Thursday, December 31, 2009

December in Review

A great reading month for me. I ended up reading 24 books. I started some new series and caught up on some series I am currently reading. Got some great books for Christmas too! See the summary of what I read below.

I got caught up in the following series:
- Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman: "Everwild", Book 2
- Meredith Gentry by Laurell Hamilton: "Divine Misdemeanors", Book 8
- Quantum Gravity by Justina Robson: "Selling Out", Book 2
- Generation Dead by Daniel Waters: "Kiss of Life", Book 2
- The Good Neighbors by Holly Black: "Kith", Book 2

I started the following series:
- Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
- Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld
- Vineart War series by Laura Anne Gilman
- Teen Alien Huntress by Gena Showalter
- Malice by Chris Wooding

The best books of the month were:
- "Skinwalker" (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1) by Faith Hunter. Great heroine and world. Tons of action and an intriguing mystery.
- "Genesis" by Bernard Beckett. An interesting read about a utopia with a completely awesome ending.
- "Breathers: A Zombie's Lament" by S.G. Browne. A zombie novel with shotguns, gore, and a lot of heart.
- "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo. Excellent fairy-tale like story.
- "Santa Olivia" by Jacqueline Carey. A surprisingly unique and heart-warming urban fantasy by Carey.
- "Odd and the Frost Giants" by Neil Gaiman. Another excellent children's book by Gaiman.

There was really only one book that totally disappointed me this month:
- "The Storyteller's Daughter" by Cameron Dokey. Boring, stilted retelling of "Arabian Nights".

The full list of books I read this month is listed below.
1. "Bang Goes a Troll" (An Awfully Beastly Business, book 3) by Matthew Morgan, David Sinden, and Guy Macdonald (3/5 star)
2. "Skinwalker" (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1) by Faith Hunter (5/5 stars)
3. "Leviathan" (Leviathan, Book 1) By Scott Westerfeld (4/5 stars)
4. "e2: A Novel" by Matt Beaumont (3/5 stars)
5. "Frommer's London 2010" (4/5 stars)
6. "Everwild" (Skinjacker Trilogy, Book 2) by Neal Shusterman (4/5 stars)
7. "Going Bovine" by Libba Bray (4/5 stars)
8. "Flesh and Fire" (Vineart War, Book 1) by Laura Anne Gilman (3/5 stars)
9. "Genesis" by Bernard Beckett (4.5/5 stars)
10. "Divine Misdemeanors" (Meredith Gentry, Book 8) by Laurell K. Hamilton (3/5 stars)
11. "Selling Out" (Quantum Gravity, Book 2) by Justina Robson (3/5 stars)
12. "Tantalize" by Cynthia Leitich Smith (3/5 stars)
13. "Breathers: A Zombie's Lament" by S.G. Browne (4.5/5 stars)
14. "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo (5/5 stars)
15. "Kiss of Life" (Generation Dead, Book 2) by Daniel Waters (4/5 stars)
16. "Wicked Plants" by Amy Stewart (4/5 stars)
17. "The Storyteller's Daughter" by Cameron Dokey (2/5 stars)
18. "Santa Olivia" by Jacqueline Carey (4.5/5 stars)
19. "Odd and the Frost Giants" by Neil Gaiman (5/5 stars)
20. "Black Orchid" by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (4/5 stars)
21. "Kith" (The Good Neighbors, Book 2) by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh (3.5/5 stars)
22. "Malice" by Chris Wooding (4/5 stars)
23. "Red Handed" (Teen Alien Huntress, Book 1) by Gena Showalter (4/5 stars)
24. "Blacklisted" (Teen Alien Huntress, Book 2) by Gena Showalter (3/5 stars)

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