Archive | October, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #15

Hosted by Pen To Paper

Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Urchin, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Urchin opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen-where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Urchin’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Urchin raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.

One of the perils of having a gargantuan to-read list is that gems like this book are quickly forgotten. I had no idea this book even existed until I was scrolling through my list and the title managed to catch my eye.

Try to ignore the cover (I hate it) and focus instead on the description. First of all, runaway graffiti artists are always fun. They’re edgy in a petty-crime sort of way. And while I sneer slightly at the name Urchin, I’m a sucker for cocky princes. I’m not exactly sure what this “mystical underworld” thing is all about, and I hope Pollock can pull it all off. Spiders that steal VOICES? Railwraiths? Creepy statues? Yes please! Only the “goddess mother” and the “god of urban decay” make me pause.

With all these different components at work, this book could either be really lame or really cool. And really, isn’t that an exciting prospect?

What are YOU wishing for this Wednesday?

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Top 10 Tuesday: I Am No MAN!

Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Time for another Top Ten list! This week’s list theme is “Top 10 Kick-Butt Heroines,” or, as I’ve dubbed it, the “I am no MAN!” list in honor of Eowyn of Lord of the Rings. For me, Eowyn is the honorary godmother of this list, because her scene gives me the happy goosebumps every single time. However, those goosebumps usually come from the movie, not the book, which is why she’s presiding rather than participating.

Here are my choices in order from least surprising to (I believe) most surprising:

10. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games series). I have no doubt that Katniss will grace 99.99% of the lists this week. She’s what most people think of when they think of a girl who kicks rear and takes names. The stuff Suzanne Collins put her through is horrific, yet she always manages to come out on top, if somewhat damaged. And there’s just something intrinsically awesome about a girl with a crossbow.

9. Katsa (Graceling Realm series). While Katniss no doubt reigns supreme, I’ll bet Katsa makes her fair share of appearances as well. Graced with the ability to survive, Katsa can climb a snow-covered mountain in bare feet, kill a man with her hands alone, and start a fire in a rainstorm. She is the girl you want by your side on a desert island or in case of a zombie apocalypse.

8. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass). As a professional assassin, Celaena gets automatic entry onto this list. She can scale walls, shoot a bow with deadly aim, ferret out fellow assassins, and so forth, but unlike the previous two entries, Celaena is proud of the fact that she’s female and uses ALL of her assets. I love a girl who can be feminine and tough simultaneously.

7. Ismae (Grave Mercy). Another professional assassin, Ismae is no one to trifle with. Not only does she sport fierce weapons such as a portable crossbow and the wicked misericorde, she’s also adept with (and immune to) poisons of various sorts. Chica is fierce!

6. Beka Cooper (The Provost’s Dog series). Beka is a Dog, a sort of police enforcer but with fewer honor codes and more bare-knuckle brawls. She has friends on both sides of the law, has a magical talking cat, can gather snippets of gossip from roving dust clouds, and can talk to the dead through pigeons. Best of all, she’s quick on her feet. Few people can say they’ve ever gotten the best of Beka Cooper.

5. Cammie Morgan (The Gallagher Girls series). Cammie shouldn’t be a surprising choice (hello, spy!), but I think people often forget about the lighter Gallagher Girls series when composing such lists. Still, the books have gotten progressively darker, and after the last book, I certainly wouldn’t want to be on any other team but Cammie’s.

4. Irene, Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief series). Irene is one stone-cold lady. Raised as a forgotten shadow princess, she poisoned her first husband and took control of her father’s country. To keep her opportunistic barons in place, she ruled with an iron fist, invoking fear at the mere mention of her name. Draconian punishments are not beneath her if they serve her purpose, and she is ruthlessly cunning. She changes over the course of the series, but I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of even the softer Irene.

3. Princess Elisa (Fire and Thorns series). With too many pounds and too little self-esteem, the bookish Princess Elisa doesn’t start out as a very worthy opponent. But as the stories progress, she transforms from a mousish princess to the devilish Maleficio, to the whip-smart and daring queen of a nation at war.

2. “Verity” (Code Name Verity). As a prisoner of the Gestapo during WWII, Verity doesn’t get to do a whole lot of fighting. Mostly, she simply tells her story. It’s only once we reach the climax that we learn what a scary opponent – and an excellent spy – she is.

