As of writing this post, this catches me up again. Hurrah!
Title: Griffin’s Daughter (#37)
Author: Leslie Ann Moore
Length: 334 pages
Summary: From Amazon: Seventeen year old Jelena Preseren has lived her entire life as a social outcast because of her mixed human and elven blood. She labors as a servant in the household of her uncle, the powerful Duke of Amsara. When her uncle tells her she is to be sold as a concubine to his wealthy neighbor, rather than submit, Jelena makes the decision to flee and strike out into the unknown on a quest to find her elven father. Accompanied by her human cousin, Jelena’s journey takes her to a strange and beautiful land whose people live in the shadow of impending war. There, she encounters a fate she never anticipated—one of magic, danger, and most startling of all, true love.
New or re-read? New read
Why did I pick it up? It was a previously-bought Kindle freebie. At the time, I just wanted a quick airplane read that my brain could handle at 6 AM. If I hadn’t been distracted by the amazing time that was DragonCon, it would have been done sooner.
Would I read it again? No
Other notes: There were elements of this story that I found interesting, like dealing with the different racial tensions and the description of elven culture, which had more of an obvious Asian influence than what I often read. But the foreshadowing was about as subtle as a freight train, which meant that there were very few surprises in the plot. I also couldn’t help reading this through the lens of wondering if it was something I could recommend to a friend’s teenage daughter, since I do have at least one in my circle of friends, and her daughter loves to read fantasy stuff. Given the extremely permissive view/glorification of premarital sex portrayed in this book, it’s not something I would feel comfortable suggesting to any girl at my church. There was also a rather graphic sex scene (surprisingly so for me, given the intended audience and the fact that the raciest reading I did as a young teen was Sweet Valley High). Yes, I know many teenagers do this sort of thing, but it really doesn’t have to be described in nitty-gritty detail of who touches who where and how, and this is possibly the only time I will compare something to a Stephanie Meyer book and have Bella and Edward come out on top. Because yeah, they did stuff, but at least she had the decency to leave the details to the imagination. (Also, they were married by that time anyway.) Ok, rant over.
Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars (#38)
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Length: 448 pages
Read: 9/1/14 (another one-day read, because I had airport/flying time.)
Summary: Somewhat based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion. From Amazon: “
It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology. Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go. But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.”
New or re-read? New read
Why did I pick it up? The author was at DragonCon, and is a friend of a friend. So I bought this and another one of her books at Faith’s recommendation. (And got them signed!)
Would I read it again? Yes
Other notes: While it definitely bore a resemblance to Persuasion, it had its differences, too– Elliot was a much stronger person than Anne, for one. The portrait of her society was crafted well, and left me wanting to know more about the Reduction. And I would feel much more confident in recommending this to the teenage girls in my life than the previous book.
Title: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
Author: Bernie Su & Kate Rorick
Genre: Fiction/Romance (sort of)
Length: 377 pages
Summary: A companion to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series, based on Pride & Prejudice.
New or re-read? New read
Why did I pick it up? Because I loved the LBD, so I impulse-bought this at the bookstore recently.
Would I read it again? Yes, though when I have time to take it slower so I can re-watch the videos in conjunction with this.
Other notes: I’ll admit it was better than I thought it would be– I was half-expecting your typical film-to-book novelization, where the story is retold on the page. It was that to some extent, but a lot more of things that you don’t see in the videos. It was particularly good to see more of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, since they only show up in the “costume theater” portions, and some of the off-camera interactions. Like Darcy’s letter, and every awkward dance scene, and the list of what makes an accomplished woman. I should have had more faith in you, Mr. Su.