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Mar 29, 2016 07:33PM

Mar 03, 2015 07:07PM

3551 Well, how old is he?

As you said, loads of video games today contain in-depth lore. There are many games that also have entire series of companion books written in those worlds. Some of the content in those series may be of a mature nature.

But it seems like science fiction would be the way to go with that particular kid. Or maybe some graphic novels, if he is intimidated by thick books or is impatient with reading in general.
Faerie books (7 new)
Sep 01, 2013 06:02PM

3551 Have you tried any of these? I haven't read them all to say if they're all worth reading, but:

Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking Torn (Trylle #2) by Amanda Hocking Ascend (Trylle #3) by Amanda Hocking
Faeries of Dreamdark Blackbringer (Dreamdark, #1) by Laini Taylor Dreamdark Silksinger (Dreamdark, #2) by Laini Taylor
Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange, #1) by Lesley Livingston Darklight (Wondrous Strange, #2) by Lesley Livingston Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange, #3) by Lesley Livingston
The Iron Witch (The Iron Witch, #1) by Karen Mahoney The Wood Queen (The Iron Witch, #2) by Karen Mahoney The Stone Demon (The Iron Witch, #3) by Karen Mahoney
The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring, #1) by Kiki Hamilton The Torn Wing (The Faerie Ring, #2) by Kiki Hamilton The Seven Year King (The Faerie Ring, #3) by Kiki Hamilton
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

And not YA, but:
Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Bloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie Moning Faefever (Fever, #3) by Karen Marie Moning Dreamfever (Fever, #4) by Karen Marie Moning Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning
Feb 18, 2013 11:11AM

3551 I'll second the Stephanie Perkins books. I put her right up there with John Green and Sarah Dessen.

You may also want to look into some of the books by Elizabeth Scott, Susane Colasanti, Lauren Barnholdt, and Deb Caletti.
Do you blog (517 new)
Jan 02, 2013 07:07PM

3551 Revamped my blog for the new year. I'm looking forward to reading and blogging in 2013! Stop by and visit - let me know if you follow and I'll follow you back. :)
3551 Yay!
Here is my (tentative) plan for the challenge:

1) Crossover Appeal: Soulless
2) New Release: The Farm
3) Winter Setting: Stork
4) WINTER Title: Everything Left Unsaid
5) Red Cover: The Mark of Athena
6) Graphic Novel: Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse
7) Romance: Meant to Be
8) Political Intrigue: The Cadet of Tildor
9) Asian setting: The Lost Girl or City of a Thousand Dolls
10) Warm: The Reece Malcolm List

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger The Farm (The Farm, #1) by Emily McKay Stork (Stork, #1) by Wendy Delsol Everything Left Unsaid by Jessica Davidson The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, #3) by Rick Riordan Amulet, Vol. 2 The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding
Nov 20, 2012 09:43AM

3551 Novella is not a 'fancy word' for a short story. It's a short novel. Much longer than a short story.
There are standard word-counts used to distinguish between them for literary award categories, etc.:
Short story - 7,500 words or less
Novelette - 7,501-17,500 words
Novella - 17,501-40,000 words
Novel - 40,001 or more words
(just, you know, for informational purposes)

These extra TOG stories are novella length. They have chapters in them. They are significantly longer than short stories, and they're cheaper than most of the other e-shorts being released.

While some publishers used to release these e-shorts for free, you will find that pretty much all of them are charging $0.99-$2.99 each for them now. The latest Julie Kagawa short story was released with a price tag of $0.99. You will also find that in the days of the free e-shorts, they ran ~30 pages, while they now run closer to ~60 pages in length. The TOG novellas are closer to ~90-100 pages in length, each.

Don't get me wrong, I like free stuff. But I don't expect to be given these things for free. Particularly since buying these 4 stories amounts to getting an entire book (and a fairly lengthy one for YA, at that) for < $4.

I don't think it's trying to nickel and dime you so much as offering additional content at a reasonable cost. While I like anthologies, I also like having the option to pay for only the stories that I really want out of them. I admit that generally I decide that it isn't worth it to pay $2.99 for a 50 page story (THAT, I'm not sure is worth it - $2.99 seems a little steep for so few pages, but I don't mind paying $0.99 or possibly $1.99, depending). And I do feel that these particular ones are well worth the cost.

I'm not trying to be argumentative here (I realize it may come across that way), just giving the reasons why I feel these extras are worth the $0.99. People will obviously decide for themselves what value they would put on these sorts of things and buy or not buy them accordingly. :)
World building (9 new)
Nov 19, 2012 05:14PM

3551 I definitely got that impression about Celaena's parentage.

I think that I liked the minimal world building as well. It was enough for me to be able to see the world, but it was limited, and I think that limitation is fitting, since Celaena is basically a prisoner.
Nov 10, 2012 11:56PM

3551 I didn't mind at all paying $0.99 for each of the novellas. And they are novellas, rather than short stories. At an average of ~90 pages each, they're longer than the little free stories out there (and most or all of the $0.99-$2.99 ones). Combining them together is enough to yield an entire book at ~360 pages, and most wouldn't mind paying $3.96 for a book.
World building (9 new)
Nov 08, 2012 11:22AM

3551 I think that the world building is alright, considering that the setting is pretty much limited to the castle and we don't really get to see much of the city, let alone the world. But we do get a pretty good feel for the tensions and conflict of the world from Celaena's thoughts and through Nehemia.

