Mini-reviews: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher; Soulless by Gail Carriger; and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Title: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Dial
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy won from Pam at Bookalicious; audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Kim Mai Guest
First line: Finn had been flung on his face and chained to the stone slabs of the transitway.

I’ve had Incarceron sitting on my shelf since I won it from Pam. I even loaned it to my dad, who read it and enjoyed it, but said it had a very slow start. I finally decided to listen to it on audiobook. I kept what Dad had said in mind, which was good, because without his assurance that it got very good about halfway through, I probably wouldn’t have finished it. In the end, I enjoyed it enough to want to seek out the sequel, but it was an “I liked it” rather than an “I loved it” book.

Title: Soulless
Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: Fantasy, paranormal fiction, alternate history
Publisher: Orbit
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening.

On the other hand, I loved Soulless. In fact, with the way it has stuck with me, I’m tempted to change my rating to 5 stars. (I usually stick with my first rating, however.) Part Oscar Wilde comedy of manners, part Victorian romance, part steampunk, and part vampire/werewolf fantasy – this was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and Alexia is one of my new favorite heroines. I absolutely will be buying the next two books in the series very soon. (A side note: I had thought this was a YA title, but I don’t think it is, as it is a bit racier than the usual YA title.)

Title: How I Live Now
Author: Meg Rosoff
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the public library
First line: My name is Elizabeth but no one’s ever called me that.

How I Live Now was a YA title I’ve seen recommended on a lot of blogs. It was a quick read and an interesting take on the idea of a future World War. Daisy is a great character – flawed in so many ways, which allowed the book to show how people can rise above the very things that define them when necessary. There is a romantic relationship between first cousins that may bother some, but as I knew it was coming, it wasn’t an issue for me. This was a quick read – I read it in a day and a half or so.

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15 Responses to Mini-reviews: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher; Soulless by Gail Carriger; and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

  1. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads
    says:

    I really, really need to read Soulless. I have it out from the library at the moment but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything!

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    The kids and I loved How I Live Now on audio. It gave us so much to talk about. I’ve heard really good things about Soulless…I thought it was YA too!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I was surprised at how much Soulless reminded me of some of the racy regency romances by Amanda Quick I used to read – definitely not something I’d want to listen to with the kids!

  3. How I Live Now sounds really good to me. I just adore the cover of Soulless.

  4. Pam says:

    No need to read the sequel for Incarceron.

  5. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    All three of these books are on my TBR piles and begging to be read!

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  7. Michelle says:

    Incarceron is one of the very few books I simply could not finish. Kudos to you for wading through it. I liked How I Live Now but was admitedly disconcerted by the 1st cousin relationship. Unlike you I had no warning so I was slightly creeped out. It was handled delicately but I still felt a bit of the ew factor in it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – I find that I can handle stuff like that if I have a head’s up. And now I wish I hadn’t wasted my time finishing Incarceron, cause Pam says book 2 isn’t very good. :(

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