The Doll's House has solidified Neil Gaiman's position as ruler of the fantasy realm in my opinion. It is disturbing and intriguing and I loved it eveThe Doll's House has solidified Neil Gaiman's position as ruler of the fantasy realm in my opinion. It is disturbing and intriguing and I loved it even more than Volume 1! This second installment expands on the story of Dream and his struggle to take back his realm after many years of imprisonment. It's darker, creepier and sort of romantic. Is it weird that I may be in love with a character in a graphic novel? Dream is the perfect mysterious stranger--the man that haunts your dreams. There are several interesting storylines going on throughout the novel--a conference of serial killers (my stomach did turn over a few times when they discussed collecting body parts), a search for a missing kid, and a "dream vortex" named Rose Walker, who may or may not be a romantic interest for our protagonist and who may be able to destroy all of humanity by disrupting our dreams and merging them with one another. There were times while I was reading that I wondered if Neil Gaiman had stumbled into incoherence while writing, but eventually the pieces fit together to create a whole picture. The common thread of the volume--the theme, if you will--is desire. Desire is even given a face and a name as Dream's sibling, one of the Endless. The them was explores in a few different ways through romantic love, human depravity, sexual deviance, and even friendship. Overall, the art was wonderful and I have found that really like the change to graphic novels from my normal reading routine. I have to think about things differently and I always compare it to watching a movie with subtitles--it takes me awhile to get into it, but eventually it just comes naturally. Also, I have found that the medium can be surprisingly complex. Comics aren't simple or for people who "don't want to read a lot of words"--they have depth of their own and the words and images are powerful. This series manages to be chilling and contemplative at the same time. Much of the art and story take on a dreamy feel which is to be expected with Dream/Morpheus/the Sandman as our hero, but it is also grounded in the reality of everyday life with human characters. Like Rose Walker, the reader begins to see a world that exists beyond the earth and sky. I particularly like this quote: "It means the world's about as solid and as reliable as a layer of scum on the top of a well of black water which goes down forever, and there are things in the depths that I don't even want to think about." Brilliant!...more
Stumbling upon this book was completely serendipitous. I'd just come off a bender of reading all twelve books in a series in about two weeks and I neeStumbling upon this book was completely serendipitous. I'd just come off a bender of reading all twelve books in a series in about two weeks and I needed something new to clear my head. I found this book and didn't even read the description or other reviews before I downloaded it. In a way, I'm glad that I didn't because I don't know that I would have started reading this yesterday if I had. Not because the blurbs and reviews aren't good, but because I don't think I "felt" like reading something about a heavy subject matter. That's the thing about books, right? Sometimes we're taken on a journey that we didn't even realize that we wanted to take. And that's exactly what this book is... A journey.
It's emotional and well-done. I loved her voice and word choice. I loved the build and structure of the story. Simply put, I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to future works by this author.
I've decided that it's one of the best and most inspiring blogs I've found. I kept doing that teary-eyed, nose-tingling swallow thing where you're just on the cusp of crying. It's just so real and raw. This woman knows how to hold her heart outside of her body for all the world to see. Some people might not realize how difficult that is, but I see it and I applaud it.
In the Shadows is the second installment in EMC’s Lark series. At the start of this book, Mia has already discovered her Elvish roots and is trying toIn the Shadows is the second installment in EMC’s Lark series. At the start of this book, Mia has already discovered her Elvish roots and is trying to figure out a balance between her new life and her old life.
This book is classic YA Fantasy. I stress that because lately it seems like YA books have been morphing into Adult books—lots of heavy subject matter and plotlines that seem to be more interested in shocking a reader than in telling a story. This book takes me back to the reasons I fell in love with the genre in the first place. The main character, Mia, is a true teenage girl and her concerns (though vast and spanning two worlds) are in many ways, teen concerns. Cheerleading, what should I wear, boys, friendships, etc. It’s refreshing, it’s sweet… it’s fun.
