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War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

So, I just finished this great book by Emma Bull. It's called "War for the Oaks". It was written in 1987 but I guess it got popular again since the copy I bought was new and printed in 2001 with a much better cover design than the original.
Eddi McCandry sings rock and roll. But she dumps her boyfriend - and the lead singer of her band - so her band just broke up, and life could hardly be worse. Then, walking home through downtown Minneapolis on a dark night, she finds herself drafted into an invisible war between the faerie folk by a Phouka who then wont leave her side as her protector. Now, more than her own survival is at risk — and her own life, musical and personal, are very much beside the point as she is thrown in battles between magical being of Fae.

Of course, the Phouka is my favourite character. Phoukas are tricksters and annoying in that lovable way but he's also fiercely loyal and is written as being a pretty hot dude. Of course, Eddi falls in love with him but it's touch and go. There are a ton of characters in here - but you don't feel overwhelmed - and Eddi is no Bella; she actually has a mind of her own and is not just a dumb, ignorant human. And no one sparkles, so there's that.

I've always loved urban fantasy. Some of my top books take place in greasy, rundown city landscapes with things less than human. Take some of my favourite authors: Both Holly Black and Melissa Marr write fairies (very similar to this Emma Bull book) amidst a twisted city of iron buildings and run-down clubs frequented by the fae that lives there. Rob Thurman writes two brothers - one with half-demon blood and the other a fierce, protective older brother with an affinity for swords - in a other-being riddled New York; take Supernatural, randomize the brother's attributes a bit, and plunk them down in a huge city. I'd recommend all of their works completely.

It's weird that when I got sick of reading books at the library, I turned to fic and that's really all I read for a year. Now I've read a ~*real book*~ and a whole lot of fic seems boring to me. I've been working on mimblexwimble's gen "Ten Thousand Miles" for a few days and it's not that long and not really boring. I just can't stick with it.

Comic Con in less than two weeks. The countdown continues.


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This post is just a short introduction about who I am and what exactly this journal is for.

My name is Brittanie and I'm a struggling English major in Arizona; struggling because I spend more much time reading than on homework. I read mostly young adult literature but I'm not biased against any other genre. As a 'young adult' who acts even younger, these books are just ones I can relate to and are more interesting. My favourite authors (who have more than one book out currently) are Stephenie Meyer, Chris Wooding, and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. Most of the books I read are vampire-related but I also like a good realistic fiction based in the modern era.

I decided to create a journal specifically for book reviews to help me hone the skill of critique and review. As a career goal, I hope to be a book editor and I think that this will help me develop these skills. But these reviews aren't just going to be academically based, so don't think this journal is going to be full of dry reviews that pick apart the books every detail. I actually enjoy reading and will only be reading and reviewing books I'm interested in and I hope that comes across in each entry.

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To-Read List

Angelmonster by Bennett, Veronica
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Black, Holly
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie by Black, Holly
Road Of The Dead by Brooks, Kevin
Notes from a Spinning Planet: Ireland by Carlson, Melody
Dream Spinner by Dobkin, Bonnie
Wicked: Witch & Curse by Holder, Nancy
Freaks: Alive, on the Inside! by Klause, Annette Curtis
Witch Season: Fall & Summer by Mariotte, Jeff

Willful Creatures by Bender, Aimee
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Bender, Aimee
Exit Here. by Myers, Jason

Books reviewed: 0

See my GoodReads.Com profile for ratings and short reviews of every book I ever remember reading.


Freaks: Alive, on the Inside! (2006)
by Annette Curtis Klause
Tags: YA, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, 13+
Pages: 331 (PBK)
Release Date/Publisher: July 2007, Simon-Pulse

I've been a fan of Klause since I first read Blood & Chocolate in the 6th grade. Her writing is simple but good and I can easily get lost in the worlds she creates. The subject matter of this book (circus oddities) is one that's not really been explored in young adult fiction or with such heart - usually, they're used in horror as they were used in real life in the early part of the century. I really enjoyed this book and the main character, Abel Dandy, who was born into this life from freaks but not a freak himself, is lovable through his bravery but naivety towards life.
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Resources: http://www.eve7k.com/klause/, http://www.simonsays.com/

NEXT Wicked: Witch by Nancy Holder
Another Kind of Cowboy (2007)
by Susan Juby
Tags: YA, Fiction, Realistic, GLBT
Pages: 341 (Uncorrected Proof)
Release Date/Publisher: December 2007, Harper-Collins

I got this through the Harper-Collins First Look program (you sign up to get free copies with the promise of reading and reviewing the book by a certain date) and I thought their summary was interesting enough to request a copy. However, this book did not live up to the expectations I gathered from the initial summary.
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Rating: 2/5
Resources: http://www.susanjuby.com/, http://www.harperteen.com/firstlook/

NEXT Freaks: Alive, on the Inside! by Annette Curtis Klause

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