Head Rush (2012) – Carolyn Crane

Head Rush, the conclusion to Carolyn Crane’s The Disillusionists Trilogy (consisting of Mind Games and Double Cross) was published as an eBook in 2011. I, desperate for resolution after the cliffhanger ending (in which Justine and Packard declare their love for each other, Otto kills Avery in front of Justine, and then modifies her memory to frame Packard), do not have an eBook reader. Which is how we get to the situation where I finish the series three years later.

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Xenocide (1996) – Orson Scott Card

Xenocide was… weird. It was a serious letdown after the wonderful storytelling in Ender’s Game, and the insightful mystery that was Speaker for the Dead. The previous books, and most of Xenocide, felt quite firmly grounded in science, and then it got a whole lot more philosophical. And with that it got a whole lot more weird.

A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold (2000) – George R. R. Martin

I gotta say, this be full of the twists and turns and bloodletting that everyone has come to know about Game of Thrones. I’ve been walking through the world, head in the sand, twisting and swerving every spoiler that comes hurled my way from what appears to be everyone I know. And I didn’t do too badly at all, considering how much took me by surprise in the second part of A Storm of Swords.

Allegiant (2013) – Veronica Roth

Allegiant took me pleasantly by surprise. I picked it up, wanting a nice, breezy read after one of the ponderous tomes that makes up the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and it was a lot better than I thought it would be.

A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (2000) – George R. R. Martin

I have a weird sort of relationship with the books from A Song of Ice and Fire. See, on the one hand, Martin neatly weaves together all the little threads of each character together, against the backdrop of a vast and iconic world. On the other hand, I have such a hard time deciding what I think of it, let alone being able to write it down in a coherent matter.

Cat’s Cradle (1953) – Kurt Vonnegut

So I’ve been putting off writing this for about a week and a half. I always approach these with a bit of reluctance, because sometimes it’s just so hard to express exactly how you feel about a book through words. Each book affects me in such different ways but there’s only so many ways of expressing that you can “love” a book or find it “really good”. Even more so with Cat’s Cradle, or any great literature, as it leaves me feeling a little… lost.

Up From the Grave (2014) – Jeaniene Frost

Up From the Grave is the seventh and final installment in the Night Huntress series, following the adventures of former half-vampire-now-full-vampire Cat and her amazingly powerful and amazingly hot vampire husband Bones.