WWW Wednesdays are hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
Amor Towles – Rules of Civility (for review)
Another review request to the BCF reviews team, this time from the publisher. I’ve only just started this one so I can’t really comment on it so far, apart from to say that the writing is wonderful. I can only hope the plot and characters live up to that promise…
SJ Parris – Heresy (e-book)
I love historical fiction. I also love murder myseries. What better way to entertain myself than to combine the two? I’ve read about a quarter of this and so far I love it! I can hardly wait to see where the story goes in this novel set during the reign of Elizabeth I. Already I think the rest of the series may be swiftly downloaded to my Kindle!
What did you recently finish reading?
Anne Frasier – Hush (e-book)
This is so good it’s hard to believe it’s a debut, so polished it the end result! It’s a taut crime thriller with precision plotting – I even fell for one or two of the red herrings (which, I’m proud to say, is a rare thing) – and I was kept literally on the edge of my seat for the entire thrilling journey.
The characters are endearingly, humanly flawed, the plot is gripping, and the writing is perfectly suited to the genre. I will certainly be trying more by this author because if this introduction to her works is indicative of her style, it will be a thrilling ride!
Jackson Pearce – Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings 1)
Not so much a modern retelling of a fairytale, but a modern paranormal urban adventure with fairytale overtones, Sisters Red gathers together elements of the Red Riding Hood story with Snow White and Rose Red, and sets in firmly in modern-day Atlanta, GA with the wolves being supernatural creatures, and the sisters themselves being anything but victims.
Jackson Pearce has twisted the tale and skewed it in such a way that the feisty heroines are a force to be reckoned with – woe betide the wolf that tries to prey on them! The scarred and battle-weary Scarlet is such a wonderful character that it would be easy to overlook her quieter younger sister, Rosie, were she not so brilliantly realised herself. As for Silas, well a good friend is always an asset and although these girls can stand firmly on their own two feet, an extra pair of hands always comes in handy in the fight against evil.
I’ll not say I didn’t see the big twist coming, because I did spot it quite early on, but I didn’t care because I still wanted to read on and find out where the story would go and what ,exactly, would become of our intrepid trio.
If you like your fairytale heroines practical, with no need to wait for rescue from a handsome prince, then the Sisters Red are the girls for you. Long may the new breed of folk legends and twisted tales continue!
Tony Levy – A Turnkey Or Not? (e-book)
A Turnkey Or Not?is a humorous and frank autobiography by an ex-prison officer. As my Dad has been a prison officer in the Scottish Prison Service for 25 years, I thought I might find it interesting… and I was right! It’s an insightful, often surprising look at life on the outside of the bars, but inside the prison system and I loved it!
Levy’s professional life has been filled with quirky characters (and I actually feel he is one of them!) and his anecdotes are, more often than not, touched with a fondness for those featuring in this story of his work, and where friendly feelings have not been evident, he has been respectful and mindful of how others might take his revelations, giving nicknames and pseudonyms at every point.
Reading this book, I almost felt like I was meeting all his colleagues in person and I found I could picture them, hear their voices and join in their camaraderie as each chapter unfolded, and I progressed with them all, moving from one prison and position in the hierarchy to the next. Really, I almost felt like I was sitting having a coffee with an old friend who was recounting the more interesting episodes he had experienced and seeing the twinkle in Levy’s eye as he jests, then the more serious expressions as the tide turns.
Whether or not you know anyone who has ever been a prison officer, I think this has a broad appeal that should leave most readers feeling satisfied and entertained. It’s definitely well worth picking up.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Jenn Ashworth – Cold Light (for review)
Yes, another review request. I’ve not started this one and all I know is bascially from the blurb. Suffice to say, that blurb sounded interesting enough to make me say “Yes,” to taking a look at it! I’ll be starting it as soon as I’ve finished the other two…
Catherine Cooper – The Golden Acorn (e-book)
This is the choice for February in the Kindle Klub group. We only choose e-books that are available for FREE download, so there’s no expense to take part if you have a Kindle. If you fancy joining us, please feel free. Just click on the link HERE. I’m certainly looking forward to reading and discussing it…