Bibliophilia with a Feline Twist

A twentysomething writer and aspiring author who reads as much as she writes, and has a few cats. Don't ask how many.

Under the Never Sky

Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi I read it once, put it down, and had to walk away to think about what I liked and didn't like about it.I felt that the worldbuilding, especially within Reverie and the Realms, was very weak, but the worldbuilding outside the Pods was incredibly strong and saved the book. Character building was exquisite and achingly beautiful at times. The nuances of the characters were so light and they were woven together versus shoved or pulled or prodded together roughly. It was very well done.I enjoyed the story more than I thought, and read it a second time a day later. It was better the second time around and it's likely a story I'll reread!

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer One of my favorite books of all times, Foer hit the nail on the head with this one. The narrator was innocent enough that we all remember how we felt before 9/11, and the narrator is wise enough that we all realize what was taken from us that day. It's a compelling tale, an adventure in grief and happiness and loneliness and understanding. I'm not a Foer fan in general, but this book claimed a special corner of my heart.

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices)

Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare I didn't think it could get worse than Clockwork Angel, but it did. Here, at least Will gets a storyline and some sort of character development, unlike everyone else. Otherwise, a flat book, with a flat, predictable storyline. Frustrating.


Divergent  - Veronica Roth I read it 5 times in a weekend. I've read it 5 times since then. I can't get enough of it. It is with me wherever I go. It changed how I approached my own fears. Of all the characters I've read, I identified so closely with Tris that it was startling. Four is believable, raw, and alluring. The story is compelling. Make sure you have a few hours to spare when you read this--you won't be able to put it down!

Where She Went

Where She Went - Gayle Forman I didn't want to like this book. Contemporary YA with a male POV isn't typically my thing. When Adam's a moody, brooding boy who hasn't gotten over a girl who left him 3 years ago, I *really* didn't want to like the book.But like the book I did. Where She Went is a heart-chaser. It is raw, emotional, and visceral. You will be breathless at the end, stripped raw and exhausted from going on the journey with Adam. You will not hate Mia as much as you think you will, and you will not love Adam as much as you think you will, and that's okay, because we're all shades of gray, and these characters and their mistakes are so incredibly real it hurts. I didn't read "If I Stay", and while there were some things I didn't know, I caught up quickly because Where She Went stands on its own. Highly recommend.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare Weak characters, weak predictable plot, weak worldbuilding.And yet, I couldn't put it down. There was *something* compelling about it, but I haven't put my finger on it yet.In other (related) news, why can't someone write a male main character who doesn't dazzle everyone around him with his good looks?

Life: An Exploded Diagram

Life: An Exploded Diagram - Mal Peet Utterly brilliant. Best read this year and high on my recommended list now.

What We Saw At Night

What We Saw at Night - Jacquelyn Mitchard I wanted to give this book a four star review. I did. And a lot of me LOVED this book and I absolutely couldn't put it down. WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT has some of the tightest characterization and setting I've seen in YA lit. But the plot fell apart about halfway, and then began to disintegrate rapidly. By the end, I still loved my characters, their relationships, the setting, and the premise. I felt like this was the wrong plot for this book. And I didn't want it to be that way. Sigh.

Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein Review when my brain is less smushed by all of the awesome feels.

The Archived

The Archived - Victoria Schwab Review coming soon!

Lovely, Dark and Deep

Lovely, Dark and Deep - Amy McNamara Perfect.

If You Stay (Beautifully Broken, #1)

If You Stay - Courtney Cole It's better written...but it still felt like New Adult's Fifty Shades of Grey. There were even (very) similar scenes. I was expecting something...more. I'm sure this will sell well and that's not to say that it wasn't well written, but it was a story I've (sadly) read before, so it wasn't *novel*. It could have been. It thought about going there. But instead, it did not.And yes, I'm fully prepared for the devout fanbase to flame me for this...

Where Things Come Back

Where Things Come Back - John Corey Whaley Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Unravel Me

Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi I was lukewarm on Shatter Me. I was annoyed by Juliette and I found some things...cliched. And sometimes the prose was a little MUCH.UNRAVEL ME's prose was a little tighter, the metaphors a little less like runaway trains, and yet it didn't lose its power or its stunning ability to take my breath away. This time, the prose made the story tighter instead of pulling away from the story. And the story's tension was perfectly paced. And...well, let's just...I love everything about this book. I highly recommend it and I cannot WAIT for the third book.Tahereh, you're brilliant and smart and funny, and you write one hell of a story.

Nobody But Us

Nobody But Us - Kristin Halbrook I was surprised by this book! It was nothing like I expected it. It wasn't light, or particularly funny, and the romance in it was strained and desperate. I mean, I read the summary, I swear, but usually authors still get super fluffy with things like this and the characters successfully save each other and end up happily ever after. Halbrook surprises, and thus delights, with a visceral, real, raw homage to teenagers in pain and in love.

Prodigy: A Legend Novel

Prodigy - Marie Lu I love Day and June. I love Day and June together. I think this was June's book overall, and I do seriously love me a strong female character...but this book had a serious "second book slump". It's a terrible syndrome and I kinda feel bad because I'm sure in my head, I'm comparing Prodigy to Through the Ever Night (Veronica Rossi) and Insurgent (Veronica Roth) which are second books in a YA dystopia trilogy and neither of THOSE slumped. So, I'm probably being unfair. It falls flat. The strongest part of the book was the last thirty pages (which is good. A weak ending can KILL a book for me). I'm a little disappointed, but not enough to give up on the series at all. It's still an engaging and promising story that I enjoy reading. I'm going to reread and make notes and collect my thoughts for a more thorough review of exactly how it fell flat.

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