A Few April 2014 Releases

So like a lot of people, I like to look around and see what books are coming out soon, see if any catch my eye. As usual, there are TONS of fabulous-looking books being released in April. Here are a few that stood out to me:

1. House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
The date for this one is April 15th. I haven't heard much about this one, and I haven't read anything else by the author, but the cover is beautiful! The Goodreads reviews aren't the best though, so I might wait a while to pick this one up.

2. The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold
This is another April 15th release with a beautiful cover. I haven't heard much about this one either, but the premise on Goodreads is very intriguing. 

3. Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 April 15th looks to be the big day for book releases this month! This book definitely sports another gorgeous cover, and the premise is extremely promising for this one. I can see myself getting a copy of this in the near future. 

4. The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Aaaaaaand ANOTHER April 15th release! I'm a big fan of Julie Kagawa, but I must shamefully admit that I haven't read any in this particular series... With this one coming out soon, I might have to fix that. 

5. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
This one is not being released on the 15th, but rather the 8th of April! I've read and enjoyed quite a few Kelley Armstrong books, so I'm excited to see what this one has to offer!

Alrighty, so these five books are what caught my attention for April. What have you seen floating around? Would you read any of these? 

Thanks for reading!


Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweler, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the Septermber 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which bings him ever closer to some kind of peace. 
My Review: I read this book for a literature theory class, so I suppose I probably looked at it a bit different than someone just reading to read.

This book deals with family and loss, hurt, memory and memorials, something and nothing. It's the kind of book that leaves me feeling incredibly sad and yet incredibly comforted. It's a very complicated book, in every way from the subjects, the characters, the form, to the pictures. It's the kind of writing I find extremely clever.

This book reminded me quite a lot of two other books: The Book Thief and The Catcher in the Rye. The form and the images in the book reminded me of The Book Thief (one of my absolute favorites). I found it incredibly interesting that the form between the two was similar because of the similar nature of the subjects. The main character in this book, Oskar, reminded me of Holden Caulfield who I hated at first but then I absolutely loved.

I loved this book in a way that is a bit hard to describe. It's beautifully written and marvelously complex and clever. It's one of those books I would probably consider a favorite, but wouldn't count it as a loss if I didn't read it again.

If you are thinking about reading this book, I would suggest that you do it with an open mind. I would suggest that you think about the reason the form, the stories, the images are included. I think you'll find it a much more enjoyable read that way. 

Thanks for reading!

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