The Compulsive Reader: September 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad was almost a book I never read, except that a very cool VCFA classmate of mine named Kristin said it was good, and I really like her taste in books, so I read the first chapter and I was so hooked. I repaid Kristin's kindness by incessantly tweeting her my every reaction to Half Bad and the sequel, Half Wild. You're welcome, Kristin. Team #Natriel!

I thought about just re-posting all of my tweets and calling it good on the review, but you all deserve better than that. So here we go:

Half Bad imagines an alternate world where witches live secretly alongside regular people. There are white witches (good) and black witches (evil), and the black witches are super duper evil. So much so that Nathan, half white and half black, is seen as an abomination by the white witches and a threat by most black witches. The novel starts with Nathan held captive in a mysterious prison in the woods, desperate to escape at all costs. He recounts his childhood and what led to his current state--trapped, being used for nefarious purposes. Nathan struggles with what makes him good versus bad, and the decisions he makes about which part of heritage to embrace have long-lasting consequences for his own future, and that of all white and black witches.

Half Bad is dark and bold and it certainly surprises, both on story and craft levels. The structure is unusual--nearly the first half of the book is a major flashback with lots of scenes from Nathan's childhood and summarizing. Normally, this would be a big no from me, and incredibly difficult to pull off, but it's all very well-written and engaging. Through recounting Nathan's childhood, Green skillfully build his world, the complicated politics and culture of the witches, and the impossibility of the choices facing Nathan. The white witches treat Nathan terribly while black witches and his black heritage remain largely a mystery to Nathan, further compounding his conflicting thoughts and feelings on white witches being inherently good and black witches being inherently bad.

Nathan's desire to define himself, his teenage impulse defy the oppressive white witches, and need to learn more about his legendary black witch father lead him to flee the White Witches as a criminal, and encounter Gabriel, a mysterious guy his own age who shelters him from the white witches and can perhaps lead him to what he's looking for. It should be noted here that I ship Nathan and Gabriel. Thanks to Kristin for providing me with their celebrity couple name, #Natriel.

The books leads to a tense climax, where Nathan finds himself backed in a corner. He has to decide who he's going to trust and who he's going to fight for, even if it means burning a lot of bridges. His choice might not be all that surprising to many readers, but it'll certainly make you clamor for the second book, Half Wild...to be talked about next!

Book received from publisher, along with a nifty travel mug and hot chocolate. Thanks, guys!

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White

One of the most delightful things about having VCFA classmates is that they sometimes get together and gang up on you about books you absolutely MUST read, and they don't let up at all. And you HAVE to read them, because the only other alternative is to go underground to avoid constant hounding. But it's really great because I end up reading things that I love that I might not otherwise have picked up, and then we have text exchanges like this:

Hence the case of The Thickety books, brought to my attention by my super awesome fellow bookseller classmate Courtney (of the text exchange) and seconded by equally fab classmate Emily.

The first book, The Thickety: A Path Begins, has easily one of the darkest prologues I've ever read in a middle grade novel. At age five, Kara witnesses her mom's hanging (calm down, it's not a spoiler) at the hands of her town's religious zealous who believe she's a witch. Kara knows nothing about witchcraft (or so she thinks) and seven years go by before everything changes. (Cue dark music!)

Kara is looking for a way to help her sickly little brother when she's led into the Thickety, the dark and evil forest where the demon Sordyr resides, and discovers a grimoire. The grimoire gives Kara great powers--but it also gives another girl, cruel Grace, different and equally great powers. Soon Kara finds herself locked in a battle of magic and wits with Grace, all the while trying to discover just who her mother was and what it is that Sordyr wants with her.

As I said above, the first reason I loved this book is that it's a MG novel with YA levels of darkness and it's confidently, deliciously dark. I haven't seen anything like this since The Last Apprentice--and I'd argue that White's writing and descriptions and storytelling are better than that in The Last Apprentice books. Even though I'd be cautious about who I'd sell this book to in the bookstore, I think that White has a keen sense about who is audience is and how much creepiness they crave and can actually handle. He knows when to describe the eerie, scary, unsettling things, and he knows when to pull back and let the reader fill in the rest with their imaginations, which is not an easy thing to intuit.

The plot is tight. White skillfully sets up the microcosm of this island and their pseudo-religious beliefs and superstitions, the looming Thickety with the evil that lurks within, and Kara's longing to help her brother and conform conflict with her desire to know who her mother actually was. Kara's indulgence in magic and her inability to resist its magnetic lure is something that many young readers will likely identify and delight in, even as they can tell she's getting pulled in over her head. As the truth about the nature of her powers slowly emerges, Kara is confronted with some hard decisions and her actions propel the story to a startling climax. The twists keep coming, all the way to the very end of the novel, leaving readers with big questions about the fate of Kara and her family.

