August 11th, 2010

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21 days later...

And I've finally finished Bram Stoker's Dracula. Normally it doesn't take me that long to read a book, but this time around I really took my time. That, and it was a little hard to get into the style of writing and the language... 'cause I don't usually go out and grab books that were published back before the turn of the 20th century.

I'm very glad that I decided to read Dracula. And many thanks to those that suggested it (and to all the other suggestions). Once I was able to get my head around the writing and the switching between journals/letters/etc., it was wonderful. I loved it.

My immediate thought on finishing the book was "That is a vampire story." There are so many vampire themed novels and series out now that I've actually been turned off by the whole thing. I'd like to read more novels like Dracula, where the "traditional" vampire is depicted. Interview with the Vampire was good and I may read that again sometime, but new books are always welcomed. Any suggestions?

Changing it up a bit with my book reading now. I picked up Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential the last time I went to the bookstore. I've only read the preface, but I think I'm going to love this book.
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#62 The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Warning, this review has spoilers for The Lightning Thief, the first book in Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

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Rating: three and a half stars
Length: I was listening to the audiobook, but the print version is 279 pages
Source: paperbackswap
Challenges: This book is not part of any challenges
Similar book: Eion Colfer's Artemis Fowl Series and The Harry Potter Series (read my reviews)
Other books I've read by this author: The Lightning Thief (my review)

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Stiefvater, Maggie: Linger

Linger (2010)
Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance
Pages: 360 (Hardcover)
Series: Book Two of Three

The premise: ganked from BN.com: In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love - the light and the dark, the warm and the cold - in a way you will never forget.


My Rating

Must Have: I'm surprised at just how much more I enjoyed this book than the start of the trilogy. There's more conflict, and there's less focus on the gooeyness of the love story, which--while said love story is disgustingly sweet in a good way--is a GOOD THING. It feels like there's more at stake in this book, and Stiefvater had me wanting the trilogy's final chapter, Forever, a good ten minutes before I finished Linger, so it's just not fair that I have to wait a whole other year. But all of this, it's good. With Shiver, I was ambivalent about reading the sequel. With Linger, I want it ASAP. And while some people might not care for the new POVs that take the focus away from Grace and Sam, it's a welcome thing in the larger scheme of things. Add to that complex character dynamics/relationships and more world-building regarding the werewolves (which I didn't see coming at all), and I was very pleased with this installment. Of course, I don't recommend starting here if you haven't read Shiver, but know that books one and two are quite different from each other while retaining a certain central beauty.

Review style: I'm getting horribly behind on reviews, so I'm afraid I'm not going to be as thorough as I otherwise might be. However, I want to talk about how this book improves on the predecessor (especially in terms of werewolf culture) as well as some of the interesting decisions the author makes that work to correct some of the "faults" of book one. We've got new POV character that I want to discuss, and I want to examine the bigger picture of this story as well as the character relationships. To say they're interesting is an understatement. There will be spoilers at the full review in my LJ, so if you're interested, please click the link below. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.

REVIEW: Maggie Stiefvater's LINGER

Happy Reading!

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Book club selections @ calico_reaction. Hop on over! We'd love to have you!

August: Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
September: So Long Been Dreaming edited by Nalo Hopkinson
October: Feed by Mira Grant
confessions

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher.



taken from amazon.com : Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself - a truth he never wanted to face.

my rating: B+

WARNING! REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOOK! READ AS YOU PLEASE!


The story begins where Clay is mailing the tapes to the next person on the list. So it begins where it with the ending almost. Which most books start either at the actual beginning and proceed, or the middle of it and catch the reader up. 13 reasons why starts at the end then rewinds to the begin where Clay first received the package that would change him and 13 other people possibly for their entire lives.

The book revolves around Clays first love Hannah reasons for killing her self. And how all a group of 13 people had a part in her decision to take her life.

All the reasons why she chose to kill her self, the reader gets to listen to the tapes along with Clay as he narrates through the story, wondering why he's on the tapes and how Hannah could have done this to her self.

13 reasons why is a well written story about teenage anguish, and touches subjects that happen all the time most all that people have all experienced.

Being new to a town, making new friends, rumors, first kisses, and loosing friends over dumb things.

it also deals with more gritty things that most people would only discuss in whispers or in the confines of a counselors office.

Being taken advantage of, rape, and suicide.

Hannah has a no holds bar on explaining her reasons. She holds nothing back and it makes her realistic. Towards the end of the book you feel for her and for Clay who has to be on these tapes and go through the anguish of hearing her voice blame these people for her decision. But Hannah also blames her self towards the end. of some things that have happened that she could have stopped but didn't. things she regretted.

On tape 13 Side A Hannah explains in her last confession in a sincere way that she was sorry it had to come to what has transpired but there was no other way. She ends with an apology, "I'm Sorry." The last words Clay ever spoke to her and the last he will ever hear from her on these tapes. Until Side B of tape 13.

The tape clicks to soft breathing then "thank you" and the tapes are done.

I found the book very interesting and was very well written, and would recommended it to every teenager out there. Its a real look into what goes on in the real world.

No perfect worded scripts. No posh looking girls. No Calvin Klein model boys.

Nettie grittie truth of what can go on in a teenage life. And how a few choice can change everything, a persons life, with a few reasons everything could have been different.

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