Well, we’ve reached the end of Avalon recaps — for now, at least. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting updates on the Avalon movie(s), and recaps for Shadow Warrior will appear as soon as the first book is released. And I plan on starting Jewel Riders episode recaps in mid-July.
However, I need to find some way to keep this site alive for the foreseeable future. I’ve considered doing recaps on fantasy or science fiction books, but I haven’t really figured out a theme yet. So far, most of the books I’ve marked as “recap bait” primarily contain female protagonists. I guess the theme would be … fantasy / sci-fi from a female protagonist’s perspective?
Someone also mentioned that I should try posting stuff that isn’t recaps. What would you like to see here, other than Avalon news, Twitter re-posts, and the latest in fandom activity? And should I start having a social networking presence?
Also, I’ve made a list of some of the books I read while I was reading Avalon that I thought would be entertaining to recap. You’re welcome to add to this list — just remember, I would like to read YA or adult books, and I will make allowances to juvenile fiction if it’s written at the same level as the Avalon books.
It’s a long list, so check it out after the cut.
[EDIT 21 JUNE: Added a couple more reader request titles.]
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (link!)
Reminds Me Of: (Fallout 3 + Mass Effect aesthetic + Dragon Ball technology + virtual reality + electromagnetic apocalypse – nuclear war) + (Skyrim – dragons) + the storytelling gimmick from Star Ocean: The Second Story + (Waterworld – water)
Quick and Dirty Summary: A
Vault Dweller is exiled from her Vault for a crime she didn’t commit. A boy from one of the tribes outside tries to save his nephew, who was kidnapped by the Vault Dwellers. Vault Dweller and Tribal Boy team up to a) clear the Vault Dweller’s name, and b) save Tribal Boy’s nephew. Oh, and they have to find a place that’s free from the electromagnetic storms that are ravaging the earth.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Plot points that were totally taken from Fallout 3 or Waterworld. A bad attempt to combine the character leveling systems of Fallout and Skyrim. (Spoiler: your archery points also affect how you use small guns / energy weapons!) Me getting very annoyed at the end of the second book because it totally borrows way too liberally from Fallout 2 and Fallout 3. Complaints on the lack of a world map. More Fallout references than you can shake a fist at. Also, Fallout.
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (link!)
Reminds Me Of: I’m not sure about this one. Maybe the Tortall books, if they focused only on the royalty and had a serious Spanish influence.
Quick and Dirty Summary: A princess is chosen by God at birth to carry a stone in her navel and perform some great deed. She is eventually married off to the weak king of a neighboring country. Girl has to figure out what it means to be a leader and God’s chosen one, all in the middle of a war with a nation of magic-using infidels.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Translations of Spanish-influenced place names. Surprise at all the choices the main character makes. Joy that there’s no stupid romance sub-plot. A cracktastic theory that is eventually debunked by the end of the second book. Absolutely no RPG character sheets whatsoever.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Brave New World in space, except John’s riot succeeds. (Oh crap, I spoiled Brave New World for you.)
Quick and Dirty Summary: Girl is cryogenically frozen prior to a voyage to colonize an Earth-like planet orbiting Alpha Centauri. Girl wakes up 40 years too early, and has trouble fitting in with the people on board the ship. Hilarity ensues.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Slight annoyance at the inclusion of a romance sub-plot. A fetch quest gone wrong. A lack of RPG character sheets.
The Blessed Precious Blood by Tonya Hurley (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Santa Sangre – meaning + New York + teenagers + Hurricane Sandy.
Quick and Dirty Summary: Three girls recover from near-death experiences and obtain bracelets from a mysterious man. During a hurricane, the girls and mystery man end up taking shelter in an abandoned church. Mystery man reveals that either a) he and the girls are the reincarnations of saints, or b) he’s totally insane. And then weird stuff happens.
What to Expect from My Recaps: NSFW warnings. Lots of NSFW warnings. Complaints about bad writing. More NSFW warnings. Bad attempts at making RPG character sheets. Excellent but unexpected uses of useless spells. Oh, did I mention the NSFW warnings?
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Lost – island.
Quick and Dirty Summary: In a world where everyone has been reincarnated repeatedly, a girl who has never been reincarnated is born. Girl leaves her emotionally abusive mother to learn more about her existence. She ends up discovering that the reasons behind reincarnation are Not Good. Also, smoke monsters.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Complaints about the protagonist getting sidetracked by romance and music composition lessons for half of the first book. Major WTF-age at a major twist in the second book. Also, smoke monsters.
