Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
I don’t know why I’ve put off reading this one for so long. Perhaps because I knew, as the middle book in a trilogy, it would be something of a downer. Perhaps because I just wasn’t ever in the mood for a present-tense book. Perhaps because I wasn’t sure if I could buy into the ludicrous premise again. I needn’t have worried about any of those things, though, because the writing is excellent and the story fascinating (despite being completely unbelievable).
Fables vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham
When someone tells you that a story is for kids because it’s about kids, you can show them this book to prove just how wrong they are. The main story in this installment is dark and grisly, exploring portions of the prophecy about Snow and Bigby’s children (the cubs). It’s not my favorite Fables volume, and I actually enjoyed the standalone story at the end much better, but it’s a solid entry and thankfully moves a main story arc along. (I think the series has been floundering a bit since the defeat of Mr. Dark.)
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
I’m so excited about the newest FLB. I’m a big fan of her writing style, and this story, about a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles which draws upon elements of the Odyssey, is something I would naturally gravitate to. I’ve read the first few chapters and they’re fantastic.
The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda (on audio)
I’ve discovered that while I don’t much care for reading middle grade novels in print, I love them on audio. This adventurous story features a pre-teen hero, his sidekick little sister, Indian archaeology and mythology, and a dastardly villain. It reminds me a bit of a cross between the Percy Jackson and Skulduggery Pleasant stories in tone (good mix of adventure, magic, and humor), albeit the protagonist himself is (so far) magical power-less. (Side note: the boy on the cover is certainly not an accurate representation of the protagonist, who is a self-admitted chubby guy.)