Monthly Archives: November 2011

Waiting on Wednesday – The Next Full Moon by Carolyn Turgeon

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the blog Breaking the Spine

The Next Full Moon, written by Carolyn Turgeon, is set to be released January 3, 2012 (hardcover and paperback).

192 pages
Published by Downtown Bookworks
Genre: fairy tale retellings, young adult, fantasy

Description from Amazon.ca:

This thoroughly compelling, gorgeously told tale, begins as the weather turns warm enough to swim in the local lake, twelve-year-old Ava is looking forward to a lazy summer, and her crush, Jeff is most definitely taking notice of her. Everything is going beautifully. Until Ava starts to grow feathers—all over her shoulders, arms, and back. Horrified, mortified, and clad in a hoodie, she hides out in her bedroom missing her dead mother and worrying about the summer, and the rest of her freakish life… Carolyn Turgeon has a gift for imagining magical worlds. In Ava’s case, this other-worldly place belongs to the Swan Maidens, one of whom is Ava’s mother. Ava goes back and forth between middle school and this magical realm taking the reader along for an exhilarating, extraordinary ride.

Other books by Carolyn Turgeon include Rain Village, Godmother, and Mermaid. I absolutely loved both Godmother and Mermaid (haven’t read Rain Village yet) so I am very much looking forward to The Next Full Moon. Turgeon has lately been writing fairytale stories with a twist that snatches your heart and makes you salivate for more. Her prose is beautiful, the stories are simple but emotional, and you can’t help but feel all is well in the world when you finish her novels. She is one of my favourite authors and you can find more about her on Facebook or her personal website.  PS: She actually replies to messages, so message her! Get to know this lovely lady! You won’t regret it. 🙂

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December To Be Read (TBR)

This will be my December to be read (TBR) list, in which all the books I am planning on reading during the month of December will be listed. I am counting on my two week break to get through the two fantasy novels. So what am I going to be reading?

In no particular order:

  • A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
  • Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

What are these books about?

A Feast for Crows: This is the 4th book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series. The first three books were called A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords. The series is about seven kingdoms which are constantly in conflict with each other. These books contain elements such as swords, royalty, magic, betrayal, deception, suspense, action, love, loyalty, and many more. The perspective for each chapter changes to a specific character, and each character is rotated throughout the novel. Each novel has a slightly different mix of characters that are used for their point of views. This series has also been made into an HBO series.

Gardens of the Moon: This is also a fantasy series, although I do not know much about it. This is book one in the series and the impression I have is that the book may contain battles, sorceresses, kingdoms at war, and very interesting sounding character names. I believe the context may be somewhat similar to the A Song of Fire and Ice series, but more specifics will be revealed after the review.

Northanger Abbey: Published after her death by her brother, this Jane Austen novel is short in length (284 pages) but full of tongue in cheek remarks. The protagonist, Catherine, sees the world through a naive, fantasy lens and the novel is about her journey into learning the true ways of the world. Once she is invited to stay at Northanger Abbey, her curiosity begins to take over as she tries to unfold the secrets of the home.

Persuasion: The protagonist, Anne, rejects Captain Wentworth through pressures of her family. Now that he has returned better than ever, he is unfortunately unavailable. What will it take for her to fall in love again, and what will her family think of the man she does fall in love with? Does Anne and Captain Wentworth have a second chance at love?

The Maze Runner: The Glade, a maze inhabited by children, is protagonist Thomas’s new found home after he is placed there without any knowledge of his past or his identity apart from his name. Once a month a new boy is placed in the maze, until the day after Thomas’ arrival reveals a girl has also been placed into the maze. What does this mean? Can Thomas escape the maze, or even remember who he really is?

Optional questions for readers:

  1. What is your favourite fantasy series?
  2. Are you a Jane Austen fan? If you haven’t read her but enjoy reading romance, who is your favourite author?
  3. Did you enjoy The Maze Runner?

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Welcome!

Welcome everyone! This is my fancy new reading blog. I will be posting reviews, book discussions, goals, and anything else book related that I see fit. I hope you will enjoy yourself as you join me on my journey into reading! 🙂

To start, the next post will be my December To Be Read (TBR) list, which will demonstrate all the books that I am planning to read during the month of December. Reviews for the books will occur shortly after I finish reading the book (generally 1-2 days) but a video review will only be done for the books I really enjoyed. In some cases there may be both a written and a video review, but the written reviews will likely be more elaborate.

I will be on holiday for the last two weeks of December, so no posts will be done during that time. However, the schedule of events will become much more routine beginning in January.

If you have any suggestions for what you feel should appear on this blog or for books you think I might enjoy, please leave a comment below. Thanks again for stopping by!

~Crystal

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