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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?
As always, clicking on the cover image will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.
1. What I’m reading at the moment
Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
After spending years seeing her adult books and thinking, “Oh yes, she’s supposed to be very good, I must read one of those”, it’s a bit weird that when I finally get around to reading something by Ahern, I start with her first YA book.
The blurb: Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.
In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
2. The last books I read
The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews
The perfect thing to read if you’re looking for a break from dark/disturbing stories. This is quite fluffy, as you’d expect from the blurb and cover. However, it also contains an absolutely fantastic shock about two thirds through. If you’re a fan of women’s fiction/contemporary romance, this is a must. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.
The Raven King (The Raven Boys #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
*sigh* Such a shame. I loved the characters, the setting, the magic, and the writing is beautiful… However, I just didn’t get enough closure and significant happenings were sadly rushed. That said, from the number of 5-star reviews this book is getting on Goodreads, it could just be me! Other opinions are available! 🙂 Here’s my full review – NO SPOILERS!
The blurb: All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
3. What I’ll read next
I’m not entirely sure what I’ll go for next. Two contenders are:
The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele
After suffering through YA dystopian shenanigans, I think switching back to something lighter and more cheerful would be a good idea, and this has received some excellent reviews.
However, there’s another recent release I want to read:
The Rose and the Dagger (Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh
I enjoyed the first installment in this series (which is very loosely based on the 1001 Nights story) and I’m looking forward to continuing the adventure. And hopefully the second book will contain more magic, as was hinted at the end of book 1.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
And elsewhere on the blog…
Last week I made raspberry ripple cupcakes with raspberry buttercream. Delicious, light and summery!
Claire Huston / Art and Soul