Quick Takes #4

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone, Thirsty, Cat Girl’s Day Off, Saga (1&2), The Lost Boy, The King’s Guard

I’ve been feeling awfully lazy about blogging lately, and I only have about 10 more books to review before I’m close to real time.  Plus, several of these are giving me some headaches as to what to say about them.  So, without further ado, Quick Takes #4!

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale


The continuing adventures of Miri and crew (but mostly Miri).  They go to the capital for their friend’s wedding, and manage to stumble onto revolution.  Also, a love triangle.

How It Made Me Feel:


It was sweet, and cute, but not as subtle as its predecessor.  I did like the difficulty of the revolution, because it can’t be easy to find a balance between not really changing anything, and French Revolution bloodbath.  Mostly, the book just made me wistful for the first one.

Thirsty by M.T. Anderson


Chris is slowly turning into a vampire, and doesn’t know what to do about it.  Should he trust his friends and family?  Can anyone save him?

How It Made Me Feel:

confused tennant

I enjoyed the ride, but I was totally confused the whole time, up to and including right now.  I know that this was on purpose, because it was what Chris was feeling most of the time.  I read the book as a metaphor for puberty, although some have read it as a questioning/coming out metaphor.  Not my favorite M.T. Anderson, but still worth reading.

Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley


Natalie’s family are all geniuses/superpowered with flashy powers.  Natalie herself?  Can communicate with cats (and sometimes basic Dog phrases).  She doesn’t want people to know that she has such a lame power, so she’s told almost no one.  But today, she might save someone’s life with her talent!

How It Made Me Feel:


It’s a great concept, but in execution–the cats should be funnier, for one thing.  It sounds madcap, and the outline of the plot is, but somehow the writing is just not snappy enough to fit with the action.

Saga, Volumes 1 & 2, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples


Two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending war fall in love and start a family.

How It Made Me Feel:


I was already a fan of Brian K. Vaughan’s writing, and after this, I’m a huge fan of Fiona Staples’ art.  Honestly, the reason I’m putting Saga in this post is not because I don’t have anything to say: it’s because others have already said it.  Just read, ASAP.

The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

(ARC review: book available August 27th, 2013.)

lost boy

Nate just moved with his family to a small town, and strange things are happening around his house.  He finds a tape recorder with tapes recorded by a boy who mysteriously disappeared a long time ago, and begins to unravel the mystery.

How It Made Me Feel:


It started out very strong, with creepy characters, and intriguing mysteries.  There is also very strong art, which doesn’t change throughout the book.  But when action started to speed up, new worldbuilding elements and characters started to be introduced at a bewildering rate, and things were moving way too fast.  Suddenly, the story was wrapped up without me having a chance to even process it.  I really think this should have been expanded and stretched into several volumes.

The King’s Guard by Rae Carson



A prequel digital novella about Hector, and how he earned his place on the King’s Guard.

How It Made Me Feel:



I love this series, and I love Hector, so…yeah, loved it!


Borrowed all from work, with the exception of The King’s Guard, which I bought, and The Lost Boy, which I got for free at work.  I have every intention of buying Saga when I am in a better place, financially.



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