Tag: Marissa Meyer

Top 5 Wednesday – AutoBuy Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors

Posted April 11, 2018 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 5 Wednesday / 0 Comments

Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!

Joke’s on you guys – basically all we read is SFF! Joke’s on us – that makes this topic that much more challenging to answer.

Paige

  • Tamora Pierce – This answer is HIGHLY driven by nostalgia, and I don’t care. I do and will always own everything this wonderful woman writes in her Tortall universe, and I will bask in the warm cozy feeling I get when reading about her world. Tempests and Slaughter made me cry within the first 5 pages simply because of how it made me feel. My grandmother bought me all of the other Tortall books, and this is the first one I’ve bought on my own since I lost her. NOSTALGIA.
  • Victoria/V.E. Schwab – In case you haven’t gathered by our blog name, Victoria is our queen. I will read anything and everything she writes, including her upcoming graphic novel series, The Steel Prince, based on King Maxim’s life. She writes all the books I never knew I always wanted.
  • Laini Taylor – Also another one we have in common. Laini’s writing is ethereal and beautiful and ALWAYS sucks me in from moment one. I inhaled the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and am wistfully awaiting Muse of Nightmares after my dreamy experience with Strange the Dreamer (which Kate reviewed here! -insert linky link-)
  • Pat Rothfuss – FIRST OF ALL. If the third book never comes out, I will be okay with it. None of us are entitled to any more work from Pat. He is a person with a life outside of his career, so PLEASE don’t be one of Those People that comes in here with “omg guy, get with it and write the third book plz.” Seriously. Not cool.
    BUT ANYWAY. The Name of the Wind is probably one of the best book I’ve read in the last 5 years, and the audio version is also stunning. It is a book that I took my time with, which is sometimes hard for me because of the pace at which I read. Kvothe is a wonderful unreliable narrator, and Rothfuss’s descriptions are out of this world. I haven’t read The Wise Man’s Fear yet because I’m not ready to be caught up yet, but I also LOVED The Slow Regard of Silent Things, which is a novella from the perspective of my favorite character.
  • Jay Kristoff – I am a recent convert to the Droog lifestyle, and I will never look back. I’ve only read Illuminae and Nevernight, but Godsgrave is my next read on deck, and Gemina and Obsidio are going to be among my first purchases once I move and set up my shiny new library. (The move is actually happening as this is being posted!) If you want beautiful, artsy prose, Nevernight is for you. If you want an interesting format and space angst, Illuminae is for you. If you want to die a slow death by reading, Jay Kristoff is for you.

Kate

  • J.R.R. Tolkien – I have a Lord of the Rings problem. At one point, I read the full histories fairly regularly and was pretty up on my stuff, but that time is long gone. As I write this, I’m sitting here staring at my LOTR shelf (yeah, that’s a thing I have) and thinking I need to re-education myself. I just love everything about it, from the lore, to the books, to the characters, to the movie adaptations. I want to absorb every little bit of it I can. I also enjoy the translations that are still being released, Beowulf being a recent favorite.
  • Victoria/V.E. Schwab – See Paige’s post above. She’s magical, and I want to be her friend and read all her things.
  • Sarah J. Maas – I have 5 copies of A Court of Frost and Starlight coming, as well as four special edition boxes, and that doesn’t count the editions of ACOTAR and Throne of Glass lying around. It’s a lot, and honestly, I keep expecting to grow out of it, but I don’t. My recent re-reads did nothing but stoke the fire of my love even more. For as excited as I am to see what she comes up with once Feyre’s and Aelin’s stories are complete, I’ll be sad to leave Prythian and Erilea behind.
  • Marissa Meyer – This one (and SJM for that matter) feeling a little bit like copouts, because I’ve written my freakout posts about re-reads already. However, I still buy her books compulsively, and I’ll always buy her books compulsively. Confession: I haven’t read Renegades yet, but it’s inching closer and closer to the top of my list. I’ll get there eventually!
  • Leigh Bardugo – I have no business adding her to my list, because I haven’t read a damn thing she’s written. I just started The Grisha Trilogy on Monday night, in fact. But her books are just SO DAMN PRETTY. I can’t help but have them on my shelf. Even if I end up thinking she’s the most overrated thing to grace a my YA shelf (which she won’t be), I’ll still be grateful for the time they spent gracing my shelf with their gorgeous presence!

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I Love The Lunar Chronicles And So Should You

Posted February 15, 2018 by Kate in Gush Posts / 0 Comments

I’ve been trying to find a way to write this post constructively, but I’m going to tell you right now that I’m not entirely sure that’s possible. You see, I have this undying, all-consuming love of The Lunar Chronicles and the people and worlds that make it everything that it is.

See? No perspective or objectivity whatsoever.

When I read Wires and Nerve last winter, I was so antsy to return to that world, that I swore to myself I would re-read the whole series in time for the second volume to come out. Well, I didn’t pick up another Lunar Chronicles book until I was scrolling through my library’s available audiobooks late last fall and saw Stars Above. I got it and started listening. Not only was I reminded (again) how much I love Cinder and crew, but the narrator, Rebecca Soler, was AMAZING. Then I looked at a calendar and realized that I had approximately two months until Gone Rogue was coming out, still had to do an absurd number of holiday things (nine Christmases, people – NINE!), and I had a TBR list longer than I am tall. I didn’t think there was any possible way it was going to happen.

Enter my local library’s amazing OverDrive collection. Also, my complete lack of self control that lead to acquiring an Audible account, because putting a hold on things meant waiting too long. One month later, I had accomplished my goal, and it made me SO HAPPY! If Paige had a dollar for every time I freaked out about how great the audiobooks were, especially Winter, she could buy herself several Diet Cokes. (It’s not as weird a barometer as it sounds. Trust me.)

To circle back to the point here a bit, I would like to encourage any of you maybe not read this series to give it a shot. Cinder was a debut novel, and though both it and Scarlet had the markings of an author finding her footing, they were still complex and unique enough to compel the me forward. They also stood the test of time years later, when both my evolving taste and the warm light of nostalgia had the potential to create far too much expectation as I was reading them.

On top of that, Marissa Meyer does an incredible job of making these stories their own. I don’t Cress and think, “Oh goody Rapunzel tropes.” I read it and think, “Holy crap! This is amazing! What’s going to happen next?” It makes it so much more gratifying to be able to read a retelling that way, because I’m being propelled through this new story on it’s own merits. I still expect and am very excited when Cress is rescued from her “tower”, but the world, events, and characters, that populate the story and surround the rescue make it something new. Not to mention all the badass feminist ways Meyer turns a bunch of old fairy tale tropes on their heads, my personal favorite being how Winter sticks it to Levana, but I’m not going to spoil that for those who haven’t devoured this series yet.

Here’s the bottom line: just read these. Read them and experience them and love them. And if you don’t love them as much as I do, well, you’re entitled to that opinion, but I couldn’t hold in my stupid levels of excitement about it any longer!

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