Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Recent Reads Roundup: March Edition Act II

I managed to read a lot more in March than I expected! See my first set of March reads here. I really enjoyed most of these books, but my favorite was a Middle Grade book: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. I need to read more MG!




Every night, London's memories are erased. All she can 'remember' are events in her future. She's never really tried to change things before, but when visions of a funeral keep recurring, she knows she has to do something. If only she knew whose funeral it was. A really fascinating premise and I can't wait to see what they do. I will note that I listened to it on audiobook and I think it would be better to read in print.

Katla Leblanc just wants to graduate and get started on her career in fashion design. But there's a lot that's been getting in the way lately. The biggest offender? She just found out she's a Stork - a member of a super secret sect that decides who gets preggers ... joy.

Everything about her existence is fuzzy except one thing: Amelia is dead. She's also stuck haunting the real world. She rescues a boy from the river and they fall for one another. But will her jealous protector allow them to be together?

Cassandra lives a not-so-fairytale life in 1930s England. The only hope of lifting their family out of poverty is for her older sister Rose to marry well. Things are going perfectly until Cassandra realizes she's fallen for her sister's betrothed.

Rose is awakened from stasis to find that she's slept for nearly 100 years. Everyone she knew and loved is dead. But at least she escaped the Dark Times and the deadly plague that took so many lives. But now an elusive and deadly automaton is out to claim hers.

Matt Cruse feels at home in the air. When his beloved Aurora crashes on a tropical island, all he wants is to fix her as soon as possible and head for the skies. But passenger Kate De Vries has other plans for them: find the mysterious cloud cats from her grandfather's journal.

Ever since he read the Fillory series as a small boy, Quentin's always played with magic. But it's all been trickery, sleight of hand, illusion. Then one day his life changes forever. Magic is real, and he is invited to participate in one of the world's few magical universities. This has Narnia/Harry Potter parallels but is written for an adult audience. 

Cinder, as you might imagine, is a re-telling of the story of Cinderella. But don't think fairy-godmothers and magic pumpkins. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in futuristic New Beijing. There are plagues, androids and lunar rulers with telepathic powers, and an intent to overthrow earth. I enjoyed it.

The young poet Orphan goes off on a quest to find his recently (possibly) deceased girlfriend who was inadvertently exploded by the Bookman. It's a jumble of automatons, pirates, royal lizards and endless queer happenings, discoveries, and quests.  Fun and dark at the same time.


  1. I quite enjoyed FORGOTTEN and CINDER :D I´ve had HEREAFTER on my TBR for awhile...the premises sound so good! How did you like it?

  2. To be honest Hereafter wasn't really my cup of tea. It was probably a good book, but I read it at the end of a long succession of YA paranormal romances that culminated in me creating this post: "Does your YA Paranormal Romance have enough clichés?"

  3. The cover for Hereafter is just beautiful!!

  4. Isn't it? Definitely one of my favorite covers in awhile! I also really like the one on Cinder.



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