Title: The peculiar night of the blue heart
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Review: After reading the Chemical Garden trilogy by the same author I was very excited to get into some her middle grade work. The opening to the peculiar night of the blue heart was great we meet Lionel and Marybeth who both live at an orphanage. While very different they are best friends Lionel reminds me a lot of Mowgli from the Jungle Book speaking in grunts and growls and has a way with animals while Marybeth is very polite and straight laced always doing what she is told. Lionel mentions seeing a blue fox to Marybeth and one night during a storm she goes looking for it shortly after which she goes missing. This really upsets Lionel as Marybeth was his only friend in the orphanage and he has been warned not to go looking for her but I have a feeling he will.
Title: Tash hearts Tolstoy
Author: Kathryn Ormsbee
Review: The opening to Tash hearts Tolstoy was brilliant we meet Tash and a group of her friends as they produce and post the newest video in their web sites Unhappy Families. This series is a modern take on the story Anna Karenina because Tash loves Leo Tolstoy as she calls him and Anna is one of her favourite books. Life is pretty much normal for the group as they head to the graduation paid for their friend Paul and Tash’s sister Klaudie until they learn their series is going viral after a popular YouTuber mentioned their work. At first Tash is literally stunned and doesn’t really know how to react but she is happy especially when another semi famous YouTuber Thom emails her. She and Thom have been emailing for months and he has asked for her number and Tash is excited but she has already mentioned that she isn’t interested in relationships. We see early on that the group has some strange dynamics like the fact Tash and Jack have a love/hate relationship and Tash and Paul have a relationship that could be seen as romantic despite him not knowing what Tolstoy wrote about or not sharing Tash’s obsession.
Title: Odd & True
Author: Cat Winters
Review: The opening to Odd & True was great we meet the sisters Oddette and Trudchen (who refer to each other as Od & Tru – hence the title) growing up with their aunt and uncle. Oddette tells Tru many fairy tales and legends often including members of their own family, telling her they were magic until their Aunt Vik sends Oddette away leaving Tru to fend for herself and with a bum leg from polio it is very hard. The story is told from different perspectives and also jumps backwards and forwards in time so I was a little worried I would just confused with the story.
Title: Forest of a thousand lanterns
Author: Julie C. Dao
Review: The opening to Forest of a thousand lanterns was brilliant, anything with an Oriental theme is already vert attractive to me as I am slightly obsessed with all things Orient. We meet Xifeng who lives with her aunt Guma, they are needle workers who are quite poor but get by, Xifeng resents her life in the small village but her only happiness there is Wei; her lover. Guma has raised Xifeng like a higher class lady preparing her for a better life should she come across one and severely disapproves of Wei even beating Xifeng for sneaking off to see him. Xifeng is a descendant of the Hou House, meaning magic lies within her blood. After Guma reads her date in the card Xifeng decides to leave with Wei but she knows she will never be free of her aunt’s influence. As they head to the Imperial Palace the pair come across many others travelling in the same direction and Xifeng is grateful for the company. We learn that Guma taught Xifeng types of magic many think are forgotten. While she is happy to be free she is struggles with Guma’s teachings especially those about love.
Title: Goodbye Days
Author: Jeff Zentner
Genre: YA/Family/Mental Illness
Review: The opening to Goodbye Days was absolutely heart breaking from the first sentence, we meet Carver aka Blade whose three best friends Eli, Blake and Mars have just died in a car accident. Carver feels responsible as he was texting Mars who was driving at the time. The story starts at the funerals of the three boys which was very interesting, this novel is also told from Carver`s perspective so we know exactly how he is feeling at this devastating time. In the aftermath of the accident Carver`s life has stopped and he begins to have panic attacks. After the final funeral and being ambushed by the press Carver`s life gets worse when Judge Edwards, Mars` father decides tries to put the criminal liability on Carver. This severely angers his sister Georgia and just further distresses the rest of the family.
So I read 26 books in August which I am very proud of. I also completed 6 bingos in the Summer Bookish Bingo challenge.
1. Sunstone Volume 1 by Stjepan Sejic ***** – This is the first graphic novel I have read, while I love manga I had never read anything similar to Sunstone. I really enjoyed Sunstone mainly for the reason I love erotic fiction and this was just a more visual style of storytelling.