Recent Reads is a way for me to round up books that I have read recently that are either too small to really give a detailed review of them, or are books read for fun with no review notes taken.
I absolutely loved Something in the Air, so when I saw Marie was writing a short story I knew I had to read it. Christmas in the Air is a very cute read which is based in London, England as we spend time with Rose. She has new friends, a job she loves, and is also with Declan.
While I did like this story, I thought it was too short. I wanted to see a ring, spend more time with Declan, and really celebrate Christmas with this couple. But since this is free I may be being too picky and needy with wanting more from this couple.
Overall a very cute read and I hope at some point in the future we get to visit this couple and thier families again.
I first saw Our Frozen Wings when a friend had read it. I decided to check it out and picked up a copy, and left it sitting waiting to be read. When I eventually got around to reading Our Frozen Wings I realised it was going to be a very quick read.
I really like how the story is told, and I did initially think something about what was happening. It wasn't until something was said that I realised what was going on. I thought this was a quick but nice read, but one that also brought tears to my eyes.
I've had Cold Hands, Warm Heart sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I decided to take the plunge and dive in. I really didn't know what to expect from this, just that someone died and donated their heart to someone else. But Cold Hands, Warm Heart was so much more than that. There was a lot of attention to detail, the before, during, and after of people who receive transplants. How it not only affects them, but also their family and friends.
I really enjoyed this book, and while it didn't blow me away it did make me think about a lot of things.
I've had these for a while waiting to be read before publication of the full book. I decided to tackle these and see what I was missing out on.
The Dolls: Episode One
Eveny's life is uprooted over breakfast, when her Aunt Bea decides to move them back to Carrefour. We get a quick introduction to Eveny and her aunt, and we get to briefly see the town as Eveny does
The Dolls: Episode Two
We meets Boniface, caretaker of the house, and he shows Eveny to her newly decorated room. We also get a glimpse into her old life and her love of botany. Towards the end, a mysterious figure is in her garden and Eveny goes to investigate.
The Dolls: Episode Three
Event confronts stranger to discover it's a girl her age, and who also will be going to her school. But this new face becomes wary when she finds out its Eveny's birthday
The Dolls: Episode Four
Event is reintroduced to an old friend from childhood, and makes the rash decision to attend a funeral with him of a pupil from Pointe Laveau Academy. We also get our first introduction to The Dolls
The Dolls: Episode Five
This is told during the funeral and we get descriptions of The Dolls and also find out the name of the pupil who died.
The Dolls: Episode Six
Not much happens in this. We learn about The Dolls and their followers. It's all very mysterious and secretive.
Overall these small stories definitely have me wanting to read the story and find out more about The Dolls, and what is so mysterious about Eveny.
I've had Beautiful Oblivion on my shelves since it was published, and I never quite found the time to sit and read it. So when I got the chance to pick a few books off my TBR, Beautiful Oblivion was one of the first ones I picked up.
I really enjoyed visiting this world again and I like how Beautiful Oblivion crosses timelines with Beautiful Disaster...with that I might suggest that you read Beautiful Disaster before reading this, as it does give away a few key points in that story.
Trent, is the second Maddox brother I have met, and I like how we can see similar traits to Travis...Fiercely loyal, over protective and slightly over bearing, but determined to get what he wants, however Trent is less volatile than Travis. I really liked Cami in this book, and I did feel sorry for her in what she has had to deal with, and still deals with. Her relationship with her family is strained for this reason, but she is also fiercely loyal in that she will help them out even if it means she has to work harder.
Beautiful Oblivion was a book I flew through, and it also reminded me how much I miss this world and the Maddox family. Life is never easy for this family or anyone involved with them, but the journey that they take always leads to a happy ending (so far). The ending of this book had me fearing for the characters involved, but I also did not see THAT coming. When I read what THAT said I was speechless and shocked, and wondered how I never saw it coming. I need to find time to read the next book in the series.
The Bane Chronicles is a book I
I really enjoyed reading this one. I loved being able to spend time with Magnus and see what events he has had a hand in. His story spans years, and although the fashion changes, Magnus definitely has his own sense of style, adding his usual flair to the fashion of the time. I loved getting to meet older family members that we have just heard about in passing, seeing what happens after certain events that we have read, or once again heard about. I also really loved seeing how Tessa was and how important a role she had for Clary.
The Bane Chronicles fills in some blanks, gives us another perspective to a story, and leave me wanting to finish the Mortal Instruments series. This is a perfect read for those who only want to tackle short stories, but also offers up the book as a whole for those who want to sit for a while. It also shows a different side to Magnus. He really does have a heart, and feelings, and goes to some drastic measures to heal himself.