don’t even really care to keep going. If you’re thinking Treasure Troll right now, then you are visualizing this thing correctly. I was extremely bored most of the way through and only liked it when the author killed someone. The language felt old fashioned or too wordy or something, and, like with Shiver, the plot just wasn’t quick enough or exciting enough. The sequel comes out soon, but I won’t be reading it.
Obviously, I’m less than enthusiastic about the reading I’ve been doing lately. BUT, I am VERY VERY EXCITED about a few books coming out this fall.
1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (Nov. 6th) — This is the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I can’t seem to find a synopsis of it, so they must be trying to keep the plot a secret. Here’s the summary of Daughter of Smoke and Bone from Goodreads instead:
“Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”
2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Sept. 18th) — This is the first book in a new series from Stiefvater. You might wonder why I’m anticipating it so much when I found The Scorpio Races and Shiver kind of slow. Well, the answer to that is: really awesome premise. Again, from Goodreads:
“‘There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,’ Neeve said. ‘Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.’
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”
3. The Diviners by Libba Bray (Sept. 18th) — I’ve never read anything by Libba Bray yet, but I saw her speak on a panel at the LA Times Festival of Books, and I loved her personality. The plots of her other books don’t really appeal to me, but this one definitely does. On Goodreads, it says:
“Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.”
Oooooh I’m even more excited now. They all sound so damn good. I can’t wait for September 18th!
What books are you most looking forward to for the rest of this year?