Melody Powers (everstone) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Melody Powers

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Books #21-30's been a while since I've posted my reading list. Stupid uni getting in the way of my reading! Luckily with my couple of weeks of holidays I've read half as much in the last two weeks as I have in the two and a half months before then! Some exciting (or-not-quite-but-almost exciting) reviews/summaries under the cuts! However, I'm saving my thoughts on Mildred D. Taylor and how much I love her until I've finished reading all her others books so I can do my love for her proper justice :)

21. Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobelle Carmody (YA/Urban)

22. The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (YA/Urban)
Let The Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor (Real life fiction)
The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Fiction/sci fi)

25. The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin (Children/teen)

26. Heat Wave by Richard Castle (Crime)

27. The Road To
Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor (Real life fiction)
28. A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in
Rwanda’s Genocide by Linda Melvern (Non-fiction)
29. Greylands by Isobelle Carmody (YA/Urban)

30. The Boat by
Nam Le (Short story anthology/Fiction)

Earlier this year I read The Gathering and Scatterlings by Isobelle Carmody. It was the first time I’d read any of her standalone books. I didn’t like either of them as much as her series’, but I still liked them. I preferred the story in Scatterlings but the characters and writing in The Gathering. Then I read Alyzon Whitestarr. My mother actually bought the book when it first came out (she’s the person who introduced me to Carmody), but I hadn’t got around to reading it until now, mainly cos I was annoyed at Carmody for releasing another book before finishing The Obernewtyn Chronicles (fingers crossed that The Sending comes out this year!!). However, as I was reading her other books I thought I’d finally read it. And…I loved it!! Great concept, great characters, well written. I was so into I read it every spare moment cos I really had to know what happened next!! Basic premise is that after an accident Alyzon’s senses are extended, especially her smell, so she can smell people’s essences as well as their emotions. However, some people smell really rotten and she doesn’t know why. The story goes from there. It has a modern setting in a fairly generic town whose location is not specified but is probably Australia (although the location is not important to the plot). I think the best thing about it is the characters, all of whom I loved, but of course the story was good too. The only issue I had with it was the prologue – whilst it introduces the main characters, it doesn’t identify them as the main characters at that point and doesn’t serve any purpose plot wise. But apart from that it’s a really really good read and I highly recommend it to all urban fantasy and YA fans.

Continuing my Isobelle Carmody trend I also read Greylands, which I liked better than Scatterlings and The Gathering. It's more urban and less fantasy than Scatterlings. The story with the Dad and the kids is really sad, but it's really well written.

As a massive Baby-Sitter's Club fan from a young age, I of course had to buy the prequel. I really liked reading about the summer before the main series. I thought the characters in the book matched up really well to how they were in the main series: it gave more background to certain things/events. It's a quick easy read, but fun :D I recommend it to all fans of the books.

And I wrote an awesome paragraph about Heat Wave by Richard Castle, but then my internet decided to be an idiot and crash and only restore half the draft! So here is my summarised version: I love the TV show so I just had to buy the book. My main problem was that I kept comparing the book to the show as I read, which is not a good idea as the characters actually are quite different (for the record, my favourite is Roach). I could also see where the book was trying to imitate the humour of the show, but it wasn't as successful without the visuals. The writing is OK, but it's not actually bestseller material. I honestly don't know if someone who isn't a fan of the show would like it; it's too hard for me to differentiate between the bok and the show. However, I definitely recommend the book to all Castle fans. Also, the photo, dedication and acknowledgements are awesome :)

Tags: crime fiction, fantasy, teen lit, television, urban fantasy

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