116. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
Publication: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (January 25, 2010), Paperback, 368pp / ISBN 0446194220
Read: May 2010
Source: Freebie from work!
I liked this more than I thought I would. Although I occasionally found all of the characters irritating (including Truly, who knew everything about everyone but refused to take any sort of action until the end), it reminded me a lot of Big Fish, with that same sort of wonder about the world, an on-the-edge-of-magical sort of world– although it tended to be tampered by depressing crap. Still, it was a really engaging book, and I’d definitely try anything else Ms Baker has to offer.
123. The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
Publication: HarperCollins (September 1, 2009), Hardcover, 576pp / ISBN 0060880414
Genre: YA Fiction, Fantasy
Read: May 2010
Okay, so this is DEFINITELY my favorite Frances Hardinge book that I’ve read so far. It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s so wonderful I got performance anxiety trying to write a coherent and true review of it, and eventually I had to resort to this mini-review. So let me just say this: I love the world, I love the characters, I love the PLOT. If you haven’t read a Frances Hardinge book yet this is the one to start with. (If you’ve read Terry Pratchett’s Nation and loved it, you’ll love this book, too. It’s not as funny, but they have the same sort of feeling to them.)
128. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
Publication: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books (December 22, 2009), Hardcover, 240pp / ISBN 1599904306
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance
Read: June 2010
Not as good as I was hoping it would be, and Nimira was a disappointment, but I liked the little romance between her and the automaton, and I do want to read the next book to see what happens to them. I just wish it had a little more pizazz. It’s not bad for a first book, but…I’d get it from the library, if you don’t already have a copy.