So here’s what I’m reading at the moment and I would love to hear your opinions about the books whether your reading any of them at the moment or you have read them in the past. It is my intention to finish reading and review these books by the end of the month. As I publish the review for each book I will post a link for it at the bottom of its information.
Three Dark Crowns (Threel Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
Date Started: 30/5
Position in Series: 1
Current Reading status: 28% read
Format: D ARC
What I think so far: At the moment I am 28% of the way through the book (Chapter 7 Gravesdrake Manor) and although I found the first couple of chapters slow going which is why although I started it in May I am still reading it now (3/9), but having got past that point now I am really enjoying it. The characters and plot are developing well and in a thoroughly believable way. The writers writing style is really captivating.
It is for these reasons that I would give it a four.5 star rating and am looking forward to the next book in the series as well all future books in the series. To find out what my final rating and views of the book are then look out for my review once I have finished it by the end of next week.
Still Here by Lara Vapnyar
A profound and dazzlingly entertaining novel from the writer Louis Menand calls “Jane Austen with a Russian soul”
In her warm, absorbing and keenly observed new novel, Lara Vapnyar follows the intertwined lives of four immigrants in New York City as they grapple with love and tumult, the challenges of a new home, and the absurdities of the digital age.
Vica, Vadik, Sergey and Regina met in Russia in their school days, but remained in touch and now have very different American lives. Sergey cycles through jobs as an analyst, hoping his idea for an app will finally bring him success. His wife Vica, a medical technician struggling to keep her family afloat, hungers for a better life. Sergey’s former girlfriend Regina, once a famous translator is married to a wealthy startup owner, spends her days at home grieving over a recent loss. Sergey’s best friend Vadik, a programmer ever in search of perfection, keeps trying on different women and different neighborhoods, all while pining for the one who got away.
As Sergey develops his app—calling it “Virtual Grave,” a program to preserve a person’s online presence after death—a formidable debate begins in the group, spurring questions about the changing perception of death in the modern world and the future of our virtual selves. How do our online personas define us in our daily lives, and what will they say about us when we’re gone?
Current Reading status:13% read
What I think so far: I found most of the first Chapter slow going because it seemed so information dense and I hadn’t got any kind of connection with any of the characters yet. However now I am part way through the second chapter I am beginning to get into it a little more because the characters are starting to unfurl a little more and I am beginning to get into the authors rating style a little more, having said that though the journeys still out on it.
For the above reasons and the fact that I think periodically it will be quite information dense currently I would give the book a 3.25-4 star rating but watch out for my review when I finish the book at the end of next week.
Magnolia (Magonia 1/2) by Maria Dhavana Headley
Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?
Date Started: 2/6 (sample)/ 12/8
Position in Series: 1
Current Reading status: 42% read
What I Think so far: I am currently a little under 1/2 way through this book and am really enjoying it. The concept of shape shifting bird people living on boats i and the fact that some of the children of these people being kidnapped sometimes by humans or as they refer to them drowmers is an inspired one.
It was interesting to read about how life on earth effects our main character Aza Ray in that she is dying by drowning and the difference she notices when she wakes up aboard Magonia.
At the moment I would give the book a five star rating and I hope to finish this book by the end of next week so look out for my review to how I rate it and what I say about it.
The Good, the bad and the Undead (The Hollows 2/14) by Kim Harrison
It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits.
Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child’s play — and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.
Series: The Hollows
Position in Series: 2/14
Current Reading status: 9% read
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What I think So far: I am currently only on pg 41 (chapter 4) in this book but I am really enjoying it and feel that I great advancement on from the first book in the series. I can already tell that Rachel is going to remain the Kick ass strong person she was in the first book and I can’t wait to see how she develops further in future books.
As it stands at the moment I would give this book a five star rating as I did the first book so Keep your eyes open for my review as I hope to finish this book by the Monday/Tuesday of the week commencing 12.
The Governess was Wicked (Governess 1/3) by Julia Kelly
This delightfully charming and saucy Regency era romance, is first in the Governess series in which three best friends are employed as governesses for different families, and all find themselves wanting something they can’t have.
Elizabeth Porter is quite happy with her position as the governess for two sneaky-yet-sweet girls when she notices that they have a penchant for falling ill and needing the doctor. As the visits from the dashing and handsome Doctor Edward Fellows become more frequent, Elizabeth quickly sees through the lovesick girls’ ruse. Yet even Elizabeth can’t help but notice Edward’s bewitching bedside manner even as she tries to convince herself that someone of her station would not make a suitable wife for a doctor. But one little kiss won’t hurt.
Series: The Governess
Position in Series: 1/3
Date Started: 31/8
Current Reading status: 12% complete
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What I think so far: I have just nearly started this book (only read the first chapter) but I am really enjoying it, because although it is ultimately going to be a steamy historical romance where the main characters are obviously attracted to each other from the beginning there is also a strong base story line as well. From what I have read so far the author has researched the historical period well then translated it in to the book in a believable way. I am looking forward to seeing how the plot and characters develop as I read further as its a fairy short book at only 1
At the moment I would give it a five star rating but look out for my review when I have finished it by the end of the Week Commencing 12 Sept.
Witch Miss See ton (Miss Seeton Mysteries 3/5) by Heron Carvic
Miss Seeton is a retired, often bemuddled British art teacher with a slight psychic ability
for drawing things more accurately than they appear. In Witch Miss Seeton
, unlikely detective Miss Seeton goes undercover at the request of Scotland Yard to investigate some bewitching shenanigans after a sudden interest in the occult sweeps through Plummergen.
Date Started: 25/8
Series: Miss Seeton Mystery
Position in Series: 2/5
Current Reading status
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What I think so far: Although this book started off slow I am now nearly half way through chapter 2 and I think this book is probably going to be the best book so far in the series for me. I am fascinated about the plot line of this book being based around witch craft particularly black magic so I can’t wait to see how the author develops the plot line so it keeps me intrigued. The only negative thing I can say about this book at the moment is one that would aim at all the other books and that is that the chapters seem to have a tendency of being sightly long.
Currently I would give this book a five star rating because the writing is really good but if you are interested in knowing my final star rating and views on the book then look out for my review which will be posted by the end of the month.