Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Heroine's April 2012 Reads

Happy May Day! As you can see, April was a great month for books! I'm getting into the groove now having time to manage my writing and reading at home. There is more on that, but that is another post for another day. Here's the April reads.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Aria and Perry live in two drastically different worlds in this dystopian novel. Aria lives in a world of luxury and technology. Perry lives in a world of survival and archaic tribes. The book starts right into the action so it takes a bit to become adjusted to the setting, but once Aria is thrown into Perry's world, it picks up the pace. This maybe a common storyline (see the next book), but this one works so very well. The secondary characters stand out just as much as the two main characters. You see everything from Aria and Perry's perspective, and having how one sees the world compared to the other helps build this world into something neither one expects.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
This is the second book in the series. Delirium is a love story that kept me turning the pages. This is the aftermath when Lena is on her own in a world not her own. The author chose to tell us the story in a non sequential order by having the chapters go from "Then" and "Now" which really added to the story a lot.This helped build the suspense until the very end. I'll be in line for book 3 for sure.

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
The gothic historical feel of the book really sticks out to me, especially after looking at the author's Pinterest board. The book is another one that starts with the action, and the main character Helen has no idea what is in store for her. She is thrown into a world where she is one of the last three people keeping the world held together, and someone is out to kill them all. There is a bit of mystery laced throughout the book as Helen tries to figure out the clues that people have left behind for her, and in the meantime, she has to rely on her own abilities. Not sure if this is part of a series, but it definitely left me in a place where it should. (And look at that gorgeous cover!!!)

YA or Bust! tour books
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
I wrote a whole post about attending the tour at Mysterious Galaxy here in San Diego. The only thing that I will add is that you will see these names again since I need to pick up their most recent books.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I was going to read this as part of the Sword and Laser's book club, but decided against it. This is the first book that I checked out at my new library in San Diego, and I promptly returned it after a few pages. This blog post from Tor helped put the reason why into perspective. Mostly, I decided this isn't my kind of book. I wanted the adult Harry Potter, I guess.

Currently reading
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah Maas
One of four novellas that precedes her upcoming book, Throne of Glass.

In the Mail
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

On the Agenda
Picking up the books and having them read in time for the Fierce Reads tour that will blaze through San Diego on June 6th.

Now onto the May reads! Any books that you want suggest to add onto one of the upcoming months? Comment below!


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