It's the first Tuesday of the year! The first Tuesday of January! So it's the first Turn the Page... Tuesday for 2011. Don't know what TTP...T is? Visit Adrienne at Some of a Kind for more info, then join us!
So, on with the reviews...
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter & Sweet (photo from Jamie's website). I hadn't heard of this story till it was suggested for our January Book Club meeting. I was leery at first, because it was another story about WWII and I was anticipating more of the same. But, boy, was I pleasantly surprised.
The book could not be more perfectly named - every character, location, and interaction was both "bitter and sweet". From the family relations (3-generations worth), to the love story, to the social and political story lines, it all made me smile and sigh.
Before 'Hotel...', I'd never delved into the Chinese-Japanese-American relationships in the United States in the early 40s. I knew OF the Japanese camps, but not the details; I was aware of the conflicts between the Japanese and Chinese throughout history, but Jamie masterfully took this history and painted on personal faces of this strife & suffering... and triumph (?) in the end of love and tolerance.
When I rate this book at the meeting, I plan to give it a 4 out of 5. I highly recommend it, it's a good read.
Today, I'm almost finished with Book 3 of the Mortal Instruments trilogy, by Cassandra Clare (photos from her website). Aimed at young adults, this set is fun, quick, and action-packed. It revolves around a girl named Clary & her interaction with a race of people called the Shadowhunters, magical "superhumans", protectors of "mundanes" (regular humans) and killers of all things nasty - demons, mainly, but will take out the occasional vampires, werewolf or other beastie, if necessary.
In Book 1, City of Bones, Clary learns of her "Sight" when she meets the local family of Shadowhunters (one of whom is drop-dead gorgeous, but quite arrogant - Edward Cullin, anyone?). Poor Clary's world changes SO dramatically in just a few short days after seeing her 1st Shadowhunter - her mom is kidnapped, she's attacked by demons, she has to negotiate with vampire and so much more. Like I said - action packed - and a fun twist on the "alternative reality" genre. I jumped right into Book 2.
Book 2 is filled with destruction and mayhem... for everyone. Everything that everyone has thought was true has been shattered and they're seeking the truth. Valentine is back and he's systematically draining the blood from each of the races (warlock, vampire, fae, and werewolf) to complete his evil plan. He must be stopped!
Throw in a little teen love and forbidden love and you got yourself another lightning read.
I hope the good guys will win, but will there be a twist? Will Clary end up with Jace? Will Simon save the day?
This has been a fun couple weeks - breezing through an easy read in a world so different from mine. Its been a nice visit, but I'll be happy to come back to reality soon. I think.
What I should read next? I got Larrson's Millennium Trilogy and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay for Christmas, so maybe I'll pick up one of them. I'm also learning to crochet, so maybe I'll take a reading break and work on my Double Crochet stitch. NAH, I can do both!
Happy New Year! Happy Reading!