Friday, December 28, 2012

Guest Post: Most Anticipated books


Please help me welcome Tasha from Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books!! She's here today talking about the books she was most looking forward to reading in 2012. I'm over at her place talking about what books I was most looking forward to. Come say hello!  


The (A?) Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling--Like many others, I was very intrigued by what JK Rowling would write after Harry Potter. So much so that I drove to the bookstore the day of the release to buy a copy of the book. THIS ALMOST NEVER HAPPENS. Victim of marketing, thy name is Tasha. Anyway, after all that, I read the first chapter and decided the book could probably keep for another time. I don't need to be depressed any more than I already am.

Iced by Karen Marie Moning--This was definitely one of the books I was most looking forward to reading in 2012 after enjoying the Fever series. Unfortunately, I do not get this book AT ALL. Do not get. Why is Dani fourteen? Why do all the chapters have song lyrics for the title if there's no music in the books? Why is Ryodan there all the time? Why should I give a "feck" about Unseelies freezing? Plus it was episodic and boring and put me to sleep in the middle of the afternoon.

The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville--Um, haven't read it yet. Okay, I lie, I read two pages and decided to read something else. I think the novella totally ruined me for this book.

Endshadowed by Kelly Creagh--I was SO. EXCITED. about this release. I loved loved loved Nevermore by this author, and the sequel was delayed by years. You can imagine how much I was looking forward to Enshadowed, then, right? Unfortunately, the book was very disappointing. There was very little Varen (my favorite character), and while I still enjoyed Creagh's writing, the story was just boring.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness--I'm not sure I would say I was excited about this release after reading A Discovery of Witches, but considering the huge cliffhanger at the end of Discovery, I definitely wanted to read Shadow of Night. Soooooo... I read about fifty pages and was bored. Basically it's a bunch of people in a room, talking. ENDLESSLY. For like 150 pages. Also, the main character seemed weirdly incidental, like she was just there to stand around and describe what was happening. Kill me now. Then my mom told me how the book ended so I have no desire to read it now.

What were some of the reads you were looking forward to reading this year?

10 comments:

  1. That is what I wondered about iced when I heard that she was 14, I was all what YA? But no. Confusing and did not make me wanna read it.

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    1. Very confusing, and it reads like an adult book trying to be YA (and failing).

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  2. I've heard not so great things about Rowling's new book. I don't know if I'll ever pick it up, but I really want to read Iced. But now, hmm, from what you've said, I think I would get terribly annoyed. I just finished reading Beautiful Disaster. I heard lots of great things about it, but I didn't like it at all.

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    1. I didn't like Beautiful Disaster, either. I might read Casual Vacancy... some day.

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  3. The Casual Vacancy - well, I finished it but barely so. No magic, I am very sad to say, no magic whatsoever. It's so sad when your fav fantasy writers turns up a Muggle.

    Iced - I am not going close to this one although I did like the Fewer series. Grow up, Dani, then we'll talk - maybe.

    Endshadowed - yeah, the curse of second parts was fully active in this case.

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    1. Yeah, why would I want to read a book about a kid? Especially if it's supposed to be a book for adults? Makes NO SENSE. I assumed she'd have aged to at least 16 before Iced started.

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    2. Even if Dani was 16 and a lot more mature, with two ADULT guys lusting after her it would be still a pretty precarious premise. As it is, it simply screams 'a pedophile's wet dream' at me.

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    3. I was a little creeped out, I admit. I know some people theorize that Ryodan and Dani are related, but in my opinion that just makes it seem worse. I was not sensing a platonic relationship between those two.

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  4. Great list Tasha! I'm curious, did your mother accidentally tell you about the ending of Shadow of Night or were you like - I'm bored, tell me the end. I so have books like that, when I do want to know what happens but can't be bothered reading it any more :)

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    1. She asked me if I wanted to know the ending and I was like, "Okay, you can tell me." :) I might still give it a try some day (probably not, but maybe).

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