Well, I did much better over the last couple of months, even if I didn’t manage to write an update in March (or write April’s on time either!)… I read seven books during March and April! Still nowhere near where I need to be to complete this challenge, but after a very slow start, I’m feeling a bit more focused :)
Book 3: Magician’s End – Raymond E. Feist
A fabulous ending to this epic series of books that began with Magician, which was always going to be a difficult task with such an established series and set of characters. I am sad to see the end, even though I felt the saga lost focus in the middle (around Books 13-20…!) But, I loved the original books and it really got back to it’s core in the last trilogy. In fact, I think it might be time for a reread of the entire series :)
Book 4: Raven Black – Ann Cleeves
I joined a few other bloggers in reading this book and I really enjoyed it. Set in Shetland it follows the story of a recent murder that has similarities to an unsolved murder some years earlier. Gripping, with a likeable central character, I will definitely read the other books in this series.
Book 5: Poppet – Mo Hayder
I love it when I discover a new author that I really like! I really enjoyed this crime thriller, set in and around a secure psychiatric unit. The ending wasn’t completely unexpected but I really enjoyed the story. Likeable, although flawed characters (the best ones always are); with a taut storyline interweaving two separate crimes.
Book 6: Into the Still Blue – Veronica Rossi
This is the final book in a trilogy that began with Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night. YA dystopian fiction is a favourite of mine and this is a particularly good series. Not quite up to the standard of the Divergent trilogy, but very enjoyable. A slightly rushed ending, but a satisfying one.
Book 7: Birdman – Mo Hayder
Having enjoyed Poppet, I went back to the beginning of the series of Jack Caffery books, and this debut didn’t disappoint. Another great read, disturbing and dark, but fast paced and absorbing.
Book 8: The Treatment – Mo Hayder
The next book in the Jack Caffery series. Another dark storyline, this time a child murder, but again well told with a plot that kept you guessing. The character of Jack Caffery continues to develop; he is flawed and obsessive, but strong and compelling, and I will be reading the rest of the books in this series.
Book 9: The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
I read this for my ‘real-life’ Book Club; the meeting isn’t for another week, but I loved the book and flew through it; the first time I’ve managed to read a Book Club book well in advance of the meeting! An easy and entertaining read, touching on the not so easy subject of Aspergers, it follows the central character Don on his quest to find a wife, using a detailed questionnaire. This, unsurprisingly goes badly, but he meets Rosie; who fails the questionnaire entirely… It doesn’t really hold many surprises, but it is well told and I liked the characters enough to wish for the happy ending.
I am now reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and Seven Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly.