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Friday, June 29, 2012

Favorite Book Read in June

This is definitely a tough one since I read quite a few awesome books this month. However, this award goes to......




Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is definitely one of the most exciting books I've read in a while. You can check out my review of this novel here. This book will be released on August 7th, 2012. You can also check out the author's website here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Shadowfell Review

416 pages
Release date: September 11th, 2012

Its name is spoken only in whispers, if the people of Alban dare to speak it at all: Shadowfell. The training ground for rebels seeking to free their land from the grip of the tyrannical king is so shrouded in mystery that most believe it to be a myth. But for Neryn, Shadowfell's existence is her only hope. She is penniless, orphaned, and utterly alone - and concealing a treacherous magical power that will warrant her immediate enslavement should it be revealed. She finds hope of allies in the Good Folk, fey beings whom she must pretend she cannot see and who taunt her with chatter of prophecies and tests, and in a striking, mysterious stranger, who saves her from certain death but whose motives remain unclear. She knows she should not trust anyone with her plans, but something within her longs to confide in him. Will Neryn be forced to make the dangerous journey alone? She must reach Shadowfell, not only to avenge her family and salvage her own life, but to rescue Alban itself.

Review (ARC):
I have to say I wasn't the biggest fan of this novel. Something about the writing and the overall storyline didn't keep me tied to the story. Most of it was a long journey that seemed to go on for a bit too long. I usually love fantasy novels but the world building here didn't catch my attention as much as it should have. Neryn is a weak character for most of the novel but she begins to grow as a character by the end. Neryn's love interest is a guy named Flint and he has a lot of secrets which makes the story more interesting. The fey in this novel are different from the typical "fairies" and they have different personalities which helps them to stand out as characters. This wasn't necessarily a bad story, it had a lot of interesting parts, but I am curious to see if it will improve as a whole in the next book in this series. If you like fantasy novels with magic and fey then you might want to check this novel out.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Surrender Review

480 pages

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control… Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi. All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque.

Review:
This series has improved since the first novel. I found this book to be much more interesting and understandable on a whole. There were still a few confusing parts where I couldn't grasp exactly what was going on. However, that didn't make this novel any less enjoyable. This book mostly focuses on Raine and Gunn's story as they try to figure out exactly what's going on in Freedom and with the Director. I like Raine as a character because she is strong and brave although not as much when it comes to her father, The Director. Gunn on the other hand is still a bit of a mystery to me. He seems to have strong powers yet it feels like every move they make in this book is more difficult than it should be. We see more of Zenn in this novel but his mindset is still a bit of a mystery throughout the story. Vi is back but she isn't quite herself and has a lot to go through to get back to who she once was. There are a few other familiar characters who make appearances that help add to the storyline. This book had quite a few parts that threw me for a loop and the ending was completely unexpected. All in all I enjoyed reading this novel and I can't wait to see what happens next in this story. I recommend reading this if you've read the first novel, Possession.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Classic Monday: Aesop's Fables by Aesop

650 B.C.
306 pages

As legend has it, the storyteller Aesop was a slave who lived in ancient Greece during the sixth century B.C. His memorable, recountable fables have brought amusing characters to life and driven home thought-provoking morals for generations of listeners and modern-day readers. Translated into countless languages and familiar to people around the world, Aesop’s fables never tarnish despite being told again and again. Populated by a colorful array of animal characters who personify every imaginable human type from fiddling grasshoppers and diligent ants to sly foxes, wicked wolves, brave mice, and grateful lions;these timeless tales are as fresh and relevant today as when they were first created. Full of humor, insight, and wit, the tales in Aesop's Fables champion the value of hard work and perseverance, compassion for others, and honesty. They are age-old wisdom in a delicious form, for the consumption of adults and children alike.

