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Book Catch-Up Part 2

I had grand plans to catch up on blogging over the winter break, but those plans fell through.  So, in order to start off 2011 with a clean slate, I am doing another “book catch-up.”

Grace by Elizabeth Scott: Haunting; reminiscent of Living Dead Girl with its sparse writing.  Grace has been raised to be a suicide bomber but escapes when she is sent on her mission.  Now she must try to avoid capture.  Elizabeth Scott has crafted a creepy, fascinating dystopian society that could be a county like Pakistan but could also be our own.  Greenbean Teen Queen has a great longer review.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen: I loved The Luxe series so I was very excited for Ms. Godbersen’s next series which is sent in the 1920s.  The story revolves around three young women.  I liked Bright Young Things but I didn’t fall in love with it like I did with The Luxe.  I think I expected to immediately fall in love with a character like I did with The Luxe’s Diana, but none of the girls won my heart yet.  I have to admit that I found them less developed than what Ms. Godbersen was able to do with her characters in her first novel.  It was still a fun, escapist read.  I loved the setting, and will read the next book.  Librarified has similar thoughts.

(Side note: after finishing this one, I started Vixen by Jillian Larkin, another YA 1920s.  I have been struggling with it and am not sure if I will finish.  It is much less believable than BYT.)

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper: Despite purchasing this for our school library, I didn’t bother to read it because the cover is just so boring.  But then I saw the cover for the 2011 sequel: hello, gorgeous!  And I had to read it!  It tells the story of a royal family who “reign” over the island Montmaray.  The island is almost empty of inhabitants, though, and the castle is crumbling.  It is set in the 1930s, and eventually some Nazis show up.  Nazis are always up to no good, of course, so I was on the edge of my seat until the end.  I really loved this book.  The characters are realistic, original, and loveable.  Ms. Cooper has crafted a unique setting in Montmaray and I was sad I had to leave the island and its history at the end of the book.  Liz at Teacozy has a much longer review, and she enjoyed it, too.

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney: Alex, a junior at a boarding school, realizes she must deal with her date rapist if she wants to move on.  I have read many mixed feelings about The Mockingbirds.  I loved it and couldn’t put it down, but I can see why some might find the premise a little unrealistic, or be upset with the lack of adult involvement.  I felt like in the setting Whitney created, it made sense to me.  I was hooked on the characters and the details of the plot from page one.  Abby the Librarian felt a little more reserved about it.  Galleysmith has a really interesting discussion about it but it does contain spoilers.

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Book Catch-Up

I have watched my pile of books-read-in-2010 grow and never have the time to blog about them.  In order to be nice to myself this December, I’m doing a big ol’ book dump.  I will link to full reviews I agree with from bloggers I follow.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: So many other people had many things to say about the final book in The Hunger Games series, I don’t feel like I can say anything new.  It was great.  I loved the ending.  It had some slow parts; Katniss seemed to spend a lot of time recovering from various things.  But I loved it.  Liz said it all better at A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy.

Betsy Was a Junior and Betsy and Joe by Maud Hart Lovelace: Love.  See Diary of an Eccentric for both.

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin: daughters of celebrities.  Cute, sort of like a cleaner version of Gossip Girl.  See Galleysmith for a more in-depth review.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan: awesome.  Would not expect anything less.  See Abby the Librarian for more.

Nomansland by Lesley Hauge: Dystopian society made up of all-women.  I liked the main character more than the book as a whole.  Presenting Lenore can tell you more.

Kiss in the Dark by Lauren Henderson: third in the Kiss Me, Kill Me series, which I enjoyed.  (Kisses and Lies is the second.)  I have no memory of the plot of this book, so Bookshelves of Doom has to be right on the money.

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins (final in Crank series): Told from the viewpoint of three of Kristina’s children, I sometimes had a hard time telling the two daughters apart.  I really liked seeing the different members of the family come together despite the pain they each experienced.  Carrie’s YA Bookshelf

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers: a high school girl suffers a downward spiral and no one can help her.  Loved it.  A lot.  Bildungsroman.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers:  what happens when the mean girls turn on one of their own.  Another great one by Ms. Summers.  Two reviews worth reading: The YA YA YAs and Pop Culture Junkie.

Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft: read on Kindle through NetGalley.  I struggled with this one.  A teen struggling with life after his brother dies.  I feel like it was a decent book.  I just couldn’t get into it.  I did finish it.  You should read a different take on the book at Sarah’s Random Musings.

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han: decent follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty.  I did like the first book more, but I look forward to the third.  The Infinite Shelf feels the same.

Okay, that catches me up on a good chunk of the year.  I definitely have not been able to read as much this year as I have in years past.  I do still have five more that I plan to devote a whole post to on each, not counting what I am currently reading.  It will be noce to have these titles off my plate!

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