Hello fellow readers!
I did promise to pry myself away from the Young Adult section this month…but I already had a few books on loan from the library that I just needed to finish up! So…maybe next month I will explore some new genres!
My first read of the month finished the 2nd book of the Matched series, Crossed, by Ally Condie. The first lines: “I’m standing in a river. It’s blue. Dark blue. Reflecting the color of the evening sky.” The most interesting part of this book is that it is alternately narrated from both Cassia’s & Ky’s point of view. This sequel follows Cassia’s journey to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky. Once she gets to where she needs to be however, she finds that Ky has escaped to the Canyons. And don’t count out Xander just yet…there is a surprising twist that may change the game once again. (3.5/5 Stars)
I then demolished The Maze Runner by James Dashner. The first line: “He begins his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.” I first heard of this series last year, and was told that if I liked The Hunger Games, this would be up my alley. That screams epic adventure, right? Well, maybe “epic” isn’t quite the word I’d use for The Maze Runner, but that doesn’t mean this book is boring. It starts with our protagonist waking up in a cold, dark lift and having no memory of anything except his name: Thomas. The lift brings Thomas up to the Glade, a strange place surrounded by enormous stone walls with a population of 50 or so teenage boys. I admit, the beginning is a bit slow because it’s mostly just about meeting the Gladers and learning about their way of life. The walls protect the Gladers from the horrible Grievers that live inside the Maze, and everyday the doors to the Maze open and the Runners go out trying to map out the Maze, coming back into the Glade before the doors close at night. Got that, shank? Shank, klunk, and shuck – just some of the words you’ll learn to use in the Glade. I won’t go into details about certain events, but the book is a definite page-turner after the first few chapters. What I think I liked most about it was that you are never really given any answers – all the information is withheld from you up till the very end – and even then you’re left with more questions than answers. (4/5 Stars)
I then finished Fever by Lauren DeStefano, 2nd book of The Chemical Garden series. The first line: “We run, with water in our shoes and the smell of the ocean clinging to our frozen skin.” In this sequel, the story starts exactly where the first left off – in the midst of the excitement from having escaped. We’re following Rhine and Gabriel on the run. Rhine is trying to find her brother, while Gabriel is seeing the outside of the Mansion for the first time in a decade. Fortunately, the plot doesn’t center around their romance as much as their escape and, eventually, what’s happening to Rhine. She started getting sick with the same symptoms as the virus – and no one knows why, or how to fix it. This book continues Rhine’s story while her years dwindle by. With only 3 years left, Rhine has a lot of life left to live in a very short time. I’m looking forward to finding out how she spends these in the final book of the series! (3.5/5 Stars)
I did my second link-up with Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers for her May Book Club selection…and it was great to see so many new people stopping by to read my book review of Still Missing by Chevy Stevens – review posted HERE! (4/5 Stars)
I downloaded A Discovery of Witches on my Kindle from the library. I had hoped to finish this in May, but am currently around 82% complete.
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
After Hurricane Katrina, Dan Baum moved to New Orleans to write about the city’s response to the disaster for The New Yorker. He quickly realized that Katrina was not the most interesting thing about New Orleans, not by a long shot. The most interesting question, which struck him as he watched residents struggling to return, was this: Why are New Orleanians—along with people from all over the world who continue to flock there—so devoted to a place that was, even before the storm, the most corrupt, impoverished, and violent corner of America? Here’s the answer. Nine Lives is a multivoiced biography of this dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city through the lives of nine characters over forty years and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed the city in the 1960’s, and Katrina, which nearly destroyed it. These nine lives are windows into every strata of one of the most complex and fascinating cities in the world. From outsider artists and Mardi Gras Kings to jazz-playing coroners and transsexual barkeeps, these lives are possible only in New Orleans, but the city that nurtures them is also, from the beginning, a city haunted by the possibility of disaster. All their stories converge in the storm, where some characters rise to acts of heroism and others sink to the bottom. But it is New Orleans herself—perpetually whistling past the grave yard—that is the story’s real heroine.
TO BE READ LIST
Here is a look at what else is sitting on my To Be Read (TBR) list: