I enjoyed doing the five book recommendations per day thing in April, but I can't keep that up forever without constantly repeating books. Actually reading five books per day is a bit much. Still discussing five books at a time, instead of recapping all the books read in a given month seems like a more manageable number. So today, I'm going to talk about the last five books I've read. Once I finish reading five more, I'll do another similar post.
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong - This is a book about a teenage necromancer who is misdiagnosis with schizophrenia and sent to a group home for mentally ill teenagers. At the group home she realizes she isn't the only teen in residence with superhuman powers. It's a good story with interesting characters, but I doubt I'll bother to read the next two books in the trilogy. I'm kind of getting tired of the whole YA Urban Fantasy thing. Reading about a necromancer instead of a vampire was a nice change of pace, but still I feel like urban fantasy is on the way out, at least for me.
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler - This was a great contemporary YA. I totally loved it and highly recommend it. It's about a fat girl living in New York and hating the way she's treated do to her weight. While this book has a very funny title, it is a serious book that deals with light topics like low self-esteem, eating disorders, self-mutilation, and date rape. These serious issues are dealt with in fresh new ways all through the eyes of a wonderful narrator who is strong and capable, even if she does have a big butt.
Heartless by Gail Carriger - This is the forth book in the Parasol Protectorate series (Soulless is the first). It's a fun steam-punk series that contains a cast of werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and preternatural in addition to the standard Victorian era mad scientists. Blameless, book three of the series, was probably my least favorite of the five and I almost didn't bother to read Heartless. I really enjoyed it and am glad I picked back up the series. The characters in this world really are very entertaining, and the Heartless installment has a wonderful bit of drama that kept me reading.
Timeless by Gail Carriger - I really restrained myself and waited a whole eight hours between finishing Heartless and starting Timeless, a girl does have to sleep. I seriously loved this final installment in the Parasol Protectorate series. The first four books in the series are all third person close with Alexia as the POV character. I do love Alexia, but Timeless had several scenes written in third person close from Biffy's POV. And OMG, I totally love Biffy! I want Carriger to write a whole new spin-off series from Biffy's POV now. Normally having a dozen POV characters drives me bonkers, but this small glimpse into Biffy's head really made me wonder what all the other characters could have added to the story. Timeless was a great ending to a great series that left me wanting more.
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter - This is the fifth book in the Galliger Girls series. I guess it proves that I'm currently on a finish series I've already started kick right now. If I'm being totally honest, I like the Heist Society series better than the Galliger Girl series, but do find all of Carter's writing entertaining. This book is a lot darker than the first four books in the Galliger Girl's series, and not what I was expecting. The story begins four months after book four ends, and Cammie has amnesia, so the last thing she remembers is the last page of the fourth book. The main story arc of this book is Cammie's mission to uncover her forgotten summer. But she didn't spend the summer lounging by a beach somewhere, this is a series about teenage spies, and Cammie spent her summer vacation captured, and possibly tortured, by terrorists. So yeah, it's a bit darker than the earlier books in the series.
What about you? Have you read any good books lately?