I haven't posted in, oh, ages, and I haven't been reading a terrible lot since then either, but here are a select few of the books I have read since my last post:
*The Graveyard Book, Shiver, and White Cat were rereads for me*
The Fairy Ring or Elise and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure: Well done non-fiction. Losure portrays the two protagonists with sympathy and depth. A fascinating true story.
Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett: a quick and easy read, realistic emotions, but slightly disconcerting.
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli: Entertaining historical fiction. Rousing in places and (best of all) brief.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: REREAD. This book was so much sweeter and more good-natured than I expected it to be, given the dark setting. Although there certainly were some frightening parts, I probably would have enjoyed the story more had it been more sinister. Still, the whole idea of the book, a sort of morbid Jungle Book of a boy growing up in a graveyard and raised by ghosts, is fantastically imaginative. The episodic style works quite well, and, while the plot drags in places and has a few holes, Gaiman is still a master storyteller and crafts an enjoyable novel.
Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers: Adored the first 100 pages and wish the plot continued on the same vein. The characters are well-done and the narrative voice superb.
BZRK by Michael Grant: too much science fiction mumbo jumbo and not enough character development for my liking. It is suitably creepy though.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater: REREAD. Romance is not my genre of choice, but this is a good one. Stiefvater's descriptions are vivid and breathtaking and her characterization so real. Enjoyed this much more than the first time I read it.
White Cat by Holly Black: REREAD. Excellent crime story. I'm not sure the plot quite makes perfect since, but this is one where you just forget about reading too much into it, and simply go along for the (entertaining) ride.
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett: So well-written. I found myself rereading multiple sentences just because of the way they were so beautifully worded. Vastly disturbing with a killer of an ambiguous ending. Still not sure exactly what happened, and that's the way it should be with a book like this.
My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr: Lots to unpack here. The characters may speak with a bit more maturity than is likely, but there is so much truth in the narrative. Strongest when focused on relationships and weakest when trying to prove its issues.
Many Stones by Carolyn Coman
The Bookf of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Pademonium by Lauren Oliver
I hope to finish the books I'm reading now and start on:
Repossed by A.M. Jenkins
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill