June 30th, 2009

StarDust



Title: Stardust
By: Neil Gaiman
Pages:233
Rating: a strong C.
Summary: Tristran Thorn falls in love with the prettiest girl in town and makes her a foolish promise: he says that he'll go find the falling star they both watched streak across the night sky. She says she'll marry him if he finds it, so he sets off, leaving his home of Wall, and heads out into the perilous land of faerie, where not everything is what it appearsTristran Thorn falls in love with the prettiest girl in town and makes her a foolish promise: he says that he'll go find the falling star they both watched streak across the night sky. She says she'll marry him if he finds it, so he sets off, leaving his home of Wall, and heads out into the perilous land of faerie, where not everything is what it appears. ( Summary thbaks to amazon)

My review: I was a little bit disappointed, I have a lot of people tell me how great this was,,, but maybe I just wasn't feeling it? I just though it was an okay read nothing that really blew my mind. On the other hand, this is a good book if you don't won't to spent all your day reading but still won't to read. From start to finish it took me about three and a half maybe four hours.

Okay, a bit of a side note or two. Big fans of this book must of hated the movie the differeces were mind blowing!
Also, I like the movies Epilogue better more of a happy ending.
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June Book List

Links lead back to the reviews in my journal. Some reviews contain spoilers, so be careful if these are on your reading list. I'm always up for people discussing/agreeing/disagreeing. :)

Madness by Marya Hornbacher
Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
World War Z by Max Brooks
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
Purge by Nicole Johns
A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R.W. Day
Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan


Title: Midnight Never Come
Author: Marie Brennan
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Pages: 379
Rating: 9/10

This story takes place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in London. The world is as we know it at that time, but there are also Fae people living among mortals, some even closer than you think. The main character, Lune (a Faerie) is out of favor with her Faerie Queen Invidiana who also happens to be cold and merciless ruler. She rules the Onyx Court which resides under London and the Fae of all of England fear her. Lune along with Michael Deven, a mortal, try and uncover the mystery behind Invidiana and the Onyx Court and try to restore peace between the two worlds.

I really enjoyed this book. Brennan's writing is very light and entertaining. This book focuses mostly on fantastical elements, but I still found that Brennan's research of the time was good. Nothing stuck out at me as being wrong, but maybe I was too into the story to care. This book turned out to have one quite good mystery going and I was surprised to see how much thought Brennan put into it. It tied into real history well.

My only negatives about this story is that I had wished on more than one occasion that Brennan explain the different types of Faerie creatures more thoroughly because I'm not particular familiar with all of them. Also, there was one or two very small lose ends I would have liked to see tied up. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book.

This book is followed by the sequel, In Ashes Lie.


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The Fetch - Laura Whitcomb



Title: The Fetch
Author: Laura Whitcomb
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/History
Pages: 379
Summary: Calder is a Fetch, a spirit who guides souls through the Aisle and to the gates of Heaven. He's never understood why he was chosen for this responsibility, and frequently, he feels unworthy of his immortal status. Everything changes when he meets Glory, a vibrant mortal whom he feels is destined to be his Star Fetch, his chosen apprentice. In order to get closer to her, Calder breaks his Fetch Vows and enters the mortal world. His rash actions throw earth and the spirit world into chaos, and Calder must help set both worlds right again, while protecting the humans he has come to love...
Excerpt: "Calder was a Fetch, a death escort, and had been since his own death at the age of nineteen. He had been a Fetch for three hundred and thirty years, and so had seen many women in the Death Scenes to which he had been sent. He'd watched women drowning, one with seaweed twisting her gown into a mermaid tail, another in a pond surrounded by lilies that glowed like funeral offerings about her floating hair..."

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Rating: 4/5

Overall: A bit dull in spots, but once you throw yourself into the world, it becomes a wonderful read.

Recommended for: Fans of Laura Whitcomb, fans of Romanov history, fans of interesting supernatural romance
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Looking for werewolf books.

