Time for another Road Trip Wednesday, sponsored by YA Highway. This week’s theme is Best Book of the Month – October.
Fortunately for this month’s winner, I apparently finished Paranormalcy at the end of September. I read some good books this month, trying to stay Halloween-themed, but only one had me really hooked. That was Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. This was a big surprise for me.
The book seemed kind of fluffy when I looked at it, but I just kept looking. So finally I previewed it on my Kindle. I was having fun, so I bought the full thing. As usual I was reading five things at once, but when I stopped to focus on Hex Hall, I got hooked really easily.
Which made it really too bad when I dropped the Kindle and killed it at chapter 8. The screen was all black with some white lines through it, and the casing was open at the corner. I didn’t know if Amazon was going to replace it or not, so I thought that it was possible I was never going to get to finish this book.
Luckily, the Kindle was replaced quickly, and the first thing I pulled out of the archive on the new one was this book.
I wouldn’t say that Hex Hall was the most intelligent read or anything, but I had a lot of fun reading it, and since a lot of fantasy has me rolling my eyes instead of just enjoying it, that’s a real plus.
My favorite thing was probably the best friend. A vamp who wasn’t too angsty (except when she was falsely accused of killing people, and even then she was better than many vamps with consciences), liked hot pink, was a lesbian, and basically seemed as normal a best friend as any vampire ever was. Also, I felt the romance was well built up. Not as adorable as Paranormalcy by a long shot, but it was nice to see that they were being forced to spend a lot of time getting to know each other before they moved from lust-hate to potential romance.
Sadly, none of my pre-Halloween reading has really scared me. I was looking for that one book that would bring the magical creepiness that reading scary books as a kid created, but nothing delivered
As for the next month’s RTW, we’ll see what happens in November. NaNo doesn’t leave much reading time, so I don’t know how many I’ll read in November.
Currently on iPod: Under Your Spell from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Lots of love,