Favourite Reads of April 2017

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Welcome to another rockin’ edition of My Favourite Reads!

I had great plans of once again digging deep into my to-be-read pile and getting through some of the books I’d forgotten were there, or have never been in the mood for. Unfortunately I only managed one because – surprise, surprise – I was once again distracted by a bright ‘n shiny young adult fantasy series. I can’t help it. They’re sooooo goooood!!

Anyway, onto my favourite read(s) which were…

Ink and Bone Fire by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone by Rachel CaineBooks 1 & 2 in The Great Library series.

Okay, I know I’ve gone a bit nutty over young adult fantasy novels at the moment but what a premise! A world where not only does The Great Library of Alexandria still exist but where it’s all-powerful? Oh yeah, I’m in on that one.

Throw in a band of young people who have themselves and their loyalties tested in their quest to join the library elite, a gorgeous, smart and brave hero (who I have a MASSIVE book boyfriend crush on), smugglers, fanatics, control-freaks, and a cast of older characters who may or may not be trust-worthy, and you have a hell of a ride.

Although not remotely Potteresque, I couldn’t help feeling that there was some kinship with the Harry Potter world. Maybe it was the whole band of friends thing, maybe it was the huge stakes at risk, I don’t know. What I do know is that I gutsed these down and am now feeling bereft that I must wait until July for book 3. Gah!

The Traitor's Girl by Christine WellsThe Traitor’s Girl by Christine Wells

Oh, it pains me not to have this as my favourite read of the month, and any other time it would have been, but I’m just too obsessed with YA fantasy at the moment. Sorry, Christine! This book was fantastic though. I loved it. The characters were wonderful, especially Carrie and Eve, and I thought the way the story unfolded through multiple viewpoints and across timelines was cleverly done. It really added to the suspense and intrigue. HIGHLY recommended and would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.

PS. There’s a paperback giveaway of The Traitor’s Girl running on this week’s Teaser Tuesday but it’s closing veeeeery soon so click, swipe or tap here to enter before it’s too late.

Orkney Twilight by Clare CarsonOrkney Twilight by Clare Carson

This was a really interesting story about a young woman determined to discover her father’s secrets and, as an undercover policeman, he has plenty. I picked this up mostly because of the Orkney setting as it’s a place I’d love to visit but have yet to make it to. But I found myself more intrigued by the time in which this was set – in the eighties when Great Britain was suffering great political and social unrest. Think shadowy figures and intrigue, and a very strong writer’s voice.

Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane PorterChristmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter

For a short book this sure made me cry a lot. If you love a Christmas themed story with cowboys and snow and emotional conflicts that really tug at your heartstrings, then this will be right up your alley.

One to snuggle up to on a cold afternoon.

The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne by Andrew NicollThe Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne by Andrew Nicoll

I adored Nicoll’s The Good Mayor which had some of the best portrayals of the complete and utter idiocy of love that I’ve ever read (I still remember the scene showing the lengths the mayor goes to just to peek at his love’s ankles). This is a definite departure from that quirky, sweet book but an excellent one. Set in early 1900s England, The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne is a compelling murder-mystery on its own, but it’s also a fine insight into class division and human frailty. I really enjoyed it.

Come Quietly by Jessie LoganCome Quietly by Jessie Logan

In the mood for a scorching hot short tale with a sexy, rich hero and a libidinous librarian, and a few laughs thrown in? Then I suggest you zip on over to Amazon and snap up your 99 cent copy of this story right now. Fun in the stacks with the Dewey system.

 

What were your favourite reads of April?

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7 thoughts on “Favourite Reads of April 2017

  1. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    And I’m waving at you on this post Cathryn. Wow, real life heroines in Christine’s book – that surely will be a fascinating read. Lucky Deb for having won the book! Hmm, just wandering if I need to give YA fantasy a go one day. Cathryn if you love it so much you really might enjoy the Tara Moss vampire books as they’re more YA than adult fiction.

    I read 6 books last month and loved each one of them, two of them were memoirs – A Little Thing Called Life by Linda Thompson – a book about her life with Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner and Girl on the Edge by Kim Hodges – the memoir is about her life in Coolah NSW near Dubbo. Both books are worth reading. The other 4 books were The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie, The Spider Goddess by Tara Moss, Flame Tree Hill by Mandy Magro and In Two Minds by Gordon Parker. In Two Minds might just have to be my favourite read of April for the reason it is an exceptional, and thought provoking read. This left me quite emotional as it’s about mental illness. The writing is superb. What makes this novel superior and more desirable is the author is a professor of psychiatry at the university of NSW. A book I highly recommend and maybe should be read by everyone.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I’ll check out In Two Minds, Sue. Sounds interesting. What did you think of The Autumn Bride? I adore that series. It’s such fun and has great characters. Anne has a new one out this month too. I’m not a big non-fic reader. In fact, I rarely read it at all, with the exception of Helen Garner whose work is brilliant. I’m still reading a book about Pixar 18 months after I started it.

      And yes, you will have to give a YA fantasy a go. I’m addicted!!

  2. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I looooved The Autumn Bride, Cathryn! I gave it a fabulous review and five stars. I hope it won’t be long before I get to read the other three books. Anne Gracie is a great author.
    I hope you do get to check out In Two Minds, I couldn’t put it down and still thinking about the book one week later. It’s been years since I’ve read non-fiction but the last couple of months I can’t get enough of it. I have one shelf dedicated to biographies and memoirs and it’s time now to read them all in-between my fiction reading of course. You might be reading the wrong types of non-fiction books Cathryn. A book on Pixar doesn’t sound too interesting. Lol.

    Is there one particular YA fantasy book that’s superb that you think I should start with? Would love your recommendation.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oooh, where to start with the YA fantasy…. I thought Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy was amazeballs. My favourite of last year. Start with SHADOW AND BONE. Loved that series. Luuuuuuuurved!!!!

      Actually, the Pixar book is fascinating. Anna Campbell put me onto it. I just read bits when I’m in the mood or between fiction books which is why it’s taking me so long.

  3. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Thanks Cathryn, when some of my books on Mt Kosciusko (my TBR pile) has descended I will give Shadow and Bone a go. I hope it’s very different to Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone because I couldn’t get my tongue around all the strange names and I just couldn’t get into that book.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Hmm. Maybe not for you then, Sue. Ah, well. You could always try Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series. That one’s a beauty too. Or Rachel Caine’s Great Library one.

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