28 November 2012

Reading next #10 - conclusion with mini reviews

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.

Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Did you like them?


  1. I'm very much looking forward to the Bibliophile mysteries - I already own the first two and now just ordered the next two in the series used on AwesomeBooks. I guess it's about time I plonk down with a cup of tea and get started on those, don't you think?
    "The Declaration" is lurking on my Kindle, but still unread as well. OH my, I really do have to get started! What can I say? Too many books ... well, you know! ;-)

    1. It really is, I always think that cozy mysteries are perfect for the dark days of the year.

      It's the same for me, especially with ebooks. I need to read some more of them over the holidays, otherwise I will get insane. ;)




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