A Few Interesting Books...
I have not made much speedy reading progress recently, but I have been steadily ploughing my way through.
During the school holidays, I bought two new books: The Secret Commonwealth by Phillip Pullman and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
The Secret Commonwealth is the second book in The Book of Dust series. Many times, rosewater is mentioned and it makes me hunger for rosewater cake. I really like how Pullman writes, and I am grateful to him for making the books so long. More time reading!
It is unenjoyable in some aspects, though, because Lyra and Pantalaimon (her daemon, which is like an animal projection of her soul) argue and eventually separate.
I have not yet read much aside from the first few pages of Shadow and Bone, but I do look forward to picking it up. It appears to be set in an alternate universe version of Russia, which is unusual and I have high hopes for this novel.
I also downloaded to audiobooks, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. These two authors seem to be quite popular at the moment, so I thought I should have a look (or more like a listen!) to some of their books. The first thing I must note is that they both have a little bit of queer representation, which makes me happy because there has not been a lot of that in books I have read recently.
They are both magical fiction (or, I should probably, say Fantasy) and although they are quite cliché in some aspects I still enjoy them. I would recommend these books.
My one problem with City of Bones is that from the very begging I guessed that the main characters Clary and Jace would get together. This kind of thing gets a bit boring after a while, where the male MC saves our female protagonist from various horrifying monsters and dangerous situations, and then they fall in love. That is not to say that I dislike the characters, merely that I would enjoy a story where this trope is non-existant.
The Cruel Prince is a book that I’m really liking so far. It has gone off the expected course, she has not fallen in love with the villain (yet at least) and come the characters are different to the usual YA Fantasy characters. Jude, the protagonist, wants to be a knight in one of the fairy courts from what I can sum up, and she has to fight for the role. She lives with her sisters, her parents’ murderer and his wife and child. It’s a bit different from the normal and I’m liking it.
‘Enjoy your reading,