Since the prompt was so blatantly for those (lucky) humans who are nosediving into summer…I’m going to rebel. Quietly and majestically, of course, because that’s just who I am. It’s winter in Australia, although where I live doesn’t have snow. But I’m a gargantuan wimp. Is it 10 degrees Celsius (50 F)? “I HAVE FROSTBITE AND MY EYEBALLS ARE FROZEN AND I MAY DIE.” No, really, that’s how I am. It’s woeful.
But there are some very fantastic frosty books that I’m going to blog about today. You are so welcome for this brief hug from Jack Frost. And if you’re curious as to why there’s an onslaught of photos instead of just Goodreads covers…well. I just bought my own camera. We are in love.
\\ OH. And before you go, do you know what what tomorrow is?! DO YOU? Ohhhh, my bacchanalian blogglings, it will be my bloversary! Paper Fury is turning four years old. **gasp** And I’m having a party with voluminous giveaways. And cake. So BE THERE. //
This Week’s Prompt:
Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer WINTER IS COMING
I really feel I’ve slacked off in absolutely shrieking about how wonderful and fantastic and unbelievably brilliant Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is. SO. MAGGIE STIEFVATER IS MARVELLOUS. Gosh, it feels good to let that out. NOW! Shiver is full of a) shivering, b) hot chocolates, c) werewolves who are really adorable soft-hearted chaps who fold origami, and d) lyrically beautiful prose. I wouldn’t say it’s the “best” Stiefvater book, but it has Sam and that makes up for just about everything.
I had to pick The Impossible Knife of Memory for obvious reasons (aka the cover is like a frozen stream). I read this one nearly two years ago now and can’t for the life of me remember if it was actually snowing in the book. All I know is that the barefoot cover model is getting hypothermia.
Can you believe it took me 20 years to get around to reading The Golden Compass?! I KNOW. Disgraceful. Yet with enough subtle glares from Emily, I finally read it and basically loved it. I want a daemon. And if you ever complain that your family is messed up? HA H AH AHA. You got nothing.
I actually loathed Winterspell…which saddens me greatly because it was a) a Nutcracker retelling and that is so freakishly awesome, and b) it has a gorgeous cover. So I’m going to pretend we had a good time together and tell you to read it anyway because NUTCRACKER. Haven’t we read enough Cinderellas?! Where are our ballet retellings?! Someone petition with me!
Now I’m going to tell you a very closeted secret. Are you ready for it? Are you? There’s SO MUCH SNOW in Snow Like Ashes. (Bet you didn’t see that coming, right!?) The Winterians are like the children of Elsa…just with less magical powers and (sadly) no musical numbers. I loved this book with all the depths of my chilled, frigid heart.
When we first met Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses she’s trekking through the snow murdering things. What a darling. And I hope you notice how prickly my photo is with that thorn/twig. Appreciate it. I actually had to leave the house to go get that stick. THE HORROR. I am back, safely, in the warm darkness with my books, thanks for asking.
I confess: sometimes I forget I’m supposedly an adult and I dive back into Middle-Grade books where it’s perfectly acceptable for evil witches to lock kids in museums for centuries. It’s calming to read about this stuff. Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy is particularly excellent because a) it’s a Snow Queen retelling, and b) Ophelia is such a cool name, and b) it’s by an Australian! Of course that does lend one to problem of MARVELLOUS or MARVELOUS?
I freaking LOVE Sturmhond, LOVE HIM. He’s nearly made me go back and change my 4-stars to 5-stars on Siege and Storm, because I can’t get this book out of my head. It is simply hilarious. Is it bad that I secretly want a Leviathan to eat Mal so I can ship Sturmhond and Alisa quietly and happily? Please say “It’s perfectly acceptable, Cait, and you’re not a malicious evil crazy.”
“I have so many good qualities,” Sturmhond said. “It can be hard to choose.”SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo
A lot of the reason I love The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is because it starts off each chapter with a creepy death quote. BUT I HAVE OTHER REASONS TOO, I PROMISE. Like — it’s the most interesting vampire book ever. And Gavriel is an insane and adorable puppy with vampire fangs that accidentally kills people. And Holly Black wrote it so obviously it’s amazing.
Black Ice is the only book on my list I haven’t read! It’s been sitting on my TBR since I won a (signed!!) copy last year and while I actually enjoyed Hush, Hush, I haven’t felt motivated for this one yet. WHY?! Am I missing out greatly? You need to tell me if it’s a good one, okay? Either way it looks nefariously cold and icy and I’m sure even Loki would need a warm hug from Thor to thaw out after this one.