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manifesta ([personal profile] manifesta) wrote2010-01-22 12:51 am

you and me could write a bad romance

Drive-by update, seeing as I have class at 8:30AM.

A few days ago I was in a rush to get to some friends' apartment and I wanted a book to read (they're gamer guys; they game, I read, it works out wonderfully) so I grabbed Blood & Chocolate off the shelf. I've read it dozens of times and it's still as amazing as it was when I was 12. Vivian is one of my favorite heroines because she's strong and beautiful and she knows it. She's not torn up about being a werewolf; she loves it.

I won't lie, the ending pissed me off the first time I read it. Eventually I came to appreciate it, and now I wouldn't have it any other way

I'm in the final stretch of reading Skin Game by Ava Gray. It's a paranormal romance that's light on the paranormal (is there such a thing as 'low paranormal fantasy'?) and the dialogue between the two protags is snappy. Kyra is a stong heroine without the help of her powers or a gun, and Reyes is adorable. I seem to be on a streak lately for picking good books from categories that I normally take issue with.

Alexandra Bracken has an extensive list of current publishing trends. Most fall somewhere along the line of what I had anticipated. I hope to see more post-apocalyptics in fantasy sometime soon (instead of YA for a change). If Guild Wars can combine a post-apocalyptic setting with fantasy elements, so can books.

I have some rambles about BWW stewing in the back of my mind, but it's getting late, so I'll leave those for another time.

[identity profile] 2010-01-23 12:18 am (UTC)(link)
Drive-by icon love!

And: I need to read Blood & Chocolate now, can't wait to hear more about BWW, and absolutely must check out that link. :)

[identity profile] 2010-02-01 11:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I totally get what you mean about hanging out with gamer guy friends. Usually I just read, work on homework, or take naps. (I think I threw Disney Princess fruit snacks at them the other night, come to think of it...)

I'm going to be honest, I haven't read a lot of non-YA fantasy, outside of Lord of the Rings and the first half of the Wheel of Time series (which is a series I love to rant about for its stereotypical representations of both women and men - probably one of the main reasons I haven't finished the series yet.) Any recommendations?