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WWW Wednesday 5th July 2017

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WWW Wednesday

Friends, I read so many books on holiday <3 Prepare yourselves!

I’m trying to catch up with all my reviews 😛 I’m not usually this far behind but then I don’t usually go on holiday. All being well everything will be reviewed on Goodreads by the beginning of next week.

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

The Caves of Steel

I bought this book over a year ago and it’s a classic, so I figured it was about time I got to it! This is my second read by Asimov and I think I enjoy this one even more… It’s really hard to put this down. I wasn’t sure whether I’d like the writing style because of how old it is, but it’s very easy to read and if anything its age makes it more incredible. The things Asimov envisioned! I’m really glad I picked this up now. It’s so good, friends <3 Even if I have no idea how to prounce Lije.

Blurb:

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov’s Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the “R” stood for robot–and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

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What I recently finished reading

Norma Jean’s School of Witchery: Book 1: Jewel

Unfortunately this didn’t work for me. Jewel’s life was a little too perfect to be believable (perfect mum, perfect adoptive parents, perfect group of friends, perfect first day at a new school, all of the talent) and as a result I found it hard to connect with her. I hate reviewing books I didn’t enjoy but I hope I was helpful rather than discouraging. My review is up on Goodreads now if you’re interested.

Blurb:

Jewel has a problem. She’s in a witch school and can’t get the most basic spells to work. Her true magical talents must remain hidden. That might be hard to do with a killer on the loose. Murder, mayhem, and magic with a little romance along the way.

 

The Dragon Sleeps

This was the first of my five holiday reads (I told you we’d be here a while! 😛 ) and I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read mystery in a long time but I’m glad I picked this up.

My review is on my blog tomorrow and later today on Goodreads so I won’t say too much now, but if you’re a fan of light-hearted murder mysteries (I say light-hearted because it didn’t scare the wits out of me) then this is for you!

Blurb:

A Dragon statue. An ancient sword.

What treasure is worth killing for?

It’s 1927 in Victoria, Australia. A hedonistic time after the Great War
when young people knew they could enjoy life without the threat of war hanging over them. A time when women have more options opened to them.

There is a weekend house party at Thornton Park and Alexandra Thornton thinks it will be a good time to break the news to her father that she wants to be an antiques dealer, like him, her grandfather and great-grandfather before her.

Only a small number of people are invited. Amongst the guests are Zhang Huo,
the Chinese antiques dealer who, with his son, has brought a Ming dragon statue from China for Thomas Thornton.

Benedict Archer, who is manager of Thornton Antiques in Melbourne and who has
been secretly helping Alexandra learn more about her family business, is also invited. Alexandra asks Benedict and Edith Blackburn, her friend since childhood, to be with her when she approaches her father.

When Edith claims that Benedict is in love with her, Alexandra can’t believe it.
In all the time they’d been at Thornton Antiques together, he’d never said
a word. Now, Alexandra looks at him differently.
Can it be true?

Then a body found in the orchard and, before the weekend is over, a priceless artefact is stolen. Alexandra is determined to discover how these things are connected to the Ming dragon and the antiques her great-grandfather brought
with him from Hong Kong so many years ago.

What secret has remained hidden atThornton Park for the last eight years?

Reflections

I was really excited for my second holiday read, and I wasn’t disappointed. This was my second read by Morgan and again I’m amazed that she’s self-published. Take notes, writers! This is how you do it!

I loved Rama, and loved seeing her grow in every respect. This was character development done extremely well, friends <3 It was so easy to root for her, and I’m thrilled with how the book ended.

Blurb:

“Rama would trade almost anything for the chance to become someone else, even for a little while.”

In the small, rural town of Aldale, West Virginia, Ramachandra “Rama” Ganeshan wants nothing more than to avoid dressing rooms for the rest of her life. After a brutal assault destroys her confidence and self-esteem, she yearns to be someone else . . . someone pretty, popular, and loved—until multiple girls in town are found murdered.

After stumbling across her beautiful classmate’s body and a terrifyingly familiar face in the murderer, Rama encounters a group of shapeshifters who know more of the killings than they let on.

Only by earning the shapeshifters’ trust and becoming one of them will Rama be able to help serve justice.

