24 June 2017

Recently Read

 



The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen - ★★★★
As soon as I read the blurb for this one, I was in.  Kit is a phenomenaut which means she can project her consciousness into animal bodies.  Over the course of the story, she becomes a bat, a spider, a tiger, and an elephant to name just a few and we get to experience this with her.  Kit uses her ability as part of a research project hoping to help humans better understand and protect animals, but the company she works for want to start using phenomenautism for some more sinister things.  If you're in the market for some good science fiction, give this a go!

The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick - ★★★★
The Comet Seekers is a beautiful story following the lives of the two main characters Roisin and Francois.  In a similar way to One Day by David Nicholls, we catch up with each of them only at certain points in their timelines, when a comet is visible in the sky (hence the title) slowly finding out how their stories overlap.  I loved the writing and the themes of love and hope, and it's also such a beautifully designed book.

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld - ★★★
I read this fairly short book in a day and I really liked it, but didn't think it was amazing.  The Enchanted is told from the point of view of a prisoner on death row and is about the observations he makes about the world around him.  Quite a thought-provoking and interesting look at the death penalty and what drives people to commit horrible crimes, but I didn't feel overly connected to any of the characters in the way needed to make it a really emotional read - possibly just down to the time I was reading, but I give this one three stars.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - ★★★★★
Such a beautiful book and one I'm so glad I finally got around to!  Arthur Golden describes the world of the geishas so vividly and it was such an absorbing, interesting read.  Perfect historical fiction.

Despite The Falling Snow by Shamim Sarif - ★★★★
I had never read anything set in Cold War Russia before but I loved it as this story's backdrop.  It was slightly less spy novel and a bit more romance than I imagined but I would choose both of these things in a book anyway so I really enjoyed it all the same.  I never felt the romance was overdone, just the perfect amount, and I was so swept up in Katya and Alexander's back story and their world.  I'm considering having everyone call me Hollyushka from now on.  So gorgeous.
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