Don’t get me wrong… there’s also Elvish adventure. And I don’t want to say what that is or I’ll give the plot away. You’ll just have to find out for yourselves ☺
The love story in this book isn’t so much a triangle as it is a circle… for me at least. Haha. I say that because every time I’ve read a YA story where the girl’s heart is being tugged in two directions, I ALWAYS have a strong opinion about at least one of the guys. In this case… not so much. I love them both for their differences and strengths and that’s one of the reasons that I love following this series.
Five enthusiastic stars! Loved so much about this story and can’t wait to read more. ...more
It's hard to sound genuine on the computer but thank you all for the downloads and the reviews. Goodreaders are WONDERFUL! The book is currently in th
It's hard to sound genuine on the computer but thank you all for the downloads and the reviews. Goodreaders are WONDERFUL! The book is currently in the top 100, which is amazeballs, and I know that's because of you guys. So if you need someone to come help you clean, or if your battery dies and you need a jump... I may need to take a plane to reach you but I'll be there :)
A big thank you to all the Goodreaders for reaching out to me, writing reviews, telling your friends, etc. You rock my world!!
**** August 12th is right around the corner! In honor of the release, we've made some collages to introduce you to Cole and Aimee. I'll be adding a new collage or photo every few days along with a line from the book. I can't wait for you guys to fall in love with these characters the way that I did!!
1. Allow me to present Aimee Spencer and Cole Everly
2. "I'll be the bottles on the beaches, You'll be the waves that wash them all ashore." That's a line from "No Nostalgia" by AgesandAges (a band I listened to quite a bit while writing IN THIS MOMENT). The book is about more than romantic love. It's about friendship--the kind that burrows inside of you and stays there forever.
3. A little more Aimee and Cole to celebrate the fact that the release is less than a month away!
4. 27 days to go!! "Every moment possesses its own kind of magic."
5. 22 days left... "Do you hear that sound? It's the sound of the world ripping apart."
I downloaded this book months ago but I think my Kindle went on the fritz and when Amazon sent the new one I got distracted and forgot that I had it. SI downloaded this book months ago but I think my Kindle went on the fritz and when Amazon sent the new one I got distracted and forgot that I had it. SOOO glad that I revisited yesterday while I was on vacation. Not only is Rachel another Florida author (sunshine girls stick together), but she's also a fantastic writer. I've looked through some other reviews and I'm not sure what I can add that hasn't already been said... heart-wrenching, gripping, engaging... but I want to recommend it to all of my friends. Read it!!...more
I've read some not-so-hot reviews for this book, but I have to say that this is the best thing that I've read in awhile. I am prepared to bow at the fI've read some not-so-hot reviews for this book, but I have to say that this is the best thing that I've read in awhile. I am prepared to bow at the feet of Neil Gaiman--he is a god. No one else can transport me to a world that is so fantastical and real at the same time and create characters that are far from perfect but completely likable. This novel might not be his most complicated piece of work and I don't know that I would rate it above The Graveyard Book, but it is fun and playful and downright entertaining. I love how Gaiman can put into words ideas that I have thought but never been able to express. I also really liked Richard, the main character. He was such a pushover that I felt for him. I'll do a longer review after I've sat on this for a few days....more
I'm actually reading the three Wolfe books as a compilation of one but I wanted to review them individually because each book is unique and has it's oI'm actually reading the three Wolfe books as a compilation of one but I wanted to review them individually because each book is unique and has it's own tone and deserves to be read as a stand-alone. The first book in the series (The Underdog) was just okay. I didn't really connect well with Cam or Ruben, but it was short and fast and over before I knew it. When I moved onto book two the pace and feel were completely different. This is the Mark Zusak I recognize from the Book Thief. There is an intensity in every single word, almost like poetry. The writing is raw and powerful which is fitting for a story about boxing and fighting and crawling and scraping your way to the surface. The last fight scene where they each take off a glove... I have no words... it's beautiful and I'm a little choked up just thinking about it. This might be the best book about brothers that I've ever read. ...more
This is one of those fantastic magical coming-of-age stories that works. I've been disappointed a lot in this genre lately (maybe I'm internally compaThis is one of those fantastic magical coming-of-age stories that works. I've been disappointed a lot in this genre lately (maybe I'm internally comparing everything to Harry Potter or Wicked Lovely), but this one did not disappoint me. For once, we have a YA fantasy that is not a vampire/werewolf love story. I think Erica Cope should get extra stars for that alone!
