- Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor. I met her when she came to the NoVa Teen Book Festival recently in Arlington, Virginia. Her book is a time travel story that has been likened to Outlander. I'm about seventy-five pages in a I am enjoying it, but I'm a little overloaded on the Scottish right now as I re-watch season one of the Outlander show, so I keep switching to my next book.
- Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede. At first this book was hard to digest. Western, magic--dragons and mammoths and Socrates, oh my!--and from the perspective of a young girl as she grows in this world. There is a lot going on in the world building and not much in the plot for the first hundred pages, which is always the worst when reading. The plot is just now beginning to really pick up around page one-fifty, but I almost put this book down. My advice: Just stick with it a bit longer and it gets better. Remember, though, that I also haven't finished. I'm halfway done and still waiting to see what happens. It is the beginning of a trilogy, so I hope that it is able to keep my attention that long.
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I am just beginning; as in page one is where my bookmark sits. I hesitate to start, because I actually found myself not enjoying Red Queen. Don't misunderstand me--the idea behind Mare's world is FREAKING AWESOME, and that is what kept me going....BUT. But. Some of the events, the characterization, and the build of the society didn't work for me. Maybe the world just wasn't built fully for me yet. I have high hopes for this sequel, because some of my book buddies told me it was much better than the first.
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. By far my favorite intermediate reader novel and it makes a great quick read. I love Cinderella and this book takes the fairy tale for a whole new spin. Ella is under a curse bestowed upon birth, explaining why she never rebelled under her step-mother's and step-sister's tyranny. No, I will not spoil anything more from you. Yes, it does follow the Disney-fied telling of the story, which doesn't bother me one bit. It is a feel good book, just a couple hundred pages, and I love it from my nose to my toes.
I hope to finish Thirteenth Child first. Since it is picking up, I feel like the remaining half will go by quickly.
I'll do any update soon of my current reads and let you know how I feel about those listed above.
Carpe diem, my bitchin' readers.