MINI-REVIEWS: Bliss, Feed, Storm Glass

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101. Bliss by Lauren Myracle
Publication: Amulet Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 2011), originally published 2008, Paperback, 480pp / ISBN 0810940728
Genre: YA Horror/Paranormal
Read: August 22-23, 2011
Source: Bought

I grabbed this book from a Borders in California because a) I was desperate for a paper book for some reason and b) it looked potentially entertaining. It is, in fact, a really good book.

Basically, Bliss is a bit like The Craft but set in the late 1960s and with ghosts and blood magic instead of something vaguely Wicca-ish. It’s scary, it’s dark, and it’s SO FRICKIN’ AWESOME. I just. I really love this book, y’all. It’s creepy and spooky and really tense in that someone-may-die sort of way, and the writing is just so good– and if you need a book for RIP VI or if you just want a scary-awesome YA book for some reason, definitely get this book. DEFINITELY GET IT. I’ll stop yelling in capslock if you promise to read it!

I know the cover makes it look like it’s more Carrie than Craft, but listen to me and all will be well.

102. Feed by Mira Grant
Publication: Orbit; Original edition (May 1, 2010), ebook, 608pp / ISBN 0316081051
Genre: Sci-fi/Horror
Read: August 24-25, 2011
Source: Bought

This is another book that makes me want to capslock with how AMAZING it is, although it’s not YA and it’s got zombies instead of ghosts and it’s more about the freedom of the press and the importance of blogs/family/friendship than it is about anything else. Also, it’s set in the future. It’s got action and drama and a conspiracy, and there’s fantastic characters, and even if there’s a little too much infodumping at times I still think the writing is really great.

If you’re a blogger who likes sci-fi and post-apocalyptic things and zombies and books about blogging, you’d like this book. If you like character-driven stories where people actually love each other and aren’t perfect and yet are still very likable, you’d like this book. I think even if you’re more of a political thriller sort of person, you might like this book! It’s just. so. good.

103. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Publication: Mira; Original edition (May 1, 2009), ebook, 448pp / ISBN 0778325644
Genre: YA Fantasy
Read: August 25-26, 2011
Source: Bought

So when I bought this I didn’t realize it was a sequel series to another trilogy. So that’s kind of a bummer. On the other hand, even though I felt like I’d missed a huge chunk of the backstory, it talks about what happened in the other books enough that I felt like I mostly understood what was going on re:the past, and the rest of it is set so much in the present anyway that it turned out not to be that big of a deal that I’d missed the first trilogy.

Got that? Good.

I really love this book. I know this post is full of LOVE and AWESOME and AMAZING already but just bear with me because this book is all those things and more. You like strong female characters that nevertheless make mistakes? This book’s got that! You like a bit of romance in your fantasy, but nothing too overwhelming? This book’s got that! You like adventure and action and yet, at the same time, character development? This book’s got that!

I read this in the car on the way back from California and I basically completely missed the middle bit of Arizona because I was so into it. ♥

20 thoughts on “MINI-REVIEWS: Bliss, Feed, Storm Glass”

    1. I really want to read Deadline now, but I’m saving it for when we move to California and I need something to occupy myself during the drive. I hope we move soon, haha!

  1. Wow, from the sounds of it, those Maria Snyder books are getting better and better! I’ve only read Poison Study which I loved extra much however, inexplicably did not continue with the series.

  2. Bliss sounds awesome. I’ve always avoided Myracle because of TTYL (the concept offended me in middle school/high school, so that’s just me being petty), but that sounds very interesting. On my list it goes! Feed is already on my list, and I think Snyder is as well…

    1. Haha, I was a snob in high school, too, so I also avoided ttyl. I actually want to read it now, though! It sounds way better than it did when I was 15/16.

    1. I’m planning to! I’m just not sure if I should go back and read it now, or if I should finish the Glass trilogy first and then go back? Hm.

  3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is very enjoyable. Your description of Storm Glass makes it sound like a very similar kind of book. I’ve heard the sequels after Poison Study are not good, so I’ve avoided them – I’m afraid of tainting the good esteem in which I hold the first book. I also have a dystopian novel of hers lying about – Inside Out.

    1. That’s always a risk with a series. I’m a little worried about the next Glass book, to be honest, but I’m going to be optimistic and assume that it’s just as good!

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