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Geez, what a slacker I am!!! The problem is, I've been reading so many wonderful YA books way too fast and not catching up on reviewing them. But believe me, there are some seriously STELLAR novels out there that I want you to get your hands on!!!

Here is a list (you can hold me to it!) of upcoming posts:

✔ Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Catching Fire by Susan Collins
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
Tempted (House of Night Novels) by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Betrayed (book 2 of above)
Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull y
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1) by Richelle Mead
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


FIre by Kristin Cashore
Gracelingnby Kristin Cashore
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I feel like there's more, but I'll start there! Hurray for awesome fiction. Check back soon, and thanks for reading!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Zombies + post apocalypse=good stuff. In a futuristic America, there has been a zombie invasion that has reduced the known world to a single clearing of people fenced in by a system of metal gates. The Unconsecrated, as the zombies are called, bang and drone at the gates daily trying to get at the small settlement of humans and can turn a person by biting them. Our story's heroine, Mary, has lost both parents to the Unconsecrated and is forced to live with the Sisters, the religious core of the society. But when a young girl seeks refuge from somewhere outside of the fence, Mary begins to believe the stories she has heard of a world outside of the fence, and of the ocean.

It's a page turner. I read through it in just a few days. I felt a bit disappointed by the ending, and Mary's incessant and sometimes illogical drive bothered me. There's romance, surprisingly—considering it's hard to think of anyone getting hot and bothered with zombies milling about trying to eat people. As with many Young Adult novels, there's the suspension of belief that the only people left to save society are teenagers, but what can you do. Lyrically written, engaging and well-paced, this zombie thriller is a perfect October read.

Click this link to watch a video preview of this book!

So long time...

Oh, it's been ages since I've posted a book review! In part, it's due to the busy-ness that is the holidays, especially here in Seattle where we got snowed in like we've never gotten snowed in before! But it's also because I've been absolutely HOOKED on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, which are not what I'd consider kids' lit. They could maybe get by as a good teen read. I think I would have enjoyed them as a teenager, especially if there was already this vampire frenzy stirred up by Twilight. I just finished the last Sookie Stackhouse book and the next one isn't due out until May. What am I to do??!? Does anyone have any suggestions of good reads in the meantime?

SO, in kidlit-dom, I have just picked up Airman by Eoin Colfer, who wrote the very enjoyable Artemis Fowl series. I miss faeries and demons already, but I'm putting faith into Colfer that he will deliver.

I will try much more earnestly to be a more frequent blogger!