I started listening to The Northern Lights on audio this week, and it is amazing – everyone get on it NOW! I found a lot of the books I read this week slow to start, but I ended up enjoying them all! Cruel Prince and Zenith were my next favourites – so much fantasy this week! I’m hoping I’ll get through a greater stack next week; it’s been a bit slow…
The Northern Lights – Philip Pullman (5 stars)
Absolutely fantastic! I’ve been meaning to reread the series before The Book of Dust comes out in October, and audio was a perfect opportunity! There is a whole cast of voice actors which makes listening a really great experience. I had forgotten how wonderful the stories were. Lyra is a ballsy, wonderful character and her adventures are just wonderful. The armoured bears, the daemons, dust, Oxford, the alethiometer – all of these things come together to create a fantastic story. I also think I took a lot more away from it reading as an adult rather than a child.
Zenith – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (4 stars)
Androma Racella is the Bloody Baroness, a space pirate whose name sparks fear across the galaxy. She has a marvellous crew beside her – Lira, Gilly and Breck. Breck and Gilly were fantastic comic relief – still children, they are completely formidable and their friendship is just adorable. I loved the scenes with the four women interacting as a family. Anyway, a routine mission goes awry and the crew is blackmailed into saving the son of a great general. Only Andi might have caused the death of his daughter… So relations aren’t too fabulous. And then there is Dex, a dashing mercenary himself, who has a past with Andi. And sexual tension isn’t exactly lacking! A really good space opera, with some great twists and turns.
One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus (3.5 stars)
This was sold to me as ‘The Breakfast Club with murder’ and it was kind of right! Five students walk into detention, but only four walk out. Simon was the creator of a notorious gossip app and he was about to unleash secrets about the other four students in the room – Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate and Addy. All of them have motives. I liked the pacing of the story, though I did find the token romance a little forced… The evidence was revealed in good time and I enjoyed the twist at the end, though I did guess whodunnit!
The Cruel Prince – Holly Black (4 stars)
It was a slow start for me, but I gradually became incredibly immersed in this book. Jude is a fantastic protagonist. She is human, but her parents were brutally murdered by a fairy when she was seven. Since then, she has lived in the treacherous Court of Faerie. Jude is skilled with weaponry and immerses herself in her classes. If she can’t be fey, she’ll be the next best thing. But many of the fey still despise humans, especially Prince Cardan, the youngest son of the High King. As tensions rise over who will take the crown from the High King, Jude gets sucked into espionage. And what Jude thought she knew isn’t necessarily right. Up until the last moment, this book kept introducing twists and turns I hadn’t eve conceived of!
Song of the Current – Sarah Tolcser (3 stars)
Caro Oresteia longs to take her place among the river captains. But the god of the river isn’t talking to her… When her father is arrested, Caro agrees to carry a mysterious cargo down the river in exchange for his freedom. She is given strict instructions to not open the box. But she does (of course) and it changes her life forever. I really liked this book, a lot more than I expected to. The characters were a lot of fun, especially Nereus, a version of a sea god – it helps that his name comes from Latin mythology! There isn’t much I can really say, because the book throws a lot of intriguing plot at the reader fairly early on. I can’t wait to see where Tolcser goes with the rest of the series!
What have you been reading this week?