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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 Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud
I put this on my TBR after reading Lilyn’s review over at Sci-fi & Scary and so far I’m really pleased I did. It’s great!
The blurb: When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .
For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.
Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again…
2. The last books I read
Blame by Simon Mayo
This is excellent YA dystopian fiction. If you think you’ve read it all in this genre and there’s nothing left to surprise you, I urge you to try this. And no romance! Here’s my full review.
Oh and Simon Mayo saw my tweet linking to my review, checked it out and then tweeted the link. I thought he was ace before, but he now has a lifelong fan! 🙂
The blurb: What happens when society wants you banged up in prison for a crime your parents committed?
That’s the situation in which Ant finds herself – together with her little brother Mattie and their foster-parents, she’s locked up in a new kind of family prison. None of the inmates are themselves criminals, but wider society wants them to do time for the unpunished ‘heritage’ crimes of their parents.
Tensions are bubbling inside the London prison network Ant and Mattie call home – and when things finally erupt, they realize they’ve got one chance to break out. Everyone wants to see them punished for the sins of their mum and dad, but it’s time for Ant to show the world that they’re not to blame.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
This is a well-written dark thriller. Unfortunately I wasn’t surprised by any of the twists. I’m starting to think I’m just too suspicious to really enjoy this genre! Here’s my full review.
The blurb: Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?
But something goes wrong. Very wrong. Some things can’t stay secret for ever.
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer, audiobook narrated by Jack Davenport
Another audiobook. I was drawn to this one because it’s Eoin Colfer and I like his Artemis Fowl series, and because it’s narrated by Jack Davenport, who’s a brilliant actor. I was a little disappointed with it. I’ve done a quick review on Goodreads.
The blurb: In the future, in a place called Satelite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill enters the world, unwanted by his parents. He’s sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, Freight class. At Clarissa Frayne, the boys are put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous products. At the end of most days, they are covered with burns, bruises, and sores. Cosmo realizes that if he doesn’t escape, he will die at this so-called orphanage.
When the moment finally comes, Cosmo seizes his chance and breaks out with the help of the Supernaturalists, a motley crew of kids who all have the same special ability as Cosmo-they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving what’s left of humanity in Satellite City. Or so they think. The Supernaturalist soon find themselves caught in a web far more complicated than they’d imagined, when they discover a horrifying secret that will force them to question everything they believe in.
3. What I’ll read next
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
This is one of the books which has been on my TBR the longest. I’ve had it from the library a while but keep putting it off because obviously it’s not going to be a cheery read and I’m not ready for it yet!
The blurb: Leningrad, September 1941. Hitler orders the German forces to surround the city at the start of the most dangerous, desperate winter in its history. For two pairs of lovers – Anna and Andrei, Anna’s novelist father and banned actress Marina – the siege becomes a battle for survival. They will soon discover what it is like to be so hungry you boil shoe leather to make soup, so cold you burn furniture and books. But this is not just a struggle to exist, it is also a fight to keep the spark of hope alive…
The Siege is a brilliantly imagined novel of war and the wounds it inflicts on ordinary people’s lives, and a profoundly moving celebration of love, life and survival.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
And elsewhere on the blog…
I made red velvet mini bundt cakes. I didn’t plan to make a Christmassy recipe but when I saw the colour I couldn’t resist.
Claire Huston / Art and Soul