Can you believe that we're nearly at the end of September 2016 already? It's such a cliche, but time really does get much faster as you get older. August was a good month for me literature wise. After wasting most of July reading the worst self help book I have ever read, I decided it was time to start reading some fiction that I was guaranteed to enjoy. My selections did not disappoint me.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Earlier in the year, I devoured the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas after borrowing it from Swindon Library. When I had finished, I was delighted to see the library also had the first book of a new series by Maas: A Court of Thorns and Roses. While not quite as captivating as Throne of Glass had been, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Since moving to Reading and establishing that I liked the library in Swindon a lot better, I decided I was just going to buy the second book in the ACOTAR series: A Court of Mist and Fury. And then I was blown away.
The A Court of Thorns and Roses series follows Feyre, a young woman whose life is turned completely upside down when she accidentally kills a faerie. The events of ACOTAR leave Feyre broken, and A Court of Mist and Fury follows her journey to come to terms with this, whilst also facing new threats and challenges.
I can't get over how much I enjoyed this book. From the first to the last page, I was completely hooked. The storyline was much more engaging than the first book in the series and I truly fell in love with the new characters and a certain character from book one that we get to know much better this time round.
In fact, I was so excited, I posted the following status on Facebook:
Believe me when I say that's a big deal.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Another series of books I have enjoyed reading this year is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The world of the Shadowhunters is incredible, so after finishing this series, I read The Infernal Devices as well. Imagine my delight when I realised a brand new Shadowhunters series was beginning this year!
Lady Midnight is the first book in Cassandra Clare's latest Shadowhunters trilogy: The Dark Artifices. Lady Midnight's heroine is Emma Carstairs, a character we are introduced to in The Mortal Instruments. I'm gonna be honest here, I really didn't like Emma at all when I first met her in that series so I wasn't sure what I was going to make of Lady Midnight.
Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised and I am much more impressed with Emma now she's older. Like I was with ACOMAF, I was hooked from first to last with this book. I am a particular fan of the Blackthorn family dynamics, and the character of Mark in particular.
I'd recommend reading The Mortal Instruments first of all the Shadowhunters books, but if you've already read those, make sure you pick up Lady Midnight!
Trace Evidence - A Virals Short Story Collection by Kathy and Brendan Reichs
When I finished the last book in the Virals series, Terminal, last year, I was devastated. In a few short days I'd burnt through the entire series. I'd been convinced that there was no way I'd enjoy the series as much as I liked the Temperance Brennan novels, but boy was I wrong - so I was super happy when I learnt the short stories were being bound into one collection, alongside a brand new never seen before Virals short story that takes place after the series ended. This little collection literally had me grinning from ear to ear as I read it. I love Tory and her team so much and I'm so happy I know what happened to them after the shocking events of the last novel now.
So, during August, I was thoroughly spoilt reading wise. Have you read any good books recently?