carrieat (c_aztecgold) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Not gonna get to 50

These past few months have been rather stressful.  Had a lot of sad events since September and also went for a promotion at work which I got, yeahy!!  Sadly the one thing that keeps me relaxed got ignored and that is reading.  So here are the final few for 2009.  My New Year’s resolution will definitely be to make sure I do make time to read and hopefully I'll get to 50!

#28 Let The Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist

Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself. Oskar is a 12 year old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge. He dreams about his absentee father, gets bullied at school, and wets himself when he's frightened. Eli is the young girl who moves in next door. She doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day. She is a 200 year old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood. John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel, a huge bestseller in his native Sweden, is a unique and brilliant fusion of social novel and vampire legend; and a deeply moving fable about rejection, friendship and loyalty. -

Took some persuading by a friend to read this, as I don't handle horror too well.  Glad I picked it up though as this book was eerily beautiful.  I really enjoyed it.

#29 The Fetch - Laura Whitcomb

Calder, like every Fetch, had only one name, but he had two ages: his Earth Years numbered nineteen and his Death Years numbered three hundred and thirty. Though it was no excuse for what he would do, for a Fetch, Calder was young. The Order of the Fetch, on the other hand, was old--it began when the ruins of the first garden could still be found hiding in the desert beside a river, a blanket of green having grown over her like a shroud, and, in this moist cave that was once Eden, at the heart of her darkness, the Tree of Knowledge bowed to the earth. -

I was really looking forward to this book as I really loved A Certain Slant of Light, although I did enjoy it, it didn't match up.  It was an interesting mix of fantasy and history which I really did enjoy but I just didn't get the desperate need to carry on reading that I got from A Certain Slant of Light.

#30 Fire Kristin Cashore

Set in a world of stunningly beautiful, exceptionally dangerous monsters, Fire is one of the most dangerous monsters of all - a human one. Marked out by her vivid red hair, she's more than attractive. Fire is mesmerising. But with this extraordinary beauty comes influence and power. People who are susceptible to her appeal will do anything for her attention, and for her affection. They will turn away from their families, their work, and their duties for her. They will forget their responsibilities to please her . . . and worse, crush nations, neglect kingdoms and abuse their power. Aware of her power, and afraid of it, Fire lives in a corner of the world away from people, and away from temptation. Until the day comes when she is needed - a day when, for her king, she has to stand against not only his enemies, but also against herself . . .

I was not disappointed. Although I enjoyed Graceling, it was an easy ready, but Fire was so much better.  There were many more levels to this book and I really loved the world that was created.  How it tied in with Graceling was very well done and I really look forward to future stories.

#31 Wake - Lisa McMann

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams at any given moment is getting tired. Especially the falling dreams, and the standing-in-front-of-the-class-naked ones. But then there are the nightmares, the ones that chill her to the the one where she is in a strange a dirty kitchen...and a sinister monster that edges ever closer. This is the nightmare that she keeps falling into, the one where, for the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant... -

A very quick read.  Worked well as an in-between for a book that would need more commitment.  Clever idea and I did enjoy the characters.  Definitely aimed more for the teenage market and not sure if it can really appeal as much to the young adult/adult market as well as other books can.

Taking me into 2010:

Magician - Raymond E. Feist

At Crydee, a frontier outpost in the tranquil Kingdom of the Isles, an orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to a master magician -- and the destinies of two worlds are changed forever. Suddenly the peace of the Kingdom is destroyed as mysterious alien invaders swarm the land. Pug is swept up into the conflict but for him and his warrior friend, Tomas, an odyssey into the unknown has only just begun. Tomas will inherit a legacy of savage power from an ancient civilization. Pug's destiny is to lead him through a rift in the fabric of space and time to the mastery of the unimaginable powers of a strange new magic. -

Happy reading and hope to see you all blogging next year x

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