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M is nothing if not a rabid fan of carriejones's books (and with good reason, I might add). And so it is no surprise to me that CAPTIVATE is #1 on her "Top 10 of '10" list, which lists off the books coming out this year that she most wants to read. In fairness, I have to point out that she's already read ARCs of four of them (lucky girl that she is to have a mother with at least some access to these things). But first, her review of Captivate.


Well, it's number 1 on my "Top 10 of '10", and I was super psyched for it. Carrie Jones's Captivate does not disappoint. Once again [as in Love and Other Uses for Duct Tape, the sequel to Tips on Having a Gay (ex)Boyfriend], Carrie made me fall even more in love with each character. I mean, Zara's ass-kickingly awesome (more than ever) and Nick is just super swoon-worthy throughout. Don't even get me started on Devyn and, of course, my bunny-loving favorite, Issie.

Each character shines (and a few leave behind shiny things) in Captivate. But even more impressive is how Carrie manages to make Norse mythology cool. (There's something I never would've thought possible.) The way Jones incorporates the old tales into this new, action-packed book is "mind bottling."*

I honestly loved every minute of it, and yes even when I was crying at 1 a.m. while reading a particular scene, I STILL loved it. Carrie Jones continues to (oh yeah, I'm going there) Captivate me.

*yes, I mean "mind bottling". Blades of Glory.

And here, as promised, is M's Top 10 of '10 list. I should note that these are books she is looking forward to either because they are sequels, or because she especially loves the author(s). There are books to come that she will undoubtedly adore, and if asked at year's end, this list might look significantly different - although I rather expect she might leave Captivate at #1 - she really, truly loves Carrie's writing.

M's Top 10 of '10

1. Captivate by Carrie Jones
2. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
3. The Dead-Tosses Waves by Carrie Ryan
4. The Hunger Games Book 3 by Suzanne Collins
5. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
6. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
7. Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
8. The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
9. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
10. Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

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Jan. 5th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
I can't wait for Hunger Games 3! And am so excited for Chasing Brooklyn tomorrow!
Jan. 5th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
I've read Chasing Brooklyn and it is FABULOUS!
Jan. 5th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Oh good....I've loved all of Lisa's previous books so I am excited for this one too!
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Jan. 5th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
She's quite a fan of Eyes Like Stars, and is stoked for PtD. I have to show her the new cover!
Jan. 5th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Yep! Captivate is awesome!
Jan. 5th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
M has exceptionally good taste, I think. And I agree - Captivate rocks!
Jan. 5th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Excellent list. I was lucky enough to read WG, WG - she's going to love it.
Jan. 5th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
As you might expect, I'm quite looking forward to reading WG,WG myself. M is a huge fan of both John Green's and David Levithan's work, so I'm pretty sure she's going to love it. Alas, but we must wait until May.
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed your daughter's review, and am loving Carrie Jones' "Captivate," too (I'm in the beginning chapters -- it is my guilty pleasure while I work out during my lunch break (during the exercise bike portion of the workout, anyway). I never thought I'd be interested in Norse mythology, either, but your daughter's right: Carrie makes it sound cool. Love how the relationship between Zara and Nick is progressing, and of course Issie.
Jan. 5th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Having been captivated by Rick Riordan's stories involving the Greek gods, and having enjoyed Marie Phillip's Gods Behaving Badly (written for the adult market, although M read it too), I know Greek and Roman Gods can be fun. Having read American Gods by Neil Gaiman, which incorporates some Norse mythology as well as a number of other myths and religions, I was already convinced that Norse mythology could be very interesting - but I love that Carrie pulled it in, since it seems so "fresh" here.
Jan. 5th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh, M has fantastic taste! Most of these books are going on my most-anticipated 2010 reads too. Which I am now going to go make up...
Jan. 5th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Some of her recent faves (if you haven't read them already) include:

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (which she loves and can't stop raving about)
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

Plus the latest (and last) of the Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison, which is, I believe, Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?
Jan. 5th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
M and I have similar taste! Ballad was one of my favorites last year, and I liked Hush Hush too. I got Splendor Falls and Beautiful Creatures for Christmas, too! Has she read Dark Divine yet? If she liked Hush Hush, she might like that as well.
Jan. 5th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
She loves the cover on that one, but didn't like the sound of the flap copy. I'll have to have a look at it myself now to see whether I ought to talk her into it!
Jan. 5th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh man, M.... M....

Kelly, you must tell her I love her and she TOTALLY MADE my release day awesome.

Me shouting to M: I LOVE YOU!

I am so honored.

Okay. Dude. No more nervous. I will now happy dance because I made M happy and that just freaking rocks.
Jan. 5th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
M was tickled pink when she read this, and proclaims you cute. So now it's official.
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Jan. 6th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
M's awesome that way.
Jan. 6th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
M should totally have her own review site. Fantastic. :)
Jan. 8th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
M is a most excellent reviewer.
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