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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.

 

2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!

 

I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.

 

I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!

 

Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

Soulless - Gail Carriger When I first read about Soulless I was excited to finally find supernatural fantasy fiction that was readable for young adults but located outside of the section. I have long given up on supernatural YA, although I find it enjoyable everything eventually started to look the same. Now however, I have found a new love in steampunk. Before reading Soulless I had only heard of the genre briefly and had never really looked into steampunk novels but in June I added this book to my yearly reading list. Reading this book, I was not disappointed. The characters were interesting and the fantasy world Carriger created based on politics and mannerisms more then violence and uncertainty compelled me to read on more then I would have expected. Although the romantic plot was not by any means unpredictable it seemed to fit with the more expected romanticism of the Victorian age. The only thing I found particularly frustrating about the book was that during points in the story the romance plot-line would stick itself right in the middle of a tension plot filled situation where it just didn't belong! It felt in the way and the plot could have lived without it. Despite my annoyance, in the end I found myself thoroughly enjoying Soulless and am now on the prowl for more specifically steampunk fantasy.