Tuesday, 21 July 2009


My reading speed seems to have increased greatly throughout the last few days.
Either that, or I've been finding a ton of really good books lately. Last week I started Timescape, then a few days later I read over half of it (about 300 pages) in less than a day.
Last night I picked up a book I'd started a few days ago, but didn't get very far: Wake.

(Please read the description here. You have to scroll down a bit.)
If you're too lazy to follow the link, here's abridged description:

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

On the back, Cassandra Clare wrote blurb.
"A lyrical, shuddersome novel whose images linger with you long after you've turned the last page, like the most haunting of dreams."
-Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of City of Bones

When I opened the first page, my expectations weren't very high, and maybe that's why I like it so much. The style of writing isn't what I normally read, it was in present-tense. But soon enough, I was able to get past that (and the somewhat slow beginning). It starts to pick up speed when the main character has an "episode" during her job, which sucked me in. and the romance that's intertwined in there kept me reading.
And yes, Cassandra Clare's blurb was right; it is lingering in my mind, even after reading the last words over four hours ago.

The characters have the kind of depth to them that I just thrive in, even the minor characters! (Mellisa, for example.) Janie had the typical amount of personality for a main character, and Cabel had much more that I would have expected. (Ahh, Cabel. Why aren't there more guys like you?) I also loved how much the reader was able to get to know the characters by witnessing their dreams.

I give it 4.75 stars out of 5.

After I finished Wake, I started reading Wintergirls, then stopped. Went to the kitchen. Found my dry-erase marker. Wrote these quotes on my whiteboard.
The first is quite funny, while the second is beautiful in an almost haunting way.
If you can't read them, just ask in the comments and I'll translate. You can click to enlarge, by the way.
I finally found a place for my whiteboard on top of my bookshelf.

Wish me luck with Wintergirls! I hope it's as good as it looks. :3


Muffin Panda Plushie said...

HOLY CRAP!! Cassandra Clare likes that book!? She wrote my favorite series!! I'm sooo reading that

Seventeen said...

Oh, my.
Haha, yes, apparently she does. I didn't even realize that Cassandra Clare wrote those books; the only way I knew her name is because she's friends with my favourite author, Scott Westerfeld. He mentions her in his blog sometimes.

Muffin Panda Plushie said...

Holy freaking Chojiro (havnt said that in a while) Thats awesome! Our favorite Authors are friends, thats cool!