Thursday, September 1, 2011
1. City of Glass, Cassandra Clare - Loved it. Every bit as intriguing and wonderful as the first two books in the Mortal Instrument series. Still a tad predictable, but plenty of surprises to keep you on your toes. Super excited to read the final book in this series and begin the prequel series that starts with Clockwork Angel.
2. Radiance, Alyson Noel - I found the concept very cool and enjoyed the first bit, but I thought the character development was VERY rushed; yes, it is a short book, but if your snotty preteen is going to completely change into an understanding, caring, and enlightened individual it needs to be believable. I didn't buy it, and it ruined the whole book for me. Am hesitant to read anything else by this author since I have heard her other series, based on the same family, also fizzles out.
3. Sookie Stackhouse Books 1-11, Charlaine Harris - Absolutely wonderful. I read all 11 books out so far (of which there will only be 13 total), and I loved everyone of them. I was a little concerned the writing and characters would get stale, and I had heard that some of the books were infuriating, but this only seems to be the case if you're actually waiting a year between each book since many details can be forgotten. Also, Harris has a tendency to leave some major things out between books, making you wonder if you've missed something only to be fully informed of what occurred later on. An interesting trick, and one that I'm not terribly fond of, but it doesn't ruin the series at all for me. Loved every single book. On another note, the books have little in common with the show (True Blood), just FYI.
4. Parasol Protectorate Books 2-4, Gail Carriger - This series may be the greatest thing since tea was discovered, and I really like tea. I cannot say enough good things about the writing and the plot and the characters; they're all fantastically crafted. I love the chemistry between the characters and the relationships between them all, good and bad, and I absolutely love the world-building: paranormal, historical, steampunk? Yes, please! I will admit that book 4 wasn't quite at the same level as the first 3, but I only say that because it's written a little differently than the others; the characters and plot are still positively wonderful.
5. Bad Taste in Boys, Carrie Harris - This book is actually going to get a review since it's a 2011 debut and was fairly recently read, but I wanted to go ahead and tell everyone that it's super awesome, totally adorable (despite the whole zombie thing), and hilarious.
6. Nerd Do Well, Simon Pegg - I don't do a whole lot of non-fiction, but I'm currently reading Simon Pegg's autobiography and absolutely loving it. Pegg is behind such hilarious films as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Paul, as well as staring in Mission Impossible III as a nerdy IT guy and the new Star Trek reboot as Montgomery Scott, AKA Scotty. If you like Simon Pegg, you'll want to read this. (And I usually don't advocate books I'm not even finished with, so that should tell you something.)