Posts Tagged ‘sapphire blue’

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.


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.


This week could more easily have been described as “listening roundup” as I’ve been listening more than reading – or rather I have been listening and reading along on my brand spanking new Kindle Fire.

Here is what I have been reading and listening to this past week. 

I recently finished Siege and Storm in both Kindle and Audible by Leigh Bardugo, the followup to Shadow and Bone.  To be honest I was rather disappointed in this book.  I loved the Russian-style setting of the first book, and my enjoyment of this continued into the second book.  However, I found the pacing of this second book rather slow.  After a promising start, the story slows down to a crawl.  It also annoys me when young protagonists suddenly find themselves in a leadership position with no training or experience, just because they have some unrelated power.  

On a positive side some new and very interesting characters were introduced, especially Sturmhond.  Also the ending picked up again dramatically and I will certainly read the final book in the Grisha trilogy to see how it all ends.

I listened to Graceling by Kristin Cashore from Audible which was marked as a full cast production.  I have to say it really irritated me. Clearly the cast wasn’t in the room at the same time, so there was a pause waiting on the next person speaking.  That really threw me out of the story.

This week I was also directed to the Gem trilogy by German author Kerstin Gier.  Originally written in German, it is set in London and tells the story of Gwyneth, a young girl whose family carries a time travelling gene.  Thanks @katytastic for the recommendation.  I LOVED this book.  Gwyneth is a fun character, and for the audiobook Marisa Calin’s narration really brings it to life.  I particularly appreciated that, unlike her cousin, Gwyneth hasn’t been inducted into the family’s secrets, so we learn at the same time she does, often by her mistakes.

I have finished the audiobook for the sequel, Sapphire Blue, and also started the German ebook of Smaragdgrun (Emerald Green).  The English translation of the book doesn’t come out til October and I don’t want to wait that long!  My husband must be irritated that I have my headphones on the whole time listening to it.

I have also started to read/listen to Brandon Sanderson’s The Rithmatist.  It’s early days yet, but so far so good.

Added to my Library this week

  • Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier – both Kindle and Audible formats
  • Smaragdgruen by Kerstin Gier – Kindle format (Amazon Germany)
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore – both Kindle and Audible formats
  • Infinity Blade by Brandon Sanderson – Kindle format
  • Blood Skies by Stephen Montano – Kindle format

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