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Books 11 & 12 - 2013

Book 11: A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan – 342 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Rosalinda Fitzroy had been asleep for 62 years when she was woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically-induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose - hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire - is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes - or be left without any future at all.

I can’t recall where I came across this book but I thought it sounded like an interesting read, and after going on a weird, ‘I must borrow 4 million books from the library because clearly I do not own enough unread books’ it ended up being the first book I read because the font was the largest. I must admit I thought it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty of sorts, but the idea of sleeping for a long period is where similarities between the two stories end. It’s distinctly young adult, but the ideas behind the story are rather…sinister. Rose’s parents, frankly, are messed up, and some of the implications set out in the last bit of the book are really disturbing. Watching Rose learn how to fit herself into a very different world compared to the one she knew is sad, but most heartbreaking is her realizing the love she’s lost, and the manner in which she has been failed. It’s an interesting book with some interesting ideas, particularly with a future bright with dreams of space travel and the crossing of great distances that will undoubtedly require some sort of stasis.

11 / 50 books. 22% done!

4361 / 15000 pages. 29% done!

Book 12: Underworld by Meg Cabot – 318 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth begun in ABANDON continues ... into the Underworld. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn't dead. Not this time. But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey. Her captor, John Hayden, claims it's for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they've come back as Furies, intent on vengeance . . . on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves. But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there . . . and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies. And unless Pierce is careful, this time there'll be no escape.

This is the second book in Meg Cabot’s retelling of the Persephone/Hades myth. I’m not actually sure much happened in this book – it feels a lot like a bridging between the first and the third (which I’m reading at the moment – I’m still trying to work out what the point of the story is). Pierce and John fluff around for a bit, fight and make up and get upset over stupid misunderstandings (ah, the misunderstandings, so freaking frustrating – its so obviously designed to fluff out the book). They get chased around by the Furies and Pierce seems to finally accept that she doomed to be John’s (a.k.a Hades) lady love for at least the next few centuries. The action only really starts at the end, when stuff goes down with the terrible little bullies at Pierce’s school and her cousin. Of course, a resolution awaits in the third book. Not terrible, but rather predictable.

12 / 50 books. 24% done!

4679 / 15000 pages. 31% done!

Currently reading:
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-        The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson – 746 pages
-        A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Fourth: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket – 194 pages

And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
-        One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – 290 pages
Tags: futuristic, myth and legend, pagan, sci-fi, young adult

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