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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is the sweet story of the romance between two misfit teens, Eleanor and Park.  Neither of them fit in easily with their classmates; Eleanor because of her quirky appearance and Park because of his half Asian heritage in a predominantly white Omaha community.  While Eleanor’s homelife is desperate and downright dangerous, Park comes from a loving and supportive family.  When Eleanor sits beside Park on the school bus a sweet, beautifully written romance ensues.

I read this after coming out of my post-Allegiant emotional hangover and it was the perfect antidote.  Despite the terrible family situation in which Eleanor finds herself, the bright spot in her life provided by her friendship with Park is truly heartwarming.

What I liked

The characterisation.  The novel is written from the dual viewpoints of Park and Eleanor, and both are beautifully and evocatively drawn, each with his or her own concerns and issues.  The characters feel very alive, and it is very easy to root for both of them.  Rowell has a real knack for making her characters seem real people.  

The romance.  The love story between our two protagonists is beautifully and sweetly drawn.  It starts off very slowly but gradually the relationship develops between the pair.  It seems very real, with a solid base on friendship and a shared love of music and comics and the progression to love is wonderfully done.  I loved that when Eleanor’s world comes crashing down towards the end, Park is there for her as much as a friend as a boyfriend, even though it had a personal cost for him.

The narration.  I listened to this in audio format and both Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra did an excellent job.

Here’s a sample

What I didn’t like

There was nothing I didn’t enjoy about Eleanor & Park and will certainly pick up more of Rowell’s books.  I gave Eleanor & Park four and a half stars out of five

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When I finished Allegiant I really couldn’t decide if it was a brilliant piece of writing or a garbled mess.  However, given that I had a major emotional book hangover and couldn’t face picking up another book for several days, I’m going for the “brilliant piece of writing.”  For those of you concerned about my mental wellbeing, I was rescued from the emotional depths by Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, a sweet story of first love, so that in a couple of days I may actually be ready to go back to The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.   So, onto Allegiant.  It is difficult, if not impossible, to review Allegiant without spoilers, so please join me after the cut once you have read the book.

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I think my reading of House of Hades must have infected me with some demigod ADHD because I am trying to read no fewer than four books at the same time.  Sigh.  So many great books, so little time.

I couldn’t decide what audiobook to listen to at work so I used a random number generator to help me choose.  The selection landed on The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March.  For those of you who don’t know, this is set in the same world as Finding Colin Firth but written and set earlier.  So far I’m enjoying it – I loved the setting and the characters are relatable.   A full review will come shortly.

After listening to a few chapters though I realised I was more in the mood for some YA dystopia, so I picked up Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds.  I’d been hooked by the preview on Bracken’s website and I am continuing to enjoy it.  Ruby seems an interesting, if damaged character, and I look forward to reading more of her story.  Again, expect a full review soon.

I had been asked to review Paul Levine’s State vs. Lassiter so I have added it to this week’s TBR.  I’ve not yet started it, but I will of course share my thoughts with you.

This week is Allegiant week of course, and I have added it to my library.  I’m hearing that this doesn’t follow the usual YA dystopian mould, which has angered some fans.  I have this in both Audible and ebook formats, but will primarily read it rather than listen to it as I’m really not fond of the narrator for this series.  However, the audio format will allow me to continue to follow the story while I wait for tickets to come in at work.  You can expect my review in due course.

Reading Roundup – 11th October 2013Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat
Series: Doctor Who
Genres: Sci-Fi
Format: Blu Ray DVD
Starring: Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt
Length: 75 minutes
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five-stars

However, my one big obsession this week has been Doctor Who.  The trailer for the 50th anniversary special, Day of the Doctor, was released and looks absolutely stunning.  I really can’t wait to see this, although as I am working, I will not be able to join other Who fans in the cinema.  David Tennant and Matt Smith are both very easy on the eye, and are both wonderful actors.  Add John Hurt into the mix as an intriguing new “Doctor” and this is made of win.

