It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.
I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment. You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.
Last weeks winner:
Samita from Book Purring
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What a great week! It was busy but so good and I am excited to share my highlights with you:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Finally! Finally I read this book and well, what was I waiting for?)
Guess What I Got For Christmas!!! SSSQQQQUUUEEEEEE!!!
The Secret Society Of The Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green (Super YA read!)
Relentless by Dean Koontz – audio review (I love Koontz…. but this one was an EPIC FAIL)
WHERE Are You Reading Challenge 2011 (it’s not to late to join in the fun!)
I did not get the reviews written that I wanted to but have high hopes that I will get caught up this week. With the holidays over my spare time is once again returning to a normal level. (Fingers crossed on that anyway!) My reading plan for this week is as follows:
“Even now, after all these years, I can hardly bear to look in a mirror,” is the opening line of this dark, atmospheric, densely patterned novel. Ghanaian pre-teenager Ajuba is sent to boarding school in Devon. A lonely, confused child, she befriends the charismatic Polly Venus, who talks entirely in transatlantic clichés (“Hallo?”, “That totally sucks!”, “You just don’t get it, do you?”). Exploring the attic of Polly’s house they find a bundle of what they take to be kitten bones. But they’re not. They are the bones of babies.
Inspired by their reading of the magazine True Murder, the pair form “Crimebusters” to solve the mystery; but the past tragedy which they make a game of investigating is an ironic foreshadowing of the tragedies looming over them and their families.
Fallen angels sure seem poised to become the new vampires, with a similarly ideal blend of brooding mystery and sexy rebellion. After a fiery accident kills a boy she is crushing on, Luce gets sent to a reform school populated, most notably, by two gorgeous fellas, Daniel and Cam. Cam is safe and charming and eager to win Luce’s affections, while Daniel operates somewhere between aloof and downright hostile toward her. Readers will figure out Luce and Daniel’s star-crossed-lovers angle early on, making the hints dropped throughout about past lives and dangerous fates more obvious than compelling.
This book was a Christmas present to me last year. Yes… last year. About time I read it right?
This sequel to Fallen (Delacorte, 2009) continues they complex tale as Luce tries to uncover the truth and break the cycle of falling in love, dying young, and being reincarnated. Daniel, her lover through the ages and a fallen angel, institutes a truce with Demons to protect her from the Outcasts, who would do her harm. For her safety, Daniel hides her at a boarding school for the Nephilim, children of human and fallen angels, and cautions her to remain on campus and learn all she can. Unfortunately a little knowledge can be dangerous and Luce’s naive attempts to manipulate her powers constantly put her and others in danger. Some of the rescues employ a deus ex machina as is the case when Arriane inexplicably arrives in Vegas and saves the day. At times the story plods along, with a full chapter devoted to a fencing lesson. Daniel regularly returns to check on Luce and there’s lots of swooning, passionate kissing, and playing at being in love, though it often ends with bickering. Interest is piqued with the hint of a love triangle, and the suspense is ratcheted up in the heart-pounding final battle scene.
I usually have a good reading week during New Years Week. We are not big New Years people so that usually gives me a bonus weekend of reading and I look forward to it.
I am excited to see what bookish things you have all been up too and what you are reading. Please add you post link to the “Click Here” Linky. I will be around to visit your post and see what i will add to my own reading agenda for 2011. 😀
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