Last week was a lot better than the week before in terms of reading. I got through a book of short stories - need to take a break from these though - and a book I had been wanting to read for a while. This week coming up - surgery on Wednesday *yikes* I usually - so needless to say, I'll be laying low for a few days while I recuperate.
Recently Finished Reading
Fire (Graceling Realm #2), Kristin Cashore. It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she has the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people.
I really enjoyed this book and it hit the trifecta for me - well developed characters, a pace that moved along at a decent clip (but not so fast that we didn't get a sense of their world), and a plot that was well thought out & developed. While this World & the characters (all except 1) are different from the 1st book, Graceling, I wasn't too unhappy, as this book stands on it's own and you don't have to read the first one before this one. (Amazon| Goodreads)
Teeth: Vampire Tales, by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (Editors). There is a mixture of many different vampire stories in one book. Most of the stories are based off of legends from many cultures, while others are just the author's view of what a vampire is like in his/her mind.
The stories in this book were very creative, with vampires that were slightly different from the traditional stereotype, and I enjoyed almost all the stories - although I do think there were a few too many (17 plus 2 poems). My favorite stories were in the middle of the book, and actually there were only 2 that didn't do it for me - In the Future When All's Well by Catheryne M. Valentine and Why Light by Tanith Lee.
The creepiest was Sunbleached by Nathan Ballingrud - don't try and keep vampires around ... it never ends well! And the most touching was Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castellucci - about a vampire & a dying girl, both wanting to trade places with each other, yet both also not wanting to inflict the life they don't like on each other - yes, you can have touching, emotional vampire stories :-) (Amazon| Goodreads)
Currently Reading and Listening To
Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor. Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits. And then she discovers something amazing-she is a "free agent," with latent magical power. Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too? (Amazon| Goodreads)
The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. (Amazon| Goodreads)
- Inspired by It's Monday, What Are You Reading @ Book Journey; and WWWednesday @ Should Be Reading. What are you reading this week?!