And here are some books I haven’t read yet or have not been released yet, but might be worth recapping:
Eon by Alison Goodman (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Asian-themed Song of the Lioness.
Quick and Dirty Summary: Girl poses as boy to train as a potential host of an elemental dragon spirit.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Maybe an RPG character sheet or two. I haven’t read much of the book yet.
Spirit Animals by Brandon Mull and other authors (link!)
Reminds Me Of: This doesn’t come out until September, but it looks kinda like Avalon without the magic jewels.
Quick and Dirty Summary: Kids bond with animals to save their world. Because reasons.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Since this one also has an online game tie-in, don’t expect me to actually play the game and review it. As much as I keep making references to other games on this blog, I ACTUALLY SUCK AT PLAYING THEM. Also, the cover teases a BATTLE PANDA. So the book has that going for it. Which is nice.
And here are some books that you requested:
Legend by Marie Lu (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Didn’t read enough of it to get a good idea, but it looks like a post-apocalyptic dystopian Roman-influenced New California Republic from Fallout.
Quick and Dirty Summary: The California Republic’s greatest teenage military prodigy teams up with the California Republic’s most wanted criminal. Because reasons.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Me being excited that I can actually navigate the world of this book.
Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Didn’t read a whole lot of this book, but the description makes it sound like medieval-influenced Hunger Games.
Quick and Dirty Summary: An imprisoned assassin is given a chance to fight for her freedom in an arena. Twenty-four people enter, one person leaves.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Me making many references to Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Many a WTF at how the character and place names are actually pronounced.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy (link!)
Reminds Me Of: A very fractured fairy tale.
Quick and Dirty Summary: Four fairy tale princes are rejected by their princesses and go off on an adventure to save the world.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Me praising the humor in this book. Also note that this book doesn’t quite fit the theme I had going, but the humor’s pretty good.
The Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Romance of the Twelve Kingdoms.
Quick and Dirty Summary: It’s Romance of the Twelve Kingdoms. What more can I say?
What to Expect from My Recaps: Me ranting about trying to find a copy of this book.
Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow by Katy Towell (link!)
Reminds Me Of: I don’t know … eldrich horror in a boarding school, maybe?
Quick and Dirty Summary: A trio of outcast girls team up to solve a mystery at their boarding school.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Eh, I expect this to be like my Avalon recaps.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (link!)
Reminds Me Of: From what I heard, it’s Avalon without the magic jewels.
Quick and Dirty Summary: Two siblings spend a couple of weeks with their eccentric grandfather. Hilarity ensues.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Me getting very annoyed at the writing style. (The Kindle preview was painful to read!)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Cinderella meets Deus Ex … IN SPACE!
Quick and Dirty Summary: It’s Cinderella in futuristic China with cyborgs.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Lots of pictures from Blade Runner, Deus Ex, and other cyberpunk games or movies.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Don’t know, actually. I don’t usually read realistic fiction.
Quick and Dirty Summary: Boy with facial deformity enters public school for the first time. Hilarity ensues.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Links to obscure medical conditions. Note: this book doesn’t fit my theme at all — it’s not fantasy or sci-fi, and it has a male main character — but it was recommended, so here it is.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Harry Potter with Greek gods.
Quick and Dirty Summary: Boy discovers that he’s Poseidon’s son. Much adventures are had.
What to Expect from My Recaps: A very long commitment to two book series and a couple of movies. Links to classical mythology sites. Note: this doesn’t quite fit the theme — it has a male protagonist.
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (link!)
Reminds Me Of: Percy Jackson with Egyptian gods.
Quick and Dirty Summary: An Egyptologist awakens the Egyptian gods. Hilarity ensues.
What to Expect from My Recaps: Links to Egyptian mythology sites. Maybe some ranting on Ancient Egyptian language fail, if it happens. Me trying to find an Ancient Egyptian font that works on the internet. Again, I don’t think this quite fits the theme — male protagonist again — but I hear there’s some female protagonist POV chapters, so it might work.
So please comment below with your suggestions for the site! If there is a book you want to have recapped, mention it below and I’ll add it to the list! If there’s new features you want on the site, tell me! If you like any of my recap bait options, say so! The books with the most votes will be recapped, starting at the beginning of July. So you have until June 30 to vote.
[EDIT] As of June 17, here’s how the voting stands:
3 votes for Girl of Fire and Thorns
2 votes for Precious Blood
1 vote for Under the Never Sky
1 vote for Across the Universe
1 vote for Incarnate
1 vote for Eon
1 vote for Legend