It’s Monday! What are you reading? October 1, 2012Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Author: Emma Cornwall
In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . . If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme.
Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.
I’m wavering between enjoying this book and being weighed down by the cumbersome prose. I’m not sure if I like all the flowery descriptions and expressions. I kind of waver between thinking “oh pretty!” and simply sighing. Sometimes I have to reread a few passages to really understand what the author is trying to convey. Too much dressing, not enough meat. For all of that I am enjoying the book. There’s still a lot of action and a lot of romance once you get the descriptions out of the way. We’ll see how the end goes before I dole any final judgment though.
Title: The Resonant
Author: Shauna Leone
Available at: Kindle
10,500 BC, the end of the Last Ice Age: A young girl flees her drowning land, her people’s efforts at stopping the cataclysm, failed. Now she must face a new life in a hostile world as her grandfather desperately tries to prevent such destruction occurring again.
Present Day: Salvager and Marine Archaeologist, Paige Evans, finds a strange encrusted object at the bottom of the ocean and is certain she has made the discovery of a lifetime. Her boss, however, denies she has found anything of importance.
But then the visions begin.
And so do the murders.
Because others know what Paige has found and are reluctant to share its power. They know it is part of an ancient puzzle which is screaming to be solved.
For the world has grown uneasy, there is an air of foreboding, an expectation of imminent terrors, the latest doomsday book in no small way helping to fuel such beliefs, as its mysterious author’s predictions are beginning to come true.
And only understanding the past will save the future.
The next book I’ll be reading is a book submission by the author Shauna Leone. I read a small sample earlier and I liked it so I have high hopes for this book. Hopefully it’ll live up to them. It’s a little outside m normal genre, but it’ll be good to stretch my wings.
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
I can’t wait to read this book. First off, it’s in hardcover. I’ve been dying to feel paper and the pages between my fingers again. Second off, I love the cover. I could stare at this cover for hours. I’ve always loved ravens and the raven on this cover is gorgeous. Finally, the premise sounds intriguing. It sounds a little bit tragic and very mysterious. I can’t wait to delve into the book and discover what the mystery is.
So there you have it. My reading for the week. What are you reading this week?