Now, while I am not a dyed in the wool Whovian, I do love the show – it’s one of the few for which I have bought all seasons on iTunes (at least for New Who – from the 2005 reboot on).  I love its mixture of scary, funny and touching, and the writing and acting are usually excellent.  I am particularly invested in the Doctor’s relationship with River Song, thanks to the acting talents of Matt Smith and Alex Kingston.

Despite adoring New Who, I’ve not really paid much attention to Classic Who since hiding behind my parents’ sofa from the Daleks as a child.  Like most Brits above a certain age, I strongly identify with one of the Classic Doctors; for me Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor) was the Doctor, he of the long scarf and toothy grin.  As part of the tributes to the show for it’s 50th anniversary year BBC America and Space in Canada are showing half hour documentaries focusing on each of the Doctor’s incarnations  which is then paired with a classic episode from that Doctor’s era.  I have watched from the First to the Ninth Doctors and it is fascinating to see how the character has developed.  Tor also has an excellent series on each of the Doctors and their best episodes.

I’m also looking forward to An Adventure in Space and Time, a documentary behind the creation of Doctor Who in which David Bradley of Harry Potter/Game of Thrones fame takes on the role of William Hartnell who played the first Doctor.  That sounds as if it will be a great insight into what went on.

This has all whetted my appetite for all things Doctor-y, so I have been spending my week when not working or reading watching Doctor Who videos online.  I have ordered the Doctors Revisited DVDs so I look forward to those.

Added to my library this week

Other than Allegiant, I’ve not added anything to my library this week.

I did put a hold on a couple of audiobooks from the library. The first of these is Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park.  I’m hearing this is a wonderfully sweet , beautifully written teen romance.  It’s not my usual genre, so when I saw it was available from the library, I thought I would borrow it first.  It’s not yet available for me, but once I do get round to listening to it, I’ll let you know what I think.

The second one I placed on hold was Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver.  Again I will let you know what I think.

So what has been your obsession this week?  Let me know in the comments.

Mad About the Boy is Helen Fielding’s return to her heroine Bridget Jones after a break of 15 years.  It is very difficult, if not impossible, to review Mad About the Boy without including spoilers, so if you have not read the book and do not want to be spoiled, please go away, read the book and come back later.  We’ll be waiting.

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House of Hades is the fourth, and presumably, the penultimate in Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series.  It continues the story of the seven demigods who are prophesied to work together to prevent the earth goddess Gaea from rising and populating the earth with her giants, presumably a VERY BAD THING.

The overall impression I had was that House of Hades was Mark of Athena part II.  It follows on directly from and continues the plot points from the previous book.  In it the demigods continue to work on the task assigned to them in MoA – to close the Doors of Death. Books one and two form a pair – Jason and Percy’s swap – and so books three and four as well.  Riordan has cleared the decks so to speak for the final push in book five, Blood of Olympus.

I also had the strong feeling that this is Riordan preparing to say goodbye to the world of Percy Jackson.  As far as I understand, his next project is a new series based on Norse mythology (Yeah!  Loki!  Odin!  Thor!  Sign me up for that!).  Annabeth and Percy’s trip through Tartarus is pretty much a Percy and Annabeth’s Greatest Hits medley as they re-encounter monsters they’ve met in previous books and reminisce.  (As an aside, if you’ve not read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, it is worth reading it before House of Hades so that you can pick up the references more easily.)

What I liked

Each demigod gets the chance to shine.  House of Hades has point of view narration from each of the seven demigods mentioned in the Prophecy of Seven, Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel and Leo.  Each of them has at least one section where they alone really kick ass and take names.  They all get some kind of “level up” and emotional development in this book.  As an aside though, for me Jason’s real heroic moment comes in his unexpectedly sensitive handling of Nico’s crisis not when he’s fighting monsters.

The comedy. These books are laugh out loud funny.  I just adore Riordan’s humour (Percy and Annabeth jumping out of their skins at a sweet little kitten!)

Greek/Roman mythology.  I do love Greek/Roman mythology and Riordan has a real knack for giving it a wonderful twist.

Nico’s storyline.  Kudos to Riordan for handling this in a beautiful and sensitive way.

