Friday, April 1, 2011

March Book Roundup (UPDATED!)

ETA (04/02/11): Uhh, I forgot to list a book. Probably because I read it in the bookstore. Oops? Review and cover picture added for posterity.

It's that time of month again. Yay!

For anyone that doesn't know about the Book Roundup, here's the lowdown: at the beginning of each month I do Twitter-length reviews of the books I read during the month prior. Genres are listed at the beginning of the reviews and my very favorites are marked with a star ().

Got it? Alright, let's get this show on the road.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
YA Paranormal--Urban fantasy with a paranormal containment agency and a sparkly, pink twist. Love how Evie is very much a girl, but can still kick butt. 

Instructions by Neil Gaiman (illustrations by Charles Vess)
Picture Book--Adorable poem exploring the motifs of the classic fantasy/adventure and the "instructions" regarding them. Accented with gorgeous artwork.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
YA Epic Fantasy--An epic, high fantasy characterized with magical powers called "graces." Wish the villain had been more omnipresent, but still a delightful read.

Delirium (ARC Copy) by Lauren Oliver
YA Dystopian--Romance in a dystopian world. So happy at the lack of a love triangle. Also, beautiful prose, rounded supporting characters, and tragic love. 

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
YA Epic Fantasy--A royal conspiracy, a living prison, and two MCs that just want to escape. Full of fun world building, though characterization a little lacking.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
YA Paranormal--Aliens are among us. Intriguing idea, but poor execution in pacing and characterization. Also, cliché high school drama. But Bernie Kosar was cool!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Fiction--The intrigue, drama, and lifestyle of a early 1930s train circus. Not only is the topic fascinating, but Gruen's characters are pretty much alive. 

How about you guys? Read any books this month? If you're participating in a book challenge, did you make any progress? Tell me in the comments!


Jessie said...

I love love love love love Water for Elephants. And I love that it started out as a NaNoWriMo project.

I've made a start on Australasia for the Global Reading Challenge with The Whale Rider. I've also got a Chinese book and a Chilean one from the library.

And I'm reading Little Women, which I love, and the Three Musketeers, which I liked until I got into a political chapter which sort of dampened my enthusiasm. And I read The Hunger Games a couple weeks ago and it totally blew me away with its awesomeness.

Yay reading! :)

Sarah Robertson said...

For some reason I didn't expect to love Water for Elephants. It was such a nice surprise! :)

Glad to hear your challenge is going well! I've always wanted to read the Three Musketeers, so it's interesting actually hearing from someone who's dabbled in it. And Hunger Games is pretty much amazingness.

I have to return a bunch of borrowed books to a friend at the end of the month, so I'm pretty sure that I'll be racking up the pages by the end. Yay reading indeed!

Brenna Braaten said...

I'm excited to read some of these. And some not so much.

Sarah Robertson said...

*lol* Okay. Any in particular?

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