It's time to catch up with what I've been reading lately in a quick-look fashion --
Celia's recommendation a couple of years ago when she was out for a visit in Seattle. I'm glad she got me to pick it up because it was a fun read, especially for a Wonderland fan. It was quite loosely based on Lewis Carroll's classic stories (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) and on his (Charles Dodgson's) life and I thought it was an interesting and fresh take on the Wonderland story. I'm not sure if I will continue on with the series (too many books, too little time) but I wouldn't be against picking up the second book -- Seeing Redd. There are also the Hatter M graphic novels that I might try out.
Spellbinder and The Midnight Gate). Well, it turned out to be a self-pubbed novella from Helen Stringer, so much shorter than I expected, but it was a good story with lots of depth and emotion. I almost went and reread the first two books right after because I really enjoy the characters and the world. Sadly, Helen Stringer's next book is not in this series. It's a YA novel called Paradigm and here's what it's about --
... it is set in a future in which everything has happened. Everything that earlier generations were warned about, yet chose to ignore. Continents are isolated, global communication non-existent, poverty and disease rampant. America has become a country of powerful city states, separated by the barren Wilds, where people struggle to survive.Journey to the River Sea) and I pretty much loved it. I am incredibly happy that I have so many of her books still ahead of me. It almost makes up for the fact that I'm nearly out of new Diana Wynne Jones books (almost but ... well ... not really ... ::small sob::). This story had a lot of great elements and I didn't have any problems with it until right at the end. The main character, Annika, makes a choice that I guess is a good example for children of being forgiving and kind but I really wanted her to go the revenge and prosecution route! Anyway, if you have a favorite Ibbotson book that you think I should read next, please let me know in the comments. I own a few more spooky titles but that's it.
Sam Cooper’s parents took him to the Wilds when he was five, now he’s seventeen and alone, driving the empty roads, scraping by. But something has been watching and waiting. Waiting for the moment when Sam would leave the Wilds and visit a city state. Sam will need everything he learned in the Wilds if he hopes to survive, and he’ll need something else too: the beautiful, scary Maori warrior, Alma.
I chose to read this series first instead of The Mortal Instruments because of the alt-Victorian setting which was more to my liking and seemed like a better entry point for me. Because the setting obviously isn't the only thing that makes this series enjoyable though, I will start the other one next, especially with the City of Bones film coming out in August. I wonder how long the library wait is ...
Full of romance, magic and adventure,