Hello friends! Isn’t it crazy that the end of May is upon us? It was a good month for reading for me. Four books all told. As I write these reviews, I noticed my books were pretty darn depressing but all of them were fantastic. Be sure to go all the way to the end, as we have a giveaway for a $25 gift card to Amazon. Hope you can join us by linking up! Don’t forget you can also join us on Instagram with #ReadingLately – we would love to see what you are reading.
Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman: This book is considered a western dark fantasy. What does that mean you ask? It is set in a world where the the North American continent consists of the American colonies to the east, French territory to the north, Spanish to the south and the west, where the Devil rules. This devil isn’t the scary horns and pitchfork. He looks like a man. Within the territory, he is seen as the entity that keeps the peace, will make a deal, and is just part of living there. The main character in the story is Izobel, or Lizzy. We meet her on her 16th birthday, when she officially becomes an adult and can decide what to do with her life. She grew up within the Devil’s house (gambling, bar, food etc) as a serving girl. But she is more than a serving girl. Throughout her life she has been taught to observe and learn about people. She decides to make a Bargain with the devil to become his left Hand (aka enforcer). After making the deal, she is sent out on the Road with a mentor to learn the land. But not is all well in the Territory and it is up to Izzy to fix it. This isn’t the quest type of fantasy. There isn’t a ton of action. But it is captivating. The setting, the characters, and cultures keep you reading. To see Izzy grow into her role is fascinating. It is tough to explain, but consider picking it up.
Rating 4 out of 5
The Passage by Justin Cronin: I reread this to prepare for City of Mirrors. I remember loving it, but as I made my way through it again, I remembered why. It is set in a time in the not too distant future where an experiment goes extremely wrong and brings apocalyptic death and destruction. While society collapsing is the focal point of the plot. It isn’t what carries the story. It is the relationships between the characters. It is their growth, them finding their place in the terrible new world. The writing is also fantastic. Be forewarned, it is very long. My nook book said 880 pages. There is a big time jump as well. You start during the experiment and then go approximately 100 years later.
Rating 5 out of 5
The Twelve by Justin Cronin: While the Passage intertwined seemingly dissimilar storylines together with ease, The Twelve goes to a bit of an extreme. You spend time both 100 AV (after virus) and during the catastrophe. It is some of the “past” that can be tough to follow. It takes longer to figure out why you go back in time. But stick with it. This book displays the bad side of humanity when trying to survive. At what length will people go to ensure their future? Redemption also plays a large part into the story lines as well.
Rating 4.5 out of 5
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin: Ahh, the finale. I’m not sure what I feel after finishing this one. I’m sad, glad, and maybe a little frustrated. But to me, that means it was a good book/series. The storyline is full of, maybe not quite religion, but mysticism. Redemption, sacrifice, what happens after death and truly living life are some of the major themes. The ending left me slightly underwhelmed at first. But as I sit here and think about it more, it is a good completion the story. There is a feeling of the circle being complete. Seriously, just go read this trilogy if you haven’t already.
Rating 4 out of 5