So, I know that I said I wasn’t going to post reviews about sequels/series books anymore… but it’s been ALMOST THREE YEARS since Seraphina came out. And I seriously love this story, so I want to be sure fantasy readers realize this awesome book is out there. So… Yeah. I’m reviewing it anyway! :-P
Growing up, Seraphina never realized there were other ityasaari (half-dragon/half-human beings) like her. Her father had always done his best to keep her true identity a secret, out of fear for her safety, so she lived a very sheltered life. After people found out her secret, though, and because there was a major conflict brewing between humans and dragons, Seraphina and Queen Glisselda have decided that tracking down the rest of the ityasaari might be their best chance to put a stop to the war in Goredd. Richly imagined and full of action, this book should be well received by fans of other dragon tales like Eragon and The Last Dragonslayer.
Some people are confused by the fact that I can’t handle “scary movies” but am so intrigued by novels and biographies about serial killers. During my freshman year of college, I actually scared the student assistant at my college library. He asked which class required me to watch so many A&E Biography specials about serial killers and I answered, “It’s not for a class. I just think they’re interesting.” He shoved the movie across the counter and practically ran into the back office. When I returned the next week, he was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, we met through a mutual friend a few months later and figured out that we recognized each other because he was the AV guy at the library and I was the “creepy serial killer girl.” I was able to elaborate about how my interest was piqued during a high school psychology class and that viewing habits were based purely on curiosity. (Up until that point, apparently, he had been worried that I was a serial killer in training or something like that… Oops!)
Cath was not just a Simon Snow fan. She was an über Simon Snow fan who actually had followers of her own. How? Cath wrote fan fiction. More specifically, she wrote Simon/Baz fan fiction. And her story, Carry On, got tens of thousands of hits every time she posted a new chapter. While I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that Cath entered college with the intention to be a fiction writer, I was interested in how she struggled with creating stories all her own even though the fan fiction flowed so easily for her. And even more than that, I was impressed by how wholly I found myself being absorbed into Cath’s everyday life and her struggle to adjust to the new realities of her life as a college freshman.
Sorry I never posted a review last week. I had every intention of finding a few minutes to post a review but… well… I was on vacation and I was just having too much fun with my family! ;-) We spent the week in NYC and did a variety of cultural, educational, and just plain fun stuff. Every day was exhausting, but my son insisted that we still make time to read at least a chapter every night before we crashed at the hotel. As much as I enjoy reading with my kid, it was a little creepy — because we were reading the dead & the gone, which is all about post-apocalyptic NYC! And because we were reading that book, it reminded me that I had to finish the Monument 14 series (another post-apocalyptic story) when I got home. So, I decided that would be the subject of my first post back.
This is another one of those books that I just cannot imagine reading from an actual book because it worked *so* well as an audiobook. Although the plot is not even remotely the same, this audiobook actually reminded me of Thirteen Reasons Why because it had one narrator for the main character and another narrator for a person who left behind a recording. I’m not sure what this says about me, but I really enjoy “listening in” on these recordings and the reactions they invoke from the main character! ;-) Continue reading
Happy Teen Tech Week, everybody! Before I get to the actual audiobook review, I would just like to take a moment to remind y’all that public libraries are about WAY more than just books. Of course we lend out books and audiobooks — but we also lend music, movies, and video games. Many public libraries even lend e-books and downloadable audiobooks FOR FREE via OverDrive.com! As someone who listens to audiobooks ravenously, always has an ebook waiting on her Kindle, and is cheaper than cheap, this service is something I’m thrilled to take advantage of and to share with my library patrons and blog readers. (There are even streaming video and magazines available now on OverDrive, though I haven’t fully explored those options yet.) But, I digress.