Monday, October 8, 2012

September Mini-reviews

My goal this year has been to read a book a week for the entire year (52 books total) so far, I've either met or exceeded that goal. Which is good becasue this month wasn't as great as months past. (Having a baby is a good excuse, right?)

But I still made myself read whenever I could get the chance. So even though I've fallen short I'm still on track to read 52 books this year. Anyway, here's what I read --

Witch Song by Amber Argyle. Amber, I'm sorry it took me so long to read your book! I've had it on my kindle for like 50 years (okay maybe just a year, but still.) Let me start by saying I wish I gotten to it a lot sooner. The magic system is inventive and delightful. The character arc is well done, and the love story is to die for. I sometimes have a hard time with old world fantasy, but not if it's done right and this was done beautifully. I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in age old witch story. Really excellent.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Yet another book that I'm late to the party on, but one that shouldn't be missed. Before this, the best book I had read all year was probably Enders Game (which was really, really excellent, by the way). This one tipped the scale to my new favorite of the year. Over and over I was hearing people at writing conferences talk about the cool magic system of this book. Until I read it I wouldn't have believed how awesome it is.

I was little apprehensive when I saw how thick it was (with big pages and fine print) but the writing is so on par I was hoping that the book would last even longer (thank goodness there are three more books in the series!) Seriously, if you haven't had a taste of Brandon Sanderson, don't wait another day. I had a feeling this book was going to surprise me, but it did more than that, it blew me out of the water. I can only hope to become half the author Brandon is. So good!

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone. I'm a huge Shannon Hale fan, and Princess Academy was one of the best becasue of (once again) the awesome magic system. I wasn't sure how she was going to keep this story going but she did an excellent job. There wasn't as much of the magic in this book, but solid characters and an edge-of-your seat plot kept it moving forward quite well. If you've read Princess Academy, pick this one up for sure. You won't be let down.

What was your favorite read last month?
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