I remember loving Aesop's fables as a child. They were funny and interesting but you also learned something at the end too. Most of us have heard an Aesop fable from time to time, whether it be a goose laying a golden egg or a tortoise beating a hare in a race. Regardless this collection holds a blend of tales that will entertain the imagination while leaving an important message behind as well.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Upcoming Reviews

ARC:
Darkness Breaks by Jessica Sorensen
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
The Oracle by K.B. Hoyle


Bought:
Surrender by Elana Johnson
Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Golden Lily Review

418 pages

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Review:
The second novel in the Bloodlines series, this doesn't disappoint. Once again we are thrown into the world of vampires seen through Sydney's eyes. Sydney is her usual capable and efficient self, although a bit narrow-minded as usual. Sydney has grown a lot since the first novel, she still does what she thinks is right, but her mind has opened a lot more from the Alchemists idea of vampires. I was also a little bit surprised that Sydney actually lets a little romance into her life and its interesting to see the way it turns out. All of the usual characters are back in full force with all the things we love about them. I love the way a fresh and new concept was brought to the storyline of this book. There are new dangers for Sydney and her friends to deal with and that creates an explosive and exciting ending. I cannot wait to see whats next for Sydney and the changes in her life in the next novel. I definitely recommend this if you have read the first book in this series Bloodlines.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

This Is Not A Test Review

320 pages
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

Review:
Surprisingly this isn't your typical zombie novel. Instead this story focuses on the people trying to survive more than the actual zombie attack. Sloane is a hard character for me to admire because she is both weak with rare moments of strength. The things that Sloane has been through in her life are what made her what she is so I can't really blame her for that. It was frustrating at times watching the way Sloane reacted to things but at other moments she really impressed me with her random acts of bravery. All of the characters are coping with the zombies in different ways. Some retreat inside themselves and others are overly aggressive. Its interesting to see what people will do when suspicion enters the small group and even the extreme actions some will take to avoid being bitten. This was a really good book with moments of harrowing action and danger. I actually didn't put this down from start to finish. I would recommend this to those who like zombie novels that also explore human emotion.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Six Review

383 pages

Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm. The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship. When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she’s either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life. After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her, and despite their earlier hostilities toward her, they eventually concede leadership of their small group to Darcy. Once there, they learn the “arrival of the Six” was prophesied hundreds of years before, and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land. In the end their lives, and the fate of Alitheia, will hinge upon Darcy. Will she have what it takes to fulfill her mysterious purpose? Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe?

Review:
This was an interesting fantasy novel, although more so for younger readers. I love alternate worlds and Alitheia is no exception. The world-building is excellent and seems pretty realistic despite the fantasy part. Darcy as a main character is pretty sullen and a loner but she also has a lot to learn about making and keeping friends. The other characters all have differing personalities but it makes them all memorable in some way. At first reading this novel felt a little slow to me but by the end there was plenty of action and adventure to keep my mind occupied. There is a lot going on in Alitheia that isn't fully covered in this book, leaving a little mystery for the next one. I think that this might be a book series in which you watch the characters grow up and learn more than they expected to. I definitely got sucked into the story and now I'm excited to read the next one. I can understand why this book has been compared to Narnia since it has the same feel of magic and wonder to it. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes fantasy novels and alternate worlds.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars Review

398 pages

Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, 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.

Review:
This novel is basically a love story set in a dystopian future. This book was inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, and although I haven't had a chance to read it I can imagine just what a great book it must be. Elliot North is definitely my favorite character from this novel. Besides being the main character and heroine of this tale, she is remarkable strong willed and intelligent as well as kind-hearted. Malakai Wentforth is kind yet proud and a completely different person from the one Elliot remembers. The world is one in which science has destroyed the majority of the human race so the Luddite nobility is against technology and experimentation. All Elliot wants to do is help those who are beneath her in society and she's willing to do anything to achieve this. I felt bad for Elliot throughout most of the novel because I didn't feel like she deserved to be treated the way she was by her family and Malakai. There are quite a bit of secrets to be discovered along the way in this novel and those secrets really help to shed light on a lot of things. There isn't a lot of action in this novel but it still makes for a wonderful read. I absolutely enjoyed this story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes romantic dystopian fiction with a hard-working heroine.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Classic Monday: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

1910
281 pages

This timeless classic is a poignant tale of Mary, a lonely orphaned girl sent to a Yorkshire mansion at the edge of a vast lonely moor. At first, she is frightened by this gloomy place until she meets a local boy, Dickon, who's earned the trust of the moor's wild animals, the invalid Colin, an unhappy boy terrified of life, and a mysterious, abandoned garden...

