Fantasy, hardcover, 435 pages; published May 19, 2015 by Del Rey; source: publisher
This, by far, has been my top read of 2015. So why didn’t I do a post just on this story? Because it would all be gushy-gushing. Just a complete love-fest for the amazing fantasy that is Uprooted. A powerful sorcerer takes one girl from the village every ten years as tithe for protecting the village from the Forest. They return changed and, soon after, move away from their village. When Agnieszka is choosen, everyone is shocked — and she goes with the sorcerer. Beautifully magical with amazing characters and a fantastical plot that satisfied my fairy tale-loving self. See? Total gushing. And now, I want to go read it again. 5 stars.
YA Historical Paranormal, hardcover, 432 pages; published September 22, 2015 by Greenwillow Books; source: publisher
I fell in love with Carson’s writing with her Fire and Thorns trilogy and my love has grown exponentially with her newest offering. WOEaS is the Oregon Trail come to life (well, book) with hints of deeper magic all wrapped up in a fantastically realistic story. Lee can sense gold in the world around her and that’s a very dangerous thing. Tragedy forces her to make some tough choices including hitting the trail with a caravan. This first installment is all about the journey and boy, is it ever a humdinger. Holy cow, I really don’t think I would have survived that trip well, if at all. However, I really enjoyed reading about it especially since Carson was able to capture the attitudes of the people of that time as well as the challenges they all faced on that harrowing journey. 4.5 stars.
SciFi, hardcover, 432 pages; published August 18, 2015 by Harper Voyager; source: publisher
This was my first Wendig…kind of surprising, considering I enjoy his Twitter shenanigans. This story fits right in with his online tone of voice. It’s wacky and odd and completely off-kilter but I enjoyed it. Five hackers are busy doing their hacker thing, making life difficult for a lot of different people, including the government and…they’re busted. Here’s their choice: do ten years or work for us (the government). The “make ’em an offer they can’t refuse” is a bit of an old hack (heh. Get it? ‘Cause they’re hackers?) and, really, there’s nothing new-new about the plot elements (*of course* this top-secret government project is out of control. Are we surprised by this?) but the story’s fast-paced and not loaded down with techno-babble. 3.5 stars.
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