But the sequel, The Thickety: The Whispering Trees, is available now! Don't do what I did, which is look at a copy of books two, think about buying it, end up not doing so, regretting it for weeks, only to finally succumb after much mental anguish. Just do yourself a favor and get both books. And pre-order book three while you're at it. You're welcome.

Book purchased at Schuler Books & Music.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

My latest anthology read was a total impulse buy. I was at Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, MI which, if you've never been, is a great indie bookstore. It's got a chain bookstore-sized selection with an indie vibe, and they have both new and used book selections in addition to music and a great cafe. I was meeting up with some VCFA friends, and Slasher Girls & Monster Boys fell into my hands and decided to go home with me. (That makes it sound like I stole it. I did not steal it. We visited the cash register on the way out and my wallet took a hit.)

At first there didn't seem to be much of a clear theme to this anthology beyond, well, thriller and horror stories. The line-up of authors is excellent--Leigh Bardugo, Nova Ren Suma, Carrie Ryan, A.G. Howard, Jonathan Maberry, Kendare Blake, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Megan Shephard, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke, Cat Winters, and Jay Kristoff. All authors known, if not for horror, then for their creepy or dark or suspenseful novels. The tagline on the front says "Classic Tales, Brand-New Nightmares" which, frankly, was super confusing as, at first glance, the stories don't appear to based off of any particular tales, like the anthology Rags and Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales. But a closer look at the end of each story reveals an upside-down footnote that details each story's inspiration--usually a classic horror film or story, and sometimes music. Some of these inspirations are clear, but some are a little more subtle--which is great!

Most of the stories' inspirations are from Western culture, specifically American 20th century pop culture, and they pull in interesting tropes and urban legends that make up modern horror and suspense lore. The range is impressive--historical, contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and a twisted form of magical realism. And as I read through the stories, another theme of female empowerment emerged--female empowerment that often came in dark, unconventional, or morally questionable places, which made so many of these stories unsettling.

My favorite stories were "The Birds of Azalea Street" by Nova Ren Suma and "Fat Girl With a Knife" by Jonathan Maberry. They were smart and sharp and they fit the short story form perfectly. A.G. Howard and Carrie Ryan wrote stories with premises that were seriously so creepy that I shivered while reading them. I did feel as though this anthology was more miss than hit with me, but it was creepy, sometimes violent, and overall an interesting collection of things that unsettle. No matter what it is that raises your pulse--blood, high stakes action, ghosts, murder, or mind games--there is definitely something in this book that will make you hesitate to turn the lights off at night.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

I wrote previously about Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles here and here. And now we've come to the last book, Quintana of Charyn. I feel a little of the same happy/sad crash of finishing these books just getting ready to write this post. When it comes to the Lumatere Chronicles, even my feelings have feelings.

Also, if you haven't read Froi and Finnikin, go back. Read them. Then come join us. This is going to get spoiler-ific.

We met Quintana in the last book, and she is perhaps the most bizarre fictional princesses I have ever encountered--but tragically, with good reason. She manages to escape at the end of Froi, but she's all alone and has no idea if Froi is alive. So she heads towards the one place she knows Froi will eventually go to, if he is alive: Lumatere.

Froi is alive--but barely. He recovers slowly and, accompanied by his newfound relatives, begins traveling across the land to find Quintana and raise an army to fight against the old king's men. If Charyn has any chance at a future, then Quintana's unborn child needs to be free to rule. But as tensions rise and conspiracies escalate, Charyn and Lumatere are in danger of going to war with each other, and their neighbors. It's up to Froi to use his connections and love for both countries to bring them together--but their future depends on what Isaboe and Quintana decide to do when they finally meet.

I love this novel because it has all of the action and intensity of the first novel, and the emotional heft of the second novel. Like with Froi of the Exiles, perspectives shift quickly between characters and countries as the consequences of decades-long injustices come to light and play out. Characters experience heartbreak, and connections are drawn between countries that span across the years as the characters slowly uncover some of the best-kept secrets of the land. And there is heartbreak--lots and lots of heartbreak as the characters push through to the final struggle between Lumatere and Charyn. 

The ending is impossible to guess at because there are so many threads. I found myself clenching the book when I got down to less than one hundred pages because I was so worried--these are characters I've come to adore, and I wanted every single one of them to get a happily ever after, even if that was improbable. Silly me. I should have known that I can trust Marchetta to wrap things up in a beautiful, believable, satisfying, but not perfect manner. No one is forgotten, and the ending is not storybook, but it is right. The final words made me cry and gave me a new motto to live by--we should all live on the side of wonder.

