March was for reading I guess this year. I ended up reading 9 books (!!!). Looking back, I’m kind of impressed with myself for reading that much. Don’t worry, April is off to a much slower start 🙂
Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger: This is my second time reading this series. I stumbled upon Carriger’s Finishing School series in February and decided I just had to read this series again to see where the characters crossed over. This is also one of my favorite series – steampunk, a fun woman lead (with some great supporting characters) and a good storyline. Like any series, it has it’s ups and downs, but I still love it. I am very excited to read Prudence, the next book in Carriger’s world, but I decided I should wait for that enjoyment a bit longer.
Earth Girl and Earth Star by Janet Edwards: This is a series about a girl that lives in the future and because of her immune system, cannot leave Earth, even though most of humanity has moved to other planets. People like her are called apes or throwbacks, since they cannot travel the stars and many consider them second-class citizens. As you can imagine, this leaves most of the children that have this “affliction” bitter, as more often than not, their parents hand them over to Hopital Earth and never see them again. Earth Girl picks up Jarra as she is graduating high school and moving on to college. She decides to enroll in an off-world archeology program, as all first-year programs start on Earth. She pretends to be a regular person, only hoping to throw it in her classmates face that she is an ape at the end. Jarra finds out that the “norms” are not as bad as she thought and ends up bonding with several. Several catastrophies happen and Jarra ends up being the hero in them all. These books suffer from the Mary Sue syndrome, a female lead that can do no wrong but still ends up being “blah.” They are still an interesting read due to the world building, and I’ll likely read the next book (due out this summer), but don’t expect amazingingness with these ones.
Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond: This book is pretty much a Romeo & Juliet story set at a cirus. The characters names are even similar. So while full of all sorts of YA cliches, it was still a fun read. Just don’t expect to figure out the meaning of life after reading it.
The Thousand Names by Django Wexler: Definately the heaviest of books I read in March, and one of my favorites. Considered a flintlock fantasy (magic plus military technology like cannons and guns with bayonnets), it leans heavily on the military side of the story. But the main characters suck you into their stories. Winter (a woman masqurading as a man to escape her past – I love those kind of stories) and Marcus lead us through their military world and stumble into the magic part of their land quite unbenounced to them. Seriously good worldbuilding and character development makes me want to run and buy the next one of the series. This is a fantasy book without a ton of magic, so if you like stories of military and want to try fantasy, run, don’t walk, to get this book.
What have you been reading?