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?


  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?

  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!

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

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