Monday, December 27, 2010

Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

I loved this book. I'm a huge fan of post-apocolyptic fiction and movies. This is the first in a series (followed by The Dead and The Gone...and The World We Live In) in which an event happens in space that re-aligns the moon's orbit closer to the Earth, causing catastrophic natural disasters. This is those events, told through the eyes of Miranda, a 16 year old girl living in a smallish town in the United States, as her family struggles to adapt in a doomed new world.

One of the things I liked most about this story was how gradual the changes were. First the big moon thing happens, which scares a lot of people, and causes a bunch of natural disasters, but things don't get bad right away--not for Miranda at least.

But slowly but surely everything starts to change. Gas prices climb. Food becomes scarce. Electricity and telephones are lost. One by one, things start to fall apart, and whether or not a character realizes that things are going to change plays a huge part in their ability to survive, and even then...

I really enjoyed this one.  Can't wait for more!


Friday, December 24, 2010

The Compound - S.A. Bodeen

Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they've become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy.
For Eli, no amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place. with only his two sisters, only his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day.

As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary - and their sanity - Eli can't help but wonder if he's rather take his chances outside.

Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe - or sorry?

I read this one a while back, but I really enjoyed it.  I remember I started reading this one late at night, as a curled up in bed to go to sleep.  I thought Oh, I'll just read a little until I'm tired enough to sleep.  Three hours later...yeah.  I stayed up really late (when I had work the next morning) to read this one in its entirety.

I've always been interested in end-of-the-world type stuff, and when I read the summary for this one, I knew it would fit the bill.  There is a small flashback to when the world ended, and Eli's father dragged his family down into the compound that he'd built to keep them safe.  The only problem is that Eli's twin brother and grandmother are left behind, and because of that, Eli is never really able to fully adapt to life inside the compound--always feeling like something's missing.

It's been six years since the end of the world, and it's starting to become pretty clear that the compound is not going to hold them forever.  Supplies are running out, his father starts acting strangely, Eli starts to become concerned.

And then Eli detects a signal from the outside...

This was a tense, exciting read.  There were a lot of twists and turns, and more than once I sat up in bed, startled, going're doing what now?

Great read.  Can't wait for more from this author!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Into the Wild - Sarah Beth Durst

Twelve-year-old Julie has grown up hearing about the dangerous world of fairy tales, “The Wild,” from which her mother, Rapunzel, escaped.
Now The Wild wants its characters back. Julie comes home from school to find her mother gone and a deep, dark forest swallowing her hometown. Julie must fight wicked witches, avoid glass slippers and fairy godmothers, fly griffins, and outwit ogres in order to rescue her mom and save her Massachusetts town from becoming a fairy-tale kingdom.
Sarah Beth Durst weaves a postmodern fairy tale that's fresh, funny, and sweetly poignant.

I love fairy tales.  I have always loved fairy tales, so I had high hopes for this story.  I was not disappointed.
Twelve-year-old Julie is the daughter of Repunzel, and she's perpetually stuck between two worlds--the fairy tale world of her heritage (the Wild), and the ho-hum everyday world where she's growing up.

Years and years ago, Repunzel had led the revolt of the fairy tale characters, which led to their escape from the Wild--the land that had held them captive for so long, forcing them to relive their stories over and over again.  Ever since then, the fairy tale characters have lived out their lives as best they can in the "normal" world, and have tried to keep up the illusion that the Wild doesn't exist.  The only problem is, it does exist.  It's trapped under Julie's bed...or at least, it was trapped.

As the Wild escapes and grows, pulling the fairy tale characters back into its hold--along with a bunch of "normal" people--Julie is forced to go on a quest of her own in order to save her mother, and all of her fairy tale friends.

This was a really great read that took my beloved tales, and turned them on their heads.  I adored the way the author managed to merge the Wild with the real world.

Can't wait to read more from this author.  I have Enchanted Ivy sitting in my to-read pile, and I'm really looking forward to it.


Defiance (Strange Angels #4 by Lili St.Crow) Trailer!

I am so frickin excited!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Linger - Maggie Stiefvater

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

I've got to say that I loved this book.  I got a little too caught up in the divergance between the werewolf mythology in Shiver, as compared to normal werewolf mythology--silver, changing due to the moon vs the weather, etc.  It was a little too different for me to accept in the first novel.  But in Linger, the new mythology seemed to take a backseat to everything else that was going on.

Grace and Sam's relationship continues.  It's not easy for them, but then, it's never been easy for them.  I really enjoyed their relationship, and how we as readers got to watch it develop without the threat of the werewolf curse hanging over their least in the beginning.

I really enjoyed the whole dynamic between Isabel--please let me have spelt that right...I've already returned my copy to the library so I can't double-check and I forgot to take notes--and the new character of Cole.  Cole was intriguing.  He wanted to be a wolf just as much as Sam wanted to be human.

This book was also a lot faster paced than Shiver, which I found exciting and made the book hard to put down.

All in all, I really enjoyed this.  I recommend that even if you were a little bit meh about Shiver, that you give Linger a chance.  It might surprise you.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lookie what I got!

Please excuse the awful, awful photo.  I need a new camera.  This was taken on my phone.
  I'm so happy.  My friend bought me my very own copy of Strange Angels (Strange Angels, Book 1) by Lili St. Crow.  I loved this book so much that it was my first review on this blog.

So very pleased.  This will make my bookshelf so happy.

Monday, December 6, 2010 this is getting rediculous...

So...the BF was down unexpectedly this evening.  Which was awesome.  Love having him around.

He was great.  He did the dishes, and helped with dinner, then afterwards, he was asking what I was going to get up to when he left that evening (because he has to go back and's exam time for him, poor soul), I said I didn't know.

Him:  Well...what were you going to do tonight before you found out I was staying?
Me:  Weeeeellllllll..... the library just finished its renovation, and it's having its grand re-opening tonight.
Him:  Until when?
Me:  8:30.
Him:  Okay.
Me:  Uh-huh.
Him:  Yeah, we can do that.
Me: (boggles)...really?

Best.  Boyfriend.  Ever.

Please note:  The Boyfriend is not a reader.  He thinks my book-addiction is cute, but he's not a book-addict himself.  So the fact that he was not only willing to come to the library's grand re-opening with me, but was willing to drive me was pretty epic.

I'm uber-impressed with him right now.  Just saying.

Of course, this subsequently led to the terrifying epic-ness that is my library book pile.  (see Fig. 1)

Fig. 1

I fear it.

Send help.


apologies for the accidental hiatus

Hi All!

As the title says, I'd like to apologize for my accidental hiatus on this blog.  It wasn't intentional.  Life has just been so crazy lately.

But you're not interested in that.  You're interested in what's next.

Upcoming Reviews:
The Hollow - Jessica Verday
White Cat - Holly Black
Infinity (the Chronicles of Nick) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Into the Wild - Sarah Beth Durst
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods  - Suzanne Collins
Academy 7 - Anne Osterlund
...and more!

I hope you all haven't forgotten about me while I've been gone, because I'm thrilled to be back!

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