I remember reading this novel when I was quite young and loving it. There was something intriguing about the situation Mary found herself in and of course the mystery of the garden. I found myself falling in love with Dickon and the general optimism towards Colin's health. This is one of those sweet classic novels which transcends time. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Shadows Cast By Stars Review

464 pages

Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet—especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world. Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe—government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors—and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument…

Review:
This book is definitely a little strange and steeped in the paranormal. I admit when I first started reading I thought it would be all about the government hunting the aboriginal's for blood. However, it turned out to be so much more than that. Cassandra and her twin brother Paul are both able to connect with the supernatural world and they also have powers that neither are sure how to use. Cassandra has a lot of growing and learning to do throughout this novel and she handles it pretty well. However, Paul has a harder time handling the things he sees and just fitting in with others in general. Some of the character interactions were a little strange to me, characters I initially thought were all bad turned out to have different sides to them as well. I really enjoyed the world building, it was steeped in mystery and mysticism with an amazing description that makes you feel as if you could see it right before your eyes. There wasn't a lot of rush to action moments in this book yet there were a lot of random twists and unexpected happenings that made it for an exciting read. I definitely recommend this novel especially if you like dystopian fiction mixed with the supernatural. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Masque of the Red Death Review

320 pages

Everything is in ruins. A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them. So what does Araby Worth have to live for? Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all. But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does. And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

Review:
This book was actually pretty strange but interesting at the same time. The world that Araby lives in is a depressing one, plague has taken over the city and you can only survive if you're rich enough to buy a mask. At the same time, if you're rich, your most likely escape is losing yourself in drugs and alcohol within the Debauchery Club. Araby lives with the rich but wants to help those who are suffering. Araby isn't a very strong character, she carries around a lot of guilt from the past and uses the Debauchery Club to escape from it. The love triangle between Will, Araby and Elliott is very intertwined and full of betrayal and passion. I didn't really get a complete sense of Will and Elliot as characters. The general information was there but I didn't feel a connection to either of them. The only thing I really didn't like is the general lack of action in this novel. Things happen quickly but it seemed too quickly at times without a real sense of something leading up to it. Other than that this is a great novel to pass the time with especially if you like dystopian novels.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Obsidian Review

335 pages

Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don't kill him first, that is.

Review:
This was different concept yet an enjoyable book. The aliens in this novel aren't exactly what you would expect but they are also amazing in their own way. I loved the fact that the main character, Katy, is a book blogger. I feel like the author was in a way paying tribute to a lot of her readers and I respect that. Katy likes to stay in the background a lot but she is also an extremely strong character who speaks her mind and isn't afraid to stand up for herself. Daemon is the type of character who you can't help but love despite his cocky and arrogant attitude. The romance between Katy and Daemon is one of those love-hate relationships with an amazing intensity that you can feel while reading. There is a lot of excitement and adventure in this novel especially since there's a lot of danger from the alien's enemies. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next novel in this new series! I really enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend it to those who like science fiction novels with hot aliens and amazing powers.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Today's Book Releases

The summer is the perfect time to enjoy good books! Here are a few that I will definitely be reading that were released today!



