Hello! It's been awhile since I've posted any content here and for that I'm sorry. I'm hoping to make my 'what I've been reading' blog posts at least a monthly occurrence as I do very much love sharing some recommendations with other lovely and bookish nerdfighters! Be sure to comment and let me know what YOU'VE been reading and give me some recommendations too. I love that.
It's been odd over the last few weeks. I'm in the middle of some serious and anxiety-inducing exam revision but to break up all the studying, I have also been indulging in some Kindle reading. I find that reading a few chapters here and there during the day gives my brain a bit of a rest. That's very much needed. My only problem is putting my Kindle down after a certain amount of time has passed so I can get back to my textbooks!
And here are the books that have been taking my fancy lately:
Have you heard about the new film coming out soon with Tom Hanks called Captain Phillips? If that looks vaguely interesting to you than maybe you might consider picking up Hostage Three. Both are to do with boats being taken over by Somali pirates. It's not something that I've come across often before but I found Hostage Three to be very interesting. The story of Hostage Three is told from the viewpoint of a teenage girl from a wealthy family as they are trying to sail around the world in their yacht. Pirates board the ship and hold her family hostage. I found it fascinating as Amy begins to learn more about one particular Somali pirate and about his background and reasons for becoming a pirate. It brings some issues to light that I'd never considered before. It was also really fast-paced and thrilling and it's well worth a read.
I'll admit that I downloaded this book mostly on the pretty cover. I had no idea (though I really should have!) that this book is a science-fiction novel sent in outer space. I'm not the biggest sci-fi fan in the world, but even so, I really enjoyed this book. The main storyline of the book is a romance between the two main characters, a rich socialite and a common soldier awarded for his bravery. They're aboard a spaceship in hyperspace when it crashes, stranding the two on a deserted and mysterious planet. I love the elements of survival on this planet, the LOST feel to the weird new place and especially the interactions between Lilac and Tarver as they slowly warm to each other.
I'm a big fan of Jennifer Lyn Barnes. I really loved her series about werewolves (which begins with Raised By Wolves) and I was very lucky to go to an event in which she spoke about her inspiration for that series. Like me, her background is in Psychology and she really puts a lot of that into her books and that fascinates me whether it is animal psychology to do with werewolf packs or with forensic psychology as it is with The Naturals. I'm pretty sure that whatever subject Jennifer Lyn Barnes will choose to write about, I will choose to read her books. Because I loved The Naturals. The basic concept of 'the naturals' is that there are people out there who are just naturally good at reading other people - by facial expressions, noticing details, mannerisms, figures of speech and so on. And so this story is of an FBI agency who goes around finding these 'Naturals' and using these skills to solve crimes. Everything about The Naturals was really interesting. The main character is a 'natural' profiler and her job is to (by studying crime scenes and details of crime-related cases) determine what sort of person would commit these crimes.
I believe that this book might not be published until next year? If so, just note it down and then look out for it early next year. But as it is Elizabeth Scott you should probably already be aware of how amazing and reliable she is at giving us amazing and hugely emotional novels.
Heartbeat is really Elizabeth Scott at her best. She's never shied away from difficult themes to her books (Living Dead Girl, anyone?) and Heartbeat is no different. This is the story of a teenage girl mad at the world and especially her step-father. Because shortly before the book begins, her mother died. And instead of being allowed to grieve for the loss of her mother, Emma visits her mother every day at the hospital. Her mother at the time of death was pregnant and Emma's stepfather has made the decision to keep Emma's mother 'alive' by machines in order for the baby to grow big enough for a safe delivery. Just by reading that small summary and already my heart hurts at the difficult emotions and decisions and everything in this book. And I love how much Emma's anger and sadness are apparent on every single page. I loved this book so much.
If you'd like to read more about what I'm reading and recommending, you can always visit my book blog: Fluttering Butterflies.
What have you been reading lately?