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    I adored ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. Took my time reading so I could savour it. One of my best reads of 2011.

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    I just read Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood (fun!) and Saving June by Hannah Harrington (loved this one, great voice and both funny and sad. Great love interest too.).

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    Read and reviewed Exiled by M.R. Merrick, it was excellent!
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    Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber. Very quirky so far!!

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    I finished SOUL BEACH by Kate Harrison and although the idea's great, the execution left me meh and actually a bit irritated. It's billed as a thriller built around the question of who murdered Alice's sister Megan. The problem is that it's a first in a series, so (SPOILER) you don't find out who murdered Megan at all (although there are some highly telegraphed hints, which I'd be disappointed if they turned out to be true). Instead the focus shifts to another character in the last quarter who there's been little contact with and who is never developed. All in all, I felt a bit cheated really.

    Have started THE THIEF-TAKER'S APPRENTICE by Stephen Deas. It's a YA/adult fantasy cross-over about an orphan thief who finds himself apprenticed to a thief-taker and caught up in a world of intrigue and murder. It's been a bit of a slow start but I'm enjoying the world building.

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    Still reading CLOCKW0RK ANGEL, I must say Jem is a grand example of the Nice Boy type done right. The biggest downfall of the Nice Boy type is being too ordinary and easy to see through--also, when in attempt to make him sweeter the author saws off all his edges until he becomes bland. Jem, on the other hand, is ethereal (this word is actually used to describe him more than once), mysterious and complicated--while never ceasing to be nice. Though I can't help thinking Tessa isn't quite right for him, because their characters don't play off each other, they are both kind of quiet and sensible.

    I also started on SUPERNATURALLY.

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    Currently reading Anna Dressed in Blood I am a sucker for a young male protagonist (some of my fave male protags were in: Going Bovine, Madmen Underground, Unwind, The Replacement) and have always loved a good ghost story.
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    I'm reading Matched which is apparently the first of a trilogy but it's going along a bit slowly... hoping more "stuff" happens soon....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    I'm reading Matched which is apparently the first of a trilogy but it's going along a bit slowly... hoping more "stuff" happens soon....
    Spoiler: it doesn't.


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    Just started Bleeding Violet. Interesting, but I'm very much a character person, so I'm not sure how attached I can get to this character (but I'm only a few pages in).
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    I finished Anna Dressed in Blood the other night. Loved the voice and all, it's definitely on my favorites list. There are references in it to Cas being the ghost equivalent of Buffy and I was like, yeah, that's about it. Gruesome at times, great snarky narration/dialogue, but not really scary.

    Halfway through Ripple by Mandy Hubbard. The writing is good, I'm just not feeling all that attached to the character.

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    Just started Daughter of Smoke and Bone yesterday and I'm not quite halfway in (39% according to Goodreads) -- but now I'm scared. I can tell the Karou/Akiva romance will start soon, and that seems to be where everyone thought it went off the rails. *fingers crossed that Laini Taylor will not let me down, because I love her in a total fan-girly way*

    Quote Originally Posted by Windcutter View Post
    Still reading CLOCKW0RK ANGEL, I must say Jem is a grand example of the Nice Boy type done right. The biggest downfall of the Nice Boy type is being too ordinary and easy to see through--also, when in attempt to make him sweeter the author saws off all his edges until he becomes bland. Jem, on the other hand, is ethereal (this word is actually used to describe him more than once), mysterious and complicated--while never ceasing to be nice.
    OMG, yes! I thought Tess was meh, and didn't like this book as much as The Mortal Instruments, but I loved Jem! He was a fabulous character because he was interesting, something a lot of authors seem to forget to make their nice guys. The Asian dudes are always the most interesting characters in Cassandra Clare novels (all two of them, lol).

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    Finishing up Some Girls Are and it's not YA, but I just started The Informers and I'm about a third of the way through Kafka on the Shore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adktd2bks View Post
    There are references in it to Cas being the ghost equivalent of Buffy and I was like, yeah, that's about it.
    Yeah, there were times when I thought the author was drawing from Buffy, so the direct references were a little annoying to me, but I enjoyed the book so I forgave
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    The Buffy talk has moved ANNA DR3SSED IN BLOOD to the top of my reading list.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Parametric View Post
    The Buffy talk has moved ANNA DR3SSED IN BLOOD to the top of my reading list.
    It was great.
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    Let's be clear, I adore Buffy.

    But when I'm already thinking, "This character is standing in for this role," and "this character was clearly named for this one," and of course, "it has a Buffy-esque vibe to it," and then the author puts a neon sign in the book telling me to relate the book to Buffy, I start rolling my eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    Let's be clear, I adore Buffy.

    But when I'm already thinking, "This character is standing in for this role," and "this character was clearly named for this one," and of course, "it has a Buffy-esque vibe to it," and then the author puts a neon sign in the book telling me to relate the book to Buffy, I start rolling my eyes.
    I didn't think about the Buffy-esque vibe until it was actually said, but then I thought, yeah, it is exactly like that. I was far more annoyed by Paranormalcy because I'd heard that it was like Buffy, but it wasn't at all - the MC was very passive. I also read Deception by Lee Nichols because someone said the character was kickass by Buffy, and she wasn't all that either. This book I suppose is the closest I've seen if you're really looking for a comparison to the Slayer, but like I said, I didn't think about it until much later, so it felt original to me. And, the voice is awesome.

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    Just finished reading I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett, the fourth, and probably final, book in the Tiffany Aching series. Interesting books, a sort of coming-of-age story about a young witch. It started with her at 5 (in Wee Free Men) and at the end of the last book she's 17. All of them have Pratchett's characteristic humor and fun with language. Also good YA, dealing with finding her place in the world, being accepted as an adult by others, handling jealous rivals and so on. Also, a lot of cleaning up after her own mistakes. I always love Pratchett, but this is one of his better books.
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    Just finished The Fox Inheritance. It started out quite strong, but by the end everyone was way, way, way TSTL and maybe didn't deserve to survive. I almost never feel that way about characters. But come on!

    Now starting The Pull of Gravity which is pretty awesome so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parametric View Post
    The Buffy talk has moved ANNA DR3SSED IN BLOOD to the top of my reading list.
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    It was great.
    What Para said, this one is definitely on top of my reading list as soon as I finish my current re-read of an adult series.

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    Just started Brenna Yovanoff's The Space Between...I really enjoyed The Replacement and have been waiting for this book to be released (pleasantly surprised to find it at the library)
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    Totally devouring ALSO KNOWN AS ROWAN POHI by Ralph Fletcher. YA contemp with a male lead.

    Haven't seen much talk about it, but it's been hard to put down since I started it last night. I hope more people pick it up soon.
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    I just finished reading THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER and I loved it so, so, SO much.

    I admired how Michelle Hodkin was able to keep the reader questioning what was really going on with the MC. Everything paranormal/strange can be answered away as coincidence/and something that can happen in reality. As far as unreliable narrators go, Mara Dyer is awesome.

    If you haven't read it yet, you seriously should. <33
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    The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. It was pretty good. I'm just coming out of a long reading slump, so my thoughts aren't terrible eloquent as of yet.

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