Thursday, February 2, 2012

January Mini-Reviews

First let me give a big thank you to all who commented yesterday. I have decided that what I've already written is okay becasue even if you don't see the characters flaws at first, you find them out later in the book.

Those of you that followed my old blog may have heard a thing or two about my goals in 2012. If you haven't, you are about to be enlightened.

One of my goals is to read a book a week. That will add up to 52 books in a year. In order to hold myself accountable, I plan on doing mini-reviews of the books I read the previous month. So buckle up and get ready for a little ride ;)

Artemis Fowl:

  The Arctic Incident      The Eternity Code     The Opal Deception


I feel like I should tell you about all three of these books together becasue they all relate to each other. If you haven't heard of Artemis Fowl and you write MG or YA, it's time you heard about it. Who doesn't love a boy genius bent on being a criminal Mastermind? Especially one who likes to steal from magical Fairies. Got your interest? Good. Pick these ones up, they are worth it.


The Kane Chronicles: Throne of Fire.

 

This is the second in the Kane series, but I didn't have the chance to get to until now. Once again Riordan tells a hilarious and peril-wrought journey of the Kane siblings, and once again leaves us guessing. I wouldn't say it was my favorite novel from him, but it was worth picking up (and maybe even picking up again).












Servant of a Dark God


If you followed my old blog then you might know how long I've been wanting to get through this one. I met John Brown at a writers conference and bought his book. And let me tell you, it was wonderful. He writes like George R. R. Martin only in a more young adult style. Fantastic read.













As you can see, I actually got through five books this month (wahoo!) but I'm not quite sure I can keep it up. We'll just have to see how the rest of the year goes.

16 comments:

Christa said...

Wow! These are all great and very unexpected. I didn't think this would be your bag. Very cool to see this side of you.

Leigh Covington said...

Awesome! I used Artemis Fowl (graphic novel) for a book report in one of my classes for school. Graphic novels aren't my thing, but his story sounds cool. And I'm dying to read John Brown's book. Glad to hear it was good. It is officially NEXT on my list to read. :)

Angela Cothran said...

I LOVE Artemis Fowl! It is one of my favorite Middle Grade series :) Great reading goal. I went crazy this year and I'm attempting 100. What was I thinking? Are you on Goodreads? If you are we should be friends :)

Angela Brown said...

These are some great choices. I've had my eye on reading some Artemis Fowl books for a while. Thanks for the recommendations.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Some fun choices there. I love Artemis Fowl. I didn't realize the second Kane book was out. Good luck on your reading. I WISH I could go through that many books.

Joanne said...

I like the idea of mini-reviews. They're short, but pack a lot of punch!

Mark Noce said...

Cool books! Amen to reading a book a week. I usually read a couple just to keep up with my wife...she reads a book a day easy (no joke) :)

David P. King said...

Five books? That's a trip and a half! Awesome. :)

Ruth Josse said...

Wow, way to go! I haven't read any of these, but I'll have to pick them up. There are quite a few in my house that will read them.

Ava Jae said...

I love the Artemis Fowl series...I've read all of them. :D

Haven't tried Rick Riordan as I don't usually read much MG (Artemis Fowl being the exception), but I've heard lots of good things about the series, so I might just try it out.

Thanks for the recommendations!

Gwen said...

Gah, my goal is one book a month. I'm so impressed you can read that fast. I love Artemis Fowl, I remember reading those when then first came out and have since read the books several times.

Kristy Stewart said...

I love Artemis Fowl, but I can hardly ever find my copies of the books because my youngest brother is always pilfering them from my bookcase, even now that I've lived out of the house for years. I guess it shows that Colfer hit his target audience if I can't keep a YA reader away from the books.

Jenny S. Morris said...

These all look amazing. Love the covers!!

Joyce Lansky said...

I was reading a book a week too in the summer, but recently, everything's gotten out of hand with trying to keep up with the day job. I miss my pleasure reading, although in reality, I didn't care for "The Red Pyramid."

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Shannon Lawrence said...

I hope you can keep up with your goals! I always appreciate MG/YA recommendations since I'm expanding my horizons there.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Wow, go Jen!
I love the Artemis Fowl series. I read them all before I EVEN considered writing but they were definitely inspiring.