These books left me in a stupor. I read them more slowly than I needed to, just to savor the storytelling. And I couldn't pick up another novel for a few days after I finished, either--it wouldn't have been fair to the other book. The Lumatere Chronicles are the types of books that lodge themselves in your brain and just never leave. I'm looking forward to re-reading them already, many times. And pushing them on many others. That's love. 

Look on the side of wonder, friends.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

The other day I wrote about my love for the Lumatere Chronicles, starting with Finnikin of the Rock. Well, buckle up, because the love affair got real intense in Froi of the Exiles. (Oh, and also, this post is a huge spoiler for anyone who hasn't finished Finnikin! You're going to want to stop reading now. But come back when you're finished so we can fangirl together.)

Froi was just an incorrigible exiled orphan when we first met him in Finnikin of the Rock. Finnikin and Isaboe saved him from salve traders and gave him another opportunity when they reclaimed Lumatere, and Froi has been working hard for three years to prove that he's worthy of his second chance.

When troubling news from Charyn reaches Lumatere's borders--along with droves of refugees--Finnikin and Isaboe entrust Froi on a secret mission to go into enemy territory and learn more about secretive Charyn, its convoluted royal court, and the mysterious half-mad princess Quintana. Froi is utterly devoted to Lumatere and his queen, but the longer he stays in Charyn, the more he discovers about his past and its messy ties to Lumatere. And even though he'd rather not admit it, he's come to care for the fate of the Charynites.

Froi of the Exiles is visibly thicker than Finnikin of the Rock--it's stuffed full of secrets and twists and long-buried resentment, and sneaky love. Once again, Marchetta dazzles readers with her elaborate world-building, expanding on Lumatere as it struggles to heal and find solutions to impossible problems created by the dark times. But Marchetta also takes readers deep into Charyn, a brutal and inhospitable country compared to Lumatere, but no less real or beautiful. Politics and personal feelings collide, sometimes messily, as the characters from two enemy countries work to address the injustices of the past and face the uncertainties of the future.

The novel is told primarily from Froi's third person perspective, but Marchetta frequently takes readers back to Lumatere, where we see more of Finnikin and Isaboe and the challenges they face running a country that's only just begin to heal. Many favorite characters from the previous novel feature prominently in these scenes, but perhaps the most delightfully surprising and wonderful subplot to develop is the thread that follows Lucian of the Monts, and his own struggle to fulfill his father's role and deal with the Charynite refugees. His story tangles with Tesadora and the Charynites and was one of my favorite parts of this novel.

Finnikin of the Rock is about reclaiming something--a country, hope, love, comrades--and as a result that story often felt noble and victorious. Froi of the Exiles is much more complex, although no less stirring. This novel is about dealing with an enemy nation that is populated by many good and evil people, facing the mistakes and tragedies of the past, and learning how to move into the future. It's about compassion and heartache and healing. I think that's why it spoke to me so deeply. Everyone in this book must confront all of the ugly things in the world and learn to see a little bit of hope and goodness--wonder--and keep moving forward. This novel is about the families you discover, and the families you create.

The plotting is also breathtakingly amazingly exceptionally good. More than once I looked up from the book, needing a second to catch my breath because the story developed in such wonderfully perfect and surprising ways. Everything in this novel is connected and important. I was a great admirer of Marchetta's talent and skill, but it was after reading this book that I knew--she is a master.

This book ends with a cliffhanger--the most terrible and wonderful kind. So I hope you have a copy of Quintana of Charyn on hand to dive in right away!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

I'm going to start this blog post with a bold statement: I think that the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta are my favorite fantasy novels of all time. And I'm going to work really hard to justify that statement, but since a list of everything I love about those books would be a million miles long, you'll have to settle for this blog post instead.

The first novel, Finnikin of the Rock, introduces us to Lumatere, a tiny country in the center of the continent Skuldenore. Finnikin is the son of the King's Guard and best friend to Prince Balthazar, and he dreams of being just like his father one day, serving his king. When Finnikin and Balthazar are nine years old, an imposter infiltrates the palace, murders the entire royal family, and seizes control of Lumarere. In the aftermath of this unspeakable event, a curse is laid upon Lumatere and her people are torn apart: half are exiled, and half are trapped inside the kingdom's walls by dark magic. Finnikin is among the exiled, and he travels the kingdoms of Skuldenore with Sir Topher, soliciting foreign courts for aid for Lumatere and attempting to gather his people.

