April has been a month of hellish busyness and unexpected short turn around reviews. I’m not quite caught up on everything I’ve read yet, though I did manage to read 10 books. Just had to put off my ‘borrowed’ book from the reading list in order to get the reviews done on time. I will have to read that this month instead.
I do have a brief holiday coming up, in which I plan to read as much as possible. I won’t be taking any hard copies of books – just the Kindle – which should have the effect of getting me through some of my NetGalley books (yup, still chipping away at that backlog lol) as well as getting a big number of books read in just a few days.
Dreams and Shadows by Robert C. Cargill
Dark Child Eps 1-3 by Adina West
Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
Angelopolis by Daniella Trussoni
The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
The Exiled Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
The final instalment of the Assassini trilogy pits Tycho against murderous ex-Regent Alonzo to protect his love Giulietta and her young son Leo. In the elaborate chess game that is Venetian politics, enemies become friends, friends are betrayed and a lot of knives find their way into a lot of backs. Can Tycho end the war once and for all? And will it cost him Giulietta?
Visceral and gruesome as its predecessors, Grimwood continues to be unflinching in his portrayal of the horrors of life in his alternate 15th Century Venice. A satisfying conclusion to a gritty trilogy. Highly enjoyable.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
Dr Alfred Jones doesn’t want to be involved in a project that wants to see salmon swimming in the Yemen. But when his bosses make it clear he has no choice, Alfred gets sucked in to the project and inspired by its eccentric mastermind Sheikh Muhammad.
It took me a while to get into this one. Told in a series of letters, emails, extracts and interviews, it’s a disjointed story; however, I found myself getting absorbed by poor Alfred’s plight. It’s hilariously realistic how everyone changes their minds around him, and I’m sure a telling insight into how politics works.
May Reading List
The Family Trap by Joanne Phillips (Self Published)
All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls (borrowed from Library)
And When Did You Last See Your Father by Blake Morrison (From my shelf)
The Disgrace of Kitty Grey by Mary Hooper (Review)