What I disliked

There was nothing I disliked about House of Hades.  It’s a great, fun read.

My predictions for book five, Blood of Olympus

Normally, I’m really lousy at predicting what’s going to happen in future books.  I’m far better in hindsight.  My guess is the secret to defeating Gaea is the resolution of the conflict between Greeks and Romans.  That was Hera’s endgame when she started off this whole scenario by swapping Percy and Jason.  I think this refers to both the conflict between Camps Jupiter and Half Blood as well as the conflict between the Greek and Roman aspects of the gods.  The Athena Parthenon is clearly the key to the former, and I suspect it will have a major influence on the latter.  Fire or storm is referenced in the HoH as the two aspects of one of the minor gods and I would be surprised if that’s not the key to the prophecy – “to fire or storm the world must fall”.  I also expect that the demigods will have misinterpreted at least part of the Prophecy of Seven.

I believe all seven of our demigods will survive.  Nico though, I expect to die in a blaze of glory, making some kind of sacrifice for the one he loves.

What do you think will happen in Blood of Olympus?

Let me know in the comments.

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As I am moving onto a month of nightshift work this week, I will be primarily listening to audiobooks.  I’ve used Amazon’s Matchmaker page to pair up some of the books in my TBR with Audible books so I might be able to get through some of them.

This week has been more of a re-reading week in preparation for some upcoming new releases.  The first of these was Sapphire Blue from Kerstin Gier’s Gem Trilogy.

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I have read all three books in the Gem Trilogy, although the third one I read in German some while ago – I shared my thoughts in my Emerald Green review.  My German is good, but I’m sure I’ll have missed a few things, so I am looking forward to reading Anthea Bell’s translation which is excellent.  Having compared the translations of the two earlier books, she has really captured Gwyneth’s spirit and humour.  As it’s been a while, I’m rereading Sapphire Blue to refresh my memory before jumping into Emerald Green.  I’d forgotten just how adorable Gwyneth is!

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 544 pages
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Next week the third and final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, Allegiant, is released, so once again I did a reread.  I loved the continuation of Tris’ story, and also learning more about some of the other factions.  It was interesting that it raised questions that were only glossed over in Divergent.  Just what IS beyond the fence?  I am very much looking forward to Allegiant, as I’m sure many of you are too.  One of the themes of the trilogy is choice and how it affects your life.  I wonder what choices Tris will have to make in book three?  Roth has said that part of Tris’ journey is learning when and when not to make the ultimate sacrifice.  She chose not to die in Insurgent, which makes me rather worried for her fate in Allegiant…

Another trilogy I’m pretty excited about is Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing.  For those of you unfamiliar with this series, it’s a YA dystopian series in a similar vein to The Hunger Games.  Check out my review.  Book one was released earlier this year and I’m really looking forward to book two.  Charbonneau left our protagonist in a very interesting place and I’m interested in seeing how it progresses.  If the trilogy’s Facebook page gets over 1000 likes, the publisher will release an excerpt of book two, Independent Study.  I encourage you to go and click, and while you’re at it, if you could Like Scottish Bookworm in Quebec’s FB page too, that would be fantastic.

Added to my library this week

Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope in Audible format.  I saw that this is being narrated by Kate Reading, one of my favourite narrators, so I just had to snap that up in preorder.  This is Trollope’s updating of Austin’s Sense and Sensibility, and having loved Bernie Su’s vlog updates of Pride and Prejudice and Emma, I’m intrigued to see how Trollope does this.

Also in Audible format, I picked up Hades Daughter, Book 1 of Sarah Douglass’s The Troy Game.  I loved the series, even though it didn’t get the greatest of reviews.  It’s worth checking out in Kindle format as only the first book is available on Audible.

I also added Prodigy, book two of Marie Lu’s Legend series in both Audible and Kindle formats as well as Never Fade, the sequel to Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds, also in both Audible and Kindle formats.

This week I discovered Amazon’s Matchmaker page which shows which books in your library can be paired up with Audible books at a (considerably) reduced cost.  It’s definitely worth checking out.

