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I'm a promiscuous reader. I'll read anything.

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Half Moon Hill: A Destiny Novel (Destiny, Ohio)
Toni Blake
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach
Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink, #1)
Laura Kaye

Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta After reading this book, I can finally grasp how a majority of the reviewers are feeling. I kept swearing to myself, "One more chapter and I'll pick it back up in the morning." Clearly, I'm a liar, liar...pants on fire.

As silly as it sounds, I'm in awe of Saving Francesca and I plan to eagerly consume the rest of Melina Marchetta's works. The attachment to Francesca was instantaneous, especially since her story hits so close to home with me and I couldn't help but discover an array of kindred spirits within Frankie's relationship dynamics between her family and friends. I would definitely recommend this book to any member of the female persuasion and I have a sneaking suspicion that Saving Francesca will easily creep into my category of comfort reads.
SPOILER ALERT!

The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)

The Iron King - Julie Kagawa I'll be honest. I was resistant toward even considering this book. Like a decent portion of young adult fiction, the protagonist, Meghan is an unpopular and/or quirky girl that often sticks out like a sore thumb. I won't spoil the details of how the plot comes about, but Meghan discovers that faeries do exist and she even has a bit of the bloodline coursing through her hormone-addled veins.

What I enjoyed about the book was certainly the characterization of many of the fae. High school required reading assignments and drama club started my love of Shakespeare and it was refreshing to see some old favorite literary characters brought back to life. New fae races like the packrats were a shining example of introducing secondary characters that leave a lasting impression. I definitely found myself look forward to their appearances within the pages.

I would say the main thing that bothered me about the book, and perhaps I'm being a bit nitpicky, were the references to anime. I understand that the author is attempting to fuse a whimsical world with Meghan's modern influence, but for whatever reason, I had to cringe every time anime or some other term related to anime was mentioned. For a brief few minutes, it took me out of the story. That, and the antagonist's physical description (A Bluetooth?! Really?!).

A good portion of fae myth heavily relies on contracts and that theme is prevalent within The Iron King. I certainly understand Meghan's motivation for her overzealous deal-making because I would stop at nothing to retrieve my younger brother, but at times, I felt like she didn't fully consider the ramification of her actions.

I hope I'm not griping too much. I liked the overall outcome of the book and I don't regret reading it. Curiosity will most undoubtedly get the best of me because I genuinely would like to see how Meghan will progress as a character.


Battle Royale

Battle Royale - Koushun Takami, Yuji Oniki I don't quite recall how I stumbled across this book, but it was one of those things that you buy on a whim. Maybe the title intrigued me or the subliminal picture within the cover art was clever enough that I had to have it. Either way, this book is one I will never forget. I even make it a habit to read it every summer.

The premise is pretty straightforward. A class of forty students is sent to an island with the goal of becoming the last man standing. Literally. The students must kill their peers, whether they be friends or enemies, in order to make it out alive. Everyone has a backstory and there are multiple twists and turns thrown into the already frantic action. I don't recall being bored once. There's no lull in the storyline.

After reading this book, I quickly spread the word to my friends and even family members. My copy was passed around to probably twenty people and they all seemed to have enjoyed it as much as I have. While reading the book, questions begin to pop into your mind about the book's startling situation. Would you be the type of person who could handle becoming an enemy to your best friends? I do believe several of my friends and I exchanged apologies for the fact that if our own skin was on the line, then yes we could.

Never has literature been so action-packed for me. It's descriptive (sometimes in grotesquely explicit detail), fun, and thought-provoking.