Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Awesomely Epic Lament

This is not the first time I've read Maggie Stiefvater's beautiful Lament. It's not even the second time. Like everything else by Stiefvater, I can read this book over and over.

Lament is not as well known as her other novels, and I'm always a little bit startled when people don't know that it exists. I remember hungrily hunting down anything I could find by her when I finished Shiver and finding Lament.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend the Most

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This Week: Books I recommend the most.
 

I'm a children's bookseller so I am all over this one.

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I get so excited about recommending this book. So excited that I think I freak people out.

2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This one is a little more tricky. It's not as easy of a sell but I suggest it to everyone anyway.

3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Did anyone really think this wasn't going to be on the list? I've gotten good at selling this one.

4. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I love telling people to read this. It's so much easier when I don't tell them when it was published. And people love it.

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
When people like The Hunger Games and are looking for the dystopian this is the first one that I suggest.

6. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Trying to describe this to someone is a little difficult and some people immediately shy away from it. But other people jump right into it and I get so excited telling them about it.

7. Anything by Tamora Pierce
It's only fairly recently that we even have Tamora Pierce in the store but she is still the first one I go to. She's has been such a big part of my life and I want everyone else to experience it.

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I love love love this book. It's beautiful and I think everyone should at least try it. It has so much to it. When parents come in and say they have a YA reader who is looking for something a little more complex this is what I give them.

9. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
This book is so much fun. I love giving it to people who need a travel read. I read it on a plane and had so much fun with it.

10. White Cat by Holly Black
Everyone who likes action and noir and snark. READ THIS!

Those are the ten I love recommending, I stuck with YA (for the most part) but there are so many others. Anything by William Joyce and Oliver Jeffers.

What ten do you like recommending? Anything that overlaps?

Until next time,

-A.M.Y-A

The Epically Awesome The Lost Sun Pre-release Post.

I was so so excited to get this ARC. Maggie Stiefvater, who we all know is a great favorite of mine, has been raving about it so I was pretty much counting down until it came out. A co-worker and I discussed it with excitement due to our mutual love for Norse mythology.

Then the ARC showed up at work. There was definite happy dancing.

This book isn't quite what I thought it was going to be. I'm not 100% sure what I thought but it wasn't this.

It's not a bad book, not at all, but it was a bit melodramatic in some aspects. Others were handled brilliantly. As I was reading it I kind of thought of it as older sort of Percy Jackson. The grand mission and the awesome takes on the gods. It is a fun book, without a doubt.

I give Tessa Gratton's The Lost Sun a rating of: Epic.

My full post will be up after this is out. If you have any love for Norse mythology this is definitely a go.

I have a Top Ten Tuesday done for tomorrow and I'm working on another post that will be up in a couple of days.

Next I'm rereading Maggie Stiefvater's Lament because it's been so very long since I've read it and I can't help myself. Then I have a stack of books from the library that I really need to get to.

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Amazingly Beyond Epic Clockwork Princess

First, let me say that I have (likely illegally) received my copy of Clockwork Princess a bit early. So I am typing this up at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning.

Because I sat down and read the entire book after not getting home from work until midnight. A. I planned this. B. I mean, I binge slept the night before and ate a fairly sizable dinner. C. I really need to take a shower. D. I am emotional and sleep deprived.

Anyway.... SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Had To Buy...And Haven't Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week: Ten Books I had to buy but haven't read yet.

1. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
I needed this so much. I was so excited. Like happy danced in the bookstore excited and then...well, I cannot recall what exactly happened, but somehow I didn't get to it. And then didn't get to it and didn't get to it. I will soon. It's on the list. Because there is actually a list...

2. Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan
I love Cate Tiernan. I really do and I enjoy the Immortal Beloved series, though not as much as Sweep or Balefire. But I just haven't gotten to the last one yet. I will. I look forward to seeing how that trilogy ends.

3. Wicked Redemption by Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue
I read the other books in this series in high school and it took them years for the last to come out. Years. By the time it was released I was dying to read it but I wanted to reread the others first. And that didn't happen right away.

4. All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Shattered Mirror has always been my favorite of her books and All Just Glass is the sequel. I was so excited and I remember putting it off for a specific reason and then hearing that it wasn't very good. After that point I put it off, and never stopped. I love Shattered Mirror too much to let it be ruined.

5. Map of Time by Felix Palma
This book just sounds so cool! I bought it never having heard of it but knowing it sounded and looked cool. That was a couple of years ago and I still haven't read it.

6. Entwined by Heather Dixon
Someone at an old job told me that she absolutely loved this book and that it was one of the best YA book she's read in years so I needed it immediately. I still haven't read it.

