The Visibles by Sara Shepard
I simply cannot say how excited I was to start to read The Visibles and how much more excited I was when I finished. Sara Shepard is a shining example of how far young adult fiction has come in the last few years. Like Stephenie Meyer both have bestselling young adult series (Pretty Little Liars and Twilight respectively) and out of this world adult premieres (The Visibles and The Host)! It truly shows the talent that exists in the young adult literary pool! I myself have been following Pretty Little Liars for awhile and was very excited to see that Shepard had struck 0ut into adult fiction. I am about to read Wicked and am eagerly awaiting Killer which is released June 30th. As far as Shepard’s new adult endeavor…. this is a must read! A captivating story full of twists and turns that you think you know but find you have no idea. The story of Summer, a girl abandoned by some, living for others and searching for herself. My favorite part of the book is below. It alludes to the title but if you think about it from a psychological point of view, it revels so much more and really made me stop and think. Mental illness is a large subject in the work and I think this quote says a lot about that. About what people with more emotional or psychological problems feel like and sometimes how they are viewed and treated by others. So much about this novel leaves you thinking…afterwards. And that in my opinion is what makes a great book!
“It made me think of a recurring dream I sometimes had, the one in which I had no outer covering. Everyone was able to see right through my to my organs and inside my brain, aware of what I was thinking and feeling at all times. I was called a Visible, and I had to go to a special school with the rest of the Visibles. My mother disappointed, showed me her high school yearbook and told me she wasn’t a Visible when she was my age.”
After what seems like forever…I am back! While I greatly regretted my time away from the site I did do some very constructive things! I am pleased to say we have a healthy, happy baby boy! While Mommyhood is great, I do miss having the time to read more and of course update this site so I have simply decided I will have to do both. Reading cannot be sacrificed. I have somewhat mastered the art of breastfeeding and holding a book at the same time so “Watch out world”! I look forward to getting back in the groove and am very excited about my stack of waiting books.
In the meantime I spent a large part of my first days weeks home with my newborn re-reading the Twilight series. Which I greatly enjoyed even more the second time. As for Stephen Kings recent comment about Stephenie Meyer….honestly Myers style is much more straight forward than Rowling but Stephen Kings has no room to talk. I have always thought of his writing style as very straight forward as well. If you have a good story and plot…sometimes simple storytelling is all you need. Besides the fact that their intial target audiences are vastly different. Perhaps someone is a little jealous? While I thought his comment on Jodi Picoult right on since she is one of my favorite authors, I think that it is a very dangerous act when writers try to publicly judge other writers work. Reading is a very personal thing and different for each individual. There is something for everyone and what may not appeal to one person’s taste may be the exact book for another. Simply because a book may be geared towards to interests of teen girls does not make it not worthy and I think the mass appeal that the Twilight series has shown proves just that.
I have been naughty and not posting for some time now. It has been on my list of things to do but something else always seems to need to come first. So here I am but this post maybe be slightly scatterbrained since I have had so much to write about recently. Currently I am absorbed by The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I had eagerly awaited it’s publication and now I think I can safely say that no one will be disappointed. I am only about halfway through but it is one not to be put down. It is a wonderful blend of what makes Stephenie Meyer so great in her young adult books but in a more detailed and adult voice. Combine that with a wonderful plot reminding me of Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series and I think she has given us a winner. I will save my review and final judgement for after I have finished.
I am also very behind not just on my reading and blogging but also on my watching TV (what is she doing you might wonder). I have yet to begin Masterpiece’s Cranford and am eagerly awaiting time to do so. Both People Magazine and Vogue gave it glowing reviews. Anytime something of this genre makes it into mainstream culture it is somewhat exciting. Judi Dench I am sure has nothing to do with it right? But most reviewers and online sources seem to have enjoyed it and I am excited we might have another modern classic take on Elizabeth Gaskell’s work.
I have also been busily reading children’s books and have some new favorites for this week and last. Everyone at my branch has fallen in love with Down Girl and Sit. A series by Lucy Nolan, illustrated by Mike Reed. Perfectly delicious early chapter books that even parents will find themselve giggling over. These are not necessarily new but sometimes you just find something that has been on the shelf that you somehow missed. Early Chapter books are a difficult field because they need to be simplistic and sometimes the plot and writing suffer but now with this set.
We have also been chuckling over The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend, illustrated by John Manders. A delightful picture book invlolving a hungry cat, and some very humorous animals. When Jack the cat concocts a plan to get some much desired eggs he finds himself with more than he can handle. A sure winner but how can you lose with a duck that cries “Sacre bleu!”. Bright colorful illustrations and a wonderful sense of expression make this one to share.
And so while it may appear I have not been writing I have been working and keeping my eye on lots of new things. A wild array of things on this post but so are my tastes in some ways. All in all this summer promises to be a great one for reading with lots of new releases so don’t forget to check some out at your local library or book store.
I was looking today at my list of YA and Adult books that are coming out this summer and I am super excited. Because they are fun and flirty this summer! If you haven’t got these jotted down…make a note and get on the request list early at your local library! I know when I am on the beach this summer some of these will be in my bag!
(P.S. Head to Meg Cabot’s site
for a chance at a free Advanced Reader’s Copy. I got one and can’t wait to read it and she sends you a real nice email with it!)
May 6: The Host by Stephenie Meyer (her first adult novel)
June 3: Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Ann Godbersen
Aug 2: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Aug 26: Identical by Ellen Hopkins
That should keep us all busy this summer!
There was Twilight, then New Moon and then Eclipse and now….
Drum roll please…..the next title in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer will be called Breaking Dawn. No cool cover to view as of yet. The work will debut on August 2, 2008. And I know all you Bella and Edward fans just can’t wait! I am excited as well although I have to admit I think in this one she’s got to either go for becoming a vampire or give it up. Personally I think she needs to go for it who would not want to spend eternity with Edward! He is worth it! Can you tell I am on Team Edward? I mean Jacob is great and all but I already have a dog to cuddle with. You can choose your team and get decked out in gear with the site below.
If you need to get a quick fix before the new book and the movie check out the
Twilight Lexicon Blog
and also their really cool bella-rrific merchandise. (Oh yes I did go there!). It’s been a long night! Also check out