Sit down now… You won’t believe how many books I managed to read since my last post two weeks ago! (It’s a lot by my standards, anyhow)
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What I’m currently reading
I found Awaken via Instagram, and decided to give it a shot since so many people recommended it to me. As seems to be the case with most of my recent reads I wasn’t sure what to expect, but damn!! Has this ever set my expectations on fire!! I’m not too far into it yet, but so far it’s really enjoyable, thrilling and the writing style has a soothing familiarity about it I can’t explain. Kinda like your momma wrapping you in a warm blanket and telling you a story before bedtime.
Well, a little darker than that, perhaps. It’s really hard to put this down, so if you don’t mind… I’ll be getting back to reading it now ^-^
SOME PEOPLE AREN’T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination.
Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity.
Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger.
Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate?
Will the devil be her saviour?
Will an Angel be her downfall?
What I recently finished reading
This isn’t going to happen very often, but since my last WWW post I finished (I hope you’re sitting down…) THREE books! Three!!
I received this one as an ARC, and my review for it went up last week so I won’t repeat myself here. Here‘s the review if you’re interested (and you should be, it was an exciting read!)
Not only is it a blood moon, but there’s a rare celestial alignment that means the veils between the worlds are much more fragile than usual. That allows chaos to reign over the city for one night. Shades play pranks on tourists, redcaps take advantage and run wild, and two sinfully sexy hellhounds slip through.
The redcaps are easily wrangled, the shades are mildly amusing, but the hellhounds are another thing entirely. They evade capture and remain in the city once the moon sets. Two hounds, with two entirely different agendas. One wants freedom. The other wants to bring about Hell on Earth. And he has help.
I really enjoyed The 5th Wave, although I wasn’t that fond of the main character Cassie. I’m torn about the writing style itself, too – it was beautiful and melodic, which at times sounded too carefully composed to sound natural in their situation, and in my opinion didn’t really fit the setting. Despite that I still enjoyed it, and I do recommend it – I just won’t rush to read the sequel. Not when there are so many other books on my shelf!
My full review will be up tomorrow.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
I’d been wanting to read more of the Master’s books for months, and am so glad I finally got around to it. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was only my second read by him, but already I’ve come to expect a lot of magic from his novels. This book oozed magic, and did the one thing which, I think, proves the greatness of a book: It made me want to write and create something magical. And it left me feeling oddly empty once I was done!
The review should be up in two weeks time… Plenty of time to get my thoughts sorted.
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
What I think I’ll read next
Hell’s Teeth is another book I found on Instagram. Until very recently I thought that I disliked (… *ahem*) vampire stories (I blame Twilight for that), but then I read The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee and it reminded me that vampires can be more predatory than sparkly fairies. Hell’s Teeth was recommended to me by Beverley Lee herself, so how could I not? On top of that it’s a short read, which I definitely fancy after Awaken.
I haven’t read much Urban Gothic, if any, so I’m really looking forward to it for that reason as well.
A third of the human population has been lost.
The wars came, and they created a monster. The Pale, a subhuman, vampire-like drone. Then they lost control.
In the thirty years that followed, humankind sought to rebuild itself within the walls of New Oxford.
But society had become fractured – humans now lived incongruously among Genetic Others, themselves a group of many subspecies.
The most dangerous of them all: the vampires.
Somehow, these groups have managed a peaceful co-existence under the controlling government influence of the Cabal. But that is all about to change…
When Phoebe Harkness receives a phone call in the middle of the night, things take a turn to the horrifying. Her supervisor at Blue Lab One, a high-security research facility, has gone missing.
And all that is left behind: her teeth.
Dr Harkness now finds herself in a race against time to stop further bloodshed and uncover the mystery behind the victims of this horrific crime. She must navigate the dark underworld of the vampire community, without becoming someone’s prey herself…
But she is not alone – on her side, against all odds, is another vampire. Together they must fight for answers before it’s too late…
Hell’s Teeth is the gripping first instalment of the urban gothic Phoebe Harkness series. It follows the young doctor as she stalks through the corrupt dystopia of New Oxford.
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!