Sunday, February 1, 2009
TSS - Monthly Wrapup and NaJuReMoNoMo
National Just Read More Novels Month has come to a close, and I'm pleased to say I attained my goal of reading 5 novels this month - I'm a winner!! Here's the scoop:
The Marchessa by Simonetta Agnello Hornby - did not start the year out with a bang, this historical novel read too much like a textbook and not enough like a story. Finished 1/9/09, Rating 5/10.
The Eyes of a King by Catherine Banner - Young adult fantasy by a British teen author touted by some as "the next J.K. Rowling". She's going to have to do better to live up to that praise, because while her first novel shows promise, it won't connect to audiences in the way Rowling has been able to. (My review here.) Finished 1/20/09, Rating 7/10.
By The Shore by Galaxy Craze - beautiful coming-of-age novel about a young girl and her loving but troubled mother, this novel captures the voice of its protaganist perfectly. (My review here.) Finished 1/23/09, Rating 8/10.
Tiger, Tiger by Galaxy Craze - pseudo-sequel to By The Shore, this novel follows May and her family to an ashram in California. A good story which does not equal its predecessor. (My review here.) Finished 1/24/09, Rating 6.5/10.
The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco - Excellent historical suspense, the first in my current favorite series of this genre. I have a sad feeling there won't be any more novels to come, because of a really bad decision by its publisher, but I will certainly savor these two again in years to come. (My review here.) Finished 1/26/09, Rating 8/10.
So, who else wants to celebrate their NaJuReMoNoMo success with me? Tell me about the novels you read this month in the comments, and head over to Foma, the official blog for NaJuReMoNoMo, to pick up your awards!