Its time for my April Wrap-up!
Its been a slow month – both on the blog and in terms of reading. However, as you can see, I’ve upgraded to a self-hosted WordPress site and you’ll be seeing a few more changes in the coming weeks as well.
Also – May happens to be my one year blogoversary! I cannot believe I started this blog a year ago – it seems like yesterday – so I think I’ll probably celebrate with a good old-fashioned giveaway.
Best of the Bunch in April
In the tradition of SHABANU, DAUGHTER OF THE WIND and THE BREADWINNER, a beautiful debut about a daughter of Afghanistan discovering new friends and opportunities after the defeat of the Taliban.
Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her–“Inshallah,” God willing.
Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the Afghan poetry she taught her late mother. And the Americans come to her village, promising not just new opportunities and dangers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha–but can she dare to hope they’ll come true?
While I personally think the cover design could use some work to make it more appealing, this is a touching story that gives an honest insight into a different culture and growing up in a war-torn country. A very strong debut and one I highly recommend. Look out for my full review later this week.
[box] Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.
When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask. [/box]
Fans of Battlestar Galactica or those who have loved the recent influx of popular YA sci-fi/dystopian will probably very much enjoy Partials.
Books Read in April
1. Love Story by Jennifer Echols
2. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhard
3. Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
4. A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin
5. Partials by Dan Wells
6. Recipe for Love by Katie Fforde
7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
8. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
9. Slated by Teri Terry
10. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
11. The Future of Us by Jay Asher
*Click on the links to read my reviews*
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Firespell by Chloe Neill