- Cart, Chapter 7
- Fin, Chapter 2
- Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Hunger Games (2012)
I should just throw myself onto the mercy of the court on this one. Once again, I failed to get my textbook reading done. I will have to find my bloody scourge in my bloody scourge closet and correct my behavior.
Steampunk! An Antholoyg of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
I haven't read many anthologies lately. I remember reading a few when I was a kid, and of course, they were SciFi. It's hard to talk about anthologies in such a short format because there are so many different stories. Yes, they have a central theme, in this case Steampunk, but that's where the similarity ends. One the stories that did stand out for me was Steam Girl. It was different because it wasn't actually steampunk. It was the real world and the main characters were normal kids who loved the concept of steampunk and wrote stories about it as a way to escape their situations. I would have thoroughly enjoyed this as a teen and I definitely enjoyed it as an adult.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
This book reminded me, in some ways, of the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher. Mostly in that the humor was often dry and sarcastic, but also because the main character wasn't necessarily a tough guy, but still able to step up to the plate when people he cares about are threatened. Just like Dresden, he doesn't do it alone. He has friends and allies who support him. I also loved that it had a Monty Python reference in it. Not many of those around. Definitely a book I would have enjoyed when I was younger. I actually want to read the rest of the series.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I've had this book on my shelf for a while and just never got around to reading it. It's a dark story that touches on a lot of deep topics including domestic abuse. The characters, though archetypical, are the product of their lives and they don't exist in a vacuum. I've read other Stiefvater books, but this is probably one of her best. I definitely would have enjoyed this a teen and I really enjoyed reading it.
The Hunger Games
I've been kind of apathetic towards the Hunger Games. I don't know exactly why. I know it is a ground breaking series and the movies have excellent acting. I sometimes don't get involved in series that have too much hype surrounding them. That being said, I loved this movie and the second one. I can see why every girl wants to be Katniss. She's strong, dependable, but also human. She's terrified, but still gets the courage to keep fighting. But she's not impervious to her situation either. It affects her deeply and though she "wins" she is also damaged by what has happened to her and what she has been forced to do.