Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison
Publication Date: March 4, 2010
Keywords: winter, choir, travel
Format Read: signed ARC from author (thank you so much!)
This book took me completely by surprise. On the surface it seemed like it would be another summer-fling story, but the girl learns she really loves her friend back home. This was not the case. Angela Morrison created a story so deep it was hard to pull out of. I thoroughly enjoyed the choir atmosphere, being involved in three different choirs myself. Music was described perfectly, how it takes hold of a person and transports them to another universe to unite with the world.
I'll admit I was taken aback by the sudden twists in the plot. I thought I knew how the book would end, but I was mistaken. It was a good mistake, and I am extremely glad I was wrong. Although I was disappointed Beth's character changed from Beast to Beauty rather quickly, I was blown away by the characterization of Derek. He was easily one of the deepest and most fantastically written characters I have seen in a while.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Publication Date: September 22 ,2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Keywords: friendship, road trip, travel
Format Read: library book
I was surprised from the start. I knew it was going to be good (after all, it's Libba Bray we're talking about), but it was so different from a Great and Terrible Beauty. Cameron suffers from mad cow disease, and Dulcie, the cute and caffeinated angel helps him to find the cure before he dies. Subtle hints of nothing in the beginning turned out to be plot twisters and key concepts at the end of the novel, and something as simple as snow globes can change the world. Everything in this novel is based around small coincidences that chain together, ultimately altering the course of someone's life.
Each character was so intricately developed. Dulcie became a loved friend, and I began to feel as though I knew her, predicting when she would pop up and disappear again throughout the story. It wasn't in a "this story is predictable" sort of way, but a "I know this person so well" sort of way. And Balder, the talking yard gnome was easily the funniest character of the story. Bray did an excellent job of mixing humor with Norse god myths. In addition, the mix of time travel and other dimensions always adds a nice touch to any novel.
I was quickly pulled into Cameron's strange world of talking objects, fire giants, and Dr. X, the man who has the cure. Once again, Bray has done well. Below is a quote from the back of the book I rather enjoyed:
"Saving the world. That's impossible. Insane. Still. A cute. I could be cured. That's what she said. And some little atoms come awake inside me, swirling into a question I can't shake: 'Why the hell not?' I could have a chance. And a chance is better than nothing."