February 9, 2013 by Heidi
It’s been a whole month and I’ve managed to collect and read a fairly reasonable stack of books. I’d like to say that I’m seasonally reading romantic books because it’s February and all, but as you will see…that’s not entirely the case.
From the Library
The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle: I’ve been seeing this book around for some time (no surprise, it’s been around a while), but I finally picked up this wonderful Beauty and the Beast retelling. It’s set in a world that could be one and the same as Elizabeth C. Bunce’s A Curse Dark as Gold (a Rumplestilzkin retelling I also recently read), and I fell utterly in love after only one paragraph (in fact, it’s easily my favorite read of 2013 thus far). I’ll certainly be chatting this one (and A Curse Dark as Gold) up in future Retro Friday posts.
Envy by Elizabeth Miles: Argh…so I checked this one out, but I’m still debating with myself whether or not to read this one before the final book is released this fall. Envy readers, thoughts? I loved Fury, but it would be nice not to have to wait again…
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: I really wasn’t going to read this one. I wasn’t. I just…zombie love? I can’t. And then Isaac went and got all high and mighty about YA (note: Warm Bodies is not shelved as YA throughout my library system). But the trailer for the movie was just too good, and I caved.
Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham: Ah!! SO GOOD. But I’ll say this about almost any Fables related anything. This stand-alone graphic novel focuses on Bigby (my favorite!) and his experiences in Story Town with some old…friends. You could totally read this one without having read Fables proper, there are only very minor spoilers and the back story from WWII is completely recapped. Definitely worth tracking down if you’re a fan of the series. Side note: I read this at court waiting to be called for Jury Duty. There is a LOT of blood and nudity…I’m sure the people in my direct vicinity were horrified.
Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire: What?! My last October Daye book before I’m caught up?! I’d put this one off and milk it if it weren’t a 14-Day check out for its newness. All’s I’m sayin’ is, there’d better be some kitteh action.
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan: I was coming out of the library and did a double take as I noticed this spine on their sale shelf. Clearly a sign that I need to get over my disappointment in Team Human and read this series already.
Fly Into Fire by Susan J. Bigelow: Last month I got Broken, the first book in the Extrahumans series for review. Friends…it was freaking awesome. Super hero lit at its finest. I immediately went out and bought the rest of the series. I’ve already finished this one as well, and while I didn’t like it as much as Broken, it was well worth reading. I’ll probably talk about the whole series in one future post since I’m blowing through it.
The Spark by Susan J. Bigelow: Last book in the Extrahumans series. Criminally under read.
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff: I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to join the super secret book YAckers extraordinaire, and this month we’re YAcking about Paper Valentine. We’ll see who loves it, who hates it, and if I can get over the fact that it has another character named Finn.
Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells: Like Demon’s Lexicon, this one kind of fell into my lap and it felt like fate. After listing it as one of my most anticipated reads for 2013, Strange Chemistry was wonderful enough to put it on NetGalley. Yes, please.
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta: !!! I’m currently participating in Hannah’s Lumatere read along, which will culminate just in time to devour this final installment of the series. I want to hug Candlewick for giving us the chance to gush about this one as soon as we’re finished with Froi. If you’ve read Finnikin already, you can check out my thoughts from our first week of reading here.