Whew, I just got back from Boston literally a half hour ago (with a cold D:) and I’m wiped out! I was at an academic conference and those things are freaking jam-packed (the jam was tasty though, hehe). I was able to get a bunch of reading done on the plane rides and lay-overs though :D. It always makes me happy when I’m able to read an entire book on a trip since it’s such a satisfying use of travel time.
I finished Poison earlier in the week and found it quite fun! While I wish that the magic and fantasy feel had been taken a bit more seriously, I can’t deny that I laughed out loud a couple of times. I’m going to try to get my review out this week, since this one was released not too long ago, so you won’t have to wait for more details on what exactly I did and didn’t like ;-).
I finished The Great Hunt this week for the read along, and the ending was spectacular. I had been having a little bit of trouble getting into the book for the last month, but that last section gave me goosebumps multiple times :D. It was so much more satisfying than the ending of the first book and really convinced me that I could grow to love this series as much as so many people have (well, maybe not the fanatic level of all of them ;-) ). I’ve already got my copy of The Dragon Reborn, so I’m all set for the next read along to start!
I’ve been very excited to read Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs ever since it came out a couple of months ago, and was freaking thrilled that I had so much time in airports to finally get it read. That’s right, I read the whole book on two flights, one layover and a little bit in the hotel room because I just couldn’t put it down ;-). This is another one that I’m going to try to get the review out soon since it’s a new release. Also, I’m so freaking excited for the next one (Night Broken!) since Frost Burned hinted at some pretty epic things brewing :D.
So I was super lucky to get an ARC of the testing from a friend and have been plowing through it! It’s been compared to Hunger Games, and it is a fair comparison in some respects (teens competing due to the plotting of dystopian government), however there is a lot less outright kids killing kids and no love triangle that I’ve found so far. Past that, the writing is compelling and the characters are strong, so I’m thinking The Testing is going to be a big hit. It’s set to be published on June 4th, so my review will have to wait a bit yet.
Finally, I’ve been getting father in Zenn Scarlett this week since it was next up on the Kindle books TBR. This one is being published May 7th, and it is so much fun! There are so many awesome alien critters and friends, and a lot of plot potential. Zenn is still just helping out with the space animals where I am currently, but there are hints at all sorts of other problems that she might end up dealing with. My current questions: What is going on with Zenn’s head? What really happened to her mother? What is her father up to? What is going to happen to the clinic??
And in case you missed it, these were my posts this week:
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (4 stars)
Above World by Jenn Reese Review (5 stars)
Around the Community
Here are some awesome reviews and discussions you should check out :D
Dark Triumph from Reader of Fictions (historical fantasy)
Florence from Shelfspace Needed (YA, mermaids!)
Poison from Lunar Rainbows (YA, 4 stars)
Clockwork Princess from Read, Write, Read Some More (5 stars, steampunk)
Mila 2.0 from Book Interrupted (5 stars, YA)
Earth Girl from Bookworm Blues (3 stars)
Ready Player One from Xpresso Reads (4 stars)
Shades of Earth from Reading in Winter (4 stars, YA)
Reader Requests Archive from John Scalzi’s Whatever -> Awesome collection of all of his “reader request” posts from years back, so many interesting posts!
Ten Twitter Tools of Awesome from Parajunkee
And I just tried to spell Rules “Rools” so I think I’ll go to sleep now ;-).
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