Wednesday, November 21, 2012

34. Ironskin

By Tina Connolly (302 pp)

I finally read Tina's book and it is terrific! It's Jane Eyre with faeries. I don't think I've read Jane Eyre. My knowledge of the classics is practically non-existent. Ironskin is set 5 years after the great war with the fey. Jane goes to be a governess for a girl who was born during the war and the kid has turned out a little funky. All kinds of creepy stuff happens. The world of the story is so dense, there are all sorts of corners where there is something interesting and I was curious to know more. Great success for Tina's first novel.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

33. A Knight in Shining Armor

By Jude Deveraux (464 pp)

I wanted to read a trashy romance novel and that's exactly what I got. Plus: time travel. This book is so ridiculous, there were times when I had to set it aside to roll my eyes. But I read every page all the way until the end. It's about this total knuckleheaded woman who cries in a church and brings back a knight in shining armor from 1564. They fall in love. There's a part when she travels back to his time, too. Oddly satisfying.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

32. Another Place, Another Spring

By Adrienne Jones (285 pp)

This book was a gift a long time ago. The author's signature is dated March 1980. I found it in a box and don't remember reading it so I pulled it out now.  It's the story of a young woman in 1840 Russia who is about to be exiled to Siberia and instead escapes. All sorts of adventures happen. I was ambivalent about it as I read it. It's heavy on the melodrama. But when it was finished the characters had won me over.

Friday, November 2, 2012

31. The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower Book #2)

By Stephen King (463 pp)

My goal for 2012 was to read more than 30 books. Yay.

I finally started reading this series at the beginning of the summer. I brought it on my trip because you can't use the nook during takeoff and landing and heaven forbid I miss out on 15 minutes of reading time. So when I go on a trip I carry a paperback, too.  This one is mostly good although I had some problems with one of the characters. But it's quite involving. It's been awhile since I read a book that I wanted to cover my eyes while I was reading. Good research for crafting a hair-raising ending. It's about this badass gunslinger looking for a Dark Tower. I already forgot why but in this book he's linked to our world via these doors that are connected with these people who are troubled to say the least. Six more books to go.