Hello! Welcome to another of my weekly reading wrap ups. I’m having a really great reading week so far. Work has been mega hectic to I’ve really enjoyed taking time for myself and getting lost in fantastical worlds. Although, I have become a *little* addicted to one series in particular and it’s become rather all-consuming….
So I’ll pick up where I left off last week with Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. I finished it over the weekend and it did not disappoint. It surpassed my expectations immeasurably (not too hard when I was a bit wary but sshh) and had a very strong conclusion. The quick pace never let up and the characters just became more awesome by the chapter. One of the plots had a bit of a mystery element to it which I thought was done really well in that it kept me guessing all the way through. It was actually unpredictable all the way through, nothing was glaringly obvious and with the pace it definitely kept me on my toes. By the end I was gripping the book in both hands on the edge of my seat hoping none of my favourite characters died. Overall, a very enjoyable, fun, interesting flintlock fantasy – I hurriedly ordered the remaining books in the series so it’s safe to say I recommend!
After that it has been all about Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series. I have stormed through Omens, Visions, Deceptions and Lost Souls and I am currently half way through Betrayals. This series guys, this series. I saw a few of these books on someone’s Instagram feed, sadly I can’t remember who’s, and after looking up Omens I thought I’d give it a whirl. Woah. Ten minutes in and I was hooked. It’s a difficult one to describe but I will do my best. It’s a paranormal, urban, fantasy, crime story following Olivia Taylor-Jones as she discovers she is not who she grew up believing she was. She was adopted, and her biological parents? Yeah, they’re serial killers, locked up in jail since she was 2 years old. As the truth comes out and the paparazzi invade her home in order to interview the popular socialite (don’t read too much into this, she is in no way spoilt or bratty and goes her own way pretty sharpish), her life begins to fall apart despite her best efforts to try and stay sane. She ends up in a reluctant partnership with the last lawyer her birth mum hired for an appeal case – Gabriel Walsh. As Olivia looks into her parent’s past she begins to question everything.. dun dun dun.
Armstrong is such a good storyteller. The first book is quite light on the paranormal aspects and is predominantly a mystery/crime story with intriguing complex characters. It’s a first person narrative but there are occasional chapters in between told from a different character’s perspective which I found a really interesting way to view certain scenes. It also helps build up tension as we learn things that Olivia doesn’t know and wait to see how they will pan out. I think Armstrong is really good at building up tense/scary atmospheres which is a nice change to my normal reads and regularly made me feel unsettled and unsure of what was going to happen. Although, I guess it would be hard to write a description of a midnight exploration of an abandoned psychiatric hospital without unsettling the reader. The rest of the series has a much stronger fantasy/paranormal focus as we discover the light and dark fae and all the other creatures in between. I’ve found it gripping and I’m super sad I only have two books (one and a half really..) left! I love the combination of Gabriel and Olivia tackling/investigating crime whilst also trying to deal with the fallout of her ‘real’ identity. Highly, highly recommend if you’re on the look out for some new paranormal/urban fantasy about the fae.
And that’s a wrap! Hope you’ve all had a great week, I’m off to lose myself in Betrayals….