Thursday, April 2, 2015

JoLee's First Quarter Review

I'm linking up with Janssen of Everyday Reading and Dana of Something Good again to give a quick(ish) recap of last quarter's reading. I read 30 books in January, February, and March. The 9 audio books certainly helped. You have already seen many of these books on this blog. Others are slotted for upcoming posts (any guesses what the topics will be), and some you may never see on the blog again.

  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell (audio)
  • A final Christmas story for the New Year.
  • A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas (featured here)
  • Sadly, not all I'd hoped for in a Sleeping Beauty retelling.
  • Golden Son by Pierce Brown  (featured here)
    Like many of its characters, this book left me bleeding on the floor.
  • Finding Paris by Joy Preble (featured here)
  • A high-stakes scavenger hunt.  
  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (audio)
  • My favorite of the His Fair Assassin trilogy. 
  • Twisted Fate by Norah Olson (featured here)
  • A surprisingly surprising psychological thriller.
  • Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
  • Princess Academy collides with the French Revolution.
  • Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers (featured here)
  • A mash-up of The Amazing Race and Who Do You Think You Are. And it works.
  • A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
  • It had been too long since I'd read a story by the author of Ella Enchanted.
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (featured here)
  • Dystopian fiction crossed with X-Men. I'm a fan.
  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (audio)
  • Fabulously fun steampunk about a spy school for girls.
  •  Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (featured here)
  •  Sisters and the aftermath of a terrible accident.
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer (audio)
  • Well, now we know how truly messed up and scary Queen Lavana is.Yikes.
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (book club)
  • This tale about a smart, socially awkward girls whose parents die wraps up a little too neatly.
  • Dangerous Deceptions by Sarah Zettel
  • I had to get this one from InterLibrary Loan. I'm glad I gave the series a second chance.
  • The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (featured here)
  • 5-stars and much love for the conclusion of the Princess Academy Series.
  • The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall (audio) (featured here)
  • This book has a Da Vinci code vibe with secrets buried in artifacts and huge conspiracies.
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (book club)
  •  An impressive girl with a rock solid family. 
  • Death Marked by Leah Cypess (featured here)
  • This book just did not work as a series conclusion for me, at all.
  • Shadow Study by Maria Snyder (featured here)
  • Completely revived by love of the Shadow Study series.
  • Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine (featured here)
  • This book reminded me a bit of Tamora Pierce's Melting Stones.
  • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (audio)
  • This book imagines what it would be like to grow up under the protection of Adolf Hitler.
  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (featured here)
  • I can hardly even handle how exquisitely lovely this book is.
  • The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
  • This one reminded me a bit of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone but not as fabulous.
  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (audio)
  • Annith's story has some rocky bits, but I'm glad I stuck with the series.
  • Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (audio)
  • I might read this series just for the awesome names.
  • Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (featured here)
  • At its conclusion, I was so sad to leave this world and these characters behind.
  • The Quick by Lauren Owens (audio)
  • A sprawling vampire book for adults.
  • Lies I Told by Michelle Zink
  • After how long it took me to get through Shadow Scale I enjoyed this quick read.
  • At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
  • A great new novel about Scotland during World War II by the author of Water for Elephants.

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