Filling the Shelf is basically Mailbox Monday (this month hosted by Savvy Verse and Wit) or In my Mailbox (created by The Story Siren ), but with a title that suits my blog :D If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit those two awesome features!
I am very excited about the books that joined my shelf this week! Well, I always am of course, but these two made me particularly happy, especially since my tracking said I would only receive them this coming week. Hurray for the mailman!
Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier : The Sevenwaters series is one of my favorite series, ever. I’ve been recommending it again and again. Even though I still have to read book 4, I was impatient to finally have my copy of book 5.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor : I’ve mentioned last week how much I was looking forward to this book and now that it’s here, all I want is to crack it open. I’m trying to save my best selection for this Saturday’s read-a-thon though, so I’ll try to hold on until then!
What did you add to your shelves recently? Have you read one of these two books?
Once more I appeal to you judgement to help me decide on a next read!
This time around I picked a bunch of YA novels I was very excited about upon receiving, but who ended up waiting on my shelves to receive some love.
The Selection :
Wither by Lauren DeStefano : A dystopian novel where human longevity is around 25 years old and young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamy. I haven’t had much luck with YA dystopias this year, so hopefully this one will go better?
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand : This story of an half-angel girl has received some great reviews. Not only that, but I have often seen it recommended in reviews of other books with angels. It seems to be a bit different from the trend from what I understood, which is always good.
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes : A story of a girl raised by a werewolves pack (you’d never guess by the title!). I love werewolves, even more than vampires these days, and this one intrigues me.
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly : About a young girl who has the ability to see into the future and people’s dreams. She doesn’t know where her powers come from, but I’m guessing it has something to do with angels. Just a hunch! It also received some positive reviews.
So, what do you think? You can answer by the poll and, if you have any thoughts to share on the books (either because you’ve read one or want to know more about another, or anything really!), you can always comment below
On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where we list all the books we desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. Click on the link to Book Chick City, sign the Mr. Linky and join the fun!
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I don’t often put contemporary YA fiction at the top of my wishlist, but this one has to be. It got a variety of positive reviews from bloggers and reviewers I trust, and some more! The comments are everywhere from great to raving, so I have to know what it is about. Also, I like the cover.
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Summary from Goodreads :
Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for.
Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.
What is at the top of your wishlist right now?
What it’s about :
Towner Whitney comes from a family of lace readers, women who can make lace and read one’s future through it. Twoner hasn’t been practicing lace reading ever since she left Salem, over fifteen years ago. When her great-aunt Eva disappears suddenly, Whitney finds herself forced to move back to the place where she grew up. As the disappearance gets resolved and the disappearance of a young woman comes shaking the community of Salem, Towner is faced with memories from her past, a past she had almost forgotten everything about.
My Thoughts :
Let met tell you, it’s really hard to summarize this book without spoiling any of it. Sadly I feel like the Goodreads’ summary spoils way too much of the story, unlike the really short one at the back of my book, but the great news is, there is still much more to surprise the reader in this atmospheric, mysterious novel.
The first thing Towner lets you know as the novel starts is that she is an unreliable narrator. She will tell you that she lies all the time, then move on with her story and almost never mention it again. This creates a certain uneasiness as you read, constantly wondering “What is she lying about? Is she lying about anything at all?”
The Lace Reader is also a story of grief. In Salem more than anywhere else, Towner lives with constant reminders of her twin sister’s death when they were teens. As she revisits the past she has forgotten after the shock of the event, she pieces back together the good and the bad, about her sister but also about the women of her family and the residents of Salem. The novel is, indeed, filled with a colorful cast of characters that are sometimes quirky, sometimes strange and sometimes just scary. This might lead you to believe that “normal” takes very little space in this book, but rest assured that every bit of craziness is added in moderation, giving it the depth of some of the most realistic contemporary fiction.
If I had to hold one thing against this novel, it would be the sudden shift in narration. To say it simply, The Lace Reader is told in a first person narration until it isn’t. And then it is again. But then it’s not. I don’t mind alternating different types of narrations in one novel, but the fact that the first change happens after the first 150 pages was really weird to me. I would guess this was done to add to the construction of the mystery, but I would have preferred to have the whole novel in third person, with smalls chapters in first person when, for instance, we are reading Towner’s journal.
There is a final twist that was really interesting, too. I think if you pay attention to detail you will see it coming, but what I loved was that even though I did, I hadn’t guessed some of the specifics and so it still made for an amazing ending. Reading it changed my perspective on some aspects of the book and I immediately had to go back and re-read some parts after that. Because even though I did pay attention to detail, I was amazed by Barry’s skill to add them in very subtle ways through the narration. You’ll read some of them innocently and then realize later that they were in fact important clues. Loved that!
The Lace Reader was a beautifully craft mystery that I enjoyed immensely. Its slow pace and dark atmosphere made it a perfect read at this time of the year, and I’m really glad I picked it as my first read for this year’s R.I.P. challenge. It has a lot to offer for discussions, too, and I know I have to let it sit on my shelves for a while to make a final decision on its rating. It might be higher, and if it doesn’t become one of this year’s favorites, and will definitely be close to.