Monday, June 11, 2012

On My Nook Color: To Read

ARC:
Darkness Breaks by Jessica Sorensen
The Oracle by Jenn McGuire

Bought:
The Sphinx Project by Kate Hawkings
Surrender by Elana Johnson
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
The Sending by Isobelle Carmody
The Emerald Tablet by PJ Hoover
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

Friday, June 8, 2012

Darkness Before Dawn Review

342 pages

This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won. Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Review:
Sometimes I think there are too many vampire novels. Then I read books like this and realize that there are still new ways of presenting them out there. Dawn isn't necessarily the best heroine ever. Dawn isn't an amazing fighter or the bravest person in the room. However, Dawn has an amazing heart and strength of character. The two men in Dawn's life are similar in their desire to protect her but that's where the similarities end. Michael is human and strong and brave, but a little too brave at times. Victor is loving, strong, and a genuine good person, except he's not a person but a vampire. The story moved at a great pace and kept me interested in every new development that was thrown my way. There were a few slightly predictable points but there were also some huge unexpected twists. I definitely enjoyed this novel and I can't wait to read the next one. I would recommend this to anyone who likes vampire novels and paranormal fiction.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dark Frost Review

336 pages

I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again. Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.

Review:
I have to say that this series has improved immensely from the first book in the series. There is a lot less repetition and Gwen has really grown on me as a character. Gwen is a strong person who sometimes misses the obvious despite her psychometry magic. I like that Gwen knows she's not the best fighter but fights anyway. However, I was sometimes annoyed with Gwen ignoring things that seemed so clear to me as the reader. It was interesting to watch Gwen's relationship with Logan go back and forth. The dynamics between them were extremely intense. Gwen has a lot to learn in this novel and it helps her to grow and change for the better. A lot of familiar characters are back in this book as well as some new ones. A lot more is explained in this story that helps you to understand some of the other characters better. This book just starts in on the action from the first few pages and does not stop. There is a lot of fighting as the Reapers try to free Loki and create general chaos. This book ends on a definite high note that has me anticipating the next novel in the series. I would recommend this novel especially if you have first read the other two in the series.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Last Princess Review

295 pages

A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless. When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year-old Princess Eliza manages to escape. Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope—and to love—once more. Now she must risk everything to ensure that she not become... The Last Princess.

Review:
This was a fast-paced and amazingly quick read. In this future dystopian world, England is a terrible place to live and being a member of the royal family is dangerous. Eliza has a lot to learn about the world outside of being a princess and she falls into it pretty quickly. At first Eliza seems like just another shallow and naive princess, but eventually Eliza has to go through a lot of growth and change when she ends up having to adjust to the world outside the palace. There was a lot about the other characters that I feel wasn't explored enough to cause me to understand or connect with them. This book moves really fast and there is a lot of action which makes sure that there are no dull moments. However, that also causes this book to seem to skip over a lot of information and at some points it felt a little confusing. Other than that this was a pretty entertaining and action-packed novel. I would recommend this novel to those who like dystopian novels and don't mind quick reads.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Throne of Glass Review

416 pages
Release date: August 7th, 2012

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin
Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Review (ARC):
This book is absolutely amazing. Celaena is the type of heroine I love, snarky with amazing fighting abilities who can hold her own against anyone or anything. I enjoyed the fact that even though Celaena could keep up with the guys she was still remarkably female. While there was some kind of a romantic triangle in this novel, Celaena doesn't let it distract her from what she has to do especially when it comes to the competition. I loved the way a little bit of the paranormal was thrown into this novel unexpectedly. All of the characters that Celaena interacts with in this novel are interesting and different. There were a lot of unexpected surprises and twists in this novel which keep the story interesting and fresh. Even though there are still a few hidden things about Celaena's past by the end of the novel, it doesn't make you feel like you're missing out on anything. There is a lot of action and intrigue in this novel that is exciting and keeps you reading. I definitely enjoyed this novel and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good fantasy novel with assassins, action, and a bit of romance.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Classic Monday: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1925
180 pages

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "somethingnew--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream. It's also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby's quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel's more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy's patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem.

I think that introduction from Goodreads said it all... don't you?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Upcoming Reviews

ARC:
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

From Publisher:
The Six by K.B. Hoyle

Bought:
The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout