I struggled with reading in February, I was stuck in a February and reading slump. Frustratingly, I have to send the Hamilton biography back to the library before I’ve finished it because someone has reserved it. The major problem with library books is that they tend to hardbacks and therefore a pain to lug around to read and other people reserve them before you get to finish them. I had that book on reserve for a year so rather than reserve it again and have the same thing happen, I’m going to have to bite the bullet and buy the damn book….
Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake (library book)
I was really looking forward to this book but I didn’t care about the three queens at all. I wanted to know more about the world but I didn’t care who did well, who didn’t and what would happen.
The Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johansen (library book)
I didn’t much care for the middle book and while I enjoyed this better and liked the resolution, which was a bit of a surprise. I’m still not sure, so much of it didn’t fit right. The joy of the first book was that it felt like a fully imagined world but that sense was diluted in the other two books. I don’t know there was stuff that didn’t seem to fit right. I can’t quite work it out.
Diablo Lake: Moonstruck- Lauren Dane (borrowed)
Diablo Lake: Protected – Lauren Dane (borrowed)
I read both of these one after the other and I liked them, I also liked that while the immediate problems of the couples in each book are solved, the happy ever afters require work and while the first ends with marriage, the second while heading there doesn’t. Although both stories are similiar, they aren’t identical. I think this series has an overarching issue and I’m looking forward to the next one because I want to work out what is going on.
How to Charm a Naughty Countess – Theresa Romain (Kindle TBR)
I’ve had this sitting in my TBR for ages and I’m glad I got to it. Virgin hero who has panic attacks and struggles to read people socially with an experienced, socially popular heroine, was a role reversal and a welcome one. Although I did get annoyed that they just didn’t use their words while also completely understanding why they didn’t.
This is the Grace Lent book and read it quite quickly. It’s given me some stuff to think about and I’ll re-read during Lent.
Devil in Spring – Lisa Kleypas (bought)
I was really looking forward to this book and read it in a day. Some things I liked, Pandora is the one that doesn’t want to get married, Gabriel is lovely but very flawed and overall the compromises that both of them are ready to make to marry and make that work, Pandora’s family support, Sebastian and Evie from The Devil in Winter, the use of the phrase ‘kiss like a pirate’. What I didn’t quite like was the departure the book took into mystery and preventing terrorism. I don’t need my historical romance to do that and I was far more interested in seeing the two of them work out how to be married and communicate as equals (Gabriel wasn’t good at that!). Also at times the book read like it had been lifted from a tour guide, I didn’t need the over explaining of Sussex, something I notice Klepas does a lot in all her books but I’m guessing that’s for people not from the UK.Overall though, I’m happy and I did make the good book noise.
A Conjuring of Light – V. E. Schwab (bought)