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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 18 June 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

It’s been quite the week. I did not get done quite as much reading as I had hoped, but two out of the three books were absolutely fantastic. Plus, I am three books away from finishing my May review copies and the books I have left are the ones I have been most anticipating. I am excited about being able to start June books in June. (It’s the little things.)


Furyborn by Claire Legrand The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Claire Legrand’s latest novel is fascinating but reader be warned. It is a difficult one. The story is complex and written in such a way that you learn about the world only in the context of the heroine’s situations. There are no paragraphs of descriptions or explanations to discuss the socio-political nature of the world. There are no history lessons to explain current events.  If you miss a clue, then you are left not quite understanding what happens later. That being said, I loved it. Yes, it has magic and strong women, but I loved that we have to work for answers. I loved being shown and not being told anything. I loved being forced to put together the clues because it made the answers more rewarding. I am fascinated by the two worlds Ms. Legrand created and am very excited to see where the story goes next.

After reading some of the reviews for Elisabeth Cohen’s novel, I can see why reactions are mixed. To me, it reads like Jane Austen – heavily satirical. Very heavily satirical. As in, you have to take every word Shelley thinks and says with a grain of salt. The other issue I see with the novel is that unless you have experience working in the business world, you are going to miss a lot. The whole novel is mocking business buzz words and thought processes. If you don’t know them, you can’t understand why they are funny in the context of the novel. I personally got quite a chuckle out of this one because Shelley is the living embodiment of every business practice and thought process set forth by any so-called expert. She is not meant to be likeable; she is meant to make a point, which she does very well.

The sequel to Stephanie Garber’s magical Caraval series is everything I wanted and more. I want to crawl inside the pages and live in this world. It did take me a bit to realize that the story is about the OTHER sister this time around, but once I got that I fell in love. Hard. It has been a long time since I mourned finishing a novel, but I was seriously bereft when I finished this one. I want to go back and read the first novel again just to experience this world all over again.




The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


Exit West by Mohsid Hamid


May Review Copies:

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

So, what are you reading?

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