13 April 2016

I'd like to read...

Hello!  I'm back today with the second installment.  I know it's only early days but the fact that I have kept this up for more than one post is pretty impressive to me.  If you're wondering what this series is all about, click here to read last month's where all is explained!

Here are some of the books I marked as 'to read' in the month of March.
Lorali by Laura Dockrill
Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.
Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.
But along with Lorali's arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory's bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?
I'm a little late to the party with this one I think, but I seem to be seeing the cover and hearing about this everywhere at the moment and everyone seems to think it's pretty great.  I mean it has mermaids and pirates, so that's me sold!

The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard (translated by Tiina Nunnally)
When Luca Campelli dies a sudden and violent death, his son Jon inherits his second-hand bookshop, Libri di Luca, in Copenhagen. Jon had not seen his father for 20 years—since the mysterious death of his mother. After Luca’s death is followed by an arson attempt on the shop, Jon is forced to explore his family’s past. Unbeknownst to him, the bookshop has for years been hiding a remarkable secret. It is the meeting place of a society of booklovers and readers who have maintained a tradition of immense power passed down from the days of the great library of ancient Alexandria. Now someone is trying to destroy them, and Jon finds he must fight to save himself and his new friends.
Something I really love are books and stories about books and stories and book lovers, and I thought this one sounded really good.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
My name is Hope Arden, and you won't know who I am. We've met before - a thousand times. But I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger. No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. But it also makes me dangerous. 
I've been a fan of Claire North since reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.  I also have her second novel Touch on my shelf waiting for its turn!  Claire's books always have really original concepts and I'm always left wondering how she came up with them.  The Sudden Appearance of Hope sounds like it will be no exception!

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination. As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix. But the end to it all looms closer every day. Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence. For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters. She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love. Or she could disappear.
I'm not 100% sure that I will get around to reading this one, as it has some quite mixed reviews. Having said that, time travel, myths and magic are all things I love in a fantasy book, so it's something I'm willing to try for myself.

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish
It's summer, and for teachers Ed and Natalie Steele this means six weeks off work with their young daughter Molly. Their lives are predictable and uncomplicated -- or at least they were until they meet the Faulkners. Suddenly, glamorous Lara Faulkner, a former actress leading an eccentrically lavish lifestyle, is taking Natalie under her wing and the stability of summer takes an exciting turn. But are there hidden motives behind this new friendship? And when the end-of-summer party at the lido is cut short by a blackout, Natalie realises that she's been kept in the dark all along. 
I love thrillers and although I don't like to read too many dark books in a row, if I haven't picked one up for a while I start to crave another.  Unfortunately I find a lot of thrillers to be kind of samey and I'm always on the lookout for something that's really going to shock me or will actually keep me on the edge of my seat.  I think Gillian Flynn may be to blame for that, as ever since I read Gone Girl nothing has quite seemed on the same level of suspense. The Swimming Pool sounds promising though!

See you next month for April's installment.  In the meantime, let's be Goodreads friends!

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