Friday, September 23, 2011

Dusty in Here, Isn't it?

Such is life.  Well, where to start?  There are so many things I *could* be writing about right now.  I think I'll start off small, and try to get back into a better routine.

Books.  There are always books.  That is one good thing, right?  Great books too.  Two that I can't wait to read are Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, and The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson.  Also, Stephanie Perkins' Lola and the Boy Next Door will be out soon (as you can see to the right).  I can't keep up, I'm so far behind on my TBR (to be read) list, it just isn't funny.  What a great problem to have.  So many books, so little time.  *sigh*

One book at a time.  My son and I are reading Rick Riordan's Red Pyramid, and are really enjoying that.

  But I really want to talk about a book I recently read called Darkwood by M.E. Breen.

  This is a book that I read as an e-book....on my iPhone.  I'm shocked too.  Even more shocking, this isn't the first.  Reading an e-book does have its drawbacks, but I've read several now.  I don't pretend to like it better than a 'real' book, don't get me wrong, but they do have their place, and they aren't going to go away.  But I digress, back to the story.  Darkwood is the story of  Annie, a young girl being raised by her Aunt and Uncle, mourning the loss of her only sister and living in fear of the darkness that falls so quickly in her homeland of Howland.  There are creatures that come with the darkness that have been blamed for the disappearance of many local children and no one goes outside after dark.  She quickly learns that the "kinderstalk" are not the worst creatures in Howland, nor are they necessarily to blame for those missing children. You can read a summary and even the first chapter at the author's website. 

I found this book very intriguing.  It was a well written, well imagined story with some really cool cats.  Literally, Annie's cats are awesome. There is much more I could, and should probably say about Darkwood.  Suffice it to say that I very much enjoyed the richness of this story.  Though it did feel like there was more to tell, it didn't feel like a sequel was needed.  I would read a sequel if one is written, however.


  1. Hello Jennifer! I wanted to pop on and see what you've been up to! I've been snoozing away from the blog world, but Laini's new book and her book tour threw me back online. :) Daughter of Smoke and Bone--seriously, mind-blowing. I see you've got it on your 'must reads' list--can't wait to read what you will have to say about it. Lola came in the mail last week, but I was actually just finishing up Anna and the French Kiss; wanted to read those two in order. How fun to have new things out from these lovely writers, huh? Hoping your October is going well. :)

  2. Hi Jessica! Great to see you here! I've been pretty absent lately too, mostly.

    I did get to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and OH MY GOODNESS!!! Wow, huh? I will be blogging about it soon, hopefully.

    Started Lola, and have held The Name of the Star in my hands. : )

  3. The Name of the Star was awesome. Definitely a good escapist read.