Saturday, August 30, 2008

Spiderwick Chronicles #1 - The Field Guide by Holly Black

I felt the need to move on to the Spiderwick Chronicles since I finished up Holly Black's teen books recently. I spent a splendid lunch hour being charmed by the Grace children and their discovery of fey creatures. I look forward to curling up with book #2, The Seeing Stone, when I get home this evening.

R.I.P. 3

I've followed this challenge the past two years and I'm participating this year. Even though I did not finish Once Upon a Time, I will succeed this time.

There are three challenges this year: one book, two books, or four books. I'll shoot for two, but will hopefully read four and not beat myself up if I only read one.

Here is my pool of books to choose from:
Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
Jane-Emily and Witche's Children by Patricia Clapp
Thornyhold by Mary Stewart
Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels
Marked by P. C. Cast
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Here's the challenge info --- R.I.P.

Book Update or Oh, that's right, I have a book blog!

I know I said I wasn't going to update more often and not do a ginomous book post. Oops.

First in a Series Challenge - Persepolis by Marjane Satrappi ---I loved this graphic novel memoir. The art conveys the story just as much as the text.

This puts my First in a Series total at four.

Young Adult Challenge - Valiant by Holly Black --- Val finds her mom and her boyfriend in an intimate situation and takes of for the city, only to get caught up in human/fey intrigue. This might be my favorite of Holly Black's three teen books.

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer --- I thought it was a satisfying ending to the series.

Ironside by Holly Black --- Kaye's story continues from Tithe. Characters from Valiant also figure in. I like how the stories meshed.

This completes my Young Adult Challenge. Woo-hoo!

Other random books - Hard Rock Akane Abe --- I was a little disappointed in this yaoi. It was closer to bi-shonen in my opinion. The love story between the boys in a rock band was sweet, but I was hoping it would've been a little juicier.

Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrappi --- I think it was wise to publish the two volumes together for the trade edition. It reads well as a continuous piece.

Dead Over Heels by MaryJanice Davidson --- I know, another vampire book. Shocker!

The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter --- This sweet paranormal about a tough Texas woman and an alien come to life from a statue reminded me vaguely of Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon.