28 March, 2010

What I've Been Reading: YA Edition

Well, I have set aside my WIP for just a little while. Even though I haven't been adding to my novel, I have been doing some flash fiction. Check my page, This Is Me to see the two short stories that I have written for a contest sponsored by Novel Novice. I'm a little ashamed to admit that two migraines this week sidelined me from really doing as much as I wanted.

However, in the absence of advancing my word count, I have been putting in many hours reading books. Because of the nature of my current WIP, I am obsessed right now with paranormal YA. I have glutted my bookshelf with recent and hotly anticipated releases.

I just joined Good Reads, a website I can't believe I didn't know about before! But, I'm making up time by posting some snapshot reviews of all of the books that I have read in the past few weeks. There will be no spoilers as yet, but I'll make sure to note when there are. This will be my YA edition. As I read, or covet, books in other genres, I'll include them also.
Until next read,

Magic Under Glass Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I was drawn into this world, and especially the character of Nim. I know that the story of Nim and Erris will continue, and I can't wait to find out if Erris will ever surrender his clockwork body!

Hush, Hush Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Well-written and absorbing. The type of book that I would keep reading even when I should be sleeping or working, because I just have to find out what is next.

Fallen (Fallen, #1) Fallen by Lauren Kate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Very suspenseful. I loved the language in this book, as well as the darkness of each character. Every discovery revealed more mystery, more layers, and kept me turning the pages.

Guardian of the Dead Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
As much as I anticipated this novel, I was completely lost in the multiple plotlines that were intertwined throughout. Though these plotlines were revealed to have a connection at the climax of the tale, I wasn't overly impressed. As a person of Native people heritage (1/4), I applaud the author's attempt at bringing to life Maori creation myths. However, the rhythm and melody of the oral tradition was completely lost in the telling. I wasn't drawn into the story, and only felt compelled to finish because I very rarely 'give up' on a book.

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