A few days ago, I decided to write about the 6-month reading challenge I set myself. If you click here, you can see what books I read at the beginning of August. Below are the next three books I read that month.
The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen
The Queen of the Tearling is the first book in a trilogy that centres around Kelsea Raleigh, the rightful Queen of the Tearling. The Regent, her slimy uncle, has been trying to have her killed all her life, but Kelsea’s been well hidden.
This book is an introduction to some really interesting characters, and to the Tear and Mort world. It is set in the future, but has echoes of a medieval time. For example, the Harry Potter series is mentioned (I grinned my way through this part of the book – Potterhead for life!) as though it was written ages and ages ago, yet appendicitis is portrayed as a fatal sickness, because medical knowledge and tools have been lost over the years.
Fantasy is by far my favourite genre, and this book did not disappoint. Kelsea is a wonderful character: strong, brave, intelligent and flawed.
Before I go to sleep – S.J. Watson
I usually avoid thrillers, because they terrify me so much that I can’t sleep. I will grudgingly admit that I chose this particular book because of the cover. I was in the airport in Cambodia, down to my last $10, so I decided to buy myself a book. I’d been browsing for ages when a picture of Colin Firth caught my eye. I’ve been a fan of his ever since I watched Bridget Jones’s Diary, so I read the back cover and my interest was really piqued.
This book is about Christine Lucas, a woman suffering from a kind of amnesia. Each morning, she has to be reminded of who she is by her husband, Ben. But something is definitely not quite right.
I couldn’t put this book down. Smart and chilling. I read it in every spare moment and was done in a day and a half. It is brilliantly written and will keep you guessing right to the end. You won’t be able to stop until you have the answers! Kate is a thriller buff, so I lent this to her. Here are her thoughts:
I thought this book was average at best. Due to the writing style, I found that it lacked depth and instead of sympathising with the characters, I got annoyed because it was whiny and repetitive. While I understand what the author was trying to do, I tend to gravitate towards complex plots with multi-layered characters.
Two really different views. Why not give Before I go to sleep a read and decide with whom you agree?
The Invasion of the Tearling – Erika Johansen
The Invasion of the Tearling continues the story of Queen Kelsea, ruler of the Tear people. This book is more about Kelsea’s powers and their development, and we see a lot of growth in her character, too. She changes in both positive and negative ways, and can be both warm-hearted and terrifying. There is a bit of time travel in this novel as well, which I really enjoyed.
Series of books always frustrate me because there is the inevitable waiting. Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Lightbringer Series…SO MUCH WAITING! Hopefully the final book of this series will be released next year!
Be sure to keep an eye out for what I have been reading since then!
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