I'm afraid the flu paid a visit to my house last week, kicked my butt to the curb. I'm just starting to feel like myself again so I'll keep it brief. Fist off, I finished reading The Boy Who Loved Fire, by Julie Musil, and I just have to mention how impressed I was by the way Julie brought Manny's character to life, made him feel like a real boy rather than some cardboard cutout. I think one of the hardest things to do is draw a character who doesn't necessarily elicit sympathy from the reader right off and boy did Julie nail it. Second, I got Terry Lynn Johnson's Ice Dogs in the mail, and I'm equally impressed by how interesting Terry makes dog sledding sound - and this from someone who you couldn't pay to go! I love how she describes the dogs...as a dog lover and I can appreciate all the personalities. Third, I'm also reading Allegiant and so far loving it. I have no idea how it's going to pan out. Yikes! Have you read it?
Finally, I hope you'll all come back next week for First Impressions, brought to you by yours truly and Dianne Salerni, who, don't forget, has The Eighth Day coming out in April...
So, how have you been? Gotten sick this winter (if so, I hope you didn't get what I had - ugh!)? Read any good books lately? Looking forward to a release?