It’s Monday, what am I reading….8 with reviews

For today’s post I’m checking in with Sheila over at Book Journey.

So what am I reading this week ?

I am reading the second in the Cotton Malone series. This time it’s all about the Great Library of Alexandria. I’m really enjoying this book so far, it’s got quite a good flow to it and I am already nearly half way through it so I am expecting to finish this up this week.

On audio I’m also listening to The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

This seemed quite slow paced to start, enjoyable but I did have the underlying feeling of “get to the heart of the story already” but I’m pleased to say it is moving there. More on that next week.

Last week I was reading Wraiths by Una D’Arcy, here is my review of that.

Wraiths a great new young adult series that I picked up for my children and ended up reading and enjoying myself. Set in the village of Fore in Co. Westmeath, Ireland it tells the story of four young girls Sinead, Amy, Anna and Mary who uncover an ancient powerful source in the ruins of Fore Abbey while out playing camogie. As I have so often told you about the legends, myths and folklore around Ireland and indeed am lucky to know of so many around where I live it was a delight to come across a tale set in my neighbourhood. The legends were familiar but with a wonderful new slant that made for a great and interesting read. I especially loved reading about the locale and being able to picture perfectly the exact areas, that’s not to say if your not from the area you can’t picture it also, you can as the writer has a lovely descriptive way that the scenes easily come to life off the pages. I found the characters to be all well thought out and well-rounded, there were no unnecessary characters to the story and each was described again in an easy to picture way. I loved the interaction between the girls both with themselves and Connor and Cormac it was real and can be seen in the everday youth we know. I have to say my favourite characters were Fidgen and Cormac. I’m not going to tell you about them as I want you to read the story and find out for yourselves !  This story is such a breath of fresh air for young girls, I find the present market is very one dimensional for them at the moment so it is lovely to have something new to offer the eager young minds. But do not just pigeon hole this book for young girls it easily transcends many markets, my eldest boys are reading this, as have I and we are all enjoying it. I have the second in the series ready to start when I finish what is currently on my bedside table and it carries on from where Wraiths leaves off.

4 Stars

Last week I had also finished off The Woods by Harlen Coben and this is my review.

I normally am a big fan of Harlan Coben’s writing, it is quick paced with lots of action but for some reason this one just didn’t spark the interest to much.

The story is about the character Paul Copeland the chief prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey and the mystery that surrounded him and three other families some 20 years previously. A mystery about four teenagers who walked into the woods at a summer camp, two were found murdered and two were never seen again. One of the missing is Paul’s sister. When one of the missing turns up murdered 20 years later the whole case becomes open again.

I liked the character of Paul or Cope as he’s known. I found him interesting and I liked how his character was not afraid of the bad guy or for standing up for what was right regardless of the consequences to himself.

The character of Muse his chief investigator I loved. I found her really likeable and even more interesting than Cope. I would love another story with her as the main character.

As to the story I found I had the story all guessed not even half way through and just kept reading to see if I were right.I was as it turned out ! There seemed a lot going on in the story and I’m not so sure it was all needed, was it just added to add length to the story ? Who knows.

2 Stars

My star rating is up on the side.

So What are you reading this week ?


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10 Responses to It’s Monday, what am I reading….8 with reviews

  1. Bieke says:

    Oh I love the Cotton Malone books, I’ve read 5 books so far and number 6 is waiting for me… I’ve found them all really good, Steve Berry really keeps it up. Sometimes when a series is getting popular authors tend to make the mistake of trying to “milk” their characters. So far Berry hasn’t made that mistake (my opinion of course)

  2. readerbuzz says:

    You are a busy reader! Glad you read lots you enjoyed this week!

    Here’s my It’s Monday.

  3. Heather says:

    I’ve enjoyed the Cotton Malone series too.

  4. Hi Ruth, I’m a new visitor from Sheila’s link-up. 8 kids and you have time to read and blog?!?! I have 3 sons and it’s hard to squeeze it in. You have some interesting books on your list, too bad the Harlan Cohen book was a disappointment to you this time. Hope you have a great reading week! Here’s my Monday What are You Reading list and Blogaversary Amazon Gift Card Giveaway if you’d like to stop by!

  5. That are some great books you got there Ruth. I loved the Kate Morton one and am slowly working my way trough Harlan Coben. Have a great week!!

  6. Myra GB says:

    Hi there Ruth, these are all unfamiliar titles to me, but the book covers look great. Good to hear that your children are enjoying Wraiths – the title alone sounds riveting. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. The Alexandria Link sounds great. I’ve been curious about that series. I read The House at Riverton last year and loved it — hope you enjoy the rest of it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week of reading!

  8. Awesome, I still need to try Steve Berry’s books 🙂 Happy reading!

  9. Kepanie says:

    I really like the look of The Wraiths. Seems just up my alley. I’m finishing up the third book in the Women’s Murder Club series.

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