It’s the fall 24-hour readathon!

Today is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I’ll be participating! Yay!

I’m doing it real loosey-goosey this year. I don’t have a set reading pile, just my entire TBR list. I don’t have snacks set aside (though I do have food, no worries). I didn’t even bother waking up at the start time! I’m really just going to enjoy reading as many books as I can and not worry about anything. And have lots of fun, of course!

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REVIEW: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

REVIEW: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat WintersThe Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Published by Amulet Books (2014), ARC, 368pg
Filed under: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Got my copy from: ALA 2014
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Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

I read The Cure for Dreaming all in one sitting! So that’s good. I love it when that happens. Makes me feel productive, and also kinda bloated. Like eating too much chocolate all at once.

Yay suffragists! Yay Portland! Yay hypnotism? Yay a little bit of romance but nothing too overwhelming, so no worries if you don’t like that sort of thing!

Downsides: I know people were legit anti-women legislation back in the day (and, okay, today), and it’s important to have that information in the story because it informs a lot of the character and her choices. BUT the way it was done was hardcore unsubtle. And then…

REVIEW: Debris by Jo Anderton

REVIEW: Debris by Jo AndertonDebris (The Veiled Worlds #1) by Jo Anderton
Published by Angry Robot Books (2011), eBook, 480pg
Filed under: Fantasy, Fiction
Got my copy from: Bought
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In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

I bought this book on a whim! I liked the cover and the story seemed interesting, so I went for it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good of an experience as I’d hoped– mainly because the central romantic relationship wasn’t actually as romantic as it was pretending to be.

There was a lot of potential for awesomeness. The protagonist, Tanyana, has a fall-from-glory life-changing event that forces her to reconsider the very fabric of the society she lives in. Her story is about finding yourself again after being forced to reconsider who you are as a person. I LOVE that story, and I especially love it in fantasy stories. It’s a nice break from the “one true hero” scenario.

One of the best things about Debris was Tanyana’s slow realization of the way her society sets non-magical people up for failure. Can’t see magic? You can’t use money, read street signs, find a job, go to school, or do anything to better your life. You’re stuck being a debris collector, and that’s it. I really like it when characters find out things aren’t always as good as they seem from the top, and I REALLY like it when they have to think things through themselves instead of relying on help from a wise native or something. Personal growth! Huzzah! And then…