What books are you planning to read this week or have you used the Matchmaker page?  Let me know in the comments.

So Amazon has finally released the new Kindle Fire HDXs internationally, including Canada.  It will ship in late November.  While it’s great that we only had to wait a month after our US cousins, I did notice however that one of the major new innovations for the HDX is not available in Canada – there is no mention of the MayDay button…  MayDay is available in the UK.  Presumably the French language requirement is preventing its being available in Canada.

There are still no movies available to Canadians, no Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and no Kindle Freetime, which is now being offered to other international purchasers.  Still at least we Canadians now have the opportunity to check out the device.  I will, of course, report back on it once I receive it.

One Great Year tells the story of lovers Marcus and Theron and spurned suitor Helghul who are from the lost world of Atitala (Atlantis).  Marcus and Theron take on the role of Emissary, spiritual guide and leader to guide the world through One Great Year, the countless millennia while the world moves from a dark Iron Age to turn once again to a Golden Age.  Helghul acts as the counterbalance to this goal.  

After the initial setup, for a good three quarters of this book I became increasingly frustrated and disengaged.  My biggest issue was that I really, really didn’t like the protagonist, Marcus.  He starts off the book as whiny and self absorbed, unable to look beyond the separation from his love.  Several millennia and several cyclical regenerations later, the book finds him still whiny, still self absorbed and still obsessed with Theron.  What made it worse for me was his neglect of his sacred duty as Emissary – I had the impression that, as far as he was concerned, the world could turn to custard if he could be with his Theron.  I became really frustrated at the lack of character development for Marcus.  

In terms of the other two main characters, Theron was portrayed as goodness personified, so there was much less scope for character development from her side.  Helghul was your stereotypical evil overlord, except that I was frustrated that no solid reason for his actions were given at first.  Rarely does evil do evil for evil’s sake, or at least those who do make singularly uninteresting villains.  Usually, there is some solid reason, such as a desire for power or revenge.

Having said all that, this is all turned around in the last quarter of the book.  The underlying themes and character arcs that had been building slowly finally came to the fore and elevated One Great Year from a mediocre YA romance to a well written, thought provoking narrative.  I still can’t say I like Marcus any better, but I can appreciate his interesting character arc.

What I liked

The concept.  I loved the basic concept of our characters being guides to lead the world through a cycle of a dark age.  I also felt it was very well executed.  

Interesting themes.  Some of the themes explored in One Great Year are fascinating – these include, among others, the cosmic Balance, choice and free will, the cyclical nature of history and our world.

What I didn’t like

The slow character development and pacing.  See above comments.

One Great Year is a book with which you may need to persevere.  I personally felt the payoff in the last quarter of the book was worth it and gave One Great Year four stars out of five. 

My Eight Top Audible narrators

Posted: October 14, 2013 in Miscellaneous
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As many of you know, I am a big fan of audiobooks.  I find though that I am very sensitive to the quality of the narrator.  Much of the time I will choose whether to buy a book in Audible format or Kindle format based on the Audible sample.  A great narrator can bring a whole extra dimension to a book, and so I thought I’d share some of my favourite narrators with you.

James Marsters

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files is narrated by James Marsters whose narrative style fits perfectly the jaded, harassed attitude of Chicago’s only consulting wizard.  He doesn’t do distinct character voices to the extent of some narrators, but when Marsters is narrating he IS Harry Dresden.  This is one series that is definitely best experienced in audio format.  Check out a sample here:

Nathaniel Parker

At the helm of the Artemis Fowl series is Nathaniel Parker.  I’ve grown quite fond of narrators who have different voices for the different characters and Parker is one of the very best.  I adore his Irish accent for Artemis and if memory serves he has even distinguished between an Australian and New Zealand accent.  You can find a sample here

Kate Reading and Michael Kramer

These two narrators are very much linked in my mind because between them they narrate the Wheel of Time series.  An average WoT book is over 30 hours long, so it’s nice to have a switch up of narrator part way through.  I enjoy the voices they give to each character, with Reading’s Seanchan accent being particularly memorable.  Have a listen to this sample.

