30 May 2012

Three Books and A Baby

Last week I pried my lovely little parasite from my womb.
Isn't he a cutie pie? (For safety reasons, I'm not posting any more information about him. I hope you understand.) I'm cured of my placenta brain and will be back to normal in no time. YAY!

It's no surprise that for the past several weeks I haven't been writing as much as usual, but I have been reading nonstop. So, I'd like to share my favorite recent reads.

Hex Hall Series
Technically these are three books, but I read them so quickly and they flow together so nicely I'm counting them as one. The plot grabbed me from the get-go and didn't let up. Above all, the teen voice is fantastic. These are fun, fast reads with tons of humor.

Entwined
This book has received mixed reviews, but I love it. Dixon's writing is beautiful, the voice of each princess is distinct, and her antagonist reminds me of David Bowie from the Labyrinth. This is worth borrowing from the library.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
This book wasn't a fast read for me. Though the story line is intriguing, there's a lot of religious symbolism that caused me to stop and pause—in a good way. I enjoyed the MC's characterization, but this has an older feel than YA. I'm lending it to my adult friends.

What are you reading?

72 comments:

ilima said...

I really liked Entwined, surprisingly so. Haven't read the other two, but they are both sitting in front of me in my tbr pile. I'm in the mood for a fun, fast read, so maybe I'll go with Hex Hall.

Thanks for the recommendations, and your baby is ADORABLE. Congrats!

Kyra Lennon said...

Congratulations! He is gorgeous!

jaybird said...

Aw, how precious is he? Congratulations Emily, he is beautiful! How you find the time to read with a newborn, I'll never know, but good for you!!

Leigh Ann said...

Poookieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

*squooshes cheeks*

HE'S GORGEOUS!
Congratulations!

Cassie Mae said...

Yay!!!! He's super cute my dear and I'm so excited for you!!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Your little boy is so sweet! Congratulations and welcome to the newest King!

M.J. Fifield said...

Congratulations! He is a cutie pie!

I'm currently reading my own book as part of a massive final edit.

Brinda said...

I couldnt stop smiling at the baby photo. *still smiling*

Tobi Summers said...

He's ADORABLE! Look at those cheeks! Congratulations!

Kim said...

Congrats! Enjoy your baby-moon ;)

Meredith said...

Awww, what a cutie! Congratulations!!!

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats on the new arrival! Funny you should post those three books by Ms. Hawkins. I've read the first two, but haven't yet got my hands on the third. I enjoyed the first two books.

Mara Rae said...

Congratulations! He's adorable! My two-year-old, Jack, was looking over my shoulder and yelled, "BABY JACK!" :P Those books all look intriguing. I just finished "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver and I'm planning on reading "Code Name Verity" soon because I've heard such good things. I also just read "The Scorpio Races" and LOVED it.

Jenny Morris said...

Oh baby boy, you are too cute. Auntie Jenny will come and take care of you. ;0)

I haven't read the 1st 2 and I've heard nothing but good about the first series. I finished Prized 2 days ago. It was pretty good.

Samantha said...

Oh. My. Goodness. He is absolutely PRECIOUS! Congratulations to you!! If we actually lived near each other I would offer to babysit :P

Suze said...

Sincerest congratulations, Emily!

Shiela Calderón Blankemeier said...

Congrats, Emily! I'm so happy everyone is healthy and home :) You did well!!!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

What an odd thing to say...I don't think I've ever heard a mother call a child a parasite. Hmmm. I kind of like it. It's creative.

Jaime Morrow said...

Congrats on the cutie-pie!

Entwined and Girl of Fire and Thorns are already on my shelf waiting to be read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on them. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

He's just the cutest, sweetest, little guy ever! Congrats :)

Johanna Garth said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting and he is adorable!!

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats on the adorable baby!

I loved Entwined. It was only .99 on kindle too. So worth it. I'll have to have a look at the other ones.

Stepping Out of the Page said...

Oh my gosh, what a cute baby! Congratulations, and he is already looking mega stylish in that ADORABLE outfit!

Awesome books, too!

Steph @ Stepping Out of the Page

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Mom!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

He's so cute! Just want to know bigger or smaller than the others? I have read Entwined - had mixed feelings about it. The others are on my to read list...somewhere...

L.G.Smith said...

Cute, cute, cute!! Huge congratulations to you and your hubs. Hope you are getting SOME rest, though I have to admit I always liked those middle of the night moments alone with the baby. The mornings, not so much. :)

Hope Roberson said...

Yay! Congratulations on baby boy! And on no more placenta brain :) Now you get new-mommy-brain for a while (even though you've done this before, maybe it should be new-baby-mommy-brain). Enjoy each other!

I'm about to return Hex Hall to the library, it's been in my stack forever and I haven't read it. Maybe I need to rethink that one. I think I should put Entwined on my list and I couldn't read The Girl of Fire and Thorns, so not my style (but I've heard a ton of people loving it).

Iain said...

That's great news!
Congratulations, and welcome back. We've missed you.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Congrats on the birth of that beautiful baby,
You have been busy reading and I enjoyed the reviews.

Take care
Yvonne.

Morgan said...

Yaaaaay! "Placenta brain" <----LOL. And I've heard about the Hex Hall Series. I SO need to get those! And I'm soooo glad you can start to get back to normal... the writing will come and I hope you're surviving in your sleep deprived state! It's soooo HARD! You're amazing though :D

Jasmine Walt said...