When Finnikin is nineteen he is called to a distant cloisters where he meets Evanjalin, a young novice who believes in something that Finnikin has long lost hope for--reclaiming Lumatere. But unlike so many who hope to break the curse, Evanjalin promises something that seems impossible: If Finnikin can assemble the people of Lumatere, she can produce the heir, Prince Balthazar, supposedly dead.

Finnikin doesn't believe Evanjalin, and yet he finds himself traveling across the countries of Skeldenore, finding his father and the rest of the king's guard, and uncovering intrigue and conspiracies along the way. When Finnikin realizes that Evanjalin has been keeping secrets, he has to make a decision between the future he always imagined and risking it all for the future he never let himself hope for.

I love Finnikin. He was the first thing I loved about this novel--I love how much he loves his country, and Marchetta made his pain just as tangible to the reader as it was to him. The world building in this novel is nothing short of spectacular, and it keeps unfolding in delightful bits and pieces, in wonderfully surprising ways. Marchetta does a brilliant job of portraying different countries and cultures, and depicting the pain of displacement and the ugliness of discrimination and poverty. It's not often that sort of terrible reality is reflected so acutely in fantasy novels, and Marchetta not only manages to capture it perfectly, but use it to help the reader connect with the characters on a very personal level.

As in her contemporary novels, Marchetta's strength is in her character building and dialogue. The conversations reveal so much about the characters, propel them through the story in exciting and surprising ways, and the voices are all so exact and perfect and believable. Despite the length of the novel and occasional necessary chunks of backstory and exposition, the dialogue and how it brings the characters together make this book read quickly. The story that unfolds is exciting, and it builds to an inevitable and dramatic climax. It doesn't matter if you might have guessed the biggest twist of this story, because Marchetta's complex and expert plotting provides plenty of smaller and equally satisfying twists and turns you won't have seen coming.

I've said before that I don't believe in perfect books, but I think Finnikin of the Rock is the closest you can get to perfection in a fantasy novel...at least until you pick up the sequel! *cue dramatic music*

Book purchased from my indie. Because this is a novel that you're going to want to mark up and treasure forever.

(Also...please ignore the cheesiness of these covers. The stories inside are infinitely better.)

Monday, September 14, 2015

The National Book Awards Longlist for Young People's Literature 2015

The announcement of the ten titles on the longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People's Literature has put me in a celebratory mood! First up, two VCFA writers are on the list! Kekla Magoon for X: A Novel (co-written with Malcolm X's daughter) and M.T. Anderson for Symphony for the City of the Dead!

Not only that, but delightfully charming and funny and lovable Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, which is a kick-ass and creative GRAPHIC novel!!! Also included is Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, which is out next week--I'm a huge fan of Rae Carson's novels, and I have been waiting for years for this book. And Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby, which is totally sitting on my shelf at home waiting to be read.

I haven't read the other longlist picks, Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen, and Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin, but congrats to all of the titles! And can I just say--how awesome is the diversity and range of this list? I know we've got a really far ways to go when it comes to fair representation in children's, but I think this is an excellent step in the right direction!

Win The Marvels, the Newest Book by Brian Selznik!

Brian Selznick is an illustrator and the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret (which was the basis of the film Hugo) and Wonderstruck. His latest book, The Marvels, is just as hefty and impressively gorgeous as the first two, if not even more so. When we got finished copies in at the bookstore last week, everyone wanted to pet them--the book practically glows. (Two words: gilt edging.)

The Marvels is out tomorrow (!), and thanks to the generosity of Scholastic, I have a copy of The Marvels, plus The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, to give away to a lucky winner!

First, about The Marvels:
From the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck comes a breathtaking new voyage.

In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, two stand-alone stories—the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose—together create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage.

Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives connect, The Marvels is a loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative innovation.

About Brian Selznick:

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret which was adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo. Selznick's books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into over 35 languages. He has worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. He lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

Selznick's work always contains stunning artwork--check out the trailer, and here are a few images from the book!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Things I'll Never Say, edited by Ann Angel

I'm a huge fan of short stories, so it's been great to see a slight increase in YA short story anthologies out lately. I enjoyed My True Love Gave to Me, and I just bought Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. One really great anthology I enjoyed lately (with a lot of my favorite VCFA writers!) was Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, edited by Ann Angel.

