Lately, I’ve noticed that there’s been a lot of teen books that are historical-ish books with fantasy elements. Graceling, Finnikin of the Rock,The Girl of Fire and Thorns… the list goes on. They’re not new but they seem to be more common lately. They’re not actually historicals as they don’t place in our world but they have similar settings and elements. And I hesitate to call them fantasies because in most of them, although, the magic is definitely present and an important part of the characters’ lives, it’s not flashy and it doesn’t save the day.
I’m totally loving this trend because at heart I’m a fantasy reader and I’ve always loved history. The combination of the two has always been awesome but, set on another world, it just gets better because they can do all kinds of fun things with characters and settings. Like the world of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. It’s like Spanish meets Arabic in the first millennium. The culture, religion, and setting of it is absolutely fascinating. I’m really close to being finished and I’m hoping, if this isn’t part of the series, that the author has written, or plans to write, a lot more books.
What I’m reading right now: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Throne of Fire audiobook by Rick Riordan, It Had to be You ebook by Susan Elizabeth Philips.
some damn time travel in this damn book. Unless, it’s another trick. If it is I will be pissed. That being said, I’m really enjoying this book.
I realized awhile ago that I use my mood at the time of reading a book as an excuse why I couldn`t get into a book that someone else really liked. For a long time, I thought it was just a way to say something about the book without offending them. I don`t do it all the time but usually with books that I gave up on really quickly but judging by the plot of the book, I should have liked. Slowly, though, I`ve come to realize that, yes sometimes it is just an excuse, but sometimes, it is my mood. Case in point, The Maze Runner. When I first checked it out, I had seen it come in for holds quite a bit and I had waited quite a while to get a copy. I got only about 4 pages into it before I gave up. That`s kind of a new record for me. Except for Perfect Chemistry which, while I`m sure it`s a great book, I opened to the first page and discovered it was written in first person, present tense and decided I couldn`t handle that right now (which is a whole `nother thing). Anyway, the slang that the boys speak in The Maze Runner really annoyed me. Like REALLY. Also, although I can`t remember what else I was reading at the time but I`m thinking I was a little burnt out on the whole distopia thing or maybe just depressing stuff in general. So I returned it. Now almost a year later, I gave it a second attempt. The book is a YRCA nominee this year and, although I want to try to read most of the nominees, I was going to leave this one alone. Then a few people at work read it and loved it. And these are not your typical distopia or even teen lit readers. So I decided to try again. I almost never give books second chances so I was apprehensive. I checked it out (luckily no holds needed this time), then I had to renew it twice, and now, in the last couple days before I finally have to return it, I have read it. I found it surprisingly easy to get into this time. The slang still annoyed me but not that much and after awhile it got easier to ignore. I enjoyed it from the beginning but I didn`t have that `can`t put it down` feeling until about half way through the book. I guess as things were being revealed, I got more and more fascinated by the world that was being built. Now I have to read the next book and, of course, there`s a long wait for it. Sigh.
What I`m reading right now: Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione, The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma (audiobook), Playing With Fire by Derek Landy (audiobook), Dawn Land by Joseph Bruchac.