Okay, so I am not the best at reading through a list. I am easily distracted by other books. I think I was more focused on December’s reading list than any other list that I made or attempted. But I still found other books to read. It happens. So this time, I am making a more lenient list. I will focus on 2 review titles and a challenge title, and then I can read whatever I want. This should be doable. To balance things, I will do a print title and a digital title.
Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut
Summary from Goodreads: Finnegan MacCullen: a thirteen-year-old apprentice with the famous Irish temperament. Gideon Lir: a legendary Celtic warrior with a bit of a temper of his own. Secretly, these blue-collar warriors battle the hobgoblins infesting their suburban neighborhood…when they are not battling each other. Finn (not bleedin’ Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures. Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn’s survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of “fighting Irish.”
I am so looking forward to this. I have the second book, Gideon’s Spear, on pre-order so I won’t have to wait so long for the next dose.
Ruined by Jus Accardo
Summary from Goodreads: Hell is looking for a way to break loose…
Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world’s first murderer, he’s plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it’s killing him.
After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can’t outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she’s thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she’s been trying to forget.
Sam strains Jax’s control over his darkness, but running isn’t an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.
Challenge Book: Women of Genre Fiction
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
The rich and the privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways — farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.
Graphic Novel Choice:
Grimm Fairy Tales: Different Seasons, Volume 1
(Though I don’t have this cover.)
Aesop’s Fable by Aesop
Why Our Children Can’t Read by Dr. Diane McGuinness
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Year of the Demon by Steve Bein
Upcoming Posts: Review of Grace in the Maybe, Sunday Share and Mini-Reviews #1.