While this looks like a busy month, in truth a lot of these books were very short. So this month I’m going to be ploughing through a few of my more epic tomes – including the next Game of Thrones, after watching the box set of the first series made me really really want to know what happens next.
Billion Dollar Baby by Simone Holloway
Selene is in deep money trouble when she sees an advert from a wealthy man looking for a woman to conceive his child. Curious, Selene goes for the audition and finds herself much more than professionally interested in her new boss.
Really, this should get one star. It’s pretty poorly written, with lots of clumsy sentence construction and awful grammar errors. The story, as it stands in this very short instalment, is cheesy and basically just porn. But, it made me laugh so much, I’m giving it two stars for sheer entertainment value. If you need cheering up, read this.
Mine For Tonight by J.S. Scott
Kara is down on her luck. When her roommate absconds with her money, leaving her evicted from her flat, Kara is worried she won’t be able to finish her nurse training. Enter Simon, reclusive billionaire son of Kara’s employer. Simon has been keeping a very close eye on Kara. He thinks one night with her would end his obsession, and he’ll give Kara everything she needs if she complies.
Okay, this one was basically straight up porn with a shallow storyline tacked on. Simon’s a bit too controlling for my tastes – it came off a bit creepy. But otherwise readable.
Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
When Eve is hit by a car and taken into her mother’s state of the art medical facility, she gets the very best medical care. But when you’ve mangled your leg, the road to recovery is long, no matter how good your treatment. Eve is tasked to test out some genetic design software – to build the perfect boy. Eve gets stuck into the task, but the longer she’s locked in, the closer she gets to a dangerous truth.
This is typical Michael Grant – fast, fun, ridiculous, but endearing. An enjoyable read with some interesting concepts unfortunately buried by boy drama.
The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Alone and hunted by a powerful Cabal, Maya and her friends are running out of places to hide. With none of them wishing to be on the run all their lives, and all wishing they could go back to the families that believe them dead, Maya knows their only hope may be to make a deal with the devils themselves.
I would have found this a more satisfying conclusion if I’d read Armstrong’s other YA trilogy. A few of the ‘returning’ characters were lost on me, but it was as entertaining and fast paced as I expect from Armstrong’s work.
The Red Plague Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
Londinium is in danger once again, and it’s up to Sorceress Emma Banon and Mentath Archibald Clare to save the day and fight the mysterious Red Plague that’s sweeping through the streets, claiming the lives of paupers and rich men alike. Can they find a cure before they fall prey to the deadly disease themselves?
Saintcrow’s alternative London goes from strength to strength in this fabulous followup to the excellent Iron Wyrm Affair. I love the world, the characters and the roller coaster pace of the story. A little more romance, and this would be a perfect series for me.
And When Did You Last See Your Father by Blake Morrison
Arthur Morrison is a loud and colourful character. He’s also dying of cancer. With the narrative switching between Arthur at his greatest and his tragically diminished final days, the reader, along with the writer, mourns the loss of an ordinary but magnificent man. Unflinching in its portrayal, it’s an honest and heartfelt memoir that – for all its morbid subject matter – teems with life and vivacity.
A wonderful read, though at times a bit heavy (by nature of the subject rather than poor writing) however, it manages to portray profound loss without being miserable. Genuinely life-affirming and uplifting.
Dating the Devil by Lia Romeo
The Accidental Time Traveller by Janis Mackay
All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls
Dark Child Episodes 4-5 by Adina West
The Debt Collector 1-3 by Susan Kaye Quinn
Review to follow.
The Family Trap by Joanne Phillips
Review to follow.
Losing It by Cora Carmack
June Reading List
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (from my (virtual) shelf)
Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris (Review)
Dead Broken by Gerard Grey (Self Published)
The King of Crags by Stephen Deas (Borrowed)