RTW: Book of the Month for September, 2012
Is it that time again already? Wasn’t it the beginning of summer just a few weeks ago? Wow. So, here we are with YA Highway‘s monthly Road Trip Wednesday look at our favorite book from the past month. In passing, I forgot to note that last week’s RTW actually marked my Road Trip anniversary. I’ve been participating in RTW for a whole year now. That means this month’s Book of the Month marks one year since I started tracking this. Curious to know what my Book of the Month was for September, 2011? Take a look!
Back to the present. This month I have a shout-out as well as “book of the month.” And this one was a close call. You hear me? A really close call, because I liked both of these books almost equally. My shout-out book is… ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis. I’ve reviewed it on Goodreads (here), so I’ll just give you some quick thoughts.
|What I Liked:
What I Didn’t Like:
Overall, though, a great book!
My Book of the Month for September is…
|CINDER by Marissa Meyer. I just got through reading this, so my Goodreads review is available for you to look at (here). If FIFTY SHADES OF GREY has you wondering if anything good can come out of fan fiction, then allow CINDER to set your mind at rest. While this book is not the direct product of fan fiction, Marissa cut her authorial teeth writing lots of Sailor Moon stories (the influence of which may be discernible to readers of CINDER who know Sailor Moon). And the best of all that she learned has ended up in these pages. CINDER is a wonderful re-telling of the Cinderella story, set in futuristic China. The characters pop from the pages, the dialog rings true, and even the tech stuff sounds plausible. And it’s not just the same old Cinderella story we’ve all come to know. There’s a lot more to it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the way Marissa played with the traditional story, really making it her own. I had figured out many of the big “reveals” not long after the initial clues were laid (and I suspect we’ve now already met a future Lunar Chronicle heroine…), but that didn’t at all impair my enjoyment of the story.
I hoped “The Lunar Chronicles” would be a series of stand-alone stories set in the same universe–largely because I’m getting a little weary of series books (which seems to be the norm in YA these days). And while it looks like the other three books in the series will tell the stories of different characters, it appears they’re all part of the same general story arc, and their adventures intersect, and, I daresay, will all eventually come together at the end. Even so, I will gladly pick up SCARLET–the next in the series–simply because of the quality of writing and story-telling.
Have you read either of these books? What was your book of the month for September? You can talk about it here, or blog your answer and post a link to your article on YA Highway.