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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
The Safe Word by Karen Long
I met Karen at a blogger/author meet-up in London back in March. She was kind enough to send me a copy of her book and it’s taken me this long to read it. So far it’s gripping and I’m quite annoyed when I have to put it down!
The blurb: Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.
Only someone capable of understanding the killer’s creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.
But she also has a dark and dangerous secret – one that will threaten her very survival…
2. The last books I read
S.C.A.R.S. by Julia Ibbotson
This is a fun quest adventure for younger readers and children of all ages. I suppose a handy description would be: junior Lord of the Rings with contemporary interludes. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: Gavin is an ordinary boy with problems like everyone else, when he finds himself in an extraordinary situation and facing the fight of his life. People are calling him Gawain and sending him on a medieval quest. How has he found himself on a horse when he has never ridden one before? How come he has a sword in his hand and terrifying creatures bearing down upon him? He seems to have slipped through into another universe. But can he win the battle of Good against Evil, and can he save the land of Unor ̶ and more importantly, can he save himself?
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Hmn. On the one hand this is, in many ways, better than the first book in the series: A Court of Thorns and Roses. However, it’s still far too long and even with all those many many pages to tell this part of the story, the author still crammed loads into the last few pages. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
The Somnabulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle
This is exactly what you’d expect from the description. I enjoyed it and would definitely read the next installment of the Jesperson and Lane mysteries. I’ll hold back my review until nearer publication (on the 16th June).
The blurb: For several years Miss Lane was companion, amanuensis, collaborator and friend to the lady known to the Psychical Societies only as Miss X – until she discovered that Miss X was actually a fraud.
Now she works with Mr Jasper Jesperson as a consulting detective, but the cases are not as plentiful as they might be and money is getting tight – until a case that reaches across the entirety of London lands in their laps.
It concerns a somnambulist, the disappearance of several mediums, and a cat stuck up a tree . . . the links with the cat are negligible, but there is only one team that can investigate the seemingly supernatural disappearances of the psychics and defy the nefarious purpose behind them: Jesperson and Lane, at your service.
…brace yourselves… AND!!!!!!!!!!
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
This is a short story which was published for World Book Day. I haven’t given it its own review because there’s not much more to say than this was as cute as you’d expect from Rainbow Rowell, made me smile all the way through and laugh out loud at the end 🙂
The blurb: If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.
3. What I’ll read next
Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken
The blurb: In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
And elsewhere on the blog…
Last week I made stracciatella choc chip loaf cake.
Claire Huston / Art and Soul