Sunday, 26 June 2011

Passion by Lauren Kate

Passion is the third book in the Fallen Angels series by Lauren Kate. This post contains spoilers for all three books.

The series tells the story of Daniel and Lucinda, star crossed lovers, eternally cursed, destined to find and lose each other through the millennia.

The first book deals with Luce's realisation that she is different, and her finding and falling in love with Daniel Grigori. The second book covers the battle between the forces of Heaven and Hell who both want Daniel to chose their side. At the end of the book, Luce steps into an Announcer (a shadowy gateway to a former life) and disappears. Nephilim Miles and Shelby find an announcer and follow her, as does Daniel.

Friday, 24 June 2011

The Liveship Traders Trilogy - Robin Hobb

So over the last few weeks I was mostly reading exam papers. It's my second year marking and I swore after last year I wouldn't do it again, but when the contract arrived in January the money was very tempting and so I decided to do it. I have now sworn I won't do it again next year, it's a horrible task and I don't get to see my family for three weeks (let alone do anything else), but we'll see how handy the money seems in January when the next contract arrives :)

I've also been reading information about colycystectomy (I think I've spelt that right!) as I had my gall bladder out on Tuesday. I'm a bit sore and tender but generally recovering well. I'm looking forward to not having random attacks of biliary colic at all hours of the day and night.

So, other than all that I have of course been reading. I've read The Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb.

I had high expectations, I really enjoyed the Farseer Trilogy and I'd been told by a few people that this was even better. Read on after the jump to see what I thought.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

30 Day Book Challenge - Days 24 to 30

Day 24: Book that contains your favourite scene

I don't tend to remember individual scenes from books, so this is another difficult one, but a book that really stood out recently was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. There is a seen quite near the beginning of the book where the Reaping is taking place. This is where the young people are gathered to find out which two of them will be sent to the Capital for the Hunger Games - a battle to the death to remind the Districts of the power of the Capital and a punishment for the last rebellion. I won't spoil the scene, you should read the book or at least watch the film when it's out next year. However, I will say that it's incredibly powerful and had me in tears. If you haven't read the book go get it, right now.

Day 25: Favourite book you read in school

This has to be To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read in year 10, but I already used this for Day 1 so the second favourite book I read in school is The Great Gatsby. WWI vet Nick Carraway moves to New York and meets the enigmatic Jay Gatsby who happens to be in love with Nick's cousin Daisy. Daisy is married to millionaire Tom Buchanan. The shining world Nick finds himself in soon reveals cracks, eventually ending in Gatsby's sad demise. It's one of those rare books that studying enhances rather than diminishes (see The Old Man and the Sea).

Day 26: Favourite non-fiction book

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. Mitch Albom is an American sports reporter and Morrie Schwartz was one of his College professors. When Mitch finds out that Morrie is dying he goes to visit him. His visits turn into a weekly ritual. As Morrie shares his wisdom with Mitch, we see his inevitable decline and eventual death. This is an incredibly moving story. I have long been in favour of euthanasia, but Morrie's story shows that there can be incredible dignity in the most horrible of deaths.

Day 27: Favourite Fiction Book

See Day 1!

Day 28: Last Book You Read

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb. I've only recently discovered Robin Hobb but I'm a complete convert. Ship of Magic is the first in the Liveship Traders Trilogy which tells the story of the Bingtown Traders and their strange sentient ships. When I'm finished with exam marking I'll write a proper review of it.

Day 29: Book you're currently reading

Mad Ship by Robin Hobb. Book two of the Liveship Traders. I'm really enjoying it.

Day 30: Favourite coffee table book

Does anyone really have coffee table books nowadays? This book doesn't sit on my coffee table, but it is in the library of the local art gallery and I do enjoy looking at it. Portfolios by Ansel Adams. It's slightly depressing though, as I will never, ever be a fraction of the photographer that he was.

So that's it, the 30 days done. Some strange categories, I'd have changed some of them, but it's been a really interesting exercise. I hope if you've been reading you've found my choices interesting.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Jenny Lopez Has a Bad Week - Lindsey Kelk

This short story was free on Amazon, so I thought I'd download it and give it a go.

Jenny has moved back to New York after living and working as a stylist in LA. She seems a rather vacuous character, obsessed with labels and shoes and her lack of a boyfriend. She manages to badger one friend into giving her a job and the other into setting her up on what proves to be a disastrous date. The job involves getting a temperamental supermodel to a gig on time. Unfortunately when Jenny gets to the hotel room to pick her up, the model has trashed the room and is heartbroken and refusing to go to the job. Jenny manages to talk her round, gets her to the job and it's all a success. She also manages to find a gorgeous Swedish male model who wants to go out with her, although there's some confusion as she thinks he wants to be her room mate. In the end the friend makes the job permanent, the male model looks like becoming her boyfriend and the supermodel wants to move into her spare room.

I've never read anything by Lindsey Kelk so didn't go into this with any particular expectations. It took me quite a while to get into (considering it's a short story). I don't relate to talk of shoes and designers so I found it really hard to connect with the characters. It wasn't until the supermodel came into it that I managed to find any interest at all. It's now £1.99 on Amazon and unless you're a fan, I wouldn't bother. It is quite a short story and there are plenty of decent full length books for around the same price.

30 Day Book Challenge - Day 23

Day 23: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)

I don't think I've ever claimed to have read a book I haven't read, but I guess as an RE teacher there's probably an assumption that I've read the Bible. I have read some of it, but nowhere near all of it.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

30 Day Book Challenge - Day 22

Day 22: Book you plan to read next

Funny order to do this one before the last or current book, but the next book I plan to read is Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb. I've really been enjoying her books, there's a review of the Farseer Trilogy elsewhere. This is the third book of the second trilogy.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

30 Day Book Challenge - Day 21

Day 21 - Your favourite picture book from childhood

My favourite picture books were the original Mr Men books. I borrowed all the ones my school library had.

There are some fabulous picture books around now, I really enjoy reading them to my daughter. I'm not a great fan of the new Mr Men/Little Miss books though.