Reading roundup – 2nd May 2014

Posted: May 2, 2014 in Reading Roundup
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This has been a very quiet week on the reading front.  I’m currently reading/listening to two books; Life after Life by Kate Atkinson and Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.  Both of these are good books, but not enough to drag me away from Lego Lord of the Rings/Hobbit on my Playstation, which I can’t stop playing right now.  This means that I’m probably not going to blog as regularly over the next few weeks while I work that out of my system.  Additionally, I’m planning on marathoning Season 8 of 24 this weekend because JACK IS BACK and I want to catch up before the premiere on Monday.  I hope that if I do take a break I’ll come back to reading more refreshed in a month or two.

I did also pick up a couple of samples to read.  I downloaded a sample of Gameboard of the Gods, the first in the Age of X series by Richelle Mead.  As my readers will know, I adored her Vampire Academy series.  I have to admit the sample I read did not immediately grab me.  With some books I am hooked from the first few pages, with others it takes me a little longer. For Gameboard of the Gods, I didn’t feel the sample was long enough to give me a real sense of the characters and the world in which they live.  It’s also fair to say Vampire Academy didn’t grab me immediately.  I see it’s available in ebook format from my local library so I may read it that way.

One disadvantage (or advantage, depending on your point of view) of eReaders is that it prevents your spying on what fellow commuters are reading during their trip.  One lady on my metro the other day was reading the book whose cover is on the left, Dawn’s Early Light.  Now normally, I am not overly drawn in by covers but that one caught my eye.  First, I was extremely annoyed at the way the female character was portrayed.  Then I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of the sexy outfit with airman’s goggles.  it was enough for me to Google it when I got home and, as I had guessed it is in the steampunk genre.  The blurb sounded fun, so I have downloaded the sample of the first book in the series, Phoenix Rising, and will let you know how I get on.  

Added to my library this week:

I have been very restrained this week.  I only added two books to my library.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (warmly recommended by several booktubers).  This was one sample which did hook me in immediately.  It’s a YA vampire novel, and I picked it up in both Kindle and Audible formats.

The other book I bought, in Audible format, was Rebel Belle.  This is about a Southern teenager, Harper, a very feminine, proper young lady, who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up having to fight evil.  The contrast between Harper’s girly girl side and her having to get her hands dirty being a Paladin promises to be a lot of fun.

That’s all for today.  Have a good week folks!

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