Hello fellow readers!
My first read of the month finished up A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. The first line: “The leather-bound volume was nothing remarkable. To an ordinary historian, it would have looked no different from hundreds of other manuscripts in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, ancient and worn. But I knew there was something odd about it from the moment I collected it.” I downloaded this book on my Kindle as a loan from the library and had hoped to finish this in May, but was only 82% complete. This was a fun book to read to just decompress…nothing too attention-grabbing for me. Made me think of it as a “next-tier” twilight, perhaps? Storyline: A witch reluctant to recognize her powers. A 1500-year-old vampire. A mysterious manuscript known as Ashmole 782. More details from the author HERE. (3.5/5 Stars)
I then demolished Divergent by Veronica Roth. The first lines: “There is one mirror in my house. It is behind a sliding panel in the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair.” I absolutely LOVED this book! This book takes place in futuristic Chicago, where society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives (with or without their family). The heroine of the novel, Beatrice Prior, must make the decision between staying with her family and being who she really is – she can’t have both. She is likable and strong, yet vulnerable and flawed, in an endearing way. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are – and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her. (5/5 Stars)
I then finished The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. The first line: “Oy, ice-boy! You sure you know where you’re going?” I think the first book and this book were my favorites of the series. This book is narrated by Ash, and it gives a new perspective into the Fey world. As the final installment of Iron fey series, Ash must take an impossible journey to find his way back to Megan. As Winter Fey, he cannot survive in the Iron Kingdom, so he feels that becoming human is his only choice. But it will not be that easy to become human and gain a soul. Does he understand what that solution really means? And would he still want it if he did? (4/5 Stars)
I also did the monthly link-up with Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers for her June Book Club selection…and it was great to see so many new people stopping by to read my book review of Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs - review posted HERE! (3/5 Stars)
I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.
The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?
TO BE READ LIST
Here is a look at what else is sitting on my To Be Read (TBR) list: