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Ruby Red (Ruby Red) by Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red (Ruby Red)

leslieluvzbooks, August 1, 2015

I was worried that this was going to be "just another YA paranormal romance about a dorky awkward girl who travels through time and meets a guy who she hates at first but then falls in love with him." I am always wary of YA books where romance is considered a selling point, because invariably the characters will be so obsessed over the "will-they-won't-they" factor that they don't ever get around to actually DOING much except screwing up.

I WAS SO WRONG. Kerstin Gier is a brilliant storyteller.

The main character, Gwyneth, was wonderfully dimensional. She does not fall into the "Family Dork" trope, nor the "destined for something more" cliche; I actually found her quite likable and credible. Oh, and the book isn't about romance; it's about the genetic disposition for time travel. And it actually makes sense, and the two love interests are from the same time period, so there's no "star-crossed lover" sort of tripe that usually clutters up YA novels with this premise! VERY fascinating!
This first book does an incredible job of both "setting the board" with the characters, if you will, and presenting questions that no doubt will be answered in the next books. Here I go into another series!
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Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" (Once Upon a Time) by Cameron Dokey
Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of

leslieluvzbooks, August 1, 2015

Gorgeous and magical.
Have I said enough how much I enjoy the retellings of Cameron Dokey? Because I love them, every part of them.

First, Cameron starts with a world where magic is acknowledged and exists, but is feared and relegated to isolated areas where "nobody goes." Then she fashions the Princess Aurore as a headstrong girl cooped up inside the castle (instead of sent far away) under the watchful eye of her father (instead of shunned by him) who only wants to be outside and free. Clever Cameron deftly weaves a tale that at first seems "all wrong," but then she manages to pull in the details we know so well at just the right moment to turn her thrilling story into the fairy tale it was always meant to be. I loved the characters and I loved the way this story worked!
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Lunar Chronicles #03: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Lunar Chronicles #03: Cress

leslieluvzbooks, August 1, 2015

Whee! I am breathless, I am tense, I am giggling like a crazy person... And I could not be happier with this series!!
What Meyer has done with Cinderella, with Red Riding Hood, and now with Rapunzel is so much more wonderful than anything I have ever seen, or (I believe) will ever see in the future! Her writing is a spectacular example of how to foreshadow without ever letting on that you're foreshadowing... For example, she introduces the airship Rampion in the last book... but I was halfway through this one before I suddenly realized... "Wait a minute.... RAMPION!" and suddenly it was hilarious and delightful. She adds characters each time, and they're all connected somehow, (Cinder is searching for Scarlet's grandmother, and Cress is the girl who first contacted Cinder to let her know that the Lunar Queen was up to no good!) and I am hopelessly and shamelessly in love with each and every one of them!
Anybody who loves both sci-fi and fairy tales simply must get their hands on these first three books of the Lunar Chronicles...
Meanwhile I am on absolute pins-and-needles for the release of the fourth (and final?) book, Winter!
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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
The Rithmatist

leslieluvzbooks, August 1, 2015

To be honest, I had always hated geometry. It has long been one of the most confusing and least practical branches of arithmetic.
Leave it to Sanderson to make it entertaining! In his alternate world where the regions of the United States are all islands separated by waterways, there is a sort of Rithmatic power that brings two-dimensional chalk drawings to life�"and attacks depend on certain angles, one's defense is only as strong as one's ability to inscribe perfect geometric shapes, and those who can't draw are vulnerable to those who can.
Not only is Sanderson's story accompanied by detailed diagrams that coincide with descriptions in the story and add an air of legitimacy to the situations described, but the characters are distinct and wonderfully individual. Many of them made me laugh! I really enjoyed this book!

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Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)

leslieluvzbooks, August 1, 2015

Meyer does it again! Her characters are real and entertaining, the mesh of fairy tale with dystopian sci-fi is absolutely stellar, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!
She's telling a different story (Red Riding Hood, to the last book's Cinderella) but the treatment is the same... And in the process of introducing a new story and new characters, Meyer does a fantastic job of continuing where she left off in the last story and then bringing two girls from opposite sides of the world together. I love they way she foreshadows... Suddenly things that seemed small and insignificant in one storyline become central to the action in the next book, so you'd better pay attention! I loved every minute of this story!

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