Marisa Calin

Marisa Calin narrates Kerstin Gier’s Gem trilogy and does a fantastic job.  One of the charms of this series is the main character, Gwyneth’s, spirit and humour and Calin captures that perfectly. 

Khristine Hvam

Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is narrated by Khristine Hvam.  Again this is a series I enjoyed in audio format thanks to Hvam’s wonderful narration.

Simon Vance

The second book in Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer trilogy, The Blinding Knife, is narrated by Simon Vance and was one of the first books I listened to in audio format.  It was partly due to Vance’s excellent narration that I became interested in audiobooks.

Samantha Bond

I came across Bond’s narration through her work on And Furthermore Judi Dench’s autobiography.  She captured very well the warmth and humour of the book.  I saw that she is narrating the new Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, so I switched my preorder from Kindle to Audible.  I think her narration will work very well for the book.

Honourable mention: Roy Dotrice

Although I personally have never enjoyed George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series in audio format, I know he is a fan favourite.  In fact, he is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for having the most character voices for an individual audiobook.  My problem with the SoIaF audiobooks is simply that I got to know the HBO show before listening to the audiobook so Dotrice’s voices no longer match up to my own imagination – for me, Peter Dinklage IS Tyrion.

So, are your favourites on this list?  Who do you enjoy listening to?  Let me know in the comments.

This week on my reading roundup I will be discussing some non-book format but book related content.  The first of these is the movie Rubinrot, which is the German made adaptation of Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red.

Reading Roundup – 11th October 2013Rubinrot (Ruby Red) Movie directed by Felix Fuchssteiner
Series: Gem Trilogy
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Format: Blu Ray DVD 
Starring: Jannis Niewöhner, Maria Ehrich
Length: 122 minutes 
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One of the trilogies I’ve loved most this year has been Kerstin Gier’s Gem trilogy.   I was very excited to hear that they were making a movie of it.  First the practicalities.  I live in Canada, so I was concerned that a Blu Ray bought from Amazon Germany would not play on my North American Blu Ray device.  However Rubinrot is sold region free in Blu Ray (DVD is European region locked).  It also comes with the English dubbed soundtrack.  I had no issues playing it on my Blu Ray player.  

I loved this movie.  The script and casting were excellent.  Maria Ehrich really captures Gwyneth’s humour and spirit.  I found myself liking Jannis Niewöhner’s portrayal of Gideon much more than I liked the character in the book.  Even the smaller roles are perfectly cast – most notable for me were Jennifer Lotzi as Gwyneth’s best friend, Lesley, and Justine del Corte as Madame Rossini.  Both actresses really made me smile with their portrayals of their characters.  

In terms of script, as I mentioned, the scriptwriters have succeeded for me in capturing the essence of our main character, one of the joys of the books.  They did make significant changes to the ending – the book doesn’t have a strong finale as it is intended to be read as a trilogy along with Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green.  This clearly wouldn’t not work in the film medium which needs a strong finish.  They adapted an additional confrontation to increase the drama.  My biggest issue with what they came up with is that it could be seen to foreshadow strongly a major plot twist of Emerald Green left unspoiled in the book.  

All in all this is an excellent movie, easily up to Hunger Games or Harry Potter standards.  If you’re a fan of the books, go check it out.  Clearly, German cinema goers agree with me – the box office returns appear to have been enough to greenlight an adaptation of book two, Sapphire Blue.  I look forward to that one, too!

I gave Rubinrot movie five stars out of five.

Emma Approved

The second non book content I wish to discuss is Emma Approved, the latest offering from the creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.  If you are a Jane Austen aficionado, or even a fan of top notch writing, and are not familiar with the LBD,  stop what you are doing, do not pass Go, do not collect $200, go check it out IMMEDIATELY.  LBD and Emma Approved are transmedia (blog, YouTube, Twitter etc) modernised adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and Emma respectively.  

