This week's topic:
What was the best book you read in July?
For a variety of reasons I didn't read as many books in July as I did in June. I picked up and put down at least a couple because they didn't really grab me in the early pages. It was more a situation of "I don't feel like reading this right now " and less that the books weren't interesting. But there were a handful of books that were exactly what I was in the mood to read. Among these were Cassandra Clare's books from her paranormal/Steampunk/historical series The Infernal Devices.
Of the two, I definitely preferred Clockwork Prince, but then that might be because I'm sort of a Jem fan. (And by Jem I don't mean the mannish rocker and her Misfits. Though, she was truly outrageous.) Cassandra Clare is just one of those authors who is great at creating mood and writing compelling stories and characters. Not to mention, it was abundantly clear that she did her research for this particular series. I felt like I was actually in Victorian London which was fantastic.
What I loved:
1. Setting - the Institute, Victorian London (the dreadful and the beautiful), York
2. Steampunk - creepy, creepy automatons and Henry's only-sometimes-useful gadgets/weapons
3. Paranormal - not usually a big fan, but Clare creates a world of paranormal beings that feels real
4. Romance - as mentioned, I'm kind of a Jem gal, but Mr. Will Herondale is pretty special too
5. Characters - they are all fully fleshed out and their backstories tie in well to their current stories
6. Writing - Clare is a great storyteller and a great writer. She especially excels at setting and mood.
I should probably also mention that I love this series so much more than Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, though I do like those books a lot as well. And now I'll have to wait 20 million years for Book 3 in this series, which is kind of tantamount to torture at this point. What's going to happen? I suspect there are seriously difficult choices ahead.
|Isn't this cover amazing? She has a bit of|
a Catherine Zeta-Jones thing going on.
Due out: March 19, 2013 - too long to wait.
How about you? What was your favourite July read?