Bookends | #015

Malice by John GwynneSpring is finally here and the pretty, pretty sunshine and blue skies are making my days far more joyful than the constant grey clouds. Although, with the pretty sunshine, my reading has suffered. I’ve been enjoying walking outside during my lunch breaks and evenings rather than settling in with my books.

That said, I do have a few to chat about. The weekend was gloomy after all… 

I finished Betrayals and Rituals by Kelley Armstrong which finished off her Cainsville series. I talked about the overall basis of the series in last week’s post so go read that if you’d like to know more. I think the last two books made a strong conclusion to the series. It wrapped up all the threads that began in the first book and multiplied through the sequels. I felt like the characters stayed true to themselves and the progression was natural and realistic. I liked the way they (and the plot) were linked to Celtic/Welsh folklore and really admired the way Armstrong wonderfully weaved mythology into the contemporary storyline. This series was extremely addictive and I struggled to put them down. I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys urban/paranormal/folklorey fantasy. It’s great.

After I finished those, I picked up a book I’ve been wanting to read for some time… Malice by John Gwynne. My first Gwynne book was actually his latest, A Time For Dread and I really enjoyed it! There were some mild spoilers for the Faithful and the Fallen series, of which Malice is the first, but to be honest the new storyline remains forefront in my mind and I probably missed a lot of the references so I don’t feel spoiled. I’m a hundred or so pages in and I’m really enjoying it. I can’t believe it was a debut! It’s so well written, I have to keep reminding myself that this is the first book in a series. I just know it’s going to get better and  better. I’m so excited! But sadly, big paperback books are hard to read in the sun… don’t ask me why. Hoping to concentrate on it over the weekend.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week and that your reading is going well!

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