Dear reading pile #10, I'm done with you! And here are my book impressions / mini reviews on the books that are part of the book pile.
The lies that bind - Kate Carlisle, cozy mystery, #3 in the Bibliophile mystery series
This book was a bit too slow for my taste and when something new happened I wasn't that interested in it. I still plan to go on with the next book in the series, I'm hoping that there will be finally some progress in Brooklyn and Derek's relationship.
The Declaration - Gemma Malley, dystopian, YA, #1 in the Declaration trilogy
This book was easy to read and it entertained me, but something was missing to make it special for me. At times I thought that the author didn't use all the possibilities her own story gave her. Right now I'm not sure if I will go on with the trilogy or just check reviews with spoilers to find out what happens in books #2 and #3.
The secret history of the Pink Carnation - Lauren Willig, historical fiction, adult, #1 in the Pink Carnation series
The constant change between the past and everything that had to do with the Pink Carnation, and the now was more confusing than entertaining. It made it hard for me to get into a good reading flow, that's why this book was just ok for me. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy historical romances and like long series.
The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie E. King, mystery, adult, #1 in the Mary Russell series
The book has a certain charm and while I enjoyed this aspect of the story a lot, the mysteries and investigations itself were rather boring to me. When I finished the book I planned to at least read the second book in the series, but when I read some of the synopses of the other books in the series and read what would happen with Mary and Holmes' relationship, I lost my interest in reading on. The plot surrounding their relationship is not one that would work for me.
If you like mysteries set in the time shortly after the first world war, then this book and the series might be worth a try.
Something strange and deadly - Susan Dennard, paranormal, YA, #1 in the Something strange and Deadly series
This was a great book. I enjoyed reading about the setting and the characters right from the start on. I also liked how the Undead and the necromancy were part of the book, but not the sole center. I loved reading about Eleanor and her attempts to find her brother. I loved that she grew stronger and stronger throughout the story. In this first book there is only a slight romance, but I was ok with it. The book is a good mix of action, of growing up, of discovering your own strength and it is set in a world with at times modern inventions but also with old-fashioned restrictions.
I will definitely go on with the series and I'm very happy that the gorgeous second book in the series will be allowed to move into my home in July 2013.
Shadow of night - Deborah Harkness, paranormal, adult, #2 in the All Souls trilogy
I'm still reading the book. As expected a lot is going on, a lot of new characters were introduced and the story is full of little details. I can't read too many pages of this book in one setting, so I will continue to read it with my reading next #11 book pile.