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Book 166: "Ever Shade" By Alexia Purdy

Title: Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)
Author: Alexia Purdy
Genre: YA Fantasy
Read in: Kindle eBook

I really need  to end the terrible YA (young adult) streak I've been on. I'll probably (once I finish all those in my currently reading list) take a YA break for a while.

Ever Shade is an interesting idea. I chose the book because I love the Fae. Especially the traditional Fae that consists of many, many creatures of different powers and alignments. However... it didn't really live up to how good it could have been. I felt the entire time like I was reading a book with so much potential, but it never quite came into its own.

The book tells the story of Shade, a seemingly, mostly normal high school girl. She is only mostly normal because she hears voices that instruct her to do or not do things. These voices end up leading her to meet Jack, who, without much preamble or real reason, takes her into the world of the Seelie Fae. Here she meets with the oracle and is told that she…

Book 165: "Xoe: Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, Oh My!" By Sara Roethle

Title: Xoe: Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, Oh my! (Xoe Myers #1)
Author: Sara Roethle
Read in: Kindle eBook
Genre: Urban Fantasy- Young Adult

This is not a great book. It is shallow, over-descriptive, and incredibly predictable.  There are grammar errors everywhere. It is pretty much what you would expect from the Twilight fanbase of authors that are still following Stephanie Meyers in angsty Urban Fantasy.

The more of these books I read (I keep picking them up hoping that one day I'll find a gem) the more I wonder if teenagers are really so stupidly trusting. Would they actually meet some hot guy in the woods and immediately believe he is on their side so much to the extent that they trust him to protect them, stay in their room, and basically turn into a controlling stalker- all in the name of "love"? This one started out differently- the protagonist actually really didn't trust the hot new stranger. And turned out to be right that he was dangerous and crazy. H…

Book 164: "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker

Title: The Thief of Always
Author: Clive Barker
Read in: Mass media paperback
Genre: Children's Fantasy/Horror

One of my best friends (you know who you are) has been on me to read this book for a very, very long time. I finally did and am so glad! This book was first published in 1992; I'm not quite sure how I missed out on it as kid, but better late than never!

I'm not sure how to explain this book. It is incredibly unique, as much of Barker's work tends to be. The main character is Harvey, a 10 year old boy is bored. Bored with life- school, chores, his toys, the weather. That is until he meets a strange man named Rictus. Rictus promises him a break from boredom and takes him to the Holiday House. The Holiday House is a child's dream: eat what you want, do what you want, all four seasons happen every day including the holidays that come with them. However, it isn't too long before Harvey realizes that something isn't right. That the Holiday House is full of …

Book 163: "The 100" by Kass Morgan

Title: The 100 (The Hundred Series #1)
Author: Kass Morgan
Read In: Kindle
Genre: YA Sci-fi

If you have watched the TV series based on these books, you know the basic premise. However, as usual, the TV show takes a lot of liberties and changed most everything except for character names and some basic motivations.

The 100 is set approximately 3 centuries after a nuclear event makes earth uninhabitable. The only known survivors were on space colonies designed to escape Earth and keep the human race alive until the radiation levels lowered to a survivable level. Unable to get any conclusive data from their tests and with the space stations deteriorating, the council decides to send the 100 teens awaiting re-trial on their 18th birthdays to the surface to see if their data is correct and the surface is survivable. For obvious reasons, this idea is fraught with danger. Beginning with the fact that an entire group of teenagers is who have never even been out of a climate controlled area are now…

Book 162: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time" By Mark Haddon

Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Author: Mark Haddon
Genre: Fiction
Read In: Trade Paperpack

This book has been on so many lists as a must-read, that it is almost embarrassing that it took me so long before I read it. In fact, I was sure that it was one of those books that had been over-hyped and was probably not that great. Until one of my friends, a friend whose reading tastes I respect, mentioned it was one of her favorite books. So I bought it; a year or so later, I actually read it. I wish I hadn't have waited so long.

This book is great. The narrator is an autistic teen. It is so well done. I have an uncle, who I believe (though his exact diagnosis is unclear) is on the autism spectrum. Reading this book, at points, was exactly like talking to him. It is fantastic to read a book with such a unique perspective on the world and storytelling. The story itself is a little heart-wrenching, so read it with a box of tissues. I have not read anything like this …

Book 161: "Romancing the Inventor" By Gail Carriger

Title: Romancing the Inventor
Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: Steampunk Urban Fantasy Novella
Read In: Nook ePub

So, my fellow readers, I'm sure you know that this is a novella by Gail Carriger. If you've been following me long, you know that means I most likely adored it. You are correct. Carriger strikes again; she has yet to disappoint me with one of her pieces, novel, short story, or novella. This novella is a long-awaited story featuring Genevieve  Lefoux. Madam Lefoux is one of my favorite characters in The Parasol Protectorate and the Finishing School Series, so it is extra nice to get yet another glimpse of her later in life- after the Parasol Protectorate Series has ended. In fact, many of the beloved characters from The Parasol Protectorate make an appearance, including Alexia and Conall.

The protagonist of the story is a new character. This is a GBLTQ friendly story (obviously, since it focuses on Madame Lefoux). I liked this novella because I thought it much closer to he…