1. Seraphina (Seraphina). Seraphina isn’t one for weapons. She isn’t a warrior or a ruler. She’s a musician. We don’t see her dueling with swords or shooting crossbows or busting someone’s jaw with a right hook. Nevertheless, Seraphina is one of the most impressive characters I’ve read because she’s clever. That’s what she has in common with every other entry on this list. The merely brutish need not apply here. Only those with brains can be considered truly kick-butt, as Seraphina demonstrates.

So that’s my list. Agree? Disagree? Who would YOU add?

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Halloween Confession + A Few Exceptions

Not me.

Confession: Books don’t normally scare me. They just don’t. The written word can provoke many different emotions in me (anger, love, joy, triumph, annoyance, etc.), but fear just isn’t one of them. So when I see different posts about “scary” books, I just can’t make it compute on a personal level. [It should be noted that this confession does not include books where I fear for the characters on account of the author’s reckless willingness to slaughter her darlings for the good of the story. I’m talking about being generally scared.]

Take, for instance, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It’s a frequent resident of the “scary shelf” lists, which makes sense. After all, it’s about a horror story about a ghost that murders people in various gruesome ways. Spooky! I can believe that it frightened some people, but at most I felt squeamishness at the gorier scenes. I wasn’t ever afraid.

I despaired over writing this post, because how can I write about Halloween without writing about scary books?

And then I remembered The Tombs of Anak by Frank Peretti. Great heavens, my insides quiver just writing that title.

When Jay and Lila Cooper enter the cave-tombs of Anak with their archaeologist father, they hope to find a co-worker who has unaccountably disappeared. Instead, they stumble onto a frightening religion and new mysteries that soon put them all in incredible danger.

Who or what is Ha-Raphah? How does he hold the local villagers in such overwhelming fear?

Knowing they can’t avoid confronting this villain–whatever he is–the Coopers desperately search for answers. As they begin to unravel the mystery, Jay, Lila, and their father face even more perilous adventures. Will they understand the truth in time to avoid disaster, or will they be swept away in a last desperate attempt by Ha-Raphah to preserve his evil powers?

A spine-tingling thriller as current as today’s newscasts yet as timeless as the age-old struggle between good and evil. 

Doesn’t sound like much, right? I assure you, as an eight-year-old child alone in my bedroom, this book was the scariest thing I had ever read. There’s a crazy, peg-legged man who spouts dire warnings, a forbidden crypt, and a monster. I think I could have dealt with those three if it hadn’t been for the dismemberment and the most frightening chase scene IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!! (So says my eight-year-old self.)

Below are a few more titles that managed to make me jump.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This book will always hold a special place in my heart, as it was the first Agatha Christie I’d ever read and undoubtedly the scariest of them all. Ten strangers are lured to a remote island and killed off one by one. As they race to find the killer, it soon becomes clear that the killer is one of them and that help will not arrive in time. It’s definitely a book to make you look at the people in your house suspiciously.

Thr3e by Ted Dekker
In this book, Kevin is told in a mysterious phone call to confess his sin to the world, or he will die. Three minutes later, his car explodes. The calls continue, threatening to end his life unless he confesses his “sin.” As a middle-schooler, I sat tense and wide-eyed on my mom’s bed as I tore through this book. Who would want to kill sweet Kevin? What was his sin? Did it have anything to do with the sicko who had stalked his childhood friend? So many questions! The Big Reveal might seem old hat nowadays, but it rocked my world in middle school.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories That Scared Even Me
As with any collection, some stories are better than others. The one I particularly remember was “Men Without Bones,” but “Camera Obscura,” “A Death in the Family,” “Party Games,” and “Curious Adventure of Mr. Bond,” among others, all made me widen my eyes and/or shudder.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Serial killers. What else do you need to know? Okay, this book left me scared spitless. I was jittery all day. Even now, over three months after finishing, when Barry Lyga wrote on Twitter, “Billy is currently… busy,” my stomach plummeted and my heart started racing. Ridiculous!

So tell me, what books scare YOU? Or do you not scare easily either?

Also, in honor of Halloween, I give you the one movie scene that never failed to frighten me as a child:

Don’t laugh. That storm scene (1:46) is TERRIFYING.
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Review: FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund

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.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” “For Darkness Shows the Stars” is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

When I told my mom I was reviewing a YA sci-fi/dystopian retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, she was not impressed. Actually, I’d put her a bit closer to horrified. She couldn’t understand why anyone would muddy such a beautiful classic with all that sci-fi/dystopian stuff.

Truth be told, I wasn’t sure how well I would like FDStS either. Persuasion, with all of its romantic tension and love deferred, is a classic for a reason. Messing with it via a sci-fi retelling is one thing? But using a dystopian/post-apocalyptic bent? Meh.