This anthology includes some really excellent writers, like Cynthia Leitich-Smith, Varian Johnson, Kekla Magoon, Louise Hawes, Chris Lynch, and Ellen Wittlinger. Secrets is a marvelously broad and very appropriate topic for an anthology for teens, and the stories range from speculative to contemporary, containing secrets big and small that all have a powerful hold on the characters who are privy to them. While it's difficult to universal comparisons between all of these incredibly diverse stories, this anthology is more about the effect that secrets have on the characters rather than how to solve the problems that the secrets cause. As a result, this anthology is thought-provoking and surprising.

I loved the realistic stories from Varian Johnson, Ann Angel, and Kekla Magoon, and Cynthia Leitich-Smith's short story set in her Tantalize universe stood on its own, but also will appeal to fans of the series. Most of the stories present situations that are familiar and easily recognizable--parental problems, dating and relationship issues, destructive behavior. Some secrets are larger, more extravagant--secret identities, betrayals, and dangerous relationships. Even the fantastical stories feature secrets that readers will be able to relate to, making for a well-rounded and exciting anthology.

Book purchased at an indie bookstore. I forget which one.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tonight the Streets Are Ours Blog Tour

To celebrate Leila Sales' newest book, Tonight the Streets Are Ours, Leila is here on the blog to answer a few questions. But, she's also asking me a few questions of her own, because the novel is about seventeen-year-old Arden, who takes a road trip to meet her favorite blogger, Peter, and discovers that he isn't exactly who she's made him out to be.

First up, here's Leila!

TCR: What are some of your favorite love (or rather, relationship) stories set in the digital age?

LS: This is an interesting question, because it’s making me realize how many YA novels’ plots don’t use the internet in any significant way. I guess that’s because scenes can be more dramatic when they happen in person. And authors who didn’t have messaging and social media when they were teenagers themselves may not know what impact the technology has on teens today.

Of course there are excellent digital age stories out there. Ernest Cline’s READY PLAYER ONE was so engaging and did a great job of balancing an author’s nostalgia for the 1980s with the internet era. UNFRIENDED, by Rachel Vail, does a great job showing how the tried-and-true middle school hierarchy and popularity battles are affected by social media.

TCR: Music played such a big role in your previous novel--can you share a song (or a few songs) that you listened to while writing Tonight the Streets Are Ours?

LS: The book’s title is taken from the Richard Hawley song “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” so I listened to that one a lot! Also “Tourist,” by RAC; “Hey Jealousy,” by the Gin Blossoms; and “Dancing in the Moonlight,” by Thin Lizzy. All those songs remind me of being a teenager and a little melancholy, and being out in the world—maybe when you’re not supposed to be.

TCR: What was your favorite scene to write in Tonight the Streets Are Ours?

LS: Pretty much all of Arden and Peter’s big night together was a blast. In the scenes before that, I had to establish what Arden’s conflicts and relationships are, and how she reaches this breaking point where she runs off to New York in pursuit of a stranger. In the scenes after the big night, I had to explain and resolve things. But that night just hovers in between. It’s like the apex of a dive, the bit where you feel like you’re flying, before you hit the water.

And now Leila turns the tables on me...

LS: What's your favorite comment you've ever gotten?

Hm, I don't know if I can pinpoint one exact comment. I've been blogging since 2007 and so much has changed in how bloggers and readers interact since then. These days I'm more likely to get an @ response on Twitter than a blog comment. But my favorite types of comments are the ones that engage with a post.

LS: Have you ever written a blog post that you later regretted?

No, there's never been one specific post I've regretted. But since I've been blogging for nearly eight years, I do sort of cringe when I think back on some of my earlier posts. I was a different person and a different reader, and any blog reader can go back and bear witness to that. That makes me feel a little vulnerable, but at the same time, I don't want to take anything down.

LS: What's one piece of advice you'd give to someone thinking of starting their own blog?

I suppose it's the same advice I'd give anyone who wants to write anything, and that's: Find your voice. And while the connections you make online are amazing, blogging is not a competition. Above all, be kind.

LS: For how long have you been a blogger, and what inspired you to start blogging?

I've been a blogger since 2007. I was a high school student, and I loved YA fiction. Unfortunately, the rest of the people in my small town had yet to jump on the YA bandwagon, so I went to the internet to find other YA-lovers.

LS: What's your favorite post you've ever written?

I've written over 2,500 posts, so it's impossible to pick a favorite. But I am proud of a post I wrote last year pointing out a ridiculous trend in YA book covers featuring lesbian protagonists. It got a lot of attention, and a few industry professionals tweeted or emailed me to say thanks, and one even said she took my blog post to a cover meeting.

LS: Who's your favorite blogger to read, and why?

I really enjoy ForeverYA. Their reviews are smart, funny, and they're on-target.

Tonight the Streets Are Ours will be out next Tuesday, the 15th! 

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