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.