Hello nerdfighters! Welcome to another edition of 'what I've been reading lately' - I think it's an excellent way to talk about books I've loved lately and I'd LOVE to hear what you've been reading and enjoying/hating as well. Please do share in comments.
I'm currently reading the latest by Maggie Stiefvater, author of Shiver/Linger/Forever etc. The Scorpio Races isn't out until October, but I was lucky enough to have it sent to me for review. I'm only a few chapters in, but I'm liking it so far. About a small village on an island that hosts a horse race every November. Only these are water horses and seem deadlier and more dangerous than normal horses. The story is split into a dual narrative between the reigning horse race-champion and a girl on the island.
Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready - Shift is the sequel to Shade, a book I read last summer. I wasn't expecting much from Shade, I pretty much just thought it'd be a nothing-special YA paranormal romance but I was really surprised by the intensity of the novel as well as its addictive quality. And Shift is no different, it has built upon Shade's mysteries and our characters are still trying to figure out how and why this 'Shift' occurred in which children born after a certain period of time can see ghosts. There's also some really wonderful tension and heartbreak between our main character and two very swoonworthy boys. I really like this series!
David by Mary Hoffman - Here's another book I've read recently and really enjoyed. It's a historical YA, and I normally find historicals quite intimidating and hard to get into, but Mary Hoffman's story really gripped me. It's all so exciting and it really makes me feel like visiting Florence in the very near future! David is a fictional account of what it might have been like for the model of Michaelangelo's very famous statue. Being very good looking, he is caught up in quite a few scandalous affairs, but when he also gets wrapped up in the complicated political climate of Florence at the time, he gets himself into some real trouble. It's good. I recommend it.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young - This book really blew me away! I've heard really good things about it, so bought it immediately after it was published. It's written in dialect, so that could put some readers off. But I think the poor grammar and spelling really added to the atmosphere of the book. Blood Red Road is set in a future where times are really tough - mostly wasteland, and people get by thieving, catching slaves and cagefighting. Many are addicted to a powerful drug and control over this drug and maintaining power means dangerous things for normal people. When Saba's father is murdered and her twin brother taken, she sets off on this desperate journey in order to be reunited with her family andgets roped into a rebellion. This book is SO exciting and worth reading! Seriously, pick it up.
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta - It's no secret that I'm one of Melina Marchetta's BIGGEST fans, so when I heard she was publishing a sort-of sequel to Saving Francesca, I knew that I would reade it and soon. And The Piper's Son was absolutely incredible. So emotional and painful to read. It really broke my heart reading of Thomas Mackee several years after the events of Saving Francesca. I loved the shift in perspective and really getting into Thomas's head as he struggles with the death of his uncle and his complicated relationship with Tara Finke and with his aunt and the rest of his family. Really, this book yanked my heart out and crushed it into little pieces. Melina Marchetta is a genius and if you like contemporary fiction, and haven't yet read Melina Marchetta, then I really don't know what you're waiting for!
Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien - I'm taking part in a blogging event in August highlighting dystopian fiction and picked this book up with the intention of reviewing it next month. I know lots of nerdfighters who have read and loved The Hunger Games, but there are some other seriously good dystopic fiction out there at the moment. Including Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien. Our main character, Gaia is a 16 year old midwife living outside the wall. Her job is to 'advance' a certain number of babies every month to go live in luxury and comfort inside the wall. But when Gaia's parents are taken and held prisoner inside the wall, Gaia is determined to rescue them as well as learn some answers about the divide between those who live inside/outside the wall and what is really going on.
And that's what I'm reading at the moment and what I have read very recently. Please, please, please do share with us all what you've been reading and if you're enjoying it! Us nerdfighters need to be talking more about the great books we're reading!
Bestwishes and DFTBA. Until next week :)