39. Life As We Knew It
- Susan Beth Pfeffer
YA/SF/Dystopia - Wow, this is a scary freaking book. The moon is hit by a meteor (this is not unexpected) - what is unexpected is that it had a larger mass than anticipated, and the meteor knocks the moon out of its orbit. This has major repercussions on earth, with earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes taking place, and day-to-day life falling apart as a result. See through the eyes of 16 year-old Miranda as she recounts in her journal how her and her family and friends lives in rural PA are changed forever.
This was a seriously intense book. I am making my husband read it right now and he is paranoid beyond belief, wanting to go to Costco to stock up on cases of food for whatever natural disasters (or man-made ones) are ready to happen.
Recommended, especially for fans of SF in the dystopian genre or even people interesed in what post-peak-oil life might be like.
40. Saint City Sinners
- Lilith Saintcrowe
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy - The fourth of the Dante Valentine series. Dante is a Necromance turned part-demon, and in this novel she is called home by her best friend to help solve a murder. This book was strange, like an episode (or season) of a TV series where they throw something different at you for a while, but you really just want to get back to the main story. Kind of frustrating. Like this whole series is, really.
I don't know why, but I just want to kick the main character's ass. She is so whiny and victim-like one minute, and then completely uber-tough, wrong-minded and action-oriented the next. Her relationship with her demon mate, Japhrimel, has to be the most seriously frustrating relationship in the universe. It's like they don't speak the same language. And I guess they are different species (kind of), but I just want to lock them in a room together until they can figure out how to use small words with each other to communicate. Ugh.
41. To Hell And Back
- Lilith Saintcrowe
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy - Book 5, the last blessed book in the Dante Valentine series. I found myself skimming A LOT in the this book. I just wanted to see what happened. The writing is frustrating, the characters are frustrating, the action scenes are too detailed. It was an ok-ish resolution for the main story line, but so many side stories were just left hanging. Eh. Kind of frustrated with myself for wasting so much time on it. And annoyed that I just couldn't put these books down and walk away - I just had to know how it all ended. Grrr.