What am I Reading?

I thought I would share what I’ve been reading this month.
Here are the YA books I consumed,
and my thoughts on them.

1. Running Lean by Diana L. Sharples

Running Lean

Equilibrium. That’s what Stacey and Calvin found in each other. He is as solid as his beloved vintage motorcycle and helps quiet the constant clamor in Stacey’s mind. She is a passionate, creative spirit—and a lifeline after Calvin’s soldier brother dies. But lately the balance is off. Calvin’s grief is taking new forms. Voices of self-loathing are dominating Stacey’s life. When struggles with body image threaten her health, Calvin can’t bear to lose another person that he loves. Taking action may destroy their relationship, but the alternative could be much more costly.

This is a book about a young girls struggle with an eating disorder and the boy who loves her. Diana L. Sharples is an amazing weaver of words and you can tell that from the first page. The story is a difficult one that needs to be told. Her characters are real and struggle (and question) their faith as most teens do. Sometimes the characters were…whiny and it could be a little grating. But it didn’t detract from the beauty of the book.

2. Knife by R.J. Anderson

Once upon a time, a fairy is born. She lives in an old oak tree at the bottom of a garden with the rest of the fairy folk. Never has she known a time when life hasn’t been hard, with many dangers and much adversity. But when she becomes the Hunter of the group and learns to do battle in the outside world, her adventures really take off…Don’t read this book if you’re expecting fairy dust – the last thing Knife is likely to wield is a magic wand… 

R.J. Anderson is a Canadian writer that I have met a couple of times. She is Christian but she writes for the mainstream market. I’m not a big fan of faeries but this book is not about Tinkerbell. Anderson is a masterful storyteller and has a firm grasp of the writers craft. This is a book that was an excellent and enthralling read. It was a good clean read with just enough edge to it. 🙂 This cover was what they published in the UK. The one for North America is not as nice:

Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels)

3. Rebel

No ordinary fairy tale…Linden is a feisty faery with a lot on her mind. She her fellow faeries are under threat: their magic is fading, and if they do not act fast, they will die…When Linden meets Timothy, a human staying in the house opposite her Oak, she knows he can help. Together they embark on a dangerous journey to seek more magic ? and discover that there is more to fear from other faeries than they could ever have imagined.

This is the second in R.J. Anderson’s faery series. This one was even better than the first one. It has a lot of Christian themes and lyrical prose. If you haven’t read any of Anderson’s stuff I highly recommend you check her books out.

4. Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing that Saves You

When high school junior Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, she has one goal: hide from the bullies who had convinced her she was the ugliest girl in school. But when she is caught sneaking into a neighbor’s pool at night, everything changes. Something is different now that Melissa is sixteen, and the guys and popular girls who once made her life miserable have taken notice. When Melissa gets the chance to escape life in a house ruled by her mom’s latest boyfriend, she must choose where her loyalties lie between a long-time crush, a new friend, and her surfer brother who makes it impossible to forget her roots. Just as Melissa seems to achieve everything she ever wanted, she loses a loved one to suicide. Melissa must not only grieve for her loss, she must find the truth about the three boys who loved her and discover that joy sometimes comes from the most unexpected place of all.

This was a sweet book (and I loved the cover). The writing was solid and there were times where it really sang. The structure of the book did nothing for me and the plot was often predictable. That being said, I enjoyed the read. It just wasn’t my favorite and that may speak more to my taste in books. 🙂

What have you been reading this past month that left you wanting more? Leave a comment with a book that you would recommend to me and I’ll add it to my To Be Read pile.

Karen deBlieck

Karen deBlieck

Love at First Sight?

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She was a thing of beauty.

Her gloss glistened under the florescent lighting,
and she beckoned me to stop and stay awhile.
Her shape was nothing short of…breathtaking.

But there were others.
Some almost garish with color.
Others promising things out of this world.

I couldn’t help myself.
I added her and five others to my Chapters bag.
My husband would only shake his head at my secret obsession.

What attracts me to a book?

1) I do judge a book by a cover.
I believe it is the first promise that the author makes with the reader.
Check out Robert Treskillard’s newest cover.

Doesn’t it make you wonder…who is this girl???
And what about the cool looking sword???

2) The back cover copy is important to most readers.
I admit that I don’t always like to read it in advance as it often reveals too much from the story.
However, I was pulled in by R.J. Anderson’s sci-fi novel Ultraviolet‘s back cover.

“ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS
A GIRL WHO WAS SPECIAL.

THIS IS NOT HER STORY.

UNLESS YOU COUNT THE PART
WHERE I KILLED HER.”

….ooOOoooOOOOO…
You had me at hello… 😉

3) Finally, I do believe that it’s the inside beauty that counts more than the glossy exterior.
I will always crack open the book to the first page before making a commitment.
There I can find out if the author has got what it takes.
Usually it only takes a couple of lines.
Like the first line of Divergent by Veronica Roth:

“There is one mirror in my house.”

…but…why?
And so I must read on.

How about you? What makes you initially pick up a book? What book have you fallen in love with recently?


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CONTEST CLOSES on Saturday, October 12th. The winner will be announced on the Monday. 🙂

This post brought to you by the letter K and the number 3.14. 😉

Karen deBlieck

Karen deBlieck

 

aspiring writers competition 2013 – vote for karen!

Karen deBlieck

Karen deBlieck

Our very own Karen deBlieck is one of five finalists in The Reading Room‘s Aspiring Writers competition. 

Why don’t you drop by and show her some love? You’ll get a chance to read the beginning of her novel, Parched (a Genesis First Impressions finalist in 2012) along with the other entires. Then click on a button to vote for your favorite (Karen’s, of course!). 😉

Note: You have to sign up to be a Reading Room member (free) to be eligible to vote. The Reading Room is similar to Goodreads in that you can rate books, track what you’re reading, and join book club discussions.

Karen – if you’re reading this, tell us a little about your experience with The Reading Room and its contest.

Readers – have you ever entered a writing contest? Or have you ever won a contest of any sort (giveaway, raffle, competition)? We’d love to hear from you!