Okay so you may have noticed I’ve been MIA from the blogosphere for quite a wee while now – if you’re still interested in reading my blog after my prolonged absence, a great big thanks to you for bearing with me, and if not, then I don’t blame you! If you’ve read any of my earlier posts over the last few months you might remember that I’ve been having a lot of dental issues – basically I’m a dental mystery who has ‘flummoxed’ the dental health profession. I’ve had numerous treatments including getting a wisdom tooth out and still the problem continues so next up is Uber Important Specialist types so fingers crossed I get some answers soon!
Anyhoo, I didn’t venture back on here to moan about my dental problems – phew, I can hear you all saying! I thought as I’ve been out of it for a while a good place to start is always to catch you up with some of what I’ve been reading and see if you have any literary treats I can add to my wishlist.
So we start with…
1. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder – This is the first in a series and my first encounter with Maria V. Snyder. It didn’t disappoint. Avry of Kazan is a healer living in hiding as her kind are blamed for a mysterious plague which swept the land. After she’s arrested, she is broken out of prison by a group of strangers who want her to help heal their prince. This was a very quick and easy read but the characters were still very well thought out and believable, and while there is a love story brewing in the background it’s certainly not the main point of the story. It’s exciting, intriguing and sets up the rest of the series well. Can’t wait to find out what happens next!
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Another first in a series and another one that I was introduced to by many of you lovely bloggers. I would never have thought I would be interested in, let alone, really, REALLY love a story which takes the classic story of Cinderella and puts it into a futuristic New Bejing where Cinderella is Cinder, a talented mechanic and cyborg. Throw in an impending invasion from an evil queen and a violent struggle, and you’ve got the makings of a really gripping series which I am soooo grateful to all you bloggers out there who introduced me to it. I’m not a sci-fi girl and I would totally have missed this one without you!
3. Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod – This was a book I came across totally by chance when my friend and I were looking at travel guides to Paris for our trip that we plan to make in September. It was a total impulse buy and the first time in a long time that I bought a book that I didn’t even read the reviews for! Gasp, I hear you all say! I cannot say how much I loved this book! It’s a true story – Janice was stuck working as a copy-writer in America and hated it so she saved for a year and quit her job. The plan was to travel around Europe and then who knows, but in Paris, she met her soul-mate and though she did travel around, she later moved to Paris. Now, an artist, you can subscribe to her amazing, beautiful watercolour letters each month where she paints a different scene from Paris and writes about life there. You should check out her blog here! It’s a slice of Paris life in your letter box every month!
4. The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne – Another impulse buy, this time when I saw it cheap in the supermarket and was having a bad day. It’s the story of Evie who works in an antiques shop and is invited to a castle in Scotland to assess the price of their heirlooms. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking read this ain’t the book for you but if you like candelit dances in Scottish castles, a handsome and cynical heir to the estate and an easy to like heroine, then you could do a lot worse!
5. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – I feel like I’m saying nasty things about my best friend behind her back when I say this and I know a lot of you will disagree but I just couldn’t warm up to this one. I really wanted to after loving Fangirl so much but it just didn’t connect with me the same way.
6. The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty – Another one I came across on the blogs, this one is definitely unique. Zoe has just moved back to New York after a disastrous experience in her last job and ends up working for a publishing company but this is no ordinary publishing company. This publishing company is working on a travel guide to New York for all the supernatural creatures of the world. Something tells me things could get messy!
7. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller – A period drama featuring among other things, a young girl posing nude and getting kicked out of finishing school, secret applications to the Royal College of Art, the suffrage movement and true love. Count me in!
8. Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna – A community taking up arms and embarking on full-on revolution against all the middle-class bankers buying second homes in the countryside and ruining their communities. A black comedy about locals trying to take back their communities. This one has been on my wishlist for a while so it’s about time I read it!
9. Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh – Vampire hunters, angels, vampires, seductions… need I say more?
10. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris – I will admit to being shallow here and say that the first thing that attracted me to this book was its pretty cover. But the story does look good too – a first person account of the rise and fall of the Norse gods, told by Loki himself. Looking forward to this one!
So those are some of my highlights. What about you? Read anything good lately? Any recommendations?