Stacking the Shelves

Posted 9 April, 2016 by Nikki in General / 8 Comments

Hello, everyone! How’s your week been? I’ve had quite a good week of reading and finally getting one of my assignments done, so I’m pleased with myself. Just one more assignment to go… for now. Gah.

Books acquired:

Cover of In The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan Cover of Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire Cover of Butterflies in November by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

Super excited about both of these, since I’ve been anticipating them for, ugh, a year? So hurrah! Butterflies in November is a book I got via a book exchange on Facebook; I’ve never heard of it, so I’m quite intrigued.

Books received to review: 

Cover of The Silver Tide by Jen Williams

I’ve been curious about this trilogy for a while, so I dug out the first book — and got the second from the library — the minute I received this review copy.

Library books:

Cover of The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams Cover of SPQR by Mary Beard Cover of Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Cover of The Elite by Kiera Cass Cover of The One by Kiera Cass Cover of The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Iron Ghost is the second book of the series, and I already have The Copper Promise, so let’s have at it! As for the other books, well. I had to make my library trips worth it, right?

Books finished this week:

Cover of A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer Cover of Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal Cover of Dreadful Skin by Cherie Priest Cover of Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

Cover of The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers Cover of Fated by Benedict Jacka Cover of Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan Cover of In The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan Cover of Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Reviews:

Fathom, by Cherie Priest. Ultimately I wanted more from it, especially knowing how much I love a couple of Priest’s other books, but it was enjoyable enough. 3/5 stars
The Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly Black. My catchphrase, once more: communicate, damn it! But some clever stuff with fairy tales, and subverting narrative expectations. 3/5 stars
The Selection, by Kiera Cass. Surprisingly, I quite liked this, and appreciated the main character’s friendships with other girls and determination to figure out what’s best for her. 3/5 stars
Liars and Thieves, by Karen Maitland. A short story that adds just a little to Company of Liars2/5 stars
Blood and Feathers, by Lou Morgan. Easy and pacey to read, but quite predictable. If you’re a fan of the CW’s Supernatural… 3/5 stars
The Wicked Day, by Mary Stewart. A whole rant about how Stewart broke her own story in trying to adhere to too many different Arthurian threads. I found this one really frustrating. 2/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland. Looks like I enjoyed this one a lot, especially because it taught me about an aspect of history I had no idea about. 5/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: People You Should Follow. A non-exhaustive list of blogs I like and regularly read.

Now excuse me, I really must be doing something productive reading more. Happy reading, everyone!

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8 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

    • I should pick up the next, next time I’m at the library and not trying to return all my books! (Which I was bad at this week. Oops.)

    • I’m enjoying it, though not much is new to me, as I did Classics in school! Where Beard’s theories/interpretations come in, it seems solid.

  1. So excited to hear what you think of In The Labyrinth of Drakes – I felt so empty when I finished too, because it meant another year long wait for the next. And then it’ll be the last one, noooo! I also need to catch up with Jen Williams’ trilogy! A very dragon-y post this week 😀

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