Reading roundup – 9th May 2014

May 9, 2014

This week I finally obtained 100% on Lego: Lord of the Rings on my Playstation so that itch is well and truly scratched.  This finally meant I could concentrate on reading, so I got through a couple of books – Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life and Kiera Cass’ finale to her Selection trilogy, The One.  Both of those are worth full reviews so expect those next week.

I was interested to hear this week that Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner along with Jason Dohring has been announced as one of the narrators of the City of Heavenly Fire audiobook.  It’s one thing that has irked me about this series: the narrators have changed almost with each book.  It means that there has been little consistency in the narration.  I’ve also not been overly impressed with the narrators so far.  For this one though, I’m very glad that The Mortal Instruments is written in the third person – otherwise for me it would be confusing to have George R.R. Martin’s Sansa thinking Clary’s thoughts.  It did make for an amusing scene in my head though with Sansa and Clary having a “who’s had the worse life” argument.  Sorry, Clary, but as of City of Lost Souls and A Dance With Dragons, I think Sansa is the winner hands down.  Do you agree?  Let me know in the comments.

Added to my library this week

I realised this week that I didn’t actually have a copy of the rest of Kiera Cass’s The Selection series, so I picked up the Series collection on Kindle which contains all three books as well as The Prince and The Guard novellas.  I honestly don’t know what the editor who put it together was thinking: they have the two novellas following on after The One which makes zero sense.  The Prince is set before The Selection and The Guard is set between The Elite and The One.  If you read them in the order presented in the compendium you’re going to end up frustrated because all of the great character development of the later books is reset.  I will be reviewing The One next week, so keep an eye out for that.

This week saw the release of Charlaine Harris’s Midnight Crossroad, which is the first in her new series which seems to centre around a Texas town with supernatural inhabitants.  I loved her Sookie Stackhouse so this is next on my TBR list. I picked it up in both Kindle and Audible formats.

This week I received my Audible $10 gift certificate for having bought more than four books last month so I put it towards Ironskin by Tina Connolly.  This is a reimagining of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre – with magic and fae.  I was interested in the concept and the sample narration I listened to seemed excellent.  

The last book I picked up this week was a bit of an impulse buy – I picked up Jennifer Donnelly’s Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga.  The premise caught my imagination – mermaids!  prophesies!  female friends banding together to fight evil!  I picked it up in both Kindle and Audible formats.

Have a  good week!

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