Wow….I totally forgot that I hadn’t written about my October books yet! I didn’t read as much in October because The Diviners took me foreeeeeever so I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet.
1. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
This book was SO FREAKING GOOD. So good, that I know whatever I say about it will not do it justice. But I must spread the gospel of awesome books so here’s a little bit about it:
Blue Sargent comes from a family of psychics. Her own power is a bit different though–she’s not really psychic, but her presence helps magnify the abilities of other psychics. So every year on St. Mark’s Eve, she goes with her mother to a churchyard where her mother is able to see every person in town who will die within the year. Blue never sees the spirits herself, but this year, a boy appears and speaks to her directly.
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at the local private school, Aglionby. The students there are known as “The Raven Boys” and though Blue has always avoided them, she’s strangely drawn to Gansey. She’s been warned by her psychic family her whole life that she is destined to kill her true love. Could this prophecy have something to do with Gansey’s presence in the churchyard?
I know this sounds like it could potentially be just another paranormal romance but it isn’t. It isn’t even really romantic. It’s gorgeously written and so mysterious and every character is perfection and just SO GOOD. Please read it. And tell me if you do–I’d love to hear your thoughts!
2. Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 15 (Guardian) – Yu Watase
Goodreads description: Miaka must reenter The Universe of the Four Gods and collect the seven magic stones that contain her soulmate Taka’s lost memories . . . or else risk losing him forever. (This is sort of a spin of story as the main narrative quest ended with Vol. 14. I wasn’t crazy about this one).
3. The Diviners – Libba Bray
Goodreads description: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.” When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.
I had high hopes for this book–I love the 20s, I love the occult, and Libba Bray is super cool. This book is like 600 pages long and was pretty meh until about halfway through, and it thankfully picked up the pace. Historical fiction is tough, and the beginning was fraught with Bray’s overboard namedropping of historical people, places and events in an attempt to set the scene–basically, this book was in want of some editing. Overall: Cool story, cool characters, but some problematic writing and pacing issues.
4. Every Day – David Levithan
Every day, “A” our protagonist, wakes up in the body of a new person. Every day a different body, a different life.
A never knows who he/she (it?) will be the next day, and it never stays in a body for more than 1 day. A has established some rules: Get through the day without interfering too much, and never get attached to anyone.
Everything’s fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. A falls in love with Rhiannon, and attempts to find a way to be with her every day.
I’m not normally a huge fan of David Levithan’s writing but this premise was too interesting to pass up, and I actually found that the fantastic nature of the plot made his melodramatic writing style easier to stomach. It felt more appropriate here, as this book asks some pretty big questions about gender and sexuality, fate and free will, the nature of the soul, etc. I thought this book was interesting and thought-provoking, but plot-wise, the end lacked a sense of resolution.
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
I’ve been meaning to read this book forever, and I finally picked it up just before Halloween. I actually read it during the storm we had as a result of Hurricane Sandy which was the perfect spooky setting.
This book was really great, and I’m just going to give you the vague Goodreads description because I don’t want to give too much away:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. Fiction is based on real black and white photographs. The death of his grandfather Abe sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and explores abandoned bedrooms and hallways. The children may still live.
Also, check out the awesome book trailer created by the author!