I’m linking up with It’s Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Kathryn of The Book Date later on today. Kathryn took over this weekly, Monday meme from Shelia of Book Journey who had taken it over from J Kayne Book Blog. This meme is not just about adult books either. If you read picture and chapter books, juvenile fiction, or even YA, they count as well. Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers give this Monday, book post link up a kid-focus.
- I already wrote about the end of the teenager’s tennis season so I won’t repeat it here. If you only come around Mondays and are curious, click here.
- Halloween was no big deal for ¾ of us. The sixth grader – who was Lilo – had the most fun as she went to one friend’s (Stitch) house for a while and then they trooped over to another’s (Angel, the pink/girl Stitch) where they made some arts and crafts, brownies, trick-or-treated around the neighborhood around their school, and then came back to have pizza. She nicely separated the candies with nuts in them into another bag and for the family candy jar.
- Saturday, I had to rouse the crew up early as the husband and I had to attend a funeral. We dropped off the kids at my mom’s, picked up my brother, and then went to the service and burial. For the rest of the day our family hung out at my parents’ and got to have yummy, Chinese take out for dinner.
- Sunday afternoon, I hosted three of my neighbors for Craft “Night.” I served them double cream Brie, English cheddar with truffles, spiced walnuts, and chocolate-covered pretzels.
“… she opened a book and was therefore saved, discovering that a novel was as great an escape as any spell.”
I was able to finish three books this week! First up, In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce.
This audiobook is the second installment in its series, Song of the Lioness, which is all about a girl named Alanna. I had read book one two years ago.
When I had listened to the first of Pierce’s Immortals series, Alanna was mentioned. I knew then I had to go back and finish her series before continuing the Immortals one.
A slim and smaller squire among others training to be knights. Who is he? Well it’s she, Alanna, a teen-aged girl disguised as a boy. As this young lady nears the end of her training, unknown dangers threaten the ones she cares about and it’s up to her to figure out what’s going on and who’s behind it.
Besides that Overdrive Listen on my laptop kept stopping in places on its own throughout the whole book, I wasn’t disappointed with this audio read. I didn’t care that there wasn’t any brutal scenes of killing and blood and that the plot wasn’t overly complicated with magic. In the Hand of the Goddess was an enjoyable listen. You could easily have this playing in your car or through your ear buds during your commute. Alanna is a likable character who has honor and a sense of duty to the royal family. If you like strong, female leads who persevere as an underdog through obstacles, this book is for you. I was surprised at the few, subtle mentions of sex in this book. They’re very slight and not detailed at all so I felt this second installment was definitely more for young adults and older audiences. Three stars.
I had become curious about The Remnant Chronicles because I kept seeing it around and mentioned so I check it out for my Kindle.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is told through three POV:
- Lia – the runaway princess
- the assassin, and
- the prince.
What’s clever about this book is you don’t know out of the last two, who’s who. I kept guessing throughout the book and ended up wrong. There is nothing flashy in the plot nor bloody brutality. What I liked was her character development from start to finish. There is somewhat of a cliffhanger but the ending is like a bridge to the next installment.
If you like character development and where the camera focuses on the main characters in the present, you just may like this read. Three stars.
Can I tell you something that’s annoying? My library has the Kindle version of the first and third book in this series. Where’s the second?!
I just finished When We Found Home by Susan Mallery last night.
One man with a taste for women and out for a good time. Several women all over the country dumped to become single mothers. Children of those unions going through tough, living situations as a result until the patriarch of the family saves each one. However, does moving into a richer lifestyle keep the ghosts of the past away? This book is the story of Malcolm, Keira, and Callie from how they adjust from being strangers to one another to developing into siblings and a real family.
I am trying to read more of this author’s work because I like how she writes about real life situations and real life family dynamics. If you like realistic fiction with a hint of romance, this is a book for your TBR. Three stars.
What book has captured your attention right now? It’s about 5 pm PST. Time to figure out dinner. What are you eating tonight? Thank you for popping in what’s left of Monday. Have a good evening and TTYS.