Welcome to a new occasional feature on the blog ... Word of Mouth Reviews!
Being on vacation gave me a great chance to catch up on my reading. I've realized that one of the problems with blogging is that I tend to focus on current stuff and, as a result, miss out on some fantastic books.
Here are three books I finally read during my vacation, an explanation of why I missed out on them in the first place, and why I wished I'd read them sooner!
by Miranda Kenneally
Published by Sourcebooks/Fire
on December 1, 2011
Source: ARC from my collection
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Why I Didn't Read This Book Sooner: Football. I'm not really into football. I find it pretty boring, actually. So even though I heard great things about this book, I put this ARC on my "I'll get to it eventually" stack.
Why I Wished I Read This Book Sooner: Jordan is such an amazing character. I mean, she's the quarterback of her high school football team. She's earned the respect of all the guys. She loves football, and wants to keep playing in college. Then she's thrown for a loop when a new student arrives at school -- a talented (and completely gorgeous) quarterback. Yes, this book has football stuff in it AND a love triangle, but I didn't care -- it was also an amazing story about friendship and loyalty and following your dreams.
In five words: inspiring, emotional, heartwarming, romantic, funny
By Laini Taylor
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
on September 27, 2011
Source: ARC from my collection
Why I didn't Read This Book Sooner? Fantasy. I'm not such a big reader of fantasy. You can see how long I've had this ARC by the fact that it's seriously vintage (there will be a photo below). But I kept hearing amazing things about this book, so I put it on the vacation pile.
Why I Wished I'd Read This Book Sooner: This book is just crazy-imaginative. It takes place in a world filled with humans, monsters, and angels. The writing is great. The setting is rich and fully imagined. And it has some great humorous moments! Fantasy books usually aren't funny enough, in my opinion.
In five words: haunting, original, atmospheric, melancholy AND funny
Because Karou has a sense of humor, here are the shoes I just bought to walk the dog which shall forever be known as the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Shoes. Why does Karou look all red and blue on my ARC? Beats me.
by Melina Marchetta
Published by Candlewick Press
on February 9, 2010
Source: swapped with a friend and I'm not giving it back :)
Why I Didn't Read This Book Sooner? Fantasy, see above. What is it with me and fantasy? I think it's that I spend too much mental energy trying to figure out the world and can't ever really enjoy the story fully. But Melina Marchetta is one of my favorite authors, so I've always intended to read this.
Why I Wished I'd Read This Sooner: M2 does not disappoint! This book was ... wow. I will confess that did resist all the fantasy-land stuff at first, but the story just wouldn't have been the same without it. Amazing characters! This book explores all the sides of human nature, from our darkest, most horrible impulses to a better world of love and faith and humanity.
In five words: powerful, surprising, gut-wrenching, brought-tears-to-my-eyes. Yeah, that's more than five.
Tell me about a Book You Wished You'd Read Sooner and be entered into my July comments contest!