Two Middle Grade Cybils

Look at me reading all of the Cybils. (Well not all of them, obviously.) These two were good!

I started off kind of grouchy because the main characters in The Evil Wizard Smallbone are all male. All of them. Oh sure, we have a few solid female supporting characters (four, I think) but, bah humbug. Women and girls can be “evil wizards,” too. Whatever. The story was fun and I did like every single character, even if most of them were male. I loved the bookstore and the seals and wolves and the coyotes. Also loved the ending.

I loved everything about The Firefly Code except the ending — and that’s only because I am way too invested in these characters lives and I want to know what happens to them next! (The second book just came out but I can’t reserve it at my library yet and I’m grouchy about that.) This is the story of what happens when you start engineering your kids… the good, the bad, and the downright painful. Science is amazing. Technology is amazing. We can do a lot of good things with both — where you draw the line though, that’s the kicker, isn’t it?

Hotel Ruby

I picked up Hotel Ruby when we wandered around the YA section of the library last month. The title and description sounded appealing — and I like horror but haven’t read a lot of it lately.

This wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrible, either. I can’t decided if I liked the ending or not, at least it wasn’t an altogether happy ending. Heck, I’m not sure I liked the premise or not.

And, interestingly — it looks like this book got a new name in the paperback version, it’s Hotel for the Lost? (or maybe it’s a US vs Canadian version thing? I’m not sure but it’s interesting… the new name is possibly a better name for the book. I just hope people who read one version don’t buy the other version thinking it’s a sequel or a different book. I assumed it was a sequel at first.)

The Mountain of Kept Memory

TW told me to read The Mountain of Kept Memory, so I did. Or I started to. It was really slow and I was having a hard time sticking with it and then… the book disappeared. I have no idea where it went. So, I read another book while I wandered around the house looking for it. Right about the time I was finishing The Two Family House, this book re-appeared on the library cart. NO idea what happened. The Keiba probably messed with it.

Anyway. This book… I slogged my way through it and it wasn’t until about 300 pages in that I decided it was pretty good. I still had to slog through it (SO MANY EXTRA WORDS! How many times must one Princess say the same damn thing in one damn paragraph? Really?) There’s still another evil guy to deal with and her brother’s ummm transition (not that kind of transition) to deal with so maybe a sequel? If so, I’m not sure I’ll read it. So much slogging. Maybe I could just read a thorough spoilery review instead.

A Shade of Vampire

I stumbled into A Shade of Vampire because I was looking for another series written by this author and realized that there seems to be some sort of “cultish” following of this series so I thought, what the heck… while I’m waiting for the book I really want (that has four holds ahead of me) I’ll grab the first book in this vampire series and see what the fuss is.

The fuss is that it’s exactly the kind of vampire series a Twilight lover would enjoy. Meaning, I ENJOYED IT. I don’t care who rolls their eyes (TW) and judges me for it. I absolutely enjoyed it and I’d read another (though I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t read all 40+ books that may or may not be in this series.)

PS… it looks like this sucker is self-published, too? Or pay to publish? I don’t know but I’m fascinated by the following and the lack of a big name publisher. The power of the internet is at work here. It just is. (Yea, I’m going to go reserve the second book in the series, now. Judge away. I DON’T CARE! lol)

The Book Jumper

Well, The Book Jumper was a disappointment.

I’m a fan of book jumping stories, I LOVE THURSDAY NEXT, but this one was a mess from beginning to end. The plot was a muddle. The characters were pretty unlikable (except the real book characters.) The whole thing was just a let down, from start to finish. I had such high hopes — and maybe that was the problem?

Whatever.

#Readathon Book Four: The Abyss Surrounds Us

Liz Henry talked about The Abyss Surrounds us a few weeks ago on Facebook and I decided we needed to read it. It was excellent! Totally awesome for #readathon. Trained killer sea creatures, a female pirate captain, a couple of lesbians. Really excellent. And, even better — it ended perfectly. I like that.

It’s getting late, I’m getting tired and since I don’t have a bunch of picture books and early readers this time around, it’s time to move to the world of cookbooks and over-sized coffee table books to carry me through the next couple of hours.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I decided another Holly Black book was in order and went with vampires… The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and while I still prefer her faerie books, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Interesting characters, Gavriel’s insanity was a nice change for a vampire “hero.” The bloggers and vloggers and video feeds creating a weird connection between Coldtowns and the rest of the world was an interesting concept, too. I could see that happening. Absolutely.

Crosstalk

Boy, ain’t that the truth… there’s absolutely too much “connection” going on. (I say that with some sarcasm, true as it may be.) Crosstalk was pretty good, though I admit to rolling my eyes a bit, in places. Let me just go on record as saying I don’t want my phone to help me communicate telepathically. I also do not want brain surgery that helps me “connect” more with my partner.

NO THANK YOU.

The Isle of Blood

Rick Yancey makes me cringe with the gore sometimes but I’m way too invested in Will Henry and must find out what happens next. So… Isle of Blood happened.

I liked this one more than the last book. Will Henry is growing up and, well… becoming Will Henry. One more book to go. I’m a little worried.

The Secret Language of Stones

Again, I needed a book and TW suggested one that she’d already read, The Secret Language of Stones. It wasn’t bad (and it turns out it’s a series, so I might even get another one…)

Romanov dynasty, witches, and a ghostly love story. I wasn’t really buying any of it but it was an enjoyable read. Really.