August 4th, 2012

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Book Bites: #57-65

More book bites. Sorry they're such a long time coming!

For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana… Magic Flutes = The Reluctant Heiress by Eva…

57. Diana Peterfreund, For Darkness Shows the Stars -- A YA, postapocalyptic version of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I really enjoyed it as an Austen spinoff but wasn't terribly impressed with the sci-fi aspects. Why did the apocalyptic event occur, and how is this world going to change as a result of the main characters' actions? High marks for the creative premise, but it could have been executed better.

58. Winston Graham, Ross Poldark -- The first book in a multivolume saga (also a BBC series, which I haven't seen yet) about the Poldark family. Ross returns to England after fighting in the American Revolution, only to find his father dead and his beloved Elizabeth engaged to his cousin. Now he has to figure out what to do with his life. In my opinion the book plods, but I liked the overall story. It's piqued my interest enough that I'll read book 2 at some point.

Eva Ibbotson, The Reluctant Heiress -- A reread. I love (LOVE) Eva Ibbotson! You really can't beat her for a sweet, romantic comfort read. This book was also published as Magic Flutes, which is a much better title in light of the plot.

Sarah Dessen, Just Listen -- A reread. I like Sarah Dessen; she does YA drama very well. In this book, Annabel finds friendship in an unexpected place and gains the courage to finally talk about a secret she's been bottling up. Also there is a lot of music geekery in it, which I love. :)

Son of Avonar by Carol BergSaving June by Hannah HarringtonThe Uninvited Guests by Sadie JonesSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

59. Carol Berg, Son of Avonar -- Extremely well-written sword and sorcery. This is book one of a four-book series, and I'm glad I have the other three on my shelves. I'd definitely recommend Carol Berg to fans of epic fantasy.

60. Hannah Harrington, Saving June -- A YA novel about a girl who takes a road trip to California with her best friend and a mysterious boy after her older sister commits suicide. I liked this one -- mostly for the road-trip and music aspects -- but didn't love it. I'd recommend Amy & Roger's Epic Detour instead.

61. Sadie Jones, The Uninvited Guests -- A strange little book that blends horror with Edwardian comedy of manners. It's Emerald Torrington's 20th birthday, and she's looking forward to her party. But a terrible accident on a nearby railway changes her plans, as she and her family must shelter the victims of the wreck. I enjoyed the silly period-piece aspects of this but didn't much care about the univited guests. Still, a relatively light and entertaining read.

62. Jennifer Echols, Such a Rush -- Leah Jones lives in a trailer park but dreams of being a pilot. Her job at the local airport places her in close proximity to the Hall brothers, who are trying to run their late father's business. Loved this -- not quite as much as Going Too Far, but I think this is my second-favorite Echols book. The romance is very well done, and the plot has a nice, tight focus.

Attachments by Rainbow RowellKeeping the Castle by Patrice KindlThe Return of Captain John Emmett by…

63. Rainbow Rowell, Attachments -- Lincoln O'Neill's job at the local newspaper is to read the office emails that get flagged for inappropriateness and issue warnings to their authors. However, he soon gets caught up in the regular email conversations between Jennifer and Beth, two smart, funny, and caring women who work at the paper. Lincoln finds himself in quite the ethical dilemma, especially when he starts to fall for Beth. I thought this book was sweet and romantic; it reminded me of an old-fashioned romantic comedy.

64. Patrice Kindl, Keeping the Castle -- Althea Crawley knows she has to marry well to support her family and repair their crumbling castle. So when the handsome and rich Lord Boring enters the neighborhood, she sets out to capture his heart; however, his abominably rude friend Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. I liked this one, even though the story is very predictable. It's a fun YA historical romance with nods to Pride and Prejudice and I Capture the Castle.

65. Elizabeth Speller, The Return of Captain John Emmett -- WWI veteran Laurence Bartram is asked to learn more about the apparent suicide of his old school friend John Emmett. Laurence's investigation reveals many secrets about his former friend, especially about Emmett's own experiences in the war. I wanted to like this book, since the time period intrigues me, but I just couldn't concentrate on it. This is probably my own fault, as I've been extra busy these past couple of weeks. I might have enjoyed it more if I'd been able to give it my full attention. Nonetheless, I don't think I'll be continuing with the series.