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Amanda's Bookshelf

I'm a culture junkie who works at a bookstore. Pop, high-brow, junk -- it's all good. I try and consume it all. I read tons, especially young adult fiction. I also love quirky, offbeat novels; cultural analysis; mythology; girly fiction; fantasy; screwball romantic comedies; books with extremely flawed characters, yet somehow you really empathize with them; nonlinear narratives and language play.

Currently reading

The Runaway King
Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Lost Girl
Sangu Mandanna
Another Little Piece
Kate Karyus Quinn
Caitlin Moran
There Is No Dog
Meg Rosoff
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
S.G. Browne
Emma Donoghue
Topics About Which I Know Nothing
Patrick Ness
The Little Friend
Donna Tartt

The Pledge

The Pledge  - Kimberly Derting I really enjoyed this book, even more than I thought I would. I've read the Body Finders books and thought this was going to be another book in the growing list of teen-dystopia series coming out, so I had vague ideas of what to expect, but the book did not match them... in a good way.To be honest, while it has the science-fiction/authoritarian/political-upheaval vibe so popular in the teen fantasy genre now, I felt it transcended being lumped in with most of the books coming out lately due to the feel of the story feeling more like a futuristic fairy tale, its style borrowing more from a classic fairy tale than the post-Hunger Games trend. And it really, really works. It didn't feel like a rehash or a bandwagon of any of the genres, but felt fresh while recalling those literary traditions and genres.I don't want to say too much about the actual story since I fear I will give too much away, but the heroine, the love interest and the storyline were all rather well developed and engrossing. And, as I see this was a series, it was nice to not see it relying on a cliffhanger, but being rather tidy about the current storyline, yet drawing you in enough to want the next book. That's pretty rare nowadays, so massive props to that.Overall, probably in my Top 10 teen books out this year. And I've read a lot.