Monthly Reads: May

So…it’s been a while. (A month? Really?) But in that month, I graduated from college, started working, and became engaged. Not that any excuses are good ones, but still…

I’m ready to get back to it! So let’s start with a belated list of May reading.

 

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Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The first in the Green Rider series. In a world where magic is feared and reviled, a girl receives the magical “rider call” to enlist as one of the king’s messengers, all of whom secretly use magic to perform their duties. I’ve enjoyed reading through this series. Though not terribly original, the author has built an energetic world, and there’s good potential for romance, which the author tastefully doesn’t carry too far in this first book.

 

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First Rider’s Call and The High King’s Tomb by Kristen Britain

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The second and third books in the Green Rider series. The characters develop nicely, and the romance takes an unexpected, but realistic turn. The overall plot also thickens like cake batter when whipped. I approve.

 

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A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

This book has popped up on multiple lists over the last few years, so I thought I’d give it a try. The story revolves around a young Russian countess who flees when the Tzar is overthrown, and now must find work as a maid in England to help support her mother and brother. I liked the intersection between the Russian and British cultures, and learned quite a bit about both through that interaction.

 

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Taste of Darkness by Maria Snyder

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The third book in Maria Snyder’s Healer trilogy. I’ve been waiting for a while for this one to come out, then for the libraries to own it. It was a good conclusion to the trilogy. Maria’s several trilogies all have similar stories, characters, and plots, and this one fit the mold. But it’s my favorite of her stories, maybe because it’s the first one I delved into.

 

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Bones of Faerie by Jannie Lee Simner

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

This one wasn’t my favorite. It’s part post-apocalypse, part fantasy coming of age. Enjoyable, but better for a younger audience—maybe junior high age. The best aspect of the book was that the author incorporated some death magic into the main character’s abilities, which is more unusual.

Amazingly, no serious pieces of non-fiction or literature in May. I was working through The Count of Monte Cristo, but that’s a long one, so I just finished it. Stay posted…

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