Lark is the story of Mia, your *average* teenager and her journey as she discovers her elvish heritage. There's the perfect blend of angst and romance and actual plot development. Mia doesn't make all the right decisions or think clearly every step of the way, but isn't that sort of the point? Isn't that what it's like to be a teenager making sense of the world--especially, an uncharted world of elves? I loved the history of the elves and I thought it was well-planned and structured and I don't say that lightly. My motto for fantasy authors is "create whatever world you want, but stick to your own rules!" Lark succeeds in this. The bad news is that this is book 1 and book isn't out yet so I've been dying to know what happens. The good news? In the Shadows is coming soon and you won't have to wait an entire year!! This is the cover actually and I think it's breathtaking :)
This is my second book by Komal Kant and I loved the first, but I love this one even more. It's a beautiful story about love and loss. I know that lotThis is my second book by Komal Kant and I loved the first, but I love this one even more. It's a beautiful story about love and loss. I know that lots of people have already gone into in depth reviews, so I'll just skip the summarizing and say: Read this book! Read it people! ...more
It feels weird to rate your own book... I was that kid in school elections that didn't vote for myself. What can I say other than that I've always beeIt feels weird to rate your own book... I was that kid in school elections that didn't vote for myself. What can I say other than that I've always been wary of self-promoters? And now, here I am shamelessly self-promoting! Please read, enjoy, laugh a bit, and let me know what you think. I'm so grateful to everyone who has given me a little slice of their time and in return I'm giving you a little slice of my heart. Thanks XOXO...more
So I feel this strange affinity with Komal Kant. We've never met or spoken, but we both released our first books within weeks of each other, and now (So I feel this strange affinity with Komal Kant. We've never met or spoken, but we both released our first books within weeks of each other, and now (like we freaking planned it), we've released our new books within days of each other. So, I've had this in my to-read pile for awhile and I thought last night, "you need to do this shit, Autumn." And I did and I am so glad. Love the story. Love the characters. Love the writing. Now, I'm on to Kant's new book about Hadie and I am sure that I will love it just as much :)...more
This book was soooo so good. Definitely the best in the Bridei series and maybe better than Daughter of the Forest (I have to sit on the statement forThis book was soooo so good. Definitely the best in the Bridei series and maybe better than Daughter of the Forest (I have to sit on the statement for a little while before I decide for sure). My only complaint is that when the story jumped away from Faolan and Eile I was so frustrated--they were too interesting to leave them for even a half-chapter. Eile and her daughter, Saraid, were the most realistic of any of Marillier's characters and my heart bled, sighed and smiled for the two of them. Marillier did such a beautiful job of painting the brutal picture of Eile's life without going into too much graphic detail--just enough to be horrified. To be honest, I had not enjoyed this series as much as the Sevenwaters trilogy so I waited for this book to come out in paperback and now I'm kicking myself because I wish I owned it in hardback. If you're a fan of Juliet Marillier and didn't like books 1 and 2 of this series--keep going! This one is worth it....more
I think a few months back I wrote a review about The Night Circus and I said that if I could read it every day for the rest of my life as if it was thI think a few months back I wrote a review about The Night Circus and I said that if I could read it every day for the rest of my life as if it was the first time, I would be incredibly happy. Well, I hate to be repetitive but this is exactly how I feel right now. I've been living one of those days where I just want everyone and everything to go the HELL away so that I can read! I would eat the words if I could. I would rather breathe them in than oxygen. This is one of those books. One of those rare finds that pushes all of your emotions up--so that they hover just under your skin waiting to come out of your pores. I didn't cry or laugh or even smile hardly at all. But I FELT all of that and so much more. The writing is engaging and beautiful The story is unnerving and beautiful. The characters are sad and beautiful. This book is beautiful. ...more
To say I am excited about this book is a gross understatement. Neil Gaiman is my favorite author. Period. I love a lot of books and a lot of authors bTo say I am excited about this book is a gross understatement. Neil Gaiman is my favorite author. Period. I love a lot of books and a lot of authors but no one comes close to touching on the way I feel about this particular human being. He's the guy I would invite to dinner if I could invite anyone. In the whole universe. From any time in history. So... yeah. I'm actually going to one of his book signings in June and I'm already mentally preparing myself. You know, so I don't pass out and totally miss the moment.