But first, she must learn to love herself and confront her painful past—and find the courage to investigate the violence.

Victor

I really enjoyed Awakening so I had high hoped for Victor. It’s a spin-off series to the main series, and while I liked the book it didn’t work quite as well for me. Entirely my fault – I thought it was an erotic novella, when it was actually a novel and didn’t get steamy until the second half.

I’ll finish the Promiscus Guardians series first before I come back to the spin-off, partly because I don’t want to risk spoilers.

Blurb:

**A companion series to Promiscus Guardians series and standalone paranormal romance** 

Lilly Hughes, pureblood witch and Guardian-in-training, has worked arduously the last three years to become the best Guardian in her class in hopes of securing a position on Lucas Easton’s team, the highest coveted position in the Guardians and the team her late mother was a member of. However, she suffers from a dangerously clumsy nature that threatens to make that dream just that, a dream. 

Until she meets Victor, supervising angel to Lucas Easton’s team and active member on the Promiscus Guardian council. He’s an angel with a gentlemanly demeanor and incredible looks that immediately turns her bad luck for good. Or does he? His gentle nature is hiding a dark secret, a past that Lilly has been desperate to know since she was told of how her mother perished in a mission. 

What is Victor’s connection to it? How can she control these subsurface desires for the one man who might hold the key to her future and the secret behind her mother’s death? Will it ultimately lead to tragedy?

The Gateway

I’m afraid this is the second book in a short time that didn’t work for me :/ Reviewing books I didn’t like is so hard, because I don’t want to be discouraging. There was a lot of potential, but I think what it needed more than anything was an editor. The dialogue was unnatural and didn’t flow well, there was a lot of unnecessary information thrown in, and the scenes that should have packed a punch and/or were huge plot developments were summarised in short paragraphs, and therefore didn’t convey the excitement they should have done. It felt more like a first draft to me, and I don’t think it was ready to be published. A huge shame, too, because the idea was great!

Blurb:

On the morning of Monday March 3, 2059 in a laboratory located on the University of Chicago campus in Chicago, Illinois, world renowned physicist, 38-year-old Dr. Richard Caulman and his colleagues Dr. Lawrence Jones and Dr. Jonathan Reynolds are about to initiate the inaugural test of Dr. Caulman’s revolutionary dimensional gateway. Dr. Caulman believes that if his gateway works properly it will revolutionize the way people travel and eliminating the need for any kind of transportation..

Upon initiating the gateway, Dr. Reynolds realizes that they didn’t instruct the gateway to open in California, which was their intention. Unfortunately for Dr. Caulman, the gateway has opened on another planet located in another dimension.

Before Dr. Caulman is able to close the gateway, six humanoids accompanied by six creatures emerge from the other side. What do these humanoids and creatures have in store for the inhabitants of the Earth? Can Dr. Caulman stop whatever it is that they have planned? And will he also be able to protect his wife, Jennifer, and children, Richie and Beth, from the alien threat?

After the humanoids return and reveal their plans for the inhabitants of the Earth, will Dr. Caulman and the other government officials that become involved in defending the planet be able to kill the humanoids and save the planet? …

The Invisible Library

Phew, I made it to my final holiday read! 😀 I work in a library myself and love books (… duh.), so reading about librarians who have their own type of magic and travel to parallel worlds to collect rare books and kick butt was bliss. Also, there are dragons.

I won’t rush to read the sequel because it sounds like it features different characters altogether, and I’ve fallen in love with this now. I will get to it eventually, just not right now.

Blurb:

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

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What I think I’ll read next

Never Let Me Go

This isn’t one of my more recent purchases, but I’ve had my eye on it for a while. I kept reading the first paragraph in my library to see if I’d like it, and it just flows so well and drew me in immediately even though it’s not my usual genre. I’m getting through The Caves of Steel pretty quickly, so I’m hoping to start this early next week.

Blurb:

As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

I think there may be an ARC coming my way, though, so plans might change!

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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!

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4 Comments

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      I can definitely recommend it, Laurel 🙂 My review is on Goodreads now and will be here tomorrow, if you want to know more!

  1. I’ve had the follow up to the Invisible Library sitting for ages but have never gotten around to reading it. I was pretty sure it was the same characters though (and possibly more dragons)? Is it not?

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