Review: The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

  • Jun. 11th, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Summary: Lost your way?

Your dreams?


Welcome to Lost.

It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost...well, it's a place you really can't leave. Not until you're Found. Only the Missing Man can send you home. And he took one look at Lauren Chase and disappeared.

So Lauren is now trapped in the town where all lost things go-luggage, keys, dreams, lives-where nothing is permanent, where the locals go feral and where the only people who don't want to kill her are a handsome wild man called the Finder and a knife-wielding six-year-old girl. The only road out of town is engulfed by an impassable dust storm, and escape is impossible....

Until Lauren decides nothing-and no one-is going to keep her here anymore.

The Lost is a mixed bag that I still ended up enjoying. Although I think Durst’s transition to adult made her feel as if she needed to strip down her writing style (a lot of the sentences are very short) otherwise I think her first foray into adult fiction was a successful one.

Read the review at Bibliodaze!

New books from Meg Cabot

  • May. 2nd, 2014 at 8:08 PM
If any of you are fans of Meg Cabot's books, she posted a huge announcement today: both The Princess Diaries series and The Mediator series (both YA) are getting adult spin-off series, with the first installments of each being published next year. The Princess Diaries is also getting a middle-grade spin-off: From the Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess.

The Mediator spin-off follows protagonist Suze Simon starting her first job after graduating college, and solving an ancient murder with her now-fiancé Dr. Jesse de Silva. (*fangirl shrieks*) Oh, and Paul Slater is going to be in it, too. (*fangirl boos and hisses*)

Both Princess Diaries spin-offs tie into each other: the adult book, Royal Wedding, follows Princess Mia Thermopolis as she plans her wedding to Michael Moscovitz and discovers she has a long-lost half-sister. The middle-grade series is told from this sister's perspective. It's also worth nothing that Mia's half-sister is biracial! It will be interesting to see how that's explored.

Any fans of these series? What do you think about these series getting spin-offs? I knew a seventh Mediator book was on the way because she mentioned it at a book signing I attended a couple of years ago, but I definitely wasn't expecting an adult series*! The Princess Diaries was also a huge shock. She definitely kept those updates under her hat!

*I am infinitely pleased about this—when the books first came out, I was the "same age" as Suze. It's exciting to see that Suze and Jesse have essentially grown up with me XD

Anyway, if anyone's interested, I'll be posting updates about the new Mediator book(s)—cover, publication dates, etc.—as well as the upcoming TV series over at [community profile] mediatorfans :-)

Intro, book review and giveaway

  • Dec. 7th, 2012 at 5:58 PM
Hi everyone, I'm new here. :-) I love reading, and my favorite genres are YA, middle-grade, science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction. My favorite authors include Catherine Fisher, Meg Cabot, Malinda Lo, Elora Bishop, Eloise Jarvis McGraw, and Cornelia Funke.

I actually was lucky enough to win an ARC of Cornelia Funke's newest book, Fearless, which is book two of her Mirrorworld series. I'll share my review below. :-)

Review of Fearless )

Thanks to a mix-up with the publisher, I was sent 13 copies of this ARC instead of one. The publisher has asked me to give away the extras, and I still have several copies left. If you are a fan of Cornelia Funke, or are looking for a new YA fantasy to try, you can find the details on this post!

Book Rec: Juno and Juliet

  • Oct. 30th, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I first heard of Julian Gough when Neil Gaiman tweeted about The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble, which is freely available on the author's website. It's a short story which is the best, clearest, and funniest explanation I've seen of the recent financial collapse. As it happens, it's also a chapter taken out of a very hard to describe book entitled Jude In London (or sometimes Jude: Level 2). It's a sequel to another book, but don't worry: the second book won't make any more or less sense for not having read the first. It's a surrealistic stream of consciousness which somehow manages to get in some surprisingly astute observations about modern life, Western civilization, the arts, and many other things while at the same time unabashedly reveling in silliness and absurdity. (I posted a longer review in my LJ last year.)

I so enjoyed reading the story that I went and bought the book. And I so enjoyed that book that I went back and bought the author's first published novel, Juno & Juliet. I so enjoyed that book that I decided I needed to write a review of it.

Juno is beautiful, charismatic, sweet, empathetic, and basically perfect. She knows just what you need and she does it for you, without even really thinking about it, because she's just that nice. This is not her story.

This is the story, in her own words, of Juliet's first year in college and her first year away from the small town in Ireland where she grew up. Who is Juliet, you ask? It's good of you to ask. People tend not to notice her quite as much when Juno is around. Not that she minds, really. She's not nearly so social. In fact, she tends to be rather cynical about people. Which is probably why she does get so much less notice. Because, even though you'd never mistake one for the other, Juliet is Juno's identical twin sister.

I won't tell you what happens. I won't tell you what it's about. Instead, I'll tell you about my experience as a reader.

Reading this book is, I find, much like taking an inner tube ride down a river. It just sort of floats you gently along. Every once in a while, you look over and realize that, actually, there is some depth to the water below you, but then you get swept up in the flow again and leave that behind. Except that there's a distant yet ominous rumble from time to time. But, again, the river's flow pulls you lazily along to something else, and you relax and enjoy. Until suddenly you realize that the rumble is actually a waterfall. Your little raft speeds up and plunges over the edge and everything is chaos and you don't know what will happen and... You land, raft intact, and drift off into the sunset.

Not only is it a great way to unwind, it's organized into short chapters. Each one (ranging from half a page to maybe 20 pages on the outside) is almost a self-contained vignette, picking up a short time after the last. You can pick it up, get right back into the narrative, finish a chapter between stops on the train, and put it down without feeling like you're going to lose your place or stop at a dreadful cliffhanger.
Hello mods, hope this is okay!

I have an LJ friend who will soon travel to Australia, and she asked me if I had any reading recommendations. I've compiled a list of books (plus poems, music and movies) that give the reader a sense of Australia: our culture, the landscape, our feelings and preoccupations and history, good or bad.

You can read it at my journal:
Sunlight and Gumtrees: The Australian Reading/Listening/Watching List.