The good news is that during my unwilling unplug I have managed to read a few books I have yet to review, so there is (as always) a silver lining! :-)
I've been on quite a roll with my reading choices lately so without further ado, here they are:
Goodreads Book Description: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
My Review: Is it crazy to think that the sequel to such an amazing book as The Hunger Games can even compete? Apparently not. This book, for me, was just as good as the first. The only difference is that I knew the third installment wasn't out yet, so instead of ripping through the pages I tried to pace myself, not wanting it to be over. The characters and story Suzanne Collins has created easily earn the five star rating and a place among some of my favorite all-time books. How can you not fall in love with Katniss, Gale and Peeta? I'm not sure it's possible. And for the record, I adore Cinna, he's one of my favorites. My only complaint? That I have to wait for #3.
Goodreads Book Description: Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
My review: It admittedly took me a few chapters to really be able to get into this book. The descriptions of society, coupled with the point of view were at first, too overwhelming and distracting. It just took a little adjusting before I felt truly comfortable and into the story.
But once I did, I literally finished this book in a week and couldn't stop reading. The humor and wit used throughout had me rolling with laughter and I ultimately fell in love with Alexia, Lord Maccon and above all, Lord Akeldama. I adore that Alexia is a woman of strong opinions and unlike other female characters, she can hold her own against any man. A genuinely unique idea here and I love what Gail has done combining them all.
I will definitely continue this series! Kudos to Carriger on this one...she had me on board by the end.
I'm off to order more books today from Amazon...woo hoo!!! I was lucky enough to win a contest from the lovely Jade over at Jade hears voices and that free money is just itching to be spent! I just hope my good roll continues!
Hope everyone's weeks are going well!
*think happy thoughts* (something I've been muttering to myself frequently as I attempt editing my WIP)