Sunday, April 12, 2015

Melanie's Week in Review - April 12, 2015

Welcome to spring. It is finally feeling and looking like spring is here in the UK. The slightest hint of sun has nearly every Londoner in their shorts and sandals. I have yet to succumb as I keep thinking its still April and no one wants to see my pasty white legs. The lovely weather hasn't brought with it my reading mojo. I don't know where it has gone but it has been really hard for me to make much progress clearing my TBR. I am not helping myself out either by continuing to order books. So what have I been up to?

My week of reading started when Heartache by Annie Bellet popped onto my Kindle. This is the fifth in The Twenty-Sided Sorceress series which finds the heroine Jade up against her murderer ex-boyfriend Samir when he comes to Wylde to take everything he can from her including her heart. So far in the series Jade has managed to solve a number of murder mysteries and thwart Samir's attempts to capture her (and eat her heart). Life seems to calming down and returning to normal when a number of unrelated events find Jade on her own and ripe for Samir to catch her unawares. This kicks off a series of extremely violent events that leave Jade accused of the murder of her friend, the reason why two other friends are killed and almost the loss of her very own life. It all seems like Samir is undefeatable despite Jade's new powers and close friends.

I am a bit conflicted about Heartache. I appreciate the fact that Bellet doesn't mess around and drag out the plot but this book seemed really short. I think I could have easily have read this book in just over an hour as it only took me 1 day of commutes to get from cover to cover. A lot happens and Samir manages to completely devastate Jade's life but it all seemed incomplete and lacking any real depth. Bellet is super mean and leaves us with a big fat cliffhanger so I guess I need to pre-order the 6th book in advance of its release in June. This series is particularly good if you like gaming, comics and smart alec heroines. Not quite as many gamer related/Star Wars or Star Trek related comebacks in this book but I think they would have seemed even more out of place given what was happening to Jade and her friends.

The second book that I managed to finish was The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee (Angry Robot, June 2, 2015).  Since this is a debut look for my full review closer to the publication date.

That is it for me this week. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I able to get through a few more books next week.  Only two and one was a short story!!!!  I hope you have had a better result than I. Will do better but until next week Happy Reading.


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