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branewurms: (Utena - secret of the Rose Bride)
Uh... BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I guess? Also I'm just reposting my review, idk guys, I am dying of TOO MUCH TO DO. (Not that I have all that much to do. I just tend to discombobulate into a scattered mess at the least hint of frustration.)

Witch EyesWitch Eyes by Scott Tracey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars. Really fun YA paranormal with a touch of romance. Follows fairly standard patterns (except for, y'know, the whole pairing being two dudes thing, which is unfortunately scarce in YA).

Although the structure and story-beats are pretty straightforward for the genre, there are some pretty distinctive and original flares, I think. I, at least, haven't seen this sort of almost abstract and impressionistic approach to magic in a paranormal before. Pacing's a bit uneven, and I think Braden suffers from excessive bouts of too-stupid-to-live seemingly just for the sake of conflict, but this is fresh and fun enough that I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys paranormal YA.

Oh, and btw - this is clearly the start of a series, and while there is a solid conclusion to this book, it leaves a lot hanging, too. I don't see that as either a good or a bad thing, but y'know, seems like a good thing to note.

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Basically I agree with most of what Rachel said - it's nothing extrodinary except in that the central couple are gay dudes. It was, otoh, a fun read, and I look forward to the next book.

SHINY

  • Oct. 16th, 2011 at 2:24 PM
branewurms: (Fringe - STRAWBERRY FLAVORED DEATH)
OKAY WTF IT HAS BEEN LIKE A MONTH SINCE I LAST POSTED.

And this post is going to be... a pimp post, but FRINGE COMING LATER, SWEARS.

[livejournal.com profile] pseudonymeter has a for-sale post up to raise direly needed funds - pretty hand made books! Custom book jewelry! Pretty bookmarks! Good for X-mas present ideas! etc. Go check it out!


Oh, and I almost forgot: [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija has a great idea for "permanent floating YA diversity book clubs" - and is running one here for October/November. The book for Oct/Nov is Witch Eyes! I already read it a few weeks ago, and will be reposting my review from goodreads here on my blog. (Hopefully I can find more to talk about too?! I'm not that great at finding in-depth things to say about books...)

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