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I thought I was totally over vampire books, but then Holly Black had to come along and write the awesome The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. The existence of vampires is not a secret; they are talked about on social networks and livestreams of their fabulous parties are THE THING to watch at night. People feel safe because most vampires have been trapped in quarrantine zones called Coldtowns. But there are still rogue vampires out there lurking in the night, and when a human is bitten by one they go “Cold”, starting to crave the taste of human blood that will then turn them into a vampire.
The story starts when seventeen-year-old Tana, who has been out partying with friends all night and passed out in a bathtub, wakes up to find that everyone at the party has been brutally murdered by a pack of vampires. The scene is gruesome, and Tana is quick to discover that only one other person is still alive: her ex-boyfriend Aidan, who has been bitten by one of the vampires. Tana rescues him and decides that the only way to save him is to head for the nearest Coldtown, hoping that the humans there can keep Aidan from turning and that the bounty she’ll earn for the weakened vampire she caught will earn her a way out.
In a time when vampire books are nearly inescapable, I though The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was unique and exciting. I love Tana and the fact that despite her near-paralyzing fear she’s the one rescuing the boy instead of being some kind of damsel in distress. Of course a little romance gets thrown into the mix, but it doesn’t take over the story at all and it plays out in a way that feels realistic. If you’re looking for a different take on vampires and don’t mind some gore (that first chapter, yikes), I highly recommend picking this one up.
I’ll admit it, I was skeptical when I picked up The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. There has just been so much paranormal romance in YA lately that I didn’t think I could stand another same-old-same-old story of forbidden romance amid spooky stuff. And when I read the publisher description, that’s exactly what I thought it would be: ”Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.” It’s true that romance comes into play since it has been prophesied that when Blue kisses her true love, he will die. But the real story is all about friendship. Gansey and his fellow Raven Boys Adam, Ronan, and Noah are on a quest to find the long-lost king Glendower and obtain one wish for uncovering his location. After Blue sees Gansey’s spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, revealing to her that Gansey will die within the next year, Blue joins the quest and comes to find out that Raven Boys aren’t as bad as she thought.
So no, this book isn’t really a “paranormal romance”, it’s an exciting adventure story with twists and turns that will keep you from putting the book down even for a minute. It’s also impossible to not love the characters; each of the characters is complex and interesting all on their own, and their friendship is what really makes the story.
I’m cautious about books that are clearly meant to begin a series, since it seems like the second book in many YA series lately is just boring filler, but I think I enjoyed The Dream Thieves, the second book in the Raven Cycle, even more than the first. I won’t say too much since I don’t want to spoil the first book for you, but I think Ronan Lynch may have become my favorite character in the series. I stayed up way way WAY past my bedtime to finish these books, and I guarantee that you won’t be able to put them down either.
I know it seems like lately all I’ve been doing is gushing about Rainbow Rowell, but trust me, she totally deserves it. After I read Eleanor and Park, I had to rush out and get her newest novel Fangirl pretty much immediately. The main character, Cath, is obsessed with the Simon Snow book series. For years she and her twin sister Wren have built a following online by writing fanfiction about Simon Snow and Baz, Simon’s enemy (or something more, in Cath’s mind). But now that they’ve gone off to college, Wren is ready to build her own identity separate from Cath, which means ditching all that fanfic stuff. So now Cath is on her own and dealing with the challenges of college life: having a surly roommate, figuring out where to eat in the cafeteria, getting attention from a couple of charming boys, all while balancing classwork with writing Carry On, Simon.
I love this book not just because it’s well written with lots of witty dialogue and an understanding of what going away to college is really like, but also because I’m a BIG fan of Harry Potter, who has clearly heavily influenced Simon Snow. Rainbow Rowell really gets the fandom thing right. If you’re part of the HP fandom, or any fandom really, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.
Every once in awhile I come across a book that I love so much and find so universally appealing that I just can’t help but recommend it to everyone I see. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is one of those books. You might have heard of it because of the controversy surrounding it lately (and just in time for Banned Books Week, of course!). Or maybe you heard of it because of John Green’s glowing review of it in the New York Times. Either way, it’s getting tons of buzz, and for good reason.
Eleanor & Park is set in 1986 and is the story of two misfits who meet on the school bus. She gets bullied for being a bigger girl with bright red hair. He’s a kept-to-himself Asian-American who would rather read his comic books and listen to The Smiths than hang out with the cool kids. When Eleanor can’t find a seat on the bus, Park saves her from ridicule and lets her take the seat next to him. At first they don’t speak to each other, but one day Park notices Eleanor reading his comic books over his shoulder. This new found friendship grows into love over time, turning into one of the most genuine and charming YA love stories that I’ve read. I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell’s witty dialogue and realistic characters, and I guarantee that you will too.
Sad that the Artemis Fowl series is all wrapped up? Luckily Eoin Colfer has started a brand new series called WARP! The first book is called The Reluctant Assassin: “In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever”. Check out the trailer above.
What do you think, Artemis Fowl fans? Will this series be just as much fun?
*book description from publisher
Hmmm, I can’t decide which cover I like better for Libba Bray’s newest hit novel, The Diviners. Here’s the blurb: “Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.”
I think I like the original (left) better. The colors pop and I like the city in the background. But then again, I like the shadows in the newer one, it definitely fits in with the lurking vibe of the book. Which one do you like better? Sound off in the comments!
*book description from publisher