Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross this week. Her initial impression was AMAZING FAIRYTALE-ESQUE PROLOGUE immediately followed by kind of weird pacing in the next several chapters. She told me though that she liked the general premise of bits of fairytales all coalescing in a contemporary setting, which is promising. I performed my traditional first-few-chapters-perusal and was unimpressed albeit mildly interested. Depending on Krispy's opinion of whether or not it is read-worthy (and whether or not she thinks I'll hate it), I may just grill her for the story as she reads and let her tell me everything. Her versions are usually way more entertaining than the source material.
Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott, a Japanese-flavored story about a girl who can weave shadows and whose father is accused of treason and her new stepfather sounds evil and she's going to destroy him no matter what and heyyy I like the sound of this story. I am wholly intrigued and may steal this book from Krispy before she has a chance to read it.
(Krispy is also still reading A Million Suns by Beth Revis. Peeps, I'm counting on you all to help me bully her into finishing it so I can gripe without worry for spoilers. Though the fact that it's a library book and due soon will hopefully force her into finally finishing faster anyway.)
Pure by Julianna Baggott. The premise is standard post-apocalyptic dystopian: people on the outside were scarred and mutated by bombs, while there's a Dome where others took refuge and are safely unmutated. Despite the glut of dystopians on the market, this one is visceral and interesting so far despite some of the gratuitous creepy weirdness (for example, the Detonations were bombs of some kind that caused molecular disruption and caused flesh to fuse with whatever was nearest, so the girl's grandfather has a little mechanical fan stuck in his throat while the girl has...a creepy blinking-eyes doll-head instead of a hand). I've got hopes for this one.
Thirteenth Child, which is basically alternate history of the American frontier--and I mean really alternate since it's pioneers and dust and school and steam dragons and mammoths, and our protagonist is the thirteenth child and therefore destined to be unlucky and go evil and destroy the world, or so her jerkface of an uncle constantly tells her. I loved the Enchanted Forest Chronicles but I have to say that Thirteenth Child is kind of slow. Not bad, but definitely and oddly more slice-of-life-on-the-magical-American-frontier than anything plot- or even character-driven. I'm halfway through and not really sure where it's going.
Waters Luminous and Deep, a beautifully-titled book by Meredith Ann Pierce that is full of short stories. The two-page prologue-y vignette was charming and beautiful, and was what enticed me to pick this up. Unfortunately, the rest of the stories so far are are both lengthy and boring because they are essentially fairytales that drag on and on for pages and pages, padded out to--hey, why does this sound so familiar?
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Review of The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce!
Imagine a fairytale padded out (not developed but padded out) to 238 pages and set on a post-colonial terraformed moon. That's what this book is. As a 3-page fairytale minus the science fiction back story, it would've been fine, but as it stands, I only kept reading The Darkangel because the world history was interesting.Ah, there we go. At least I can say this for Meredith Ann Pierce: her style is consistent. Her short stories are along exactly the same lines as her first novel. It's unfortunate that her stories always end up way too long without the necessary character development, themes, or plot to make what is boring become interesting.
Krispy and I are also eager to read Insurgent by Veronica Roth and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. We've got to clear a few of these books off our literary plates first though! What are you reading and liking lately? Or what are you reading and hating, as the case may be?