I read all the books from my #9 reading pile and all in all it was an ok pile for me. I enjoyed two of the books, was deeply disappointed by one and the rest was ok.
The Passage - Justin Cronin
I did not finish the book. On page 100 (out of over 900!!!) I was still not that interested in what was going on in the story and I was not in a good reading flow. So I decided to stop reading the book, it was not for me.
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot, but then lost interest in what was going on. I don't know exactly why and how that happened, but it did. Plus the romance did not work for me. It seems as if Ffordes writing style doesn't work for me for longer than a few chapters. This makes me sad because he creates such amazing worlds.
The Dark Heroine - Abigail Gibbs
This was definitely not the "The sexiest romance you’ll read this year…". IMO there was no romance or even a good love story in the book. The relationship between the two main characters is more disturbing than sexy, especially at the beginning of the book it's quiet abusive. I need more to call something a good romance! And I did not like how the author dealt with the serious things that were going on. When I finished the book I was disappointed and sad, because the idea behind the story was great, but the way the characters were written was not enjoyable to me. Unfortunately I can't recommend this book.
Valkyrie Rising - Ingrid Paulson
This book was a fascinating mix of northern European mythology, of action scenes, females with strange powers and a tender romance. I thought that the second half of the story was a bit rushed, but all in all I enjoyed this book. I would definitely read more by the author in the future.
The out of office girl - Nicola Doherty
This was an ok chick-lit book. Overall it was enjoyable but also easy to forget.
Dragonswood - Janet Lee Carey
This fantasy YA book started with a strong, entertaining first half, but then there was for my taste too much concentration on the fairies, their power plays, their intrigues and the fairy court in general. As you may know I'm not the biggest fan of fairies in books and that's why the second half of "Dragonswood" did not work for me. All in all this was an ok book.
The Diviners - Libba Bray
Once I got into a good reading flow, around page 100, I enjoyed the story a lot and I made my way through the book rather quickly. At times I felt that there was a bit too much going on, but overall I was fascinated by the world Libba Bray created. I loved the historical setting and all the characters.
I want to know more about the Diviners and the occult things that are going on. So I will definitely go on with reading the series.
I also read in the last days (not shown in my pile)
Ironskin - Tina Connolly
"Ironskin" is a sort of retelling of "Jane Eyre", and that's one of the reasons why I decided to read it. Plus it promised a kind of fey that even a reader like I am, a reader who normally doesn't enjoy reading about fairies, could be fascinated by.
There were some parts of the book that definitely fascinated me. Tina Connolly created a very interesting world, a world that felt refreshing compared to other fantasy worlds I recently read about. From the start on I was interested in what had happened to Jane and in the secrets that were hidden at her new place of work. And even the fey did not annoy me.:) The world building is what I enjoyed most about the book.
My biggest issues with the novel was the writing style. At times the story dragged on a bit and I felt as if it was going nowhere. At times I was tempted to skik a few pages. The writing style did not manage to completely enthrall me, to make me completely fascinated by the story and the characters.
So all in all this was an ok book for me. There were parts I enjoyed and there were parts that fell a bit flat to me. I think this book might be a good choice for all readers who enjoy quiet, slow fantasy stories. Make sure to read an excerpt before buying the book, that way you will know if the writing style is for you or not.