Blackout by Connie Willis (reread)
An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire
Magic Belowstairs by Caroline Stevermer
Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson
Skinned by Robin Wasserman
Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale
This was a weird month.
Skinned by Robin Wasserman: I wanted to like this more than I did. I never really got into it; it felt like it kept me at arm’s length, which may have been a product of the protagonist’s situation and new reality. There was the lurking sense of being told instead of shown what was going on, though.
Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale: I actively disliked this, which surprised me. The prose felt flat, I couldn’t find a sense of urgency or emotional involvement, and I couldn’t get into the characters at all. This may have been a result of the ‘just throw the main character into a whirlwind of new info and not explain it to him’ being passed along to the reader. I’m not a fan of that narrative trope. Full admission: I didn’t even finish it. Life’s too short and my energy too finite to force myself to finish books I’m not enjoying.
The joy of the month was my reread of Blackout, of course, in preparation for All Clear (which I read most of, and which missed being part of the read-in-October list only by about seventy-five pages). And I enjoyed An Artificial Night as well, as I expected.
The boy and I finished The Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Journey and are two-thirds of the way through The Rescue now.