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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What did you read in April? What are you planning to read for May?

What was up for April? Lots of vampires and angels, a few shadow hunters, kisses in Paris and some good ol' friendships Sarah Dessen style. Here's a run down:

1. The Glass House, The Morganville Vampires #1 by Rachel Caine. So-so. This was an enjoyable read, but the big scary vamps didn't really feel all that scary to me, and the main character fits the 'why the hell do you keep putting yourself in danger?' description. I may or may not move on to #2.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Easily a 2011 favorite!! I loved how sweet this book was, the setting was too perfect, and I loved how the romance was allowed to grow and need I say, Etienne!!!! OMG, I think I have a new literary crush. Stehpanie Perkins's debut novel deserves all the clout it's been getting, and I have no trouble telling people that they won't be disappointed with this one!

3. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld The second book in the Uglies series. Wasn't planning to read this as the first book left feeling kind of unsure. I'd heard a lot about how there was "cutting" in the second book that was made to look like it was a cool thing. In reality, those scenes were done really well and the main characters were as repulsed by it as I was. In fact, I actually really liked the second one better than the first as the MC seems to have grown a lot and become much stronger. I'll be picking up #3 at some point.

4. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen A quick read. I always like the uniqueness that Sarah Dessen gives her characters, but with this one I especially liked the friendship between the two older girls and how the younger girl discovered that she could have (and deserved) that too.

5. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare Much anticipated 4th book in TMI series. This one has a lot less action than the previous books, but there's more about Simon and the last 5 pages will literally blow you away!!

6. Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eager Gifted by a very good friend. If you're looking for vampires in a YA book who are kind of scary, this is the book for you!! It reminded me very much of The Lost Boys, and it has a wonderful male POV. And of course, surfing. And the ocean. Need I say more?

7. Fallen by Lauren Kate A bit on the "duh" side, as in, why does it take the MC so long to figure out what's going on when the reader has it figured out by page 50??? I was supposed to be swooning over the reincarnated lovers theme, but I wasn't. The coolest scene in the whole book was the ending with the two enemy angels shaking hands. Hard to want to keep going when it's only the last scene that resonates with you.

8. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen In short, the MC's best friend becomes pregnant while the MC deals with issues like whether or not to sleep with her boyfriend (who's kind of a dick).  Like Keeping the Moon, the strong female friendship in this one made me weep a little and wish that I'd kept in touch with my old high school buddies.

9. Vampire Academy (#1) by Richelle Mead I LOVED this one! Finally a vampire series with some truly kick ass characters! The main character reminds me of Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, complete with curvy curves, awesome one-liners and older men who can't keep their hands off her. Only, well, she's kind of nice whereas Faith was a pyschopath. So if you hated Faith, you're still cool :) And how awesome is it that the vampires are the weaker species in this series? Five by five!

And now for my list that I'm anticipating for May. You'll notice that I read a lot of paranormal last month, and well, I'm kind of overdone on it. So in May, I'm going to stick to contemporary (mostly).

1. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer - I actually finished this one last night, and I really liked it!! More on it next month.
2. Before I fall by Lauren Oliver - halfway done with this.
3. Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist
4. The Perks of being a Wallflower
5. Fixing Delilah
6. Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
7. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
8. Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell
9. 2-4 others that I haven't quite decided on yet. Depends on what's available at the library and if I get that far.

What was your favorite read last month? What are you looking forward to this month? I love recommendations, so please comment!!


Nomes said...

love this post angie :)

i love how you read a good mix of genres :)

i recently finished the newest sarah dessen and for some reason wasn't really that into it :(

LOL @ your thoughts on FALLEN :)

I liked vampire academy too. but haven;t tried to read the rest yet (although my lib has them)

Unknown said...

If you like PERKS, you should really add GO ASK ALICE to your list, and DELIRIUM was so much better than BEFORE I FALL...but I've been riding the dystopian train for the better part of a year now...and I just finished DIVERGENT. GREAT read!!!

Angie said...

Karla - thanks for the recs! I'm just finishing with Before I Fall. I was so so in the beginning because I didn't like the character much, but the writing seems to be improving as it goes. I'm still on the wall as to whether I should read Delirium and Divergent is on my list!!

Nomes - boo on the new Sarah Dessen being not so riveting. I still have a few of her older ones to read.

Jolene Perry said...

Awesome. I can't wait to hear what you think of some of those, since they're in my TBR pile, and I love recommendations that push things to the top :D



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