I’ve been reading so many books lately and not having any time to write updates on all of them, so I’m going to give a quick rundown of everything I’ve finished in the last month or so, which hopefully catches us up!
Fat Chance by Nick Spaulding: 5 Stars – Comical and witty about a couple headed towards a weigh loss goal. British and humorous, endearing and sometimes humiliating and sad. Pick it up!
Blameless and Heartless by Gail Carriger : 5 stars and 4 stars, respectively -Books 3 & 4 in the Parasol Protectorate series about Alexia Tarrabotti and her many misadventures. Steampunk, werewolves, vampires, and other mysteries.
Captive by Brighton Walsh: 4 stars – A little creepy, a little erotic. Girl gets kidnapped, she and the guy fall in love. Romantic in a weird sort of way. Almost like Kenyon but less supernatural and a little darker in some respects.
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood: 4 stars – Can’t remember if I mentioned the Cahill Chronicles before but I’m a little obsessed with this Victorian era witchy series. 3 sisters entwined by fate, magic, and love. Definitely read.
Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate: 4 stars – Wasn’t sure I would like this book, but it turned out not too shabby. Very girl meets boy in a science lab sort of way. Ending was predictable but the middle was a fast-paced, interesting read.
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs: 4 stars – Definitely scarier and weirder the more I get into the Alpha & Omega series, and this addition was no exception. More werewolves and fae written in Briggs’ unique style. Romance and terror rolled into one…although not with the same people.
A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix: 3 stars – Prince Khemri finds out that life isn’t exactly what he thought it was and is killed three times before he figures out some much needed answers. Science fiction set in space, little slow at first, lots to adjust to for names and places and rules, but solid.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: 4 stars – Realistic teen fiction about a nerdy Asian guy and an awkward redheaded girl who have a meet cute on the bus and have a quiet blossoming relationship interrupted by secrets, family and social lives. Speaks to the heart, sad but incredibly honest.
Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer: 4 stars – Well done portrait of life in Salem during the witch trials for the accused and accusers plus the judges and other townfolk. Very much enjoyed, complete with some illustrations.
The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming: 4 stars – Life and downfall of the last Romanovs in Russia including the meeting of the tzar and his wife plus the tales of all the children, including family secrets, diabolical plots, and lots of history.
Black Heart by Holly Black: 4 stars – Last book in the Curse Workers trilogy, nice, neat ending, more or less. Magic, mayhem, and the public opinion all collide in the final chapters.
I know it’s not up to my usual standards with my own rating system and all but I would say that the only one worth skipping might be the Nix book. Personally, it’s not my style. I liked Eve & Adam as well as Eleanor & Park, but I don’t think they will make the shelf of favorites. The rest of the series are pretty worth while although curse workers was definitely towards the book of the list of those here. Fat Chance was hysterical and the Cahill Chronicles as well as the Parasol Protectorate are worth reading. The history books were great if you’re into that sort of thing and I would never not recommend Briggs.