November days found me riding tuk tuks around Cambodia and visiting Korea to taste some of my favorite dishes that I have missed for the last seven months.
My October Reading List was extremely interesting, but a bit heavy, with the genocidal elements. To balance out the more depressing aspects of humanities evils, a few light hearted YA books were necessary for November.
What new books to read, that is the question!……… any suggestions?
goodreads description: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
What a delightful read! I happen to have a certain obsession with mythology, mostly Greek, but it has spread to Norse mythology as well. This was a charming and quirky story with some unexpected surprises. I’ve read other books from Riordan and I have to say this one might be my favorite.
“Myths are simply stories about truths we have forgotten.”
goodreads description: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
I have a soft spot for fairytale adaptations, and this particular series is one of the best I’ve read in a while. The slightly futuristic elements are unique and the cross over of storylines is refreshing. I’m actually mildly disappointed that the series is at an end.
Winter, or Snow White, was presented in an entirely different way than the usual white skinned, singing to animals, girl in the forest. And what is more enjoyable than a bunch of fairytale heroines organizing and implementing a revolution?
“Winter was a well-loved princess who was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken.”
goodreads description: Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sweet sootie Soap nearby. She would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and now she’s not sure whom to trust.
What is there not to love about a steampunk, kick-butt teenager who runs around fighting the bad guys while dressed in petticoats? Nothing, that’s what. Sophronia is a delightful character who has humorous friends and exciting adventures.
After having read two different series written by Gail Carriger now, Finishing School along with The Parasol Protectorate, I have only one criticism to make. The characters are perhaps a bit two-dimensional and lacking depth. There is repetition of archetypes between the two series and you can see that Carriger enjoys writing about the strong, quirky female lead with a frilly, goofy best friend.
However, I find her books thoroughly enjoyable and just the thing to read when you need a good chuckle.
“However, she was also avoiding tea and refraining from indulging in anger, grief, worry, and jealousy. Emotions, everyone knew, affected the size and quality of one;s endowments.”