The Heroine's February 2012 Reads

"It's Leap Day. Real life is for March."   -Criss from 30 Rock

I'm at a total of 10 books so far this year, which is a surprise that I kept up with last month's numbers. It has been a whirlwind of a month celebrating my 30th birthday and finding out what we are able to move to San Diego (25 days!). I'm curious what March will bring! Now onto this month's reads!

The Veil by Cory Putman Oakes Hidden parallel worlds. Changed identities. High school crushes. There are two big reasons why I like this book:

1) The setting of San Fransisco. The author knows the setting well, and it shows. It also gives her an advantage in telling the story. You can really see the city and get a sense of what it is like to live there. I found it easy to see the parallel world behind the veil.

2) An ordinary main character. Lots of books try to pull this off, but this one does it the way the rest should. I like that she has regular friends and an ordinary life. And, when it comes to the romance, it isn't about everyone trying to attain her. It is about her and him, and no one else. He sees that she is beautiful, and by doing so, she believes it too. By doing this, the author gives their love a much stronger bond rather than every guy in the world fighting him for her. She isn't an object, but an every day person (despite that she really isn't).

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake I have always loved horror movies and urban legends. There is even one by where I grew up called White Lady's Lane where you drive down this long, dirt road and turn your car around. You park at the bottom of this hill, turn off your car, and you wait for a white light to appear (and it does!). This book captured those feelings perfectly and the author used a perfect balance of awe and gruesome detail throughout the book. I like the perspective of a ghost hunter (they jokingly compare him to a ghostbuster, which is a better term honestly) and the beginning throws you right into Cas's world and I bonded with him right away. He is smart, brave, and determined. I can't wait to see what awaits him in the next one in the series.
Vanish by Sophie Jordan I enjoyed the first book, Firelight, and couldn't resist seeing what happened next with Jacinda, Will, and her family. There is a lot of conflict in the books that comes from being stuck in between the human and draki world, and Sophie Jordan uses this as an advantage to the story arc. There isn't much kissing in this one, but I'm thinking the next one will heat things up a bit. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Each chapter of this book felt like an experience. The artwork matched up perfectly with the written word. I dreaded the ending, honestly, since I knew what the truth the monster sought out. When I finally reached it, however, it felt more like a sigh of relief. I was reminded of the difference between adults and children when it comes to going through a hard time, and it was captured in such a profound manner. 

Reread and Currently Reading
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins The movie comes out next month so I had no choice but to pick up this book again. And it is that good. I am really looking forward to watching the movie as our last big event living in Fargo. 

And those are my February reads! Any recommendations you can make for me?
Natasha

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