June 07, 2013

Recently Read: Every Day, The Burning Sky and another Who e-story


Becoming a part of the Forever Young Adult team means that the number of books I read per month is only going to increase. I think I might have to do two of these posts a month in order for them to stay out of TL;DR territory!

What have I been reading lately?


Every Day by David Levithan

Here's the book's synopsis:
There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone A wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
Holy crap, you guys. Every Day is an absolutely amazing book. (And another book club read.) It deals with someone (a soul?) who wakes up in a different body every day. The body can be male or female; straight or gay; white, black, Asian, Hispanic ... the sky's the limit. A doesn't know from day to day what kind of person A will wake up in, or what the person's life will be like. (Some of the lives A inhabits can are all too real.)

Every Day is an interesting look into the lives of teenagers, and of people in general. It's also a new (to me, anyway) take on what love is. I highly recommend this book. A warning, however—the book does come with a whole lot of feels, but they're so worth it.

Genre: YA/Realistic Science Fiction
For fans of: The Host, serious feels

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The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas

Here's the book's synopsis:
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to revenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.
I enjoyed The Burning Sky, but I didn't fall in love with it. It's got a great story and an entertaining plot—QUASI SPOILER: "The Realm" is actually on earth, but us normal humans have no idea (because Muggles). The plot also reminded me a whole lot of a favorite WB miniseries of mine: Young Americans. However, I wanted more. I wanted Iolanthe to be cooler, Titus to be more swoon-worthy, the villains to be more sinister; it all just felt a little flat. (You can read my FYA review of this book here.)

Genre: YA/Fantasy
For fans of: Harry Potter, boarding school shenanigans

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Tip of the Tongue (The fifth of 11 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary e-Shorts) by Patrick Ness

Here's the story's synopsis:
In 1945, a strange new craze for Truth Tellers is sweeping the kids of small-town America. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa soon arrive to investigate the phenomenon, only to discover that the actual truth behind the Truth Tellers is far more sinister than anyone could have imagined ...
Surprisingly, this short story had very little to do with the Fifth Doctor and his companion. They were minor, almost background characters in the plot; the main characters are definitely the two teenagers we're introduced to in the opening lines. It's a little strange to me, as this is supposed to be a story about the Doctor, and I don't feel like I learned much about him at all. Still, I enjoyed the story.

Genre: Scifi/Short Stories
For fans of: Doctor Who, Doctor Who expanded universe stories, Doctor Who fanfiction

What have you been reading lately? Anything I should add to my ever-growing (I'm not complaining!) list?

4 comments:

  1. Mostly I'm reading all of your books, so I think I need to buy some more of my own.

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  2. These sound AWESOME as usual :D

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  3. Meh. You know I don't mind loaning.

    Side note: I should totally make Team Hampton a Murtis Library library card. ;)

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  4. They're all good! There are just so many books and so little spare time!

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