Here is my reading summary for the week ending 22nd January 2012.
Each week I will give a short summary of the books I have finished and a bit of a blurb for each. I will also give you a sneak peek of all the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time) and I will also share any quotes that catch my eye.
A= Excellent Stuff
B= Really Good Read
D= it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish.
1. This week I have finished:
· Ghoul Interrupted by Victoria Laurie (Paranormal Mystery) – A
The sixth exciting installment of the Ghost Hunters Mystery series finds M.J., Heath and Gilley heading to New Mexico after M.J.’s spirit guide (and Heath’s grandfather), Sam Whitefeather, told her that an evil demon had been released from its prison and was bent on destroying, killing, every Whitefeather on the Pueblo, two have already been killed. The only way to stop it is to kill the person who has released it. Trouble is the Whitefeather tribe members don’t believe a word of it and all sorts of resistance is put up. The spooked up threesome have to do their own sleuthing to track down the evil critter and destroy it before any more Whitefeathers die. Deliciously scary, with the flamboyant Gilley providing the comic relief, the story is gripping and action packed. I am a huge fan of the series and I seem to keep saying at the end of each one – this is the best ever.
- Liverpool Daisy by Helen Forrester (Historical Fiction) – D
This book just wasn’t really my cup of tea. Set in Liverpool in the 1930s it is about Daisy who turned to prostitution to buy health care for her sister-in-law. I have read other Helen Forrester books and really enjoyed them, this one was just an OK read and I struggled to finish it.
- Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari (YA Dystopian) – A
The end of the world is not only nigh – it has been and gone for Lucy. The sole survivor of her family after global warming caused the seas to rise, tsunami’s to hit and sent the weather wild. On top of that a mutant version of smallpox swept the world and killed millions of people and some animals, like cows. Sweepers search for plague victims, survivors hide away. Lucy has survived alone in the wilds of Central Park and hasn’t seen another human for over six months. Then she meets Aiden and learns that there are other survivors and that the sweepers may just be looking for her.
2. My Current reads:
The books I am currently reading are:
A soldier’s Tale by M.K. Joseph – Historical – a disturbingly haunting story set in WWII France – written by a New Zealander. A soldier stumbles across a woman living alone just as he arrives on the scene members of the resistance turn up to kill her for being a traitor. The soldier decides to stay a few days and keep the resistance away from her.
Lots of Love by Fiona Walker – Chick Lit – light and fluffy read about Ellen who is at a loose end after she breaks up with her boyfriend. She agrees to house-sit for her parents, who are trying to find a buyer for their idyllic cottage in the Cotswold village of Oddlode. Ellen goes to a village fundraiser and wins a mysterious lot of three wishes. These have been donated by Jasper Belling, the incredibly gorgeous hell-raising son of the local lord of the manor.
Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood – Mystery – The sixth in the series, Corinna Chapman, talented baker and reluctant investigator, is trying very hard to do nothing at all on her holidays, however she can’t just do nothing – she’s bored. So Corinna accepts an offer from a caterer friend to do the baking for the film set of a new soap called ‘Kiss the Bride’. Elsewhere in Melbourne a young woman is being unmercifully bullied by her corporate employers – employers who spend a lot of time cooking the books. You just know the two are going to collide and Corinna is going to be in the middle of it
3. Quote/s for the week
This week I have two quotes and a link.
The first is from page 147 of Ghoul Interrupted by Victoria Laurie:
“… It took us an hour to drop off Mrs Lujan’s luggage with Ari, who was taking her aunt in for the time being, and then to find a good hotel well away from the thick trees that could hide an eight-foot-tall, red-eyed, scaly-skinned demon. I wonder if AAA had a rating for that!…”
The second quote is from a blog I came across during the week, I think it is SO good:
“…I need a bossy little book that will insist I sit down and read it, and will summon me back from my inevitable distractions and command me to finish. A seductive novel that will tempt me to look at it, touch it, open it up. That will entice me visually with it’s good looks and engage me mentally and emotionally, making me feel things; coaxing me to keep going, even if I’m not in the mood. Even if I have a million other things to do. A compelling and persistent story that will slam me up against the couch and declare with authority, “Don’t move. Sit here and do this; I won’t take no for an answer. You are mine now, and I will take you places you’ve never been. You will not regret this; you’ll love it and I’ll have you begging for more…”
The link to the quote is here:
As an extra bonus here is another link I would like to share this week, it is to very good blog where the writer has explained what he expect from a book