But then I met Elliot and Kai.
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YA Mythology Giveaway Hop

That’s right, ladies and gents, it’s time for another giveaway! Even better, this giveaway hop is devoted YA books based in mythology. Golly jeepers, I love mythology. Since this theme is such a big deal to me, I’m going to give away TWO prizes, one for each lucky winner.

Prize #1:

My ARC copy of Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama – this prize is USA/CAN only

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.

Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

Here’s the thing. I am really not a mermaid book person. I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but I just can’t do it. Monstrous Beauty, however, is the one mermaid book that really set me back on my heels. You can read my entire review here, but the short version is that this book is dark and squicky and gorgeously written. With Ms. Fama’s blessing, I’m giving away my ARC in hopes that it will lure in another fan.

Prize #2:

One book from The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner (there are four to choose from but MUST be read in order) – this prize is INTERNATIONAL to anywhere TBD ships

C’mon, guys. An entire hop about mythology and you don’t expect me to offer up my favorite series OF ALL TIME, one that just happens to sport an impressive set of mythological gods and goddesses? Please. I reviewed the first book, The Thief, here, and wrote a love letter to MWT here. I’m not going to link to the rest of the books, because there are major spoilers involved if you haven’t read the first book.

So here’s how it will work. The first winner will pick their choice of Prize #1 or Prize #2. The second winner will then receive whichever choice that remains.

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Now for the nitty-gritty. You do NOT have to be a follower to enter this giveaway! However, you WILL earn more entries by becoming a follower, so I strongly suggest it. 🙂 Here are the other details:

– Pay extra special attention to where the prizes can be sent. MB is USA/CAN only; the Thief series book is INTERNATIONAL.
– You must be 13 years old or older.
– Only one IP address per entry. I’m sorry if you and your flatmate both want to enter, but this is my way to weed out cheaters.
– The chosen winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email with their mailing addresses.
– If said winners does not respond in the time specified, new winners will be chosen.

Enter using the Rafflecopter below and then use this link to keep hopping.

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Also, there’s no way to get points for commenting, but you know I love your faces dearly, so please feel free to say hello. 🙂

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Cover Love #14

May I just say that I LOVE international covers? I love seeing the way each country interprets a story that I enjoy in a fresh way. A long, long time ago (May) I showed you all different versions of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me. (You can read that post here, and let me just say the Swedes knocked it out of the park.)

This week, I’d like to show you more international covers, this time of one of my all-time favorite fantasy books, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

Now, I’m afraid I’m not nearly ambitious enough to hunt down all the covers myself. Another blog, Pitch Dark, found a whole bunch and did their own rating. What I’m doing here is simply reposting the covers and giving my own take, so I take no credit for wrangling together the covers whatsoever. Once you’ve finished reading, please take the time to read the original post. It’s pretty rad.

First, the US cover:

This is the one most of us are familiar with. This is also the one that most people seem to love. I am not one of them. It’s certainly not a bad cover, but I admit that it just didn’t grab me, which is why I delayed so long in reading it.

Then there’s the US ARC cover (what they used before settling on the cover above):

Not awful. The whole swirling hair, pretty dress thing is awfully boring, and Elisa is too model-like, but I love the blues and the desert background. Then again, the orange of the finished product better connotes the “fire” of “fire and thorns,” don’t you think?

Next up, the UK cover:

I think… I think I like this one. The font isn’t bad, the desert is there, and Elisa looks wicked awesome. THAT’S our Maleficio! You go, girl. (Side note: Does anyone know why the Brits shortened the title to just Fire and Thorns?)

Now we jump across the Channel to France to see what they’ve cooked up:

*cough* Well, impending wardrobe malfunction aside (seriously, who can fight in that?!), this is a pretty cool cover. Elisa looks all mysterious with her shimmery hood and bedazzled bottoms, AND she has a sword. What I think I like best, though, is that this cover has the clearest depiction of the Godstone. It really is a part of her, rather than a floaty blue stone like in the US cover. And for those curious, Google Translate says the cover translates to The Girl of Embers and Brambles. Hmm.

Let’s see if the Italians can best their Gallic neighbors:

Well, this is… interesting. The cover certainly screams fantasy (what a sword!), but I’m not fond of the way they depict Elisa. Also, The Fire and The Rose? Huh? That makes it sound like a romance novel. I suppose Elisa, as the female, is supposed to be the rose, so who is the fire? Humberto? Alejandro? Her alter-ego, Maleficio? Okay, that last one would be pretty cool.