*** UPDATE 6/24 ***
I read this book while in line for the signing. Maybe it was the vibe in the room, maybe it was the fact that Neil was sitting a few feet away while I read, but I loved it. More of an review to follow, but in the meantime, I'll include the link to the BLOG POST that I wrote about the signing....more
It's hard to get into the plot of STITCH without giving too much away, but I can tell you that this is the rare YA book that keeps you guessing and suIt's hard to get into the plot of STITCH without giving too much away, but I can tell you that this is the rare YA book that keeps you guessing and successfully spans multiple genres. It's interesting an incredibly unique and, more than anything, well done.
Samantha Durante had me hooked from the beginning. By the time that I reached page four, I knew that I was going to love the story. It's smart and romantic without being sappy. Loved it! And book two is already out so I'm off to start it!!...more
A couple weeks ago I was in Miami and got a chance to hear Brad Meltzer speak. He was awesome and said a lot of great things (about Neil Gaiman specifA couple weeks ago I was in Miami and got a chance to hear Brad Meltzer speak. He was awesome and said a lot of great things (about Neil Gaiman specifically), but the thing that stuck with me the most was this: "there are books we read, books we want to own, and books we share." I knew exactly what he meant. I read a lot. A lot. And in addition to being an avid reader, I'm also a genre jumper: YA, NA, Contemporary, horror, mystery, erotica, classics, heavy fantasy... well, um, you get the idea.
In my jumping, I come across books that I like, love even, all of the time. But I've pretty much given up recommending books to the majority of my real life friends. They generally roll their eyes and say things like, "I don't have the time, Autumn."
Maybe that's true, maybe it's not. Either way, I stopped actively making suggestions about five years ago partly out of exasperation, partly out of embarrassment because I started to wonder: When they say that, are they implying that I'm lazy and all I do is sit around and read?
So there are books that I like.
Books that I love.
And the rare, and I mean very rare book that I share.
The sharing books are the kind that are so good, so beautiful and absorbing that I can actually feel the words in the pit of my stomach while I'm reading them. The genre doesn't matter. The intended age of the audience doesn't matter. What matters is this sensation that radiates all through your body. Hot and cold. Excited and subdued all at once. It's hard to put into words... The best way that I can describe it is as a connection. It's the way that I felt when I read Harry Potter for the first time, or The Book Thief. Others are: The Night Circus and The Shadow of the Wind, Slammed, The Once and Future King, The Sea of Tranquility, The Graveyard Book and the Fever books by KMM. (I hope that gives you an idea of the caliber of book I'm talking about.) As of today, I can add Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave to the list of books to shout about from a mountaintop... or hill... or second-story window, or computer screen. It was that good.
I thought about giving a brief synopsis of the story but there are tons of those that already exist and I'm honestly afraid that if I say too much someone is going to tell me, "but I don't really like sci-fi," or the inevitable, "I'm sort of over apocalyptic YA books." I hear ya and I'm right there with you but my answer remains: IT DOESN'T MATTER. READ THE DAMN BOOK! The 5th Wave transcends its genre. It's more than YA. It's more than sci-fi. It's certainly more than, "wow, that was a cool story about an alien invasion." This is a story about humanity. And not just the idea of humanity as a whole, but about what it means to be one person. It's about love and promises and trust and sacrifice. It's about everything that's bad in the world and everything that's good. It's about possibilities.
The 5th Wave is not an easy read. It's a sick-to-your-stomach, want-to-throw-the-book kind of read. But you will love every freaking minute of it. I promise.