The first two YouTube videos of Emma Approved aired this week in which we were introduced to Emma Woodhouse, lifestyle coach with a soon to be 20 for 20 success rate, her boss Alex Knightly and latest success story Annie Taylor.  While I was instantly smitten with Knightly, I didn’t warm up to Emma as quickly as I did to Lizzie Bennet.  In the first episode Emma comes across as arrogant, which I found rather off-putting.  By the second episode though her youth and vulnerability begin to show through, which is very endearing.  What I did love from the beginning was the Emma/Knightly dynamic.  One of the main themes of the original Emma is that the “brother” (Knightly) becomes the lover while the obvious love interest (Frank Churchill) ends up as more of a brother figure to Emma.  Our Emma and Knightly clearly have a close bond.  I look forward to seeing where Emma Approved goes.  

One of the strengths of the LBD was in the perfect casting choices made.  From what I’ve seen, this trend continues in Emma Approved.  My calendar is now set for the regular Monday and Thursday vlog posts.   

Dark Children of Naor by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio Genres: Epic Fantasy Format: ARC Pages: 237 pages Buy from Amazon • Kobo • iTunes • four-stars

I received a copy from the author for review.  It tells the story of Jansemi, a young woman whose family has been cursed by pursuit by demons and violent death since her ancestor’s betrayal of her vows to a goddess many generations before. It tells of her family’s history and her attempt to avoid her fate.

This premise was interesting and well executed.  The setup was well done, although at times I wasn’t certain where some of the subplots were going.  The characters were believable and each had their own motivations for aiding or thwarting Jansemi’s actions.  I liked that it wasn’t always clear whose side a particular character was on.

The author is not a native speaker of English and at times there were turns of phrase that weren’t quite natural.  However, this in no way impacted my understanding of the novel and in many ways actually enhanced the otherworldly feel of the book.

What I didn’t enjoy so much was that the novel was veering on the edge of the horror genre, a genre I don’t particularly appreciate.  This was most apparent in the violent, graphic and gory description of the demon’s attacks.

On the whole though this is a good read.  I gave Dark Children of Naor three and a half stars out of five.

Added to my library this week

Hello, my name is Evelynne and I am a bookaholic.  It has been seven days since my last update and I have added nine books to my library since then.  My excuse is, I’m about to start nightshifts again next week and will need some audiobooks to get me through the long nights.

In addition to the preorders of Emerald Green and The House of Hades, I bought The Book Thief by Markus Zusac.  This is not generally the type of book I read, set as it is in Nazi Germany, but I have seen so many positive reviews that I decided to check it out and was instantly charmed by Allan Corduner’s narration.  Here is a sample.   I bought The Book Thief in both Kindle and Audible formats.  

I adored Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, so I gave in and bought the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight in both Kindle and Audible formats.

Another series I’ve heard great things about is Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy.  I picked the first book up, again in both Kindle and Audible formats.  The Whispersync for Voice offers are just too good to pass up.  incidentally, I’ve noticed that Amazon is really promoting this feature – I am getting the add professional narration option when I purchase from the website as well now.

The first five chapters of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder are available free on Amazon, so I picked up that, too.  I understand it’s an updating of the Cinderella tale, but set in space?  I guess I’ll know more once I’ve read the first five chapters!

polandbananasBOOKS recently posted on YouTube her interview with Alexandra Bracken, the author of The Darkest Minds series.  The story tells of child survivors of a plague which leaves them with superhuman powers.  This inspired me to check out the excerpt on Alexandra’s website and I was immediately hooked. In fact I regretted that I am in the middle of so many good books that I couldn’t continue reading immediately.  In any case, The Darkest Minds was added to my library in both Kindle and Audible formats.

This morning I learned that I had won an ARC of Mitch Alborn’s The First Phone Call from Heaven through a GoodReads competition.  I’m excited because, first, I never win ANYTHING and secondly, I enjoyed Alborn’s The Timekeeper so I’m sure I will enjoy this book.

The final book I added to my library this week is The Ruby Brooch by Katherine Logan.  This book came to my attention when the author followed me on Twitter.  The concept seemed interesting – Outlander, but set the old American settler days rather than Scotland – so I picked it up on Kindle.