Coop de Book What Gail Read While Recuperating ~ YA & Urban Fantasy (Miss Carriger Recommends)

What I Read While On Hiatus ~ YA
YA is usually my preferred genre, but I have been struggling with it recently. I don’t like post-apocalyptic and dystopian stuff, and while I read contemporary, it’s not my favorite. The days of classic Tamora Pierce fantasy seem faint and far away, at least as I peruse the YA bookshelves. I keep my eyes open for something I’ll like and I am constantly reading samples, but I’m finding reading more of a struggle with this genre than it has been in the past. Nevertheless, I did delve in while recovering.

Author: Starla Hutchton
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
How Gail got it: Purchased via pre-order
Recommended? Yes

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a lot more serious than the description sounds, and deals with some troubling themes of bullying, but in a very sophisticated way. Strangely, the idea of calling it a romance almost trivializes that (and I like romance). It reminded me a lot of On the Fence by Kasie West (read my review of that book on Goodreads) but I think I liked this one better. (All my cards on the table, Starla is a friend, but I hope that didn’t influence me unduly. After all, I have lots of author friends and mostly, I don’t read or like their stuff. Frankly I’m so picky, most authors I know personally don’t write things that fit my preferences.)

On a side note, Starla is also a very good cover art designer and it was her blog post about the evolution of this book’s cover that lead me to place a pre-order in the first place.  Even if you’ve no interest in the book, her cover art discussion is fascinating.

What I Read While On Hiatus ~ Urban Fantasy

I read urban fantasy almost by default. What does that mean? Well, I fell into it initially because it seemed to have more chicks kicking ass, more romance, more action, and more funny moments than most other sub-genres of SF/F. That said, it seems to have gotten awfully redundant lately. For some reason I get perturbed by this in UF in a way that I don’t with romance, which, frankly is nothing but redundancy. Why? I’m a fickle little unreasonable emotional reader-beast defying logic and sense. I like what I like, what can I say?

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Title: The Change
Author: Teyla Branton
Series: Unbounded (Book 1) 4 in series so far
Genre: Straight up classic urban fantasy.
How Gail got it: Purchased (Bookbub maybe? Can’t have been attracted by that cover, yawn.)
Recommended? With reservations

Yet another take on the vampire myth. I found the plot a little predictable, the world building not all that original, and the main character’s series of choices annoyingly wrong-headed in a Sandra Bullock The Net kind of way. (Yes Sandra, escape into the parade and then be THE ONLY person running in the opposite direction because that makes PERFECT sense. Distracted by horrendous memories of a truly awful movie, now where was I? Oh yes, about to re-watch Miss Congeniality for the 100th time. Now there is a quality flick.) Yes, to some extent, the main character reacts in a pleasingly emotional and honest true-to-life way, but otherwise she is just irritating. Nevertheless, the action kept me engaged enough to finish the whole book. For someone who will drop a book for very minor flaws, that is saying something major about the writing. I also bought the second one, which is saying even more. However, I haven’t read it yet, so…

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Follet Date-  Monday, June 1, 1840 Item ID-  v. 22, plate 107

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Octopus struggling with a crayfish, with a background of fishes and marine creatures; wiki commons

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Tea plantations in Lishan.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

shewhoworshipscarlin Lady’s writing desk, 1750, France

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Quote of the Day:
“[Harry] had always suffered from a vague restlessness, a longing for adventure that she told herself severely was the result of reading too many novels when she was a small child.”
~ Robin McKinley, The Blue Sword (highly recommended)


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  1. Patricia said:

    I recommend a YA trilogy that is now complete. No waiting for the next book! It is the Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan. The books are Unspoken, Untold, and Unmade.
    It stars a kickass half Japanese half English teenaged girl with her own Scooby gang trying to deal with the dread that has fallen on her village. You're dealing with sorcerers, sources, and ordinary people.

  2. Giles Hash said:

    Just thought you might be interested: Teyla Branton is a pseudonym of Rachel Ann Nunes. She's currently fighting a pretty serious court case against someone who appears to have plagiarized her. Not that it should influence your opinion of the book ;). It's been an interesting story to follow, and something that sparked a good conversation over on Beyond the Trope.

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