Six books this week – finished off an eBook I have been reading for AGES! I had two days off work to get a wisdom tooth out, but didn’t get all that much reading done… Favourites this week were the sequels to A Darker Shade of Magic and In the Quiet. I was really disappointed in Quid Pro Quo – it was written as if for teenagers, and didn’t really give me any new information about the Latin language and its influence on English.
A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab (4 stars)
A Darker Shade of Magic left me with so many questions and this book answered *some*. It did, however, introduce me to my favourite character so far – Alucard, Lila’s captain on the privateering crew she joined! The main storyline revolves around the Element Games, a competition for magicians. Both Kell and Lila enter in disguise. And then, right at the end, in what I feel is a Schwab trademark, things get super intense and lead perfectly into A Conjuring of Light. I am so glad I had the third book ready to go – I don’t think I could have waited for this one!
In the Quiet – Eliza Henry-Jones (Australian author)(4.5 stars)
Cate Carlton has recently died, yet she lingers, watching her three children and her husband as they come to terms with life without her. The writing is beautiful and heartbreaking, and the story is an incredible snapshot of grief and healing. It gradually unfolds to reveal Cate’s life, and the moments leading up to her death. I can’t say too much about it because I just can’t do it justice. This one punched me in the heart.
Quid Pro Quo: What the Romans Really Gave the English Language – Peter Jones (2 stars)
I was really disappointed with this one. I thought it would be more in-depth linguistics, but it turned out instead to be super basic history based around the different words we now use in English. Having studied a Latin degree at university, I had hoped for more than an overview of the Roman world and had expected more based on the blurb. This would be an appropriate read for a mature pre-teen interested in Rome, not for adults with an existing knowledge of Roman history.
The Good Life – Hugh Mackay (Australian author)(3 stars)
I really enjoyed Hugh Mackay’s The Art of Belonging, which I read last year. The Good Life was also interesting, though I did struggle reading it in e-format! It was all about the ethics and morality of living a ‘good life’. In a world where our goals and aims are increasingly materialistic, Hugh Mackay reminds us that selflessness, relationships and connection are the true foundations of a good life. I really like Hugh Mackay’s non-fiction style – he writes about important topics in a manner which is easy to navigate. A book I am glad to have read in a tumultuous time in my own life!
Contagion – Teri Terry (3 stars)
This book was a little strange, because one of the narrators is a ghost. That’s Callie, a young girl who went missing over a month ago. Shay, the other narrator, saw her the day she disappeared. Shay contacts Kai, Callie’s brother, and together they start searching for the missing girl. But at the same time a terrifying epidemic is raging through the country, and it looks like the people who took Callie could be the key. The pieces that related to science were pretty cool, but overall I was underwhelmed by the story. I didn’t enjoy Callie’s narration and I found the blossoming love story between Shay and Kai irritating. There were also just a few too many things going on – there was the story of Callie’s disappearance, then the plague, then Shay’s discovery about her parentage and a few other random pieces. It was like the book didn’t really know what it wanted to be.
A Conjuring of Light – V. E. Schwab (4 stars)
Brilliant, just brilliant! So glad I didn’t have to wait years for the publication of this one, because I would not have coped in the slightest after the cliffhanger of A Gathering of Shadows. This book has epic showdowns and heartbreak and awesomeness. This is definitely a series worth sinking your teeth into!
What have you been reading this week?