Hey guys. It's been a whole month since my last review! Sorry about that, job applications and reading some more adult stuff again has cut into my teen reading and blogging time. Speaking of, I highly recommend the following!
Vaughan, author of Y: The Last Man, Pride of Baghdad, Runaways, and many more is one of my very favorite graphic novel authors of all time. His characters are full of life, his dialogue is right up there with Whedon and Palladino, and his stories are all about real people (or, you know, lions) caught up in sweeping stories. Saga does not disappoint, and if anything the intergalactic scale just ups his game. The art, done by illustrator Fiona Staples, is gorgeous and enhances both the characterization and the action. It reminded me at different times of The Compleat Moonshadow, Firefly, and Vaughan's other stories. And this is only the first volume!
(Apparently, Saga is currently topping several user-voted list on Goodreads of best graphic novels, beating out classics such as Watchmen, The Sandman, and Maus. I'm not saying that Saga is better or more important than those, but it does suggest that this is a series to watch out for!)
Anyway. I thought I'd list some of the books on my To Read list for the summer. Some are sequels to books I've already reviewed, others are brand shiny new. You may notice a certain color trend...
Fluffy paranormal romance with a boy genie? Sure, sounds interesting, and there are good murmurings on Goodreads about this one. Cute cover, too!
All stories in this collection have been previously published, and the authors range from E. Nesbitt to Diana Wynne Jones. Some creatures you've heard of (griffins, werewolves, manticores), while others are likely new (sun-birds, cockatucans, and more). Hurray!
What time is it? Apocalypse time! A virus has savaged the earth, with a few survivors huddled in goverment-built underground shelters. When they finally emerge, it is to the horrifying discovery that the virus has mutated the remaining human population, creating a race of monsters. Honestly, I think I've read one apocalypse/dystopian story too many, but this has an interesting premise and the chance for some good Fallout vibes and action.
Plain Maude is hired to be a "friend" to beautiful and aristocratic Isabelle- really, she's there to make her look better in comparison, which sounds exactly like something that could have happened in the bizarre 19th century. It's also set in Paris, which doesn't really matter except that it's a nice change from another historical fiction book set in London. This book promises social intrigue, romance, and ballgowns. Sign me up!
A corner of my brain has been in a quiet frenzy for this ever since I read the first book, Born Wicked, last summer. Alternate 19th century New England! Secret witches! A creepy Puritanical government! A bookish love interest! *swoons*
The first Neil Gaiman novel for adults since Anansi Boys. 'nuff said.
April Genevieve Tucholke
Here are a few keywords from the plot summary: "sleepy, seaside town... crumbling estate... eerie, grim things... crooked-smiling liar... Grandmother always warned her about the Devil." Hooked yet?
How about this? "Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch." Yeah. I'm excited. :D
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Set in the year 2059. Paige works in the criminal underworld and is a "dreamwalker"- an ability that is punishable by death if caught. I can't get much of a handle on this one but it sounds interesting.
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
Gods from classic mythology start wasting away, struck down by a bizarre illness. Their search for a cure leads them to Cassandra, a mortal girl who had been a prophetess. The "Goddess Wars" are beginning.
Blake gifted us with the Cas Lowood/Anna Dressed in Blood series. If she said "read my new book, it's about paint drying" I would wonder "oo, what's the story with this paint? Is it that green arsenic-laced Victorian stuff? Does it drive people mad? What's going on??" and happily place a hold. The fact that we're getting classic mythology starring Athena is just gravy.
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGann
More post-apocalyptic survival! Sign me up!
.... for the book. Not trying to survive in a dehydrated terrorscape. I would not do well there.
So there you have it! These are some of the books I'm really looking forward to reading this summer. Don't even get me started on the fall, when we get books like The Dream Thieves (the sequel to Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys), Across a Star-Swept Sea (book 2 in Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars series), Kinslayer (the follow-up to Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff), AND The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente (book 3 of September's adventures in Fairyland!). Eee!
What's on your hold list?