Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Interestingly Epic Tender Morsels

I'd seen Margo Lanagan's Tender Morsels around before. I mean, it looked interesting. It was a Printz honor book. I figured I would get to it eventually. Well, one of my co-workers absolutely loves it and kept recommending it to me. So, I figured I would push it up. Then when I mentioned it to someone else the only description I got was: "You know the original cover had a girl and a bear embracing on the front, right?"

I went into this one a little wary.

I have left it pretty much the same way.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Awesomely Epic: The Lost Sun

As usual I am writing this right after finishing the book. It's the 25th of March....

In my pre-release post, a couple of months back I explained my history with The Lost Sun. So, I'll launch right into it. My thoughts are based on the ARC.

I love the premise of this book. I love the idea of the old Norse gods and customs being alive. Tessa Gratton did such an awesome job of using these old terms and ideas and applying them to modern ideas. I wish we lived like this. I love the allegiances to the gods and what they say about the person.

The way the two societies, the modern and the old Norse, is worth reading this book for, alone.

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Dream Thieves Pre-Release Post

I just...guys...read it.

It's so brilliant. Maggie Stiefvater throws so many twists and curves into it. I didn't see most of it coming. I wasn't sure what she was doing but it's so awesome.

There's backlash and new set-up and all around fantastic writing and development.

Rating for Maggie Stiefvater's The Dream Thieves: An obvious Beyond Epic.

I just...*sigh*

-A.M.Y-A

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Epically Epic American Gods

Someone once said "American Gods is a great book. But I have absolutely no desire to read it again."

Having now read it, I can see why they thought that. I don't feel any strong desire to reread even parts of it at this immediate moment but I do think that I might want to one day. It's a wonderful book and is so well plotted and well done.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dream Thieves ARC contest


Hullo ducks!


So, the lovely Maggie Stiefvater is (or was...) hosting an Art contest to win a copy of The Dream Thieves. My entry didn't make it to her attention before so I figured I would put it on the blog!

Here you go, The Raven Boys inspired jewelry!


Click to make it bigger!

I have to say it was fun to make these pieces, partly because it's been awhile since I've done any jewelry making and partly because I never really gave myself limitations like this. But I think they turned out okay. I want to remake Adam and Ronan's with leather cording now that I'm back in Boston where my cording is.

Anyway, there you have it!

-A.M.Y-A

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Interestingly Epic The Sea of Tranquility

I heard about this book initially because someone came into my work looking for it. It wasn't out in print yet, but then when someone else asked me about it I looked into it. It was getting such fantastic buzz that I had to look into it.

It was the first full-length book I bought (and read) on my Kobo.

Even reading the description I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting myself into. I think I am thankful for my lack of expectations. Unless someone was really clever with words I'm not sure I would have picked this up with just a general, straight-forward description. It's not really my typical type of book.

That being said it was a wonderful book.

And major spoilers are ahead.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Amazingly Epic The 5th Wave

I know I missed Top Ten Tuesday. I'm home for a little while and have been busy. I know, I know.

Anyway...

I'm not sure anyone involved in the book community in any way could have made it through the last few months without hearing about Rick Yancy's The 5th Wave in some way or another. It's been all over the internet.

Initially I wasn't sure I would pick it up. I wasn't sure how I felt about the premise and the back copy made me feel like it was going to dissolve into a love story. So, I just didn't know if it was something that I would enjoy. Then we got the ARC in at work and one of my coworkers read it and was raving about it. I thought maybe eventually. She passed the ARC off to me and I brought it home with me to read while I am on vacation.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Way Beyond Epic Siege and Storm

Okay, so I was (am) way too excited when I (just) did my pre-release post to talk rationally about Siege and Storm but I spazzed out for a while and now I will take a breath and try to write a real post.

The ARC for this book appeared at my work just when I'd given up hope that we would get one. I was having a bad day and I saw it and I screamed. Literally screamed. I scared everyone in the room.

I regret nothing.

Initially I started it telling myself that I got to read it as a prize for getting other things done. I've been slacking on some things and decided that I would get to read a chapter after I finished doing some things. This worked for a short time. Then I got angry and I started sulking. Then I said screw it, and I sat down and read the whole thing.

So many spoilers ahead!

The Interestingly Epic: The Testing

I'll just launch right in.

I had decent expectations for Joelle Charbonneau's The Testing. Admittedly, the back copy is not the best but what I liked about it is that I wasn't 100% of what was going to happen. I mean, I had an idea but the copy explains only part of the story, like good copy should.

As I started reading I couldn't immediately ell what I thought of it. It felt like it was trying to be The Hunger Games but coming off, feeling-wise, much more like the first in Condie's Matched series (it's the only of the trilogy I have gotten to just yet). As the book continued it definitely embraced a darker tone but somehow the weight of what was happening never settled on me.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Interestingly Epic The Testing: Pre-release Post

I was given a copy of The Testing by a coworker who said that she liked it. She's not easily pleased so I had high hopes for it.


As this is my pre-release post, I'll say this:

The Testing is a great book for people who are looking to stick really close to books like The Hunger Games. It's very similar, almost startlingly so.

Even with that being said, it's not a bad book. It was a fast read that definitely kept me interested in what was going to happen next. If you're a big fan of dystopian fiction I recommend at least picking it up to see what you think.

Well, I am off to write my full post. Next I'll finally, actually, be starting Rick Yancy's The 5th Wave. I have high hopes.

Until then, my ducks!

-A.M.Y-A