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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Wrap-Up


Greetings fellow book dragons!

Another month bites the dust, and in the tradition of book blogging, it's time to look back on all the books that we've read over the month.  This month I read three books, and while I'm sure that I could have finished at least one more, I admit that I got distracted by an HBO summer series called The Night Of.  It was such a fantastic show that I'm not the least bit sorry I didn't accomplish more reading!  I've provided some short thoughts about each one, but in-depth reviews will follow soon.  

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

  


Thoughts:  This was such a beautifully written story.  I know that I could have finished this one a lot faster than I did, but I just found myself pausing to savor what I was reading.  I was speechless when I discovered that this was the author's first book!  There are so many layers to this story and the author's ability to capture the essence of what it's like to live with PTSD was so amazing.  I look forward to reading her next book; however, there is no indication as to when that will be and patience is not necessarily my greatest virtue!



Lost by Sharon Bolton




Thoughts:  This was a solid addition to the series, which follows Lacey Flint, a special operations detective in England.  Following events from the second book, Dead Scared, Lacey is not bouncing back as quickly as she had expected.  Now young boys are being murdered, drawing Lacey close to her precocious and troubled little next door neighbor, who believes that he knows who the killer is and he's a little too close for comfort.  I love the tension and pacing in this series, which makes it a fast, enjoyable read contrary to the topic, and the author really keeps you on your toes trying to figure out who the murderer is.  Definitely check this series out if you like nail-biting thrillers.


And I Darken by Kiersten White




Thoughts:  This is the first in a trilogy that re-imagines the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler if he had been born a female.  I was very impressed with the author's ability to weave the actual history into the narrative, making this a great example of what historical fiction is supposed to look like.  Since this is the first book, the brutality that defines Vlad the Impaler has not begun, so it was not as graphic as I believe it will become.  This is very much a slow burning story, but definitely worth the commitment.  


This turned out to be a fantastic and satisfying reading month that lived up to the phrase quality over quantity.  On to slay next month's TBR!

What books did you read this month?  



Happy Reading! 


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