Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Holy wow did I love this book. I knew going in Laini Taylor's writing was beautiful but still...WOW. I heard Laini speak when she came to CT earlier this month and she said she liked how no one can really describe the book without giving anything away about the plot and that is totally true. So rather than discuss WHAT the book is about (a girl with blue hair, teeth and monsters...se that doesn't do it any justice!), let's discuss why I loved it. The writing is beautiful. The world she created has amazing depth. The characters are human. Ok, actually a bunch of them aren't human, but they have flaws and their flaws lead to problems and their flaws are believable. Hopefully that makes sense. Oh also - the writing is gorgeous!
Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson: Perfect read for the week before Halloween. Creepy and funny and the ending: O.o. Seriously did NOT see the ending coming and it rocked. Also loved that there was a love interest but the story totally wasn't about that. It was just seeded in a tiny bit and it was REAL. Not all swoony and stuff but a real relationship. Of course I love swoony relationships but it's also great to see an author write one that isn't all daisies and rainbows.
I think I've read other books recently but nothing springs to mind. Perhaps because I need more coffee. So I'll move on to my TBR pile. A few books I took out from the library and can't wait to read: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, and Shine by Lauren Myracle. So what are you reading? Is there anything I need to add to my pile as clearly it isn't nearly big enough?
*Ok, I admit there are more than a few in my TBR pile. I think there are...30? More? I'm afraid to count.