YA Highway: Road Trip Wednesday! Best book of July…

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This Week’s Topic is:
What was the best book you read in July?

July was a surprising slow reading month for me! While I’ve read 62 books so far this year, only 5 of those were in July:

Freshman Year & Other Disasters, by Meredith Zeitlin
City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare
It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It), by Julie Anne Peters
The Catastrophic History of You and Me, by Jess Rotherberg
The Immortal Rules, by Julie Kagawa

All of these books were excellent, and I’d recommend any of them to readers out there. Freshman Year was fun. CoLS was another strong entry into the Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare. The Julie Anne Peters dealt with topics near and dear to my heart, and the love triangle was fun (although I wanted to swat both narrators periodically for being so inward looking that they couldn’t see the world around them). Jess Rotherberg’s book was unique and different and I loved the arc. Considering I’m not always fond of angel stories, that’s saying something!

But the winner for me is The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I loved her Iron Fey series, so I had high hopes here. Chick read it before I did, and had nothing but glowing comments about it. So I started it and hoped it lived up to the hype I already had in my mind. And it did. It’s a vampire novel, and a dystopia, but it’s not stereotypical. It’s a new twist on the humanism of the vampire, and right up my alley with the fact that we are put inside the mind of the fledgling teen vampire who is still struggling to figure herself out and figure out how (and if) she fits into the human world. It drew me in and never let me go, and kept me rolling right along. It’s an excellent work, and well worth the time to read it. I’m looking forward to the next part of the series.

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About D. E. Atwood

When D.E. Atwood was in second grade, she finally grew tall enough to see the shelf above the mysteries in the bookmobile. She discovered a rich landscape of alternate worlds, magic, and space and has never looked back from the genres of fantasy and science fiction. When she was twelve, she declared that she was going to be a writer, and share the stories that she saw happening all around her. She wanted to create characters that others would care about, and that would touch their lives, like the books that she read had touched her own life. Today she has combined her interests, creating genre stories about the people who live next door, bringing magic into the world around us. When not writing, D.E. Atwood is a mother (to two children and a cat), a wife, a reader, a knitter, a systems administrator, a roleplayer, and a music aficionado. Sleep, she claims, is optional.
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8 Responses to YA Highway: Road Trip Wednesday! Best book of July…

  1. Melanie says:

    I read this book this month also and totally loved it. I wasn’t sure I would but it very pleasantly surprised me.

    • D. E. Atwood says:

      Same here! I got it out of the library because it looks interesting and I’d loved her Iron Fey books, but it actually took me a few tries to get started reading it, even after my daughter’s glowing recommendation. It’s not as quick a read as many things I have read recently, but it was very much worth taking the time for it.

  2. Alison Miller says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Immortal Rules! I am going to have to add it to the TBR!

    • D. E. Atwood says:

      It gets a definite thumbs up from both teens and adults, according to my household! I loved the fresh take, and the fact that it had a realistic flow to the emotional arcs and the plot was solid. I remain continuously impressed by Julie Kagawa’s storytelling abilities! I hope you enjoy it!

  3. MsFairyFreak says:

    All of those titles sounds exiting. I’ll be sure to check them out. Great post.

    • D. E. Atwood says:

      I hope you find something you like among the books on the list! Be warned that the Cassandra Clare is actually the fifth book in the series, if you haven’t already been reading it. I think City of Bones might be the first one, if I’m remembering correctly.

  4. ellisnelson says:

    A very nice July list and five books sounds lovely! Be proud and happy.

    • D. E. Atwood says:

      Thank you! When I get to the end of the year, I hope to post some of my reading statistics here, since most of what I read is YA (I think a half dozen or so this year have been something other than YA).

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