Saturday, March 7, 2015


By Maggie Stiefvater
YA Fantasy

The impeccably named Deirdre is a uniquely gifted harpist. At a music competition she meets mysterious inhuman Luke and thrown into the politicking murderous world of Faerie.
An interesting read, a page turner.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


By Maggie Stiefvater
YA Fantasy
A companion book to the Shiver trilogy. About rock star/werewolf/hopeful romantic Cole. Not sure that last adjective is quite accurate, but he goes to LA following a girl. When he's not recording songs, dealing with rehab issues, and being a on tv he spends all of his time trying to get with the girl.
It's a fun book; I've loved all of Stiefvater's books.

When I was the Greatest

By Jason Reynolds
Genre: YA realistic fiction
Ali is a good kid growing up in a rough street in Brooklyn. His mom works 2 jobs, his dad isn't in the picture much, his little sister is growing up too fast, and his only friends come with a host of their own problems.
Then he and his friends go to a party and end up in a physical confrontation that not only breaks bones, but could break up families and friendships as well.
It's a good book, and a quick read. The characters and likable, believable, and interesting. The pacing is quick, but the plot is not over complicated.

The Smoke Thief & The Dream Thief

By Shana Abé
Genre: Fantasy (with shades of Romance)
I got these from the library - first 2 books in a series.
They... Hm. Well, the plot line was interesting. I liked that. People who can turn into smoke. And dragons. Set in... When did they wear frilly ruffs and stomachers? And the Dragon people can hear the music made by the vibration of gemstones, which is why they hoard them.
Anyway, the world was interesting, as were the plotlines, but I'm having trouble overlooking the hideous misogyny of the main characters.
In the first book the male protagonist gives the female a choice between rape and seduction. He forces her to stay with him, makes her give up most of the things that matter to her, but you know at the end she loves him, so that makes everything okay?
In the second book (different characters) the man has sex with the woman for the first time while she is asleep and the narrator kindly explains how he doesn't want her to wake up and say the words that would make him stop.
There is at least one more book, but I'm not going to be looking for that one on the shelves...

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Me, Myself, and Why

First in Mary Janice Davidson's FBI agent trilogy.
I love that woman. She writes nothing that I would expect to enjoy, but I love every one of her books.
On the face of it- ridiculous. An FBI agent with Multiple Personalities? Who works with other agents who are sanity impaired?
But the story line carries through (mostly by sheer charm, I think) and I instantly went to the library catalog and put a hold on the next two as well.

They Boy in the Black Suit

By Jason Reynolds
YA Lit, realistic fiction.
Boy tries to reacclimate to life and school after his mother dies. Also, he starts a new job in the funeral home.
It was interesting, a quick read. Not super deep but enjoyable.

Conspiracy of Alchemists

Author? Don't know, already returned to the library.
Steampunky alternate history WW I ish era. Interesting, but not enough that I went looking forbthr next book.