July In Reading

Yup… I know it’s October (just) and I’m totally, totally behind on posting my monthly book round-ups on here but trust me, I will be caught up by the end of this month. I actually read these books in August so technically this should be in another post but hey, who cares, it’s my blog and I’ll do as I like. Neerrrrr.

Side note, check out my totally new area to take pictures in, and how brightly lit everything is! I picked up some lights from Amazon with the leftover money we raised with moving and I really like them, they’re so easy to use and pack down really well which is a great benefit when you have such a small amount of space for two people to live in as it is – let alone all of the books we have between us.

But yeah, I think I’ll be doing a post about my blog set-up another time, but onto the books for now:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Have I mentioned how much of a doll Maas is lately? I met that women at a book signing here in Cardiff and she was loveliest person ever. We had this one and the first book from her Throne of Glass series signed and I was more excited to read this one if I’m honest with you. Call me smitten for a book that’s based on (kind of) a fairy tale but this just scream ‘you’ll love me’ when I was reading the blurb. I actually started reading this in the queue to meet Maas and really was hooked within the first couple of pages but for some reason I just couldn’t get into this book for the longest time after the first couple of chapters and it spent a ridiculously long amount of time being moved between my work bag and whatever handbag I seemed to be using at the time.

The bit on the back reads as follows:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

This is a reworking of the classic beauty and the beast tale with a bit of something else mixed in. I really liked the world that Maas painted between the mortals and those with power in different realms but the love story wound me up. I don’t know if was uneven storytelling or that fact that I kept stopping and starting this book but I somehow missed a bit in the middle and got totally confused about Feyre’s intentions towards the end and whatever is going on with Tamlin and that took a lot of enjoyment out of the book for me.

I like Maas and am really enjoying the other series she has written but I’m not 100% on reading the next book in the series of this one, but if I see it on the shelf in the library I wouldn’t pass it up.

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Apparently there’s this thing called a library where you can check out quite a few books at a time, read them, and then give them back when you’re done. So if you didn’t like a book you don’t feel crappy about buying it and then it gathering dust on your bookshelf forever, oh and if you discover a new book and really enjoy it you can probably get ahold of the next one in the series quickly and at no cost. Oh my god… why haven’t been using a library since school?

There’s a massive library in the centre of Cardiff and I do admit I went to town in the YA section, as that genre is like candyfloss to me – it’s so bad for my reading diet but damn it so good to read anyway. I feel like I should be tucking into modern classics in my twenties but stuff it, gimme a good YA series any day. I don’t care if I’m twenty-five or fifty I will be digging around in that section of the library hunting out chick-lit to fill my afternoons.

Yeah, back from that tangent.

I read the first one in this series way, way back at the beginning of the year I think. Because I wasn’t mega into that book I was quite reluctant to part with my cash for the next two in the series but me being me I can’t stand not reading a complete trilogy or anything like that simply because – I have to give it a chance. I sat down to read A Million Suns and I was soon sucked back into life on the good ship Godspeed. Wah, this suddenly got so much better than what I was expecting!

This book follows Ender and Amy as they figure out what the hell is going on on Godspeed and try to find their way to new Earth – whilst dealing with a ship full of people who’ve recently gone cold turkey.

This book slowed down, sped up and then slowed down again. It was a decent read actually and worked really well as a taster onto the last book in the series. I still don’t ship the two main characters because they’re things that annoy me about the both of them but the story moved along at a decent pace even though it wasn’t exactly an easy pattern to follow. The action happens, things change and you find out more about the ship and their journey to the new Earth – which is what I wasn’t expecting because I thought I’d found everything out in the first book.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Oh hello last book in this series, nice to meet you, sorry for being totally unprepared for how awesome you were really as when I opened your first page I just thought you were going to be your standard end of trilogy book that tied up some loose ends… how wrong was I!

I was really surprised by this book, as you can probably tell. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did in the end, mainly because it finally answered all of those questions that were totally getting on my nerves in the other two novels in the series. It bugs me when you can start a series and then spend the majority of the book being frustrated that you’re not going to get any answers to the questions you have until the very end – it’s a proper pain in the bum.

Luckily sitting through the first two books weren’t that bad and I wasn’t twiddling my thumbs waiting for answers like I have been with other series – a bonus.

Amy and Ender have made it to the new planet and are preparing to achieve Godspeed’s initial mission. It all seems pretty rosy until the ‘frozens’ are woken up, including Amy’s parents. Soon you start to find out that everything isn’t as it seems (again) and you find some of the answers to a few things that were lain down at the very beginning of the first book.

I liked the end to this story, there was adventure without it being annoying as the adults seemed to take everything over and the main two characters still had a major role even though the plot was transitioning so rapidly. I’m glad I carried on with reading this trilogy instead of abandoning it and was quite happy to spend a rainy afternoon turning pages.

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

I love a Peter Grant novel and always save them for a rainy day or an excuse to get out of a reading slump. I’ve already got the most recent book in the series as I spotted it in a Waterstones during the week I moved to Wales and decided to reward myself with it because a) it’s hard work moving house, b) it was a signed copy and c) it was finally out in paperback – I’d only been waiting half a year!

I recently found it when reading a Doctor Who media text book that Ben Aaronovitch who writes this series used to write on old school Who episodes, so I’m totally sold on buying more books of his and keeping with this series regardless, especially after the twist in this one…

This instalment followed Peter Grant as he continues to become involved with the hidden worlds happening beneath the streets of London whilst keeping his day job of investigating all of the fishy goings-on in partnership with the London Met police force. Peter, pal Leslie and trusty dog sidekick Toby go undercover in a housing estate when they uncover something suspicious… and that’s pretty much it for this book. I don’t want to give too much away as if you’ve read this far into the series already you’ll how much everything changed and I beg of you to check the first book out Rivers of London if you’ve not heard of any of these books because they’re a great series to become invested in.

Personally, I hate crime or ‘whodunnit’ novels but I treasure this series, I think that should be a selling point within itself.

How many books have you read this month? Are you really behind like me? Let me know in the comments.