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What I’m currently reading
It’s Halloween month and I’ve never read or seen this classic, so how could I not? :3 I was worried that the writing style would be difficult to follow since it’s quite an old book now and some older novels can be tough, but I’m finding it easy to read. There are some parts I’m not sure about, mostly Mina’s journal entries before her events catch up with Jonathan’s, but other than that I’m really enjoying it. I’m excited to see the film, too, but I’ll wait with that until I’ve finished the book.
The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker’s Draculaprobes deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England—an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his “Master”—culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries.
I’m taking a break from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers this month to read up on my occult theory (it’s Halloween month, after all). I’m not sure if this links to the same copy if I’m honest, because I can’t find the copy I have on Goodreads or Amazon (it’s an old book – I’ve borrowed the copy I have from my library) and the title is slightly different on this one (also the blurb on Goodreads is in a language I can’t read, so that doesn’t help).
I’m not very far into it but it’s certainly interesting and is adding lots of future research material to my list!
What I recently finished reading
Well, the ending destroyed what the rest of the book hadn’t already, as expected two weeks ago 😀 This was good. I won’t go into detail now because my review is up tomorrow, but yes, this was excellent.
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
I didn’t read this right away because I needed a moment after Illuminae, but took two days to read Cole by Liz Meldon first. Gemina didn’t hurt as much as Illuminae (or maybe I’m just dead to it now, that’s entirely possible), but I still enjoyed it and am dying for Obsidio to be published now. Long wait, though :/
My review for Gemina will be on here next week.
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
This was a perfect little read between Illuminae and Gemina. Light, fluffy, witty, and just what I needed to heal my heart after Illuminae destroyed it and before Gemina did the same!
I won’t say too much now because I’ve already reviewed it last week, but if you’re after a feel-good erotic romance, then this series is for you!
Skye Summers: Gainfully employed university grad, cat servant, leftover sushi connoisseur…
Sugar baby falling hard and fast for two men.
Still reeling from her steamy encounter with Finn, Skye has a tidal wave of feelings to decode when the snarky billionaire shows up on her doorstep with a bouquet of chocolate roses. Oh, and a declaration that if she and Cole aren’t a real couple outside of their sugar daddy contract, then Finn is coming after her heart—hard.
And, honestly, Skye doesn’t hate his enthusiasm. In fact, she finds Finn and his wit rather charming.
Her suppressed feelings for sugar daddy Cole, however, refuse to quit. Even if they left things a little awkward after Finn’s party, four years of blossoming love aren’t easy to forget.
But when Cole waltzes into her usual Wednesday evening yoga class, looking gorgeous as ever, Skye finally learns that her feelings might not be so one-sided…
What I think I’ll read next
My Spook-tober reading list is full of scary reads! 😀 I read The Manningtree Account earlier this year and was excited to receive a signed copy of this extended edition from the author <3
1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.
Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.
2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.
Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
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