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Confessions Of A Bookworm: September

It’s the last Wednesday of the month so it’s time to take a look at the books I’ve managed to get through this month.

What Am I Currently Reading:

uk_the_last_wish_newLast month my fiancee and I watched the film The Last Witch Hunter and I really enjoyed it so my lovely fiancee went out and bought me the original book that the film was based on.

I started reading it this morning and so far it’s pretty good. It’s quite different from the other fantasy books I’ve read. There have been a couple of spots where I’ve had to go back and reread a page to try and work out how many people are involved in a situation.

I’m getting to grips with the plot but I’m trying to keep my expectations from the movie out of mind. The book isn’t that long and so far it seems like a nice read and it’s nice that it was my fiancee, [who loudly complains about how many books I have], decided to buy this one for me.

What I’ve Just Finished:

This month I got a fantastic surprise. I’d completely forgotten that ‘Empire of Storms’ was due to come out so when it turned up on my doorstep I was super excited to dive right in and not only that! It’s not the last book in the series. That means there should be a follow up next year for me to devour.

The book itself is over seven hundred pages long so it took me a few days to get all the way through the book, but because of its length I wasn’t left feeling like the book ended too quickly. Sarah J Mass used the length to bring together all these little threads from the previous books and the collection of short stories that prequel the series.

The landscape of the world that Sarah J Mass has set her books in comes into focus more in this book and I loved how she hadn’t tried to simplify the politics and geography of the world to make a shorter series. Granted, there is room for a lot more elaboration but I enjoyed reading about how the world fits around these characters and how the characters are growing into a court.

I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything about the book away but I did have a couple of niggles when reading it. While I love the relationships in this book, there were a couple of moments where comments or relationships seem to be added in just for the sake of pairing everyone off. However, that didn’t really have much of an impact on the rest of the book and I still loved every page.

‘Legends And Liars’. I’m falling more and more in love with Kacha and Voch with every page that I read of this series. As you will see, the third and last book in this series is in my ‘What I’m Reading Next’ list and I can’t wait to get around to it. This book puts the main characters back on a more steady footing but it starts in Ikras but you don’t really find out much about it and it seems that it only starts there so you can see them getting back to Reyes from Ikras.

I do like how the second book ends in a place that could be seen as the end of the series. I think this gives the story lines more room to grow as the three books are no all focused on the same arch which I did think they were going to be.

Book three promises to be interesting.

Finally, ‘American Monsters’!!!! September meant two books from two of my favourite Authors. ‘American Monsters’ was the last in the Demon Roads trilogy and I would feel really disappointed about reaching the end of it if I hadn’t already heard that Derek Landy will be writing another series of Skulduggery Pleasant. But more about that little development another time.

I’ve adored this series and I’m gutted to get to the end, but it does look like it could be carried on at some point in the future. If not, it at least ended in a place where I felt comfortable that the characters had reach some form of resolution without everything tying up perfectly.

What I’m Reading Next:

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I’m hoping to finish off this series this weekend. After that I’m going to go through my bookshelves and try to get through some of the books that have been sat there for way too long.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on her first novel ‘Darkened Daughter’ and attempting to put together a collection of poetry in the hopes of submitting to publication in 2020. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers here on Writing and Works.

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