It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is once again hosted by the fabulous Sheila over at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books. Thanks, Sheila!

Sorry about my little blog hiatus this past week – I’m excited to start a new week off with such a fun meme. 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan – Man, oh, man! Many have said how it is a difficult task to produce a well-written second novel that can stand up with the first. Well Carrie Ryan has shown us all how it can be done. And done very, very well. The novel opens with Gabry who we find out in the opening pages is Mary’s daughter. They live in the lighthouse where Mary found herself at the end of The Forest of Hands and Teeth in a village called Vista. Ryan spares us no amounts of agony, suspense, and conflicts as she takes Gabry and those closest to her through this suspenseful novel. Not only does Ryan capture the emotion and beauty of relationships but she reveals enough new twists and revelations in the post-apocalyptic world she’s created to keep her readers entranced to the very last page. I’m already looking forward to the inevitable third in the series!

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley – If you haven’t been introduced to the delightful character of Flavia de Luce do yourself a favor and pick up the first book in the series – The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. This is the second in a series revolving around an eleven-year-old girl who has a passion for chemistry and, more specifically, poisons. She solves mysteries with wit, ingenuity, and aplomb. Bradley captures the nuances of being eleven while still making every detail in the plot resolution feasible. A must read!

The Eternals by Neil Gaiman – I absolutely love Gaiman’s works. He has such a creativity that he is able to span effortlessly between genres. While is Sandman series is probably is best known graphic novel work, when I saw his name on the cover of The Eternals I had to pick it up. Gaiman’s masterful storytelling once again shines as he tells the tale of immortals who have forgotten their past and need to remember their powers once again in order to save the world. The illustrations by John Romita Jr. are brilliant and only add to this delicious read.

I’m listening to:

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson – A well-read book on cd Suite Scarlett is the story of Scarlett one of four children in a family who owns, and runs, a historic hotel in New York City. Filled with teenage emotional spins as well as an interesting plot lined with colorful characters, it was delightful to listen to making long drives fly by!

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr – A world of faeries and fey abound in Marr’s novel about Ashling a girl who has been blessed/cursed with the ability to see them walking with humans. When members of the Winter Court start giving her more attention that is normal, Ashling begins to worry about their intentions. Fraught with a conniving Winter Queen and a cast of devious faeries, Marr’s tale is captivating.

Hope your reading week is as much fun as mine is! Happy reading! 🙂

  1. I grabbed Suite Scarlett from my library last week. I hope to enjoy it soon. 🙂

    Your books look so wonderful – enjoy them all!

  2. I am most definitely going to be adding Dead-Tossed Waves to my TBR list. Thanks! Happy reading this week. My Monday:

  3. Some great looking titles there. Love Flavia but haven’t read this one yet.

    Happy reading!

  4. You had a great reading week! Glad you enjoyed Suite Scarlett – I really need to read that one.

  5. I still haven’t gotten to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but glad to hear that Dead-Tossed Waves is just as good.

  6. Going to go find The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, looks grand!

  7. I haven’t read any of these books, but I am curious about Wicked Lovely. It reminds me of Maggie’s Lament — faeries and having the abilities. Thanks for posting, I am now adding this into my TBR.

    Happy Reading!

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