What I’m Reading Now, Twitter-Style

A few of my recent reads in 140 characters or less.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Smoothly-written sci fi that uses the titular fairy tale as a springboard for something more unique. I especially love the world-building.

When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

I’m interested to see if the story – a fantasy about wild magic a girl’s death calls up from the sea – can save the book from its cover.   

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Interesting premise (girl wakes up after accident unscathed, but two friends are dead), messy execution. Also: wtf prologue, icky boyfriend.

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

This book had the opposite problem – beautiful writing, boring story (the title is basically the whole plot). I’m in the minority opinion.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
My second listen. Everything about this Full Cast production is perfect, and the story remains as incredible as it was when I first read it.
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  1. says

    Listening to the His Dark Materials trilogy is the only way to go. The full cast is amazing and I have a hard time reading the book now because I like the lushness of the story with the audio.

  2. says

    I think you are in the minority about The Near Witch. I thought that the beauty of the writing was enough to carry the otherwise standard fairy tale story, but more than that, I kind of thought this was the sort of book that's perfect for those middle readers — the ones not quite ready to tackle young adult titles and the ones who are too old for middle grade.

    Cinder sounds so good. As soon as my head is above water in reading, I think that'll be my treat. Sounds way up my alley.

    And ugh, yes, that Red Sea is Rising cover is…something.

  3. says

    I'm getting more and more disinterested in Mara Dyer with every passing review. Although, I have to say that I may have to read it just to see where I fall on the scale. I am, however, excited to read Cinder. I've heard great things about it and knowing you feel there is good world building makes it all the more appealing.

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