Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The October Round-Up!

Happy Halloween, folks! I'm writing my October Round-Up a little early this month, if only to get it out of the way to leave more room for NaNo'ing come November! And here are the books I read and reviewed over the last 31 days:

The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman. Fiction, Historical. A
Pros: Absorbing moral debate, well-developed characters, magical setting. Cons: Slow pacing.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Cathrynne M. Valente. Middle Grade, Fantasy. A
Pros: Endlessly creative setting, excellent characterization, gorgeous wordplay. Cons: Uneven pacing, occasionally cluttered language.

Zombies Vs. Unicorns. Anthology Review. YA, Fantasy, Horror. A-
Pros: The zombie stories. Cons: The unicorn stories. And Justine Larbalestier's commentary.

Cold Magic, by Kate Elliott. Fantasy, YA. B-
Pros: Intricate alternate world, gripping actual plot. Cons: Infodumps out the whazoo, irritating characters.

I Kissed an Earl, by Julie Anne Long. Romance, Historical. B-
Pros: Self-aware heroine, intriguingly complex financial storyline, strong writing. Cons: Heroine is a loathsomely spoiled idiot for the majority of the book.

*October Dud* Seize the Fire, by Laura Kinsale. Romance, Historical. D+
Pros: Conflicted hero, some serious dramas. Cons: Boring, sluggish pacing, and the most stupid, useless, crybaby heroine in existence.

Who knew a Laura Kinsale book would wind up a dud? How was your month, reading-wise?

8 comments:

  1. "Zombies Vs. Unicorns. Anthology Review. YA, Fantasy, Horror. A-
    Pros: The zombie stories. Cons: The unicorn stories. And Justine Larbalestier's commentary."

    I don't remember your mentioning the commentary in your original review. What was annoying about it?

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  2. Oooh, added The Light Between Oceans to GR. Slow pacing doesn't usually bother me if everything else is awesome.

    Also, I loathed Justine Larbalestier's commentary in Zombies vs. Unicorns. I like both zombies and unicorns but was hardcore Team Unicorn because of how obnoxious she was for her team. Ugh.

    Good month for you!

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  3. Christina and Jenny - yeah, Justine's was just too childish, it felt jarring.

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