You don't get anything of the castle in the novellas other than a scene in which Celaena looks at it from outside the gates. Two of them take place abroad, and the other two involve the Assassin's Guild and Arobynn, and Celaena and Sam of course.
Nov 07, 2012 04:52PM

3551 I read the novellas (also after I read the first book). I think it was really weird that it took so long for Celaena to think of or mention Sam in Throne of Glass, especially after seeing how important he was to her in the novellas. In reading the book before the novellas, Sam materialized out of nowhere and I felt kinda frustrated that he was just thrown into Celaena's thoughts fairly late into the story without any kind of an earlier introduction, especially since her previous musings on past events probably should have involved thoughts on Sam as well. But after seeing that relationship between Celaena and Sam in the novellas, it makes sense to me that her first relationship after something like that would have her gravitating toward something more superficial with Dorian rather than to put her heart out there in that way again, which is something that she would have to do with Chaol.

Like you, Jacqueline, I found it harder to care about Dorian or Chaol as much after reading about Sam. But I wonder, had I read the novellas first and the book second, if it may have worked the other way and had me pushing aside my liking of Sam in favor of Chaol. (At this point, I have a difficult time considering Dorian a legitimate contender for Celaena's heart, though that may change later.)
Nov 07, 2012 11:19AM

3551 There's one part where she is basically thinking along the lines that the Prince is a fun and sexy distraction, but that Chaol is the only one who can truly understand her. I wish I could find exactly where it was now.

I'm hesitant to even call it a love triangle because of that, except that the guys both do care for her. But I think, as far as Celaena is concerned, she knows on some level at least that she could have a love with Chaol, built on understanding and (eventually) trust, that she would never be able to with Dorian.

I normally hate love triangles just because they're so overdone, but I find this one interesting. I like the way that each one of the two guys sees something totally different in Celaena than the other one does, and they're both correct. Dorian sees her vulnerability and views her as sort of a victim, which she is. And Chaol sees her as a cunning killer that he should be hesitant to trust, which she is. But I like it that Chaol isn't as blind as Dorian is to the worst in Celaena and loves her anyway.
Initial Thoughts (19 new)
Nov 05, 2012 10:12PM

3551 I remember when I was reading it that I was thinking she may not be an easily likable character for a lot of people because her personality is arrogant and at times petty and bratty. It may have been what endeared me to her, because I love flawed characters.

But I really am thrilled to see a character who can be both dangerous and also feminine in a frilly way. I get tired of seeing the tomboy warrior trope ALL of the time, because it puts the idea out there and reiterates it over and over again that if a girl is going to kick butt, she needs to be more boy-like to do it. And that is a tiresome notion.
3551 For Darkness Shows the Stars is my favorite kind of retelling because it hits on all of the major themes and plot points of Persuasion, but it's also different enough so that it isn't just a copy. It's a good suggestion because it's similar to Under the Never Sky in that it's a similar sort of sci-fi/post-apocalyptic.

What is it that you liked about Under the Never Sky that has you looking for similar books? The genre? The setting? The characters? The alternating POV?
Initial Thoughts (19 new)
Nov 03, 2012 10:06AM

3551 Kim wrote: "So far I'm finding the main character slightly annoying. She seems rather girly for an assassin and a little too perfect as well. I like the male characters though."

I don't see why an assassin can't be "girly." I, for one, am pleased to see a heroine who can be a fighter without also being tomboyish, as though the two must go hand-in-hand.

I also don't think she's perfect. She's arrogant and spiteful. She's blind to the betrayal in her past that she doesn't want to see or accept.
Oct 12, 2012 11:05AM

3551 Books aren't cheaper on a Nook. Most ebooks are the same price everywhere. When they're not the same price, Amazon is almost always the cheapest.

The Paperwhite is currently the best e-ink reader on the market (best contrast, best resolution, best light distribution, and a capacitive touch screen). I've been using both companies' e-ink readers since they were first introduced, and the Kindle has always been far superior to me in functionality and intuitiveness (and price). The Nook tablet I like better than the Kindle Fire (though the specs on the Fire HD are pretty nice), but I see no point in getting either of those when you can buy much nicer tablets instead (such as a Samsung or Asus) without being restricted in content and functionality.
Sep 25, 2012 08:10PM

3551 I'm a little late to this party, but here are mine:

1. Banned/Challenged book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
2. Sept/Oct/Nov release: Rebel Heart
3. 1980s: In the Hand of the Goddess
4. Old TBR: Frostbite
5. Supernatural MC: Shadow Kiss
6. Second World setting: The Crown of Embers
7. LGBT character: 34 Pieces of You
8. 500+ pages: The Crimson Crown
9. White Cover: The Color of Earth
10. Male Protagonist: Girl of Nightmares

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2) by Moira Young In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2) by Tamora Pierce Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) by Richelle Mead Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3) by Richelle Mead The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2) by Rae Carson 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4) by Cinda Williams Chima The Color of Earth (Color Trilogy, #1) by Kim Dong Hwa Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake
Jul 16, 2012 05:52PM

3551 Maybe don't post spoilers for people who haven't read these things? Common courtesy.
Jul 16, 2012 11:09AM

3551 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is a good one, too.
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