Monday, May 2, 2011

April Book Roundup

Well, it's the beginning of the month and you all know what that means.

But if you don't know, don't fret, for I shall tell you. 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 (). Yay!

Anyway, as you may notice, I read a lot of books in April. The reason? A combination of library books that were due and borrowed books that had to go back to their owners. This melted my brain a little bit (I officially do not get how book bloggers do it), and thus, May will probably tone it down a bit.

Also, in regards to comic books, yes, I know, I'm inconsistent. All six volumes of Scott Pilgrim were grouped together because they're pretty fluffy and were limited to one big story. But the two volumes of Fables are separate because they cover two different story arcs and are much denser than Scott Pilgrim could ever be.

I think that's it, so we'll get this show on the road.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
YA Dystopian--Everyone's born "ugly," but 16 is the magic year where you get surgery and become "pretty." Interesting premise, but some elements fell flat.

YA Post-apocalyptic--Final installment from the zombie apocalypse trilogy. I'm pretty much speechless from glee. Gorgeous writing, world-building, and characters. 

Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
YA Paranormal--There's a special hour each night that only people born at midnight can experience. Love the idea behind the crazy critters and everyone's powers.

Midnighters: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
YA Paranormal--Sequel to The Secret Hour. It's great how much these characters don't get along. Lots of dramatic developments and prickly histories unraveled.

Midnighters: Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld
YA Paranormal--Last of the Midnighters trilogy. Lots of excitement and drama (and I love Rex)! Loose ends tied up nicely, but the ending seemed a bit abrupt.

Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make by Nelly Pailloux
Crafty--Amigurumi crochet book with patterns to make tiny, yarn robots. Pretty much full of awesome. Featuring sequins, control panels, and plush goodness. 

Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1-6 by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Comic--Post-college action romance with a nod to both geek and hipster parties. Definitely a fun read since romance is the game and crazy is the norm.

Fables Volume 9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham
Comic--The drama of war picks up in this volume as both sides begin to prepare for the inevitable. Also, a cute side story with Snow, Bigby, and the cubs.

Fables Volume 10: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham
Comic--One of the best stories from the Fables series. Flycatcher gets his due in an epic story that's reminiscent of Arthurian legend.Truly delightful. 

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Steampunk--Thanks to a drilling accident, Seattle has been flooded with noxious gas, populated by zombies, and walled off. Here's some steampunk that feels real.

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
YA Dystopian--Uglies sequel. Complete turnaround from last time and it's sweet. The last book lets the rebellion flourish from within New Pretty Town.

Orphans of Chaos by John C Wright
Sci-fi/Fantasy--Five orphans who have powers and may not be human. Interesting read, but the prose was often confusing and several male characters were jerks.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
YA Historical Fiction--In 1941 Lena and her family are deported from Lithuania to Siberia. Heart wrenching, raw, and full of incredibly multidimensional characters. 

Ape House by Sara Gruen
Fiction--Conspiracies, bonobos, journalism! Also, scandalous reality TV! Everything is fun in this book. A bonus? Character development not sacrificed. 

So did you guys read anything good this month? Anything you definitely would or would not recommend? Tell me in the comments.