Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wednesday Scrolls -- June Review!

Hey guys, and welcome to our review of the month of June! This is Persy talking.

So in the month of June, I read a total of 15 books and 3244 pages. Strangely, the page count isn't very good, but the book count is. I read a lot of short books though, mostly because I was in Ireland for half of June and didn't get much reading time.

Best June Book: I guess it's Sir Thursday by Garth Nix, book four in his Keys To The Kingdom series. Very rarely does a fourth book become a favorite book, but I really think it is one of the best "Keys" books. Agh, it was just so much fun. Also, The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde. It's a cool little anthology of different short stories based on Rumpelstiltskin, and all the stories are great.

Honorable Mentions: There's kind of a lot, but... I Am Here! Vol. 2 (Ema Toyama), The Titan's Curse (Rick Riordan), Replication (Jill Williamson), and Eyes of the Desert Sand (Edwin Wolfe) are all good enough to get a quick mention.

Worst June Book: Among The Dolls by William Sleator. That's right, Sleator got on the worst list. But the book really wasn't very good. It was an excellent, creepy idea, but very poorly executed.

Dishonorable Mention: Eyes of the Desert Sand by Edwin Wolfe. I know, it also got on the honorable mentions, but hear me out. The story and world of "Eyes" is amazing. The writing, however, is atrocious. Seriously, that's the worst writing I've ever seen. *shudders*

We're almost two weeks into RAMFAP month! I'm about to finish my sixth book (I know, I'm a little behind, but I'm catching up). How are y'all doing?


Arty here, the reason we're a week behind.  Lost my record book and I haven't updated my Goodreads profile in ages, darnit.

Anyway, in June, I read 36 books, 10 of which were manga or graphic novels.  Wow.  These months just keep getting better and better.

Best June Book: Runemarks by Joanne Harris steals first place.  A Norse retelling - well, not really retelling, but it has the Norse pantheon (since we all know Arty is a Norse freak) - that's over 500 pages long and has an adooorable Loki?  Yeah.  So first place.

Honorable Mention: So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev, which is the last book in the Theatre Illuminata trilogy, was really great (though as confusing as she usually is) and the ending with Ariel nearly had me in tears.  But As You Like It - the graphic novelization/mangazation by Chie Kutsuwada, that is - was also really good (beautiful art) and the first two Pandora Hearts volumes by Jun Mochizuki are fantastic.

Worst June Book: Probably Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck.  Amazing premise, reeally poor execution and a dumb-as-rocks heroine.  And annoying love interests.  Because eeeeveryone loves them love triangles.

Dishonorable Mentions: Kin, the first book in the Good Neighbors graphic novel series by Holly Black, was really weird and just kind of... well.  Weird.  And not in a good way.  I really thought I'd like Holly Black, but I'm starting to think she may not be my type.

There you have it, June summed up.  I'm nine books into RAMFAP - not great, but not bad, either.  Hoping it picks up later on.


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