Sunday, August 17, 2014

On My Bookshelf: Past, Present, and Future

1. The Past: Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It came into my life at the perfect moment. I had just gone through a dry spell as far as reading goes. It seems I couldn't finish anything- not even Melissa Marr, and everyone knows of my undying love for Melissa. Throne of Glass has action, adventure, romance, and my favorite thing of all: a kick butt heroine who isn't afraid to still be a girl. The main character loves beating all the other assassins in the King's Tournament as much as she loves shopping. She's smart and snarky as hell, too. So this was a real win- a steak dinner after weeks of Weight Watchers frozen entrees.

2. The Present: These Broken Stars
by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I'm just getting into this book, and I already love it. Two people from very different backgrounds crash land together and must help each other to survive. Maybe not the most original plot ever, right? But where I was expecting another opposites attract/ bad boy v. good girl dynamic, I got complex characters trying to survive some really fantastic world building. The charcaters are nuanced, too, with shades of gray to their personalities rather than flat polarization. Engrossing, so far.

3. The Future: DeadBlood
by Carolyn McCray

This is the second book in McCray's Praxis collection. HeartsBlood was the first, and I read and loved it a long time ago. Like, three years ago or so. :( I've been anxiously awaiting the sequel, and McCray surprised me by putting out an entire collection- all three books in the trilogy, plus bridge short stories in between. I loved the first book so much, and I'm alread
y loving what I've scanned of book two. McCray's heroine is smart, driven, and not a super model, which is always refreshing. Her magical system is one of the simplest and smartest I've ever encountered- equally refreshing, that. And there's a sexy book boyfriend to round it all out.