Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Epically Epic Sandry and Tris's Books

I decided to do them both together seeing as how I read them back to back and they were both pretty quick reads.

Not very many people are fans of Tamora Pierce's Circle series. I've met people who didn't even realize that she wrote outside of Tortall. I'm a little different I started reading Pierce with the circle books. My library didn't have Sandry's Book and after staring at them for months I finally caved and read Tris's Book first.

Somehow, I was completely sucked in. I loved them immediately. I read Tris's Book and knew that I wanted to do that. I wanted to write books that made people feel like I did when I read it.

So, I might be a little bit biased.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top Ten Secondary Characters

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 is ten memorable secondary characters.

1. Magnus Bane (The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare)
It's debatable that he's really a secondary character. But I think it's pretty obvious that he at least started that way. But he is certainly a scene stealer.

2. Jamie Roth (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin)
He's so snarky and so funny. I was so excited when he came back in Evolution.

3. Doctor Barlow and Count Volger (Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld)
I love both of them. They both have a really good idea of what's going on and they're both really clever about. I just did them both in one since they're from the same series.

4. Sam Wu (Curse Workers by Holly Black)
Sam is pretty much up for anything. Even if he doesn't start that way he can pretty much be talked into anything. Plus he can go head to head with Cassel's sarcasm.

5. George Holly (The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater)
He's so blunt about the things that neither Sean nor Puck seem willing to talk about. But he's also going to spur Sean into action. He pushes Sean to act, makes him see that things are possible.

6. Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
My love for Finnick is pretty well know and I honestly feel like he is one of the best secondary characters I've ever seen.

7. Jasper Whitlock Hale (Twilight by Stephanie Meyer)
Okay, say what you want but he had a really fascinating story. His and Alice's plot are far more interesting than Bella and Edward's. 

8. Lucas Cader (Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley)
He is perfectly set against Cullen. Cullen never really loses hope because he can't quite let go but he shows it with extreme cynicism. Lucas is the endlessly hopeful and silver-lining guy. He needs to think that things are going to be okay.

9. Angela Montgomery (The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan)
She's so funny. So angry. I just love her.

10. Sturmhond (The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
Okay, so he's probably technically a main character...maybe? He's pretty big is Siege and Storm... Anyway. I love him. He's no Mal, but I adore him.

Who are your ten secondary characters?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Epic Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park. Is there anyone in the YA world who hasn't heard of this book? There was so much raving about it that I bought it as soon as it came out. As per usual, it took a bit of a back burner to 16,000 other things.

But I finally read it and, I'm not going to make any friends saying this, I liked it but I didn't love it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ten...er...five Resources that Make My Life Easier

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's ten resources that make my life as a reader/blogger easier. I'm going to add bookseller in here too.

1. My job.
My work is a pretty well-known indie in the Boston area and we get some fantastic ARCs and galleys.

2. My database
I have all of my books typed into a spreadsheet with author name, title, edition, series number, hardcover, and if I've read it. I've been considering adding whether they're in Cleveland or Boston as well since I couldn't bring all of my books.

3. My coworkers
My coworkers find some awesome books that I might not have ordinarily heard of. They've given me some awesome titles. Our events director is always trying to give me new titles or booking events for books I'm interested in.

4. Twitter
Twitter is such an awesome way to stay on top of what's coming out and what people are excited about.

5. The Blogging world
For bookselling this is awesome. I get to see what people are talking about and then try to get them into the store.


I couldn't think of a full ten. I'm sure I'll see other lists and say "that!' but this is what I have now!

What are your ten resources?

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Charmingly Epic Fortunately The Milk

This isn't going to be a very long post because the book doesn't really warrant it. Not that it's not brilliant, just that the story is a short, wild romp that leaves the reader in fits of giggling.

Everyone from work is learning of my love for Neil Gaiman. So when the ARC for Fortunately, The Milk came in there was a note on it that said "Give this to Amy." I also had the privilege to hear Neil Gaiman read a section of it.

It's so funny. There's something about it that's just made to be read out loud. It's full of pauses and big words and small words and noises. I loved every second of reading it and was a little saddened when 25 minutes later it was over.

Since it's only the ARC it didn't have the full artwork yet but based on what is there Skottie Young's art is brilliant and fits the story so well. It's a bit silly and off the beaten path. I can't wait to see the completed version. There's something almost Doctor (from Doctor Who) like about the illustrations of the father.

I would also like the see the UK version illustrated by Chriss Riddell, who seems to have based his version of the father on Gaiman, himself.

Overall, I give Fortunately, The Milk a rating of Massively Epic.

If you need a funny interlude to a bad day or just something light in between heavy book I recommend picking up Fortunately, The Milk when it comes out on September 17th.

-A.M.Y-A

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Wickedly Epic The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Prerelease Post

I have a pretty deep love for Holly Black. I think that's been covered via the blog thus far. The galley of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was given to me a couple of months back. It was right in the middle of my Oh-Geeze-Ever-Book-I've-Ever-Requested-From-the-Library-Is-Here-But-I-Need-To-Read-The-Gaiman-Book-Before-The-Signing-What-Do-You-Mean-Secret-J.K.Rowling-Book-Oh-Hell-That-Panel-Is-Only-Two-Weeks-Away thing. I kept making deals with myself. When you finish the library books. When you finish the Gaiman. When you finish the panel books. I ultimately did that last one. But by the time I started to read it I was so worn down that I couldn't sit still for very long without falling asleep.

Which means that I started this book a couple of weeks ago and read maybe 50 pages until the last two days where I tore through it.

This book is fantastic. It's bloody, and dark, and twisted. It's what you expect from Holly Black. She doesn't shy away from showing how society glamorizes things that really aren't glamorous. The seedy, rotten underbelly of society.

This book is pretty close to the perfect vampire book. I love it.

I give The Coldest Girl in Coldtown a rating of Beyond Epic.

Get this book when it comes out. Get it right away!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Had Sequels


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.

Some of these are short stories because...I can do that? I also tried not to do any with upcoming sequels because...obviously. 

1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Okay, so this ended really perfectly but I still want more!

2. Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I would have loved to know more about the Hempstocks.

3.Cold Hands by Cassandra Clare (Short story from Zombies vs. Unicorns)
The idea and set up of this one is so interesting. I really would have liked to see her build the world.

4. The Child Thief by Brom
There could be so much more adventure with these characters.

5. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
It might just be that I want more from him...and April is so far away. But really, I could keep reading about Cullen as he learns the worst of life's lessons.

6. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvest
This one sort of ends as things are just beginning and I want to see how the relationship of the two characters progresses.

7.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
More. Just more.

8. Date With A Dragon Slayer by Tessa Gratton (Short story from The Curiosities)
I loved this story. Tessa Gratton does such a good job of combining old cultures with modern settings. I would have loved to see more in this world.

9. Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
To be fair, he still posts entries on Twitter but it's not the same as seeing it all progress on the page. It's the feeling you get from it.

10. Doll Bones by Holly Black
The characters are only just growing up. The book does a beautiful job portraying that but I kind of want to see how far apart they grow and what happens when they hit high school.

What are your top ten?

So, I'm really upset with myself for missing last weeks because I was excited about it. But that's what free weeks are for, right? I also owe you ducks a lot of posts from the event. And a post about the event and a post about the Neil Gaiman signing...jeeze. It's all coming I promise. I'll space it out some!

Until then,

-A.M.Y-A