Now it’s Germany‘s turn to show off their cover:

Oooh, pretty. I love the fiery Godstone hanging front and center. According to Google, the title translates to either The Flint or The Fire Stone. I’m betting on the latter. I love that this cover marries the blues of the US ARC with the need for fire. Sadly, the Germans receive negative points for the cheesy tagline: A magical journey begins. Ugh.

And last, but certainly not least, the Turkish cover:

If I didn’t know the story, I might like the cover. Sure, it’s a pretty girl in a dress, but the cover’s pretty atmospheric. However, since I do know the story, this cover only makes me frown. How does this represent TGoF&T at all? That’s a skinny, white redhead in a pretty dress. There’s no Elisa, no Godstone, no desert. Like the Brits, the Turks have shortened the title to Fire and Thorn. Why “thorn” is singular, I don’t know. (I can’t read the tagline. Would anyone with better eyes volunteer?)

I think, for me, the Germans win. Can’t you just picture it on my shelf next to a copy of Seraphina? Never mind that it wouldn’t be alphabetical. I would BEND THE RULES.

Which cover do you like best?

To join Cover Love:

1. Follow Bookshelvers Anonymous as the host of the meme (my work, so I get credit. No stealing).
2. Find a cover that just makes you go wild with designer delight.
3. Highlight said cover in a Thursday post. Here and here are my two previous Cover Love posts for reference.
4. Link back to Bookshelvers Anonymous somewhere in your post (when I do other blogs’ memes, I put the meme button at the top of the page and then link in the button’s caption).
5. Consider adding the meme button somewhere on your blog so others can join also. This step isn’t required, but it’d be awfully nice. The HTML for the button is in my right sidebar, and I can help you through the adding process if you’d like.
6. Add your blog to the linky list at the bottom of this post – it makes it easier for all of us to find each other AND it’s a great way to generate traffic for your blog.
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Ginormo Blogger Love Post

Hee-hee. I thought about putting a “real” title in place of the placeholder title I gave this post, but I liked this one too much. I’d planned to air this post on Friday to tie it into the #FF hashtag, but I couldn’t wait. For those who don’t know, #FF is a hashtag for Follow Friday, and it’s a way for people to promote their favorite people on Twitter.

I don’t know how well the hashtag actually works, to be honest, and I’d much rather promote the blogs of the people I follow. I have had the fortune of coming across some spectacular blogs in the last couple years. I mean, really freaking spectacular, and they’re all run by funny, kind, opinionated, smart, knowledgeable people.


Below are some of the blogs that I love and strongly suggest you all check out. I say “some” for two reasons. First, I’m only listing young adult books blogs. If you’d like to know what publishing industry, writing, author, or kid lit blogs I follow, drop me an email. Second, I follow a LOT of blogs, and I don’t have space to list them all here. (So no hurt feelings, okay? My blogger heart is larger than my posting space.) Third, except for one major rule-bender, I’ve only listed blogs that I’ve been following for a certain amount of time, which means some spectacular blogs didn’t make this list.

It should be understood that ALL blogs are listed because I love their posts and reviews, but I’ve tried to list some non-review highlights below some.

A Reader of Fictions
Highlights: Really awesome giveaways, and the creator is a librarian! (I love librarians.)

– Blue Sky Shelf
Highlights: None yet. It’s still pretty new. But I AM related to its creator… (More on that in a future post.)

Books, Biscuits, and Tea
Highlights: Vicky, the head of BB&T, is also the creator of the Agatha Christie Book Club!

Clear Eyes, Full Shelves
Highlights: Hilarious List-O-Ramas (the latest was Top 5 Most Annoying Book Cover Trends), and running collections of various types of YA fiction. The collection I’ve loved the most so far has been the list of male POV YA lit.

Emily’s Reading Room
Highlights: The Blogger Confidential posts, wherea set of bloggers are asked about “the nitty-gritty” of blogging. Really, it’s such a cathartic read. We’re not alone!

The Enchanted Inkpot
Highlights: A lot of authors contribute to the Inkpot, but the best part is that it’s a site completely devoted to FANTASY!

Esther’s Ever After
Highlights: She focuses a lot on fairy tale retellings, which I adore.

In Which Ems Reviews Books
Highlights: Everything! Ems was on my Top 10 list of bookish people I’d love to meet, because I adore her and her blog. Okay, specifics. In addition to her reviews and posts, I really like her Special for Sunday meme posts.

