RTW: Best July Read

The topic of Road Trip Wednesday over at YA Highway this week is: What was the best book you read in July?

When I first saw that this week is best book week, one novel immediately popped into mind.  I had to check with Goodreads to make sure that I actually read the novel in July.  (Oh, Goodreads, what would I do without you to tell me when I read a book or to remind me that I am 6 books behind in my yearly book reading challenge?)

Sure enough, this book makes the cut!  It was actually the first novel that I read in July and I was excited to dig in because I’ve been in great anticipation for this book since I first learned about it on Goodreads last year.  However, being that I was so excited for this book for so long I’m surprised that I read it in July as it was released halfway through May.  What was I reading for a month and a half when I wasn’t reading this book?

So, the book that I was so excited about and that also gets the designation of the best book I read in July is Of Poseidon, by Anna Banks.  It probably won’t come as much of a surprise that the book is about mermaids, however in Banks’s world, merfolk don’t like to be called mermaids, instead choosing to be called Syrena.

What makes this book so unique in my mind is that the main Syrena character featured is male and that’s something that you don’t see in a lot of merfolk fiction these days.  (Although, since reading this novel, I’ve heard of a few more books with mermen main characters that I should check out soon.)  When I finished the story I immediately wanted to read it again and I cannot wait for the second novel in the series to come out!

I also reviewed this novel over at Minnesota Mermaids shortly after I finished it.

After Of Poseidon popped into mind, I thought of Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson.  As the title states, this novel is about Tiger Lily, from the Peter Pan story, and it’s about their relationship before Wendy entered the picture.  The novel is narrated by Tinker Bell, which adds another layer to the story as the book is as much about her as it is about Tiger Lily.  I reviewed this book a few days ago over at The Pickwick Club.

Those were my best reads in July.  What were yours?

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    August 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Goodreads is my favorite! And I'm seven books behind on my yearly reading goal, so I totally win at laziness.

    I actually saw TIGER LILY at B&N the other day, there was a whole display, but I didn't look to see what it was about. That premise sounds fun!

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    Erin L. Schneider
    August 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Crystal – so nice to meet you!
    I love RTW "Best Book of the Month" because I find so many new / interesting reads, I may not have heard about otherwise. Thanks for the great reco on both titles – I'll definitely have to check them out!

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