Our Week In Books – Week 13, 2013

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This week I found myself unable to let go of the Cynsters quite yet, so started with another couple of books which I enjoyed immensely.  The Perfect Lover and The Ideal Bride both get 4 stars from me.

I then decided to move on from the Cynsters but stayed with the historical romance genre and picked up The Devil’s Web by Mary Balogh. Usually I absolutely love Ms. Balogh’s books, but for some reason I found myself not liking the protagonists very much and as a result my enjoyment of the book was affected. I felt James was totally self-centred and selfish rather than as tortured as I think he was meant to come across, and Madeleine was just not likeable. The story however was okay and I would give it 2.5 stars. It was a much darker romance than I am used to so if you are not really into the hearts and flowers type romances, you may enjoy this one more. There were some very intense and emotional scenes especially towards the end when they accept their love for each other.

A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan was my next pick, a solid romance designed to make you feel warm and fuzzy (which of course it did). Sarah Morgan is probably my favourite Mills and Boon author, I always feel happy after reading her books even though she usually manages to make me cry at some point, and this book was no exception! 4 stars.

Then what should pop through my door except Lover at Last – well no prizes for guessing what my next book was.  I very quickly finished it and loved it, this series is showing no sign of fading. Watch out for a joint review later this week.

Until next time!

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Yes, it’s time I finally joined in on this weekly blog post and while I’m not the demon speed reader Tracey is, I have been getting through some of the books I have badly wanted to.  My week has also been weirdly spaced out with my husband being on holiday although he has been enjoying some quality time with the xbox which has left me free to read.  I do confess I was caught up in some games too so it’s not ALL been reading *blush*.

With the final book of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson) being released at the start of the year, I really wanted to catch up on the last four or five books, finish the series and find out how it all ended.  My memory for books just isn’t what it used to be so that means it’s re-read time!  I finished Book One, The Eye of the World, and was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  I remember it being good but as I first read it in 1992 and a lifetime ago I wondered if it would stand up to today’s fantasy.  I will do a review for it soon as older books need love too.

A Graphic Novel came next – Dragon Age: Those Who Speak by David Gaider, Alexander Freed and Chad Hardin.  This is the collected sequel to Dragon Age: The Silent Grove and continues the story of Alistair, Isabella and Varric.  Just as good as the first one and a solid 4 stars.

Lover At Last by J.R. Ward arrived and I was so excited to read it!  I have been waiting for Blay and Qhuinn’s story for ages and it did not disappoint.  I couldn’t put it down and loved it SO much!  As Tracey said, our joint review will be up this week 🙂

I’m now reading The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, Book Two of The Wheel of Time and it is pretty good so far.

That’s it from me, see you next week!


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

Hopes for A Memory of Light

I started reading the Wheel of Time books a fair while ago, but my interest waned around book 6 (Lord of Chaos) and although I read books 7 (Crown of Swords) and 8 (The Path of Daggers) I never got any further. I found Jordan’s prose more and more convoluted and his desire to introduce further plot threads and resolve almost none too frustrating. On top of that was the fear that it would never end, and together that meant I couldn’t bring myself to read book 9 (Winter’s Heart), or any further. It was a real shame, because I had truly enjoyed the first books, and I truly wanted to know what happened, but I couldn’t help but feel that we’d never know, that major elements of the story would go unresolved.

Then it was announced the series would definitely end, in ‘one or two’ more books, and yet that didn’t help because how was it possible to resolve all those threads in such a short space (in Jordan terms)? This was just further evidence to me that we would be left in the dark over so many questions that in the past Jordan had taunted us to ‘read and find out’ (RAFO).

And then sadly, Jordan was announced as being very ill indeed, and eventually he passed away.

At the time of his death he had been working on A Memory of Light, the last of the Wheel of Time books. Tor