Into the Hall of Books
Highlights: I promised I would highlight something other than reviews, but I can’t for this one. Asheley has such a distinct review style. Elizabeth Fama even copied it one time for a guest post, and it was hilarious!

Making the Grade
Highlights: Gosh, there’s ALWAYS something going on at MTG. I love the giveaways, personally. Jenna and her coreviewers are always giving away awesome books.

The Midnight Garden
Highlights: Can I give a shout-out to blog design? Because I LOVE Ms. Wendy’s blog design. Holy guacamole. Also, Ms. Wendy is just one classy lady in general. I want to be her when I grow up.

Novel Sounds
Highlights: They match songs with their book reviews. Songs! I love it!

Paperback Fantasies
Highlights: They cater specifically to readers of YA sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian lit. Be still, my heart.

Pen To Paper
Highlights: PtP is the home of the Wishlist Wednesday meme, which I participate in every other Wednesday. Go check it out!

Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Highlights: I seriously like Ms. Brandy, the lady who runs this blog. She reviews MG and YA lit, both contemporary and fantasy, AND she’s a Queen’s Thief fan, AND she homeschools her kids. Also, she does these really cool favorite things lists that I would totally copy if I wasn’t already drowning in memes.

Scattered Pages
Highlights: Dot was also a part of my Top 10 list a week or so ago, so you know I like her. She has really great, insightful posts and reviews, and every once in a while she compiles covers that she adores. They’re so pretty.

Squeaky Books
Highlights: I feel like everyone knows about Squeaky Books. It’s been around since 2007, which is a long time in book blog terms, and there’s always something going on over there – giveaways, author interviews, you name it.

Stacked
Highlights: This one isn’t strictly YA, but I couldn’t leave it off. It’s run by librarians and has some of the most amazing, insightful posts about books and different things in the publishing industry. Really, really good stuff.

So that’s a sampling of my peeps. I love them all, and, if I have my way, you’ll be hearing much more about them at a later date. And maybe I’ll be able to add more blogs to my list o’ love. 🙂

What blogs do YOU adore? And do you follow any of the ones I’ve listed?

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Review: TEN by Gretchen McNeil

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

So maybe it wasn’t the best idea to plow through the climax of this book at midnight. I strongly recommend not doing that… unless, you know, heart palpitations are your thing.

I’ve written about this book in my Wishlist Wednesday meme and even joined Gretchen McNeil’s Army of Ten. You can read all my reasons for being excited about this book in those posts. To sum up: Agatha Christie = awesome. Her book And Then There Were None = Head Honcho of Awesomeness. Therefore, a YA thriller loosely based off aforementioned Head Honcho book is going to be AMAAAAAZING!

At least, that was my theory. But as I promised in my Army of Ten post, I will review Ms. McNeil’s work as objectively as possible, so here it goes.
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BOOKS – Next Stop, Adventure!

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I love saving book-related comics that I come across throughout the week. This one, from Adam @ Home, is especially fun because it points out a truth that all avid readers acknowledge. Books can take you to some fantastic places.

Sometimes the place in question is as wild and foreign as another world or outer space. Sometimes it’s a place as off-kilter yet familiar as a normal world fraught with paranormal creatures or an alternate reality. And sometimes it’s the uncomfortable space inside another person’s skull.

The best places are the ones that feel real. That doesn’t mean that the best places are automatically based off of real places, such as a high school or Paris. Actually, those places sometimes veer sharply into flat and vague, merely used as cardboard backdrops for the plot and its characters. But you know you’ve come across a really great setting when you find yourself thinking or saying things like “Man, I’d love to visit there” or “This is great! I wish it were real!” or making jokes about hopping into an IKEA wardrobe to find it.

… No? Just me?

Here are some places that I’d add to my travel bucket list.
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Wishlist Wednesday #14

Totally the property of Pen To Paper.

Happy Wednesday, my lovelies! Between the Top 10 Tuesday lists I’ve visited, my RSS feed, and Twitter, my to-read list has bloated more than a foodie at Thanksgiving. I have so many books to choose from this week.

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. 

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin. 

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help. 

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio…and come out as beautiful as the fey. 

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

I’m not a big fan of fey stories (I haven’t read one before, actually), but a retelling of Jane Eyre will always get my immediate attention. Add a bit of Man in the Iron Mask, sprinkle in some steampunk (I just read Westerfield’s Leviathan and loved it), and finish with an Ugly Duckling twist, and voila!

Ironskin has actually been out for a week or two now, so I’d like to know… Who’s read it? Who’s planning to read it? And what are you wishing for this Wednesday?

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