I adore werewolves, but I've only read a handful of books about them, so I'd wanted to look for more. There's just one problem: all the ones I've found are all of this certain... Stock... That I'm not really that interested in reading. You know, the urban fantasy romance novels where the covers are always either a goth girl's lower back tattoo or Fabio's torso, and they're all about some kind of detective chick that spends her time trying to decide whether or not she wants to sleep with the vampire, the werewolf, the demon, the zombie, or the leprechaun, and sometimes solving mysteries that tend to lead to her meeting more supernatural creatures that want to bang her?

...Yeah. Well, I'm more of a fan of the horror/supernatural aspect and the awesome wolf scenes than the, err, erotic aspects of the genre, so I was wonder if anyone had any recommendations!

I'm not necessarily adverse to romantic plotlines, of course, they're just not my top priority. I tend to prefer the werewolf pack dynamic over sulky loner werewolves, and I also lean towards female werewolf heroines and think the vamps vs. weres thing is WAY overplayed by this point. However, I know my options are a lot more limited here than they are with vampires, so I'm willing to settle for anything that isn't too forumulaic.

For the record, I already read Blood and Chocolate years ago, and I did enjoy it.

Thank you very much! ♥
Carnival

#58 An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Some men have really specific tastes in women. In high school, my brother dated petite brunettes with tanned skin and names that begin with the letter A (no lie). Recent high school graduate Colin Singleton dates Katherines, and only Katherines. When the nineteenth Katherine dumps him, Colin’s friend Hassan talks him into a road trip in hope of cheering him up. It’s going to take a lot to make Colin happy. Not only is he upset about his unexpected singleness, but he’s also coming to terms with the fact that he is no longer a child prodigy, and not really “a genius.” Colin begins to construct a complex mathematical theorem that will help explain the length of his many failed relationships, and predict how long future ones will last, as a way to make sense of his messed up love life and to create something that will make him “matter.” Their road trip sidelines in Gutshot Tennessee. Here they visit the grave of Franz Ferdinand, find a temporary home in a giant pink house, and meet a girl name Lindsay that may change Colin’s ideas about Katherines for good.

This is the second book I’ve read by John Green, the first being the happy, than sad Looking for Alaska. An Abundance of Katherines is a more lighthearted read filled with great humor. It has many of the same elements as his first novel. Once again, our protagonist is a quirky teenage boy who’s more a loner than a social butterfly (although his obsession is anagrams, not famous last words). I really enjoyed a lot of the relationships in this book, but my favorite would have to be the friendship between Hassan and Colin. I also liked the fact that in Hassan, we have a positive, non-cliché picture of an Arab-American. I found Colin’s little random facts be very interesting, and even found myself quoting a few of them to my friends. Oh, and the footnotes were just great. More books should have amusing footnotes.

I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as I did Looking for Alaska. As mean as it may sound, I had a hard time believing that socially awkward Colin, who only had one friend, would have dated nineteen girls by the time he graduated high school, never mind the fact that they all shared the same name. It also took me longer to get into the character of Colin than I did with Pudge, as I found him to be a little too pretentious in the beginning. I’m ashamed to admit that the math was a little over my head in the beginning, but there’s a great essay in the back in the book that explains the steps very well, especially for mathematically challenged people like me that haven’t done anything more complex than calculating a tip in years.

I would recommend this book for fans of John Green’s work. It’s a well written novel with plenty of laughs and a really unique protagonist. I look forward to reading his third novel, Paper Towns, in the future.

Rating: four stars
Length: 279 pages
Source: Lewiston Public Library
TBR Pile: 144 books
Similar Books: Looking for Alaska (my review) of course. Also, I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (my review)
Other books I've read by this author: Looking for Alaska (my review)

I just finished another audiobook today, My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, which is a short story collection. I need to give my sore wrists/arms a break, so it will probably be up by tomorrow.

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