Monday, September 29, 2014

September Reading Wrap Up 2014

I thought I had read more books this month but according to my Goodreads account I only finished three.

The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison: This is the final book in the Hollows series and I am sad to see it end. I have grown to love Rachel Morgan, Ivy Tamwood, Jenks, Trent Kalamack, and even Al over the years I have been reading these books. It is only fitting that the final book has elves, demons, vampires, witches, weres, and humans fighting for control with Rachel being moved around like a chess piece. Many questions from previous books were finally answered and the ending feels fitting for all that Rachel has endured. If you are a fan of the Hollows, The Witch With No Name is a must read. If you haven't discovered the Hollows yet start with Dead Witch Walking and read them in order from there.

Otherworld Nights: An Anthology by Kelley Armstrong: (available for pre-order, expected publication date October 28, 2014, advanced copy received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers) I enjoyed every novel in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series and was sad to see it end. I am thrilled that she is giving us more stories with the characters I have grown to love in anthologies like this one. Armstrong's stories and novellas provide the opportunity to feature some of the minor characters in the books and give readers a chance to see what happens to some of the main characters beyond the novels. While some of these stories have been included in other anthologies, others are entirely new. I love that Armstrong is publishing her stories in this way as it is much easier than trying to track down individual stories in other books or online. This is a must read for every fan of the Otherworld.

Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky: I wasn't entirely sure that I wanted to read Not My Daughter because of the heavy teen pregnancy subject matter. Although it is a heavy book, it was still enjoyable to me. The focus isn't so much the teen girls who get pregnant as it is how their mothers and the entire town react to the news. The focus is mainly on Susan because she was pregnant at seventeen and is now the principal of the school these girls attend. Friendships and loyalties are tested as she struggles to both contain the publicity of the situation, fight for her job, and emotionally deals with the fact that her own daughter is pregnant.The adults in this book were far more interesting than the teenagers. The girls went into pregnancy with incredibly naive ideas regarding the fallout, physical and emotional, for themselves and their parents. They had no regard for the boys involved and were entirely selfish in their reasons for wanting children.

Next up on the reading list: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #2)

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