My Library Haul

Last weekend I picked up some exciting reads from my local library! These titles are ones that I’ve been anxiously awaiting to start!

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Back in my college years, I began reading Anna Karenina since I was intrigued by the love story. At the time I only knew that Tolstoy wrote War and Peace, so I was curious. Alas, I eventually placed the book to the side…not because I was disinterested, but my focus was placed toward my studies!
Let’s see how much I can absorb this time around!

A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton is known for her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series,enthralling readers with Anita’s fearlessness and sexual escapades. A Kiss of Shadows follows the story of Meredith Gentry, a P.I. in Los Angeles whose true identity is Princess of the high court of Faerie. I’ve always been intrigued by this steamy world of the Fae, so I’m looking forward to reading it!

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
I received The Lost Girls of Paris yesterday at my local library’s monthly book club. It was my first meeting with this wonderful group, and although I didn’t have time to read up on the book club pick, I really wanted to attend. One of the club members was nice enough to lend me her copy of the book. I was very grateful!
This is a Historical Fiction novel, set around the time of World War II. Since Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres, I’m going to dive right in!

March 3, 2019: Six of Crows Reading Blog #2

I’m about halfway through Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Six of Crows’ (midway through Section 3: Heartbreak). This part goes heavily into the backstory of the Dregs’ members, how they came into the lives they chose to live. I love how it shows the human side of all of these characters. Way before their notorious reputations were cemented, they were small children forced into indentured servitude, or living a life of intense gambling. Fate also brought bitter enemies together, forcing them to ignore their biases in each other in order to survive and adapt. (The parts involving the history of Nina and Matthias were very intriguing). I definitely notice that Bardugo’s writing style is quite different from the Grisha series. Her female characters in Six of Crows are feminine and fierce, which is quite refreshing to read. Perhaps I’ll be able to finish this story by mid-week.

February 12, 2019: Library Book Haul (and Barnes and Noble purchase)!

I picked up three books over the weekend; Two from the library, and one Barnes and Noble purchase. I enjoy picking up selections from my local library, and I try to frequent it every chance I get.

Since I’m eager to finish the Grisha trilogy, I picked up the last book in the series, ‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo. This story takes place a few months after the showdown between Alina and the Darkling at Os Alta.

Synopsis of ‘Ruin and Rising’:
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

I also picked up ‘A Blade so Black’ by L.L. McKinney. This story is a retelling of ‘Alice and Wonderland, set in modern day Atlanta, Georgia.

Synopsis of ‘A Blade so Black’:

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

I also stopped in at Barnes and Noble to pick up ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas. I’ve been wanting to read this story for quite some time. I know I could have also picked it up at the library, but I read the first few pages of ‘The Hate U Give’ at B & N, and I immediately wanted to take it home. So there you have it!

Synopsis of ‘The Hate U Give’:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

I hope to complete ‘Ruin and Rising’ in a few days, so that I can begin ‘A Blade So Black’!