Only five books this week, and one of them was super small! Favourite was absolutely Nevermoor – AMAZING! I was also pleasantly surprised by Living on Hope Street and Poison City. 🙂
Unearthed – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (3 stars)
Earth has intercepted a message from an alien race, and people are flocking to the ancient planet for various purposes. Mia is a scavenger, determined to find something worth enough money to buy her sister’s freedom back. Jules is an academic, whose purposes are slightly more noble – he wants to prove his genius mathematic father’s theories about the aliens right.
I struggled with Mia as a character – she was a bit of a bitch, but it was also understandable given her past circumstances. Jules, however, was a cute cinnamon roll and I loved him. The story itself was intriguing, though I’m not sure its pitch of Lara Croft x Indiana Jones was right. I also struggled with the writing a little bit – the pacing was a bit slow for an adventure story… But the ending was incredible and I need the next book ASAP. Being a Latin nerd, I was disappointed with the phrasing of a certain Latin phrase – I think it’s wrong. But if the authors have a Latin expert, I am happy to concede that my 10 years of study might not have been enough.
Living on Hope Street – Demet Divaroren (Australian author) (4 stars)
I don’t want anyone to go into this book with expectations. I went in completely blind and LOVED it! It’s the story of an Australian street filled with all sorts of different Australians – everyone has their own struggles and triumphs, and it is just an incredible story. So many perspectives, but they all work SO WELL!
Little Black Book – Otegha Uwagba (4 stars)
This was a short, easy read for women interested in getting ahead in business. I loved the chapter on courses to take for further education – I will be doing a lot of research on the suggestions! It is very UK-focussed, but still incredibly useful! Highly recommended for all young business women.
Poison City – Paul Crilley (3 stars)
If you had asked me last week to name my favourite wizard detective, it would have been Peter Grant from Rivers of London in a heartbeat. But now, he has a competitor – Gideon Tau from Poison City. Poison City is grittier and darker; Gideon drinks more, swears more and is out for revenge on the people who killed his daughter. The book focuses heavily on different types of gods, a little like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I also liked that it was set in South Africa, an area of the world I know very little about – it helped me to suspend my disbelief more effectively. A really great series for fans of Rivers of London and Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.
Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend (Australian author) (5 stars)
THIS IS THE GREATEST MIDDLE-GRADE FANTASY I HAVE READ SINCE HARRY POTTER!!! Nevermoor is a beautiful story about Morrigan Crow, a cursed child who is spirited away into an amazing world. There, she must participate in a number of trials to join the Wundrous Society. She makes lots of amazing, interesting friends; I had two favourites – a Magnificat, and a dragon rider! I’m not going to say anything else, except READ IT!
The proof has a truly amazing, Wundrous cover, though I’m less enthralled by the final. I sincerely hope it won’t affect sales of this book, because I truly truly truly love it and think children and adults will all fall into this world, just as they did with Harry Potter. In case I haven’t screamed enough, READ IT!
What have you been reading this week?