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Alicia Wright Brewster

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Currently reading

Steelheart
Brandon Sanderson
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)
Brandon Sanderson
Olympus Confidential (Plato Jones #2)
Robert B. Warren
Indelible - Dawn Metcalf Got it on NetGalley. Thank you, Harlequin Teen!
Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1) - Kelley Armstrong Gimme.
Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1) - Iain M. Banks I recently watched all of Battlestar Galactica for the first time. It was amazing...and now it's over. Looking for something to fill the void it left in my life.
Red Rising - Pierce Brown Got it on NetGalley. Thank you, Dial Books.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black Digital ARCs are available on Edelweiss, in case anyone is interested. I think I'll wait for the release date. I want to see what my GR buds have to say first.
The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1) - Tarryn Fisher My book of the month discussion/argument with Kenya Wright, Megan D. Martin, and D.T. Dyllin (wherein Megan and D.T. are wrong) about the Opportunist: http://www.fantasyfloozies.com/2013/07/book-of-month-chat-opportunist-by.html.

This is the June book of the month to be featured on my blog. It's not one I would have picked for myself.

I wasn't particularly a fan, but I do understand why a lot of people like it. For me, both the main characters were selfish jerks, and their backstories didn't come close to accounting for their flawed choices. All their problems would have been solved if they'd been honest with each other. I couldn't root for them because I didn't like them. They showed little respect for their relationship throughout, so I couldn't bring myself to care.

I liked the ending though.
Thirteen Days to Midnight - Patrick Carman This sounds awesome. I'm putting it toward the top of my tbr list.
Alienated - Melissa Landers I got it from NetGalley. Thank you, Disney Hyperion!
77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected - Mike Nappa This is not a bad reference, but I wouldn't recommend reading it cover to cover. Maybe hit the table of contents and view the topics that seem worthy of your time. There were many topics that address issues beyond my control, and many others just aren't relevant to me personally.
The Lincoln Lawyer  - Michael Connelly, Adam Grupper I audiobooked this one a few years ago. Not bad but a bit dry for my taste.
The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson Pre-read reaction, October 2011:

I have only a vague idea what it's about. But it's by Sanderson, so *cue droning robot voice* . . . I will read it. I must read it.

Now:

If an author came to me and said: "I have a great idea for a magic system. These guys called Rithmatists draw in chalk on the ground, and their chalk drawings have power. They can draw chalklings, which can be given instructions. Some chalklings can actually injure people, especially the wild chalklings. Those guys are dangerous!" I would tell this author: "Have you lost your mind? Chalk bad guys? Ooooh scary. I'm shaking in my boots here. Oh wait, I'm actually not. And I'm also not wearing boots—cause it's summer."

And I would be wrong.

Joel, the main character, has always wished he were a Rithmatist, although he knows he can't be. He's studied Rithmatic lines and knows more about them than many Rithmatists. So when a few Rithmatists are kidnapped, Joel inserts himself into the investigation and proves helpful.

The kidnapping mystery, though interesting, wasn't even the best part of the book. And I don't believe there was enough information given to the reader (at least not for this reader) to figure out what was going on before everything was revealed toward the end. I would have preferred to have a chance at guessing the ending. But that's fine; I still loved the book. The ending did a good job of tying up all the threads in the story, and introducing a new thread to be explored in a sequel.

Throughout the book, without overwhelming the reader, Sanderson presents Rithmatic principles that help us understand his magic system in better detail. the book includes renderings of some Rithmatic defenses, as well as chalklings drawn by some of the Rithmatist characters. While I imagine some people might flip right past the renderings (which I don't think would make the book any less enjoyable), I examined each one. Sanderson put so much thought and detail into this magic system that I couldn't help being dragged along for the ride.

Even before reading this book, I was a fan of Sanderson's. Now I'm just awed.
Untitled (Rithmatist #2) - Brandon Sanderson 2015? Oh dusts! x-(
Seduction: A Novel of Suspense - M.J. Rose Got it on NetGalley. Thank you, Atria Books!

Added based on Katy's recommendation. If it's not good, I'm coming after you, Katy!
Skeleton Crew - Stephen King Adding this primarily for the Survivor Type short story.
The Cutting Room Floor - Dawn Klehr Got it from NetGalley. Thank you, Flux!

Please be awesome.
Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1) - Richard Castle How did I not know these books were actually being written?!