The Light, the dark, and the feverish

Wow. Looking at this reading list it seems like months since I read Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park instead of merely weeks. This month seems to have gone on forever! Which isn’t a good thing considering how crappy the weather has been. Storms, hail, torrential rain…. Helping my son deliver pamphlets amid thunder and lightning and praying the rain would hold off just another ten minutes until we finished the run? Um, yeah. Not my favorite memory.

But on to books.

As you can see I’ve revisited a favorite series this month– the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. And second time around, now that I’m not quite so OMG! *cue heart palpitations* caught-up in the story, I’m a little more aware of just how many risks the author took with the writing style (for example, foreshadowing events via the main character talking to the reader, and in Shadowfever, swapping to present tense for the main character, and alternating with POVs from other characters). Not to mention the hell MacKayla (Mac) is put through — something I know shocked many readers.  I can’t really adequately convey how awesomely gritty this series is, and how much I love that Karen Moning “went there”… and that her editor and publisher allowed her to push boundaries.

On a lighter note, Heist Society by Ally Carter was a delight– clever, and a true “caper” in the style of Ocean’s Eleven. Check out this inside jacket blurb:

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre… to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria… to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own– scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster’s priceless art collection has been stolen and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled off this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and, hopefully, just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history– and with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

And on a darker note, I found Undone by Brooke Taylor to be an intense, heart-wrenching read. It explores Serena’s journey as she copes with the aftermath of the car crash that kills her best friend, Kori. Serena’s whole focus becomes trying to complete Kori’s list of  “five secret impossible possibilities” and not leave them undone. And in the process Serena finally learns who Kori really was… and discovers herself along the way. Undone is “…a complex, thought-provoking story of fate, friendship, and the ultimate ties that bind you to the people you think you know best.”

That’s it for book discussions this month; here’s my full reading list for May:

  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long
  • Love Charm For Carlotta by Carly Carson
  • Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan
  • Lucien’s Fall by Barbara Samuel
  • Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
  • A Very Private Merger by Day Leclaire
  • For Love Or Money by Elizabeth Bevarly
  • Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
  • Undone by Brooke Taylor
  • Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
  • Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
  • Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Happy Reading!



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