As you may have guessed from my In My Mailbox posts, I review for another website (bookloons.com). As I cannot post my reviews there and here, but I would still like to count the books I read for the challenges, I am going to have a post like this at the end of the every month listing the books I reviewed and what challenges the went towards.
Challenges: Young Adult Contemporary, Borrowed, 100 Books in a Year
Thoughts: Normally, I shy away from books about dogs (especially ones for MG), but my book club was reading this, so I had to. I am glad I did. There was a sad part, but unlike some children's classics, this did have (SPOILER ALERT!) a happy ending. DiCamillo has written a heart-filled story about a lonely little girl, her stay dog, and the meaning of friendship.
Challenges: Manga, Horror & Urban Fantasy, 100 Books in a Year
Thoughts: Kaori Yuki is one of my top favorite manga-ka. Her artwork is dark yet detailed and it fits well with her twisted, Gothic tales. Her newest series to hit Stateside is no exception. This is a dark, creepy tale of doll-like zombies and the musicians who have the power to vanquish them. At times it does get a little confusing, but eventually all is laid bare.
Challenges: Mystery & Suspense, TBR Pile, People of Color, 100 Books in a Year
Thoughts: This is a fast-paced novel that will keep the reader guessing. Martinez expertly draws the reader in and keeps them frantically turning the pages until the end with a tightly plotted suspense storyline. I really can't say more except go pick this gem up today!
Title: The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour Vol. 6: The Crime Stories
Author: Louis L'Amour
Why Read?: For Fun
Challenges: Mystery & Suspense, 100 Books in a Year
Thoughts: The title of this collection is slightly misleading. While many of the stories do deal with crime, quite a few would fall under the category of sports better (especially boxing, which is the what the cover picture portrays). Actually, my favorite story in the whole collection, "Dream Fighter", was one of the boxing stories. I also really enjoyed the noir stories featuring Kip Morgan, the title character from "Dream Fighter". Some of the other stories, though, just were not up my alley, but all were very well-written, as one would expect from an author like L'Amour.
Thoughts: The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun started out like a fun MG novel aimed at boys of that age. While it did stay firmly rooted in that classification, it began to drag a little once they left Earth. And the origin of the Onyx Sun only took up a bried explaination at the begining. A little tightening of storyline, and this could be a great choice for younger reluctant readers.
It's Easter, so that means its time for the Hoppy Easter Extravaganza Giveaway Hop! I am giveaway away a great stocking...er, basket stuffer: More Rootabaga Stories by CarlSandburg.This is a fun collection of "American Fairy Tales" and this copy has not be read.
As Huntress is next in my TBR pile (and because I think this is a great topic for a challenge), I decided to join Mission to Read's YA LGBT Paranormal Challenge. As I do only currently have the 1 book on my shelf, I am doing the Just Curious level (1 book).