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The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
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1. What I’m reading at the moment
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
The lovely Lindsay @bookboodle won two tickets to “An Evening with Joanna Cannon” at Waterstones in Birmingham and invited me to be her plus one! 🙂 So, of course, I had to get the book and I’m now desperately trying to finish it before the event tonight!
The blurb: England, 1976.
Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.
And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…
2. The last books I read
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
I am so pleased to report that the 2nd book in the Shades of Magic series was excellent. Not quite as good as Book 1 – A Darker Shade of Magic – but then that was mostly because it was the 2nd book in a trilogy. And if that made no sense, please read my full review where I think I explain myself a bit better.
The blurb: Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.
In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.
The House of Silk (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Antony Horowitz
I thought Anthony Horowitz’s new Sherlock story was very good indeed. Here’s my review. I have the sequel already and I’m looking forward to it.
The blurb: In freezing London, November 1890, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson receive a man unnerved by a scarred-face stalker with piercing eyes. A conspiracy reaches to the Boston criminal underworld. The whispered phrase ‘the House of Silk’ hints at a deadly foe. Authorized by Doyle’s estate.
3. What I’ll read next
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The release of A Gathering of Shadows left me so discombobulated (any excuse to use that word!) that I managed to forget I’d read a couple of chapters of this when my copy of AGOS arrived. I got it from Netgalley a while ago…
The blurb: Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga
The blurb: What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?
Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
This week I found time for some not-baking. I made chocolate honeycomb squares. Delicious and definitely for those with sweet teeth.
Claire Huston / Art and Soul