Books read in April:
All Played Out – Cora Carmack
In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.
Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.
But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.
Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.
Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.
And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.
Last Night in Montreal – Emily Mandel
Lilia has been leaving people behind her entire life. Haunted by her inability to remember her early childhood, and by a mysterious shadow that seems to dog her wherever she goes, Lilia moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers and friends along the way. But then she meets Eli, and he’s not ready to let her go, not without a fight.
Gorgeously written, charged with tension and foreboding, Emily St. John Mandel’s Last Night in Montreal is the story of a life spent at the centre of a criminal investigation. It is a novel about identity, love and amnesia, the depths and limits of family bonds and – ultimately – about the nature of obsession.
All Fall Down – Ally Carter
I don’t mean to get into trouble. Trouble just sort of finds me.
Grace has been shipped off to stay with her diplomat Grandpa in the glittering Embassy Row, a place where trespassing into the wrong garden can cause an international incident. Grace knows the rules – she’s ignored them before – but however much she wants to change, she can’t. Not while she’s certain of three things:
1. She isn’t crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she’s going to find the man with the scar, and then she is going to make him pay.
Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .
All My Puny Sorrows – Mriam Toews
Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters.
Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die.
Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.
When Elf’s latest suicide attempt leaves her hospitalised weeks before her highly anticipated world tour, Yoli is forced to confront the impossible question of whether it is better to let a loved one go.
Book of the month:
I really enjoyed Cora Carmack’s All Lined Up, if you’re looking for a New Adult writer, you should really check her books out – fun and romantic, I always race through them!
For the book of the month, I was really torn between two books. I loved Red Queen – it’s sort of Games of Thrones meets The Hunger Games meets Divergent and was a great start to this new YA trilogy. But as it’s only book one and the series has a long way to go, I went with this as my book of the month:
Amy Snow – Tracy Rees
Winner of the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition. ‘A sparkling and compelling mystery. Amy Snow captured our hearts from the very first page’ Richard and Judy.
Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy’s only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits… if only she can unlock the secret.
This was a lovely Victorian mystery / coming-of-age story about a girl called Amy Snow sent on a treasure hunt to uncover the secrets of her recently deceased friend. Amy Snow has wonderful voice ad you’ll root for her from page one. Although it’s a mystery it’s really about Amy’s journey rather than her destination as she leaves the mansion she grew up in following her friend Aurelia’s directions and discovers what she wants for her life. She meets all sorts of special people on her way and there is a lovely romance plot mingled in with the mystery. I could definitely see this as a BBC series as each chapter kept you wanting to read on and I think it’s a book I would re-read in the future.
What book stood out for you this month?