Yes, we have made it to double-digits! All those who are reading with me should take a moment to make a celebratory cup of tea/coffee and pat yourself on the back … no really, stretching is good at this point. Take a break and stretch!
What have I been reading? Well, here’s what I’ve been up to since my last post….
Scandalous Lord Dere: A Novella from Secrets of a Perfect Night by Stephanie Laurens (finished) Frankly, I needed a reading break. This novella (inspired by another readathon participant – thank you!) was just the palate cleanser I needed as I was getting really annoyed with a character in another book and needed to walk away from him for a while. A very sweet historical, bit spicy at times, but in the end, True Lurve (™) conquered all. Very satisfying! (168 pages)
First Descent by Pam Withers This is the one with the main character who just made me want to reach out and smack him upside the head. Honestly, Rex was highly irritating to me for a good portion of this book. For someone so bright and supposedly well-traveled, he was pretty ignorant about the situation between the paramilitary and guerrilla organizations, and the dangers inherent to the First Nations people. I loved the character of Myriam as she struggled between helping her family and village and wanting to go away to university so that she could gather international support for her village’s plight. I thought the “secret reveal” was a little eye-roly, but I liked how the greater threat forced each character to become who they needed to be (vague enough? I hate spoilers…) Highly interesting read, especially about life in rural Columbia and the dangers within for the locals. (264 pages)
Unlocked by Courtney Milan (novella) This is truly a wonderful little novella, and a great break before I head back into the world of Middle Grade Fiction. A novella about forgiveness and change, this one broke my heart about six times. Lady Elaine is brilliant in her hidden pain, and how Evan, her former tormentor and bully, begins to show her that he loves her through respect is remarkable in such a short amount of time. This was a true gem of a read. (104 pages)
Up next: Loon Island by Donna Firby Gamache