Just learned about this via Well-Read Reviews, and it seems like a cool thing. I don’t read nearly fast enough to have a decent list of books finished in the past week, plus I show my books in the sidebar anyhow, but maybe I’ll do this once in a while to highlight books that have been especially awesome.
FINISHED LAST WEEK
This is the second book in her Faeries of Dreamdark series, which centers around Magpie Windwitch, the last faery champion, and I have to say that both books are equally awesome. Her knack for story, characterization, and great writing sweeps me off my feet every time, not to mention the incredible world and magic system she’s built. This one introduces two new characters, Hirik and Whisper, but Magpie and Talon are still in the middle of everything, don’t worry!
The first book in James’s dystopian triology is freaky and suspenseful. Seriously, James has some kind of wild imagination to have come up with the Grievers and the other insane elements here. And he’s not afraid to kill off characters, which keeps the tension high. He’s made no secret of the fact that the book has a cliffhanger ending that frustrates some readers, but I actually thought the end — especially the last two pages — was great, striking that difficult balance between setting up for the next book but wrapping up this one well.
READING THIS WEEK
From the gorgeous illustrations to the gorgeous writing and incredible stories, I can’t recommend this three-story collection highly enough. I’ve read the first two stories (novelettes) so far and am just a few pages into the third and final (a novella). The short format is strange and very cool for me in that, at least with the first two, you know viewpoint characters might die. You aren’t safe. You aren’t sure happy endings are even possible, let alone likely. And in a twisted way I think that’s super cool. The world is dangerous, and that makes the characters’ choices all the more interesting and powerful.
GETTING TO SOON
The Good Neighbors: Kith by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt
Wake by Lisa McMann
And don’t worry: part three of the movies and writing series is still coming soon, as is an interview with my friend Diana from the webcomic Sweet and Sour Grapes!
What are you reading?