Birthday Book Buy!

It was my birthday this weekend, and I got a couple of gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Thriftbooks. Together with a judicious application of coupons, these netted me a grand total of twelve books (five new, seven used)!

Books (and why I’m so excited to finally have/order them) behind the cut!

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The Weekend Rec: Edenbrooke

Just in time for the weekend, have a book rec!

This week’s rec is Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. Edenbrooke is a breezy yet charming standalone Regency romance featuring a genuinely likable (and resourceful) heroine and plenty of romance and adventure. The friendship (and eventual affection) that springs up between Marianne, the protagonist, and her love interest is adorable, and although a tropey plot twist later in the book causes the story to stumble a bit near the end, Edenbrooke is, overall, a perfect beach read with a PG rating.

Perfect for Jane Austen or fans who want something sweet you can read in one sitting.

Review: These Broken Stars

Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Format: Hardcover

The Plot: Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are from different worlds. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, while Tarver, a recently-promoted war hero, hails from humbler origins. Nothing would normally come of their chance meeting on the starship Icarus, but when the Icarus crashes on a mysterious planet, Lilac and Tarver must learn to rely on each other in order to survive.

The Verdict: This book is awesome. I’m not hugely into YA science fiction, but this novel managed to overcome any misgivings I might have had and catapult its way onto my favorites list. Although the worldbuilding could have been better, the intriguing storyline, fantastic characters, and the wonderfully believable relationship that blooms between Tarver and Lilac more than make up for that.

The Rating: 9/10

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burning the candle at both ends

I meant to post a writing update tonight, but I spent so much time writing that I’m too tired to blog about it, so I’ll just leave you with my favorite sentence of the night:

If I’d known I was going to meet the most amazing woman in the world outside my dad’s office that afternoon, I wouldn’t have asked for extra garlic on my pizza at lunch.

Review: The Grendel Affair

Title: The Grendel Affair
Author: Lisa Shearin
Format: Mass Market Paperback

The Plot: Makenna Fraser, a seer, loves her new job at SPI (Supernatural Protection & Investigations), an organization that protects humans and supernatural beings from each other while keeping humans unaware of the paranormal, but when she discovers a plot to set grendels loose in New York City on New Year’s Eve, her job description suddenly gets a lot more dangerous.

The Verdict: Although light, Lisa Shearin’s debut is a great little (literally; it doesn’t hit 300 pages) urban fantasy, with an engaging protagonist and plenty of action.

The Rating: 7/10

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The Weekend Rec

Just in time for the weekend, have a book rec!

Today’s rec is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. If you’re not familiar with the Discworld, the verse which Pratchett has used as the setting for several dozen novels, Going Postal is an excellent (and hilarious) entry point.

A light fantasy about a con artist named Moist von Lipwig (yes, really!), Going Postal’s plot revolves around Moist’s attempts to rehabilitate the postal service in exchange for not being executed for his crimes. Moist’s flailing flounders at this difficult task, as well as his wooing of a chain-smoking cynic named Adora Belle Dearheart (yes. Really.) are hilarious, and Moist’s growth is as cute as it is well-written.

Perfect for those seeking some amusing escapism from the work drudge.

On YA and #PromoteaYAInstead

I’m still kind of a newb at the whole YA fandom thing. I know about the most popular titles and could give you plot summaries of the biggest series, but I’ve only a small percentage of these YA titles since I got into the genre late last year.

One thing I can tell you about YA, though, is why I like reading it so much and why, though I’m nearer thirty than twenty, I don’t feel even remotely embarrassed to admit it. Simply put, I started reading YA for the women.

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