Congrats on your baby! He is totally cute!

Those look like some pretty stellar reads-- I'll have to check them out. I'm not reading nearly as much YA as I used to, and I miss it.

I just started Journey to the West, which is a Chinese epic. I know, you probably don't hear that every day. But I've become quite interested in Chinese mythology lately.

Stephen Tremp said...

Congrats! on the new addition. Its fun to dress them up in cute little jammies. Almost makes me want to have more kids. Almost.

E. Arroyo said...

Congrats!!! Make sure you put sleep on your to do list. =)

Leslie Pugh said...

Congratulations on your darling baby! I'm so thrilled for you and hope you are recovering well.

Thanks for the book recommendations. They all sound terrific and they are going on my list to read.

Carrie Butler said...

He's so precious! Congratulations, Empress King! *Hugs*

Suzi said...

Ahhh, how sweet. Congratulations.

I'm reading My Heart For Yours by J. Perry & S. Campbell.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congratulations! What a cutie! :)

I'm reading THE NIGHT STRANGERS by Chris Bohjalian.

Leigh Covington said...

AWWW! I'm cooing and aww-ing all over the place! He's DARLING! Congratulations to you and the fam!!! He's so cute!

And fab choices on the books! I need to get these on my list. I haven't done enough reading lately. :(

HUGS to you and the little one!

Angela Brown said...

Your darling is a cutie-patooty!

Woot for being parasite-free lol!!!

I just wrapped up reading Katana by Cole Gibsen. It was a pretty good read with some memorable characters.

Ruth Josse said...

Congratulations, Emily! So glad he is here safe and sound. He's so cute! Enjoy all the snuggling. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

He's so cute! Congratulations. :)

I really liked Entwined and The Girl of Fire and Thorns, too. Haven't read any of the books in the Hex Hall series, though I must say they do have interesting covers.

Richard said...

Congratulations on your new baby.

I might try that last book you mentioned.

Coleen Patrick said...

Congratulations Emily! He's so beautiful :)
I haven't read any of those, but I just finished Shatter Me.

Caryn Caldwell said...

Congratulations!!! What a cutie!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! He's adorable. I got a lot of reading done after my son was born. I didn't have the energy to do anything else!

tfwalsh said...

Huge congrats...he's so adorable:)

Great books. They all sound pretty good.

Tara Tyler said...

Ah! He's so precious!

yay for you! that went by so fast! ha ha

thanks for sharing your reviews. adult friends? ha!

Kelley Lynn said...

How cute is he!!! Congratulations dear!!!

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Congratulations! Handsome. Cute.

Amanda Olivieri said...

Congratualtions!!! He is absolutely adorable! I haven't read any of those books yet, but I've been wanting to read the Hex Hall series and Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!!!!

Leslie Rose said...

Hooray for your perfect baby boy. I'm picturing little tiny diapers. Congrats.

Deana said...

That's the cutest little parasite I've ever seen:) I'm so thrilled for you and your family Em! Enjoy the little guy! I've said it before...you're giving me baby fever:)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Awww he's so beautiful. Thanks for sharing him with us. I've wanted to read Hex Hall series for a while now.

Cherie Larkins said...

Oh. My. Gosh.

You have a BABY! And he's absolutely ADORABLE!! Awwwwww! Now I can't wait to pop out mine in...less than 2 months. *hugs to your little one and to you, too*

Nick Wilford said...

Big congrats! My 3-year-old is on my lap and said "Aaahh, a cute little baby", so she sends congratulations too. :)

Andrea Mack said...

Congratulations, Emily!! He's so sweet.

Marcia said...

Oh, is he precious. Congratulations.

Melissa Sarno said...

Wow! Congratulations Emily :) He's beautiful.

Melodie Wright said...

He's adorable. Enjoy him in between naps. And may those be your naps, too! ;)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats on your little man. What a cutie! I really enjoyed Entwined, too.

Cortney Pearson said...

Ohhh, he's beautiful!! Love those cheeks! Congrats, and thanks for listing the reads. I liked Entwined, and I just bought Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Medeia Sharif said...

Congratulations. What a beautiful baby.

I read the first Hex Hall book. I'd like to read the two others. I have Dixon and Carson's books, but haven't read them yet.

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey,

I was only stopping by to see how the pregnancy was coming along and then this little gummy bear popped on to my screen :)

(So, that's one question answered :)

Hope you and the GB are doing great... super CONGRATS and take it easy for awhile :)

elizabeth seckman said...

HE IS ADORABLE!!!! Job well done Mom!

Jennifer Shirk said...

He's beautiful! Congrats!

I loved the Hex Hall series too.

Julie said...

What a beautiful little guy! Congratulations!! :)

Jaye Robin Brown said...

We won't tell him you called him a parasite :0) - He's beautiful. Congratulations.

Christa Desir said...

I loved Rae's book. It is one of those beautiful sophisticated reads that I could read again and again! And AAAAHHHHH, you have the cutest new baby ever! Congrats, mama!

J. A. Bennett said...

Congrats on having your baby, so cute! Hex Hall is totally on my TBR list :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Your baby is so, so adorable!

And thanks for the book recommendations!

Karen Peterson said...

What a cutie! Congratulations!