7. Catching Jordan by Miranda Keanneally
This one has been compared to Anna and the French Kiss in terms of cute and funny factors. So I bought it as soon as I saw it but I haven't gotten to it yet.

8. Shadowhunters and Downworlders by Cassandra Clare
The book that lets you know that your favorite authors also like your favorite books. I wanted to so I bought it and I haven't read it yet.

9. Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
After reading Obsidian I ordered this with Onyx and was so excited to read it. And then didn't. I will also get to this one...hopefully soon.

10. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
After Vampire Academy I wanted this so badly. I liked Sydney and was excited to check it out. Three books into the series I still haven't read it.

What is your top ten? Any overlaps? Any that I need to move up the list?

My Clockwork Princess review will go up on Wednesday so I don't spoil anyone too badly...

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books at the Top of my Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week: Books at the top of our spring TBR List

These aren't all books that came out this spring. Definitely not. But here's tentative list of my next ten.

1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
This technically isn't on the list that I drafted up but it gets read immediately as soon as it comes out no matter where it is.

2. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Next. I am reading this next. And I am excited about it.

3. Shadows by Jennifer Armentrout
I'm really hoping this one will be more like Obsidian and Onyx rather than Opal.

4. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
I am so psyched about this book. I loved the first. I need to read it ASAP.

5. House of Stairs by William Sleator
I remember loving this book when I was younger. The first Dystopian book I read. Before I knew what Dystopian books were. I can't wait to read it again.

6. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I will eventually read this. I will. Hopefully soon!

7. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
This. everything about this. Yes.

8. Loki's Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr
I have an ARC of this so I need to read it. Plus there's someone else waiting for it because we're exciting about the Norseness.

9.The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
I will finally finish this series. I will and soon.

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I have heard such wonderful things about this is the last couple of weeks. People telling me it's the best YA book they've read. it's been moved up the list.

There are my top ten. It will inevitably change before I get to some of these. Most of them are old but there they are.

What are you top ten TBR?

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Epically Beautiful Hold Still

I have heard so much about Nina LaCour's Hold Still. So much. Nothing but rave reviews. Everyone telling me how beautiful it is and how I need to read it. It was on the list but I finally got to it because it is work's YA book club pick.

I have really mixed feelings about this one. The ideas of growing apart from friends and growing up without that sort of support (though differently handled) are very similar to The Disenchantments. Through the loss of their friends both protagonists grow into themselves.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Beautifully Epic Beautiful Chaos

I was told to wait on Beautiful Chaos until Beautiful Redemption was out. Well, it's been out for a while I haven't gotten to them. I finally picked up Beautiful Chaos.

The whole Caster Chronicles series is easily one of the best examples I've seen of when a series feels like one long story. Other series are also one story, series usually are, but the divisions in the books are often marked and noticeable. With the Caster Chronicles the divides aren't as noticeable.

Even with typical broken up stories, I have a hard time choosing a favorite. I often I can't. I think Beautiful Chaos is my favorite of the three I've read so far.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Start But Haven't

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week it is ten series I want to start but haven't yet.

1. Bloodlines (Richelle Mead)
I really like Vampire Academy but I just haven't gotten to Bloodlines yet.

2. Wondla (Tony DiTerlizzi)
I love the idea behind these and am itching to start them but I just haven't yet.

3. Monster Blood Tattoo (D.M. Cornish)
I've had these on my list for ages. I bought them a while ago and haven't started them yet.

4. The Parasol Protectorate (Gail Carriger)
Again, I'll get there.

5. The Map of Time (Felix Palma)
I bought the first ages ago.

6. Fallen (Lauren Kate)
My Mum read these and liked them. I've heard good things but haven't started them yet.

7. The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Oppel)
I love Frankenstein. I have the first I just need to read it.

8. The Demon's Lexicon (Sarah Rees Brennan)
I love love love Unspoken so I need to read this one.

9. Unearthly (Cynthia Hand)
I have the first...I just need to read it...

10. Abandon Trilogy (Meg Cabot)
I again have the first and love Meg Cabot. I will get there.

This could have been a much longer list but there you have it ten series I need to start.

Which are your ten?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Absolutely Epic Doll Bones Pre-release

I love Holly Black. This is a well-known fact to all who know me. She's amazing. I am also a very enthusiastic person. When I love something I love it. I will make sure you and everyone in your family knows and I will get excited about everything related to it.

That being said, I sometimes get worried when reading something that someone else really loves that my enthusiasm will overshadow theirs. A quiet passion is still a passion. My youngest sister absolutely loves The Spiderwick Chronicles so I've never read them. It was a long time ago, she read them as they were coming out. But by the time I felt like I could without potentially stepping on toes they'd gotten a little pushed back on the list.

This is relevant because that makes Doll Bones the first of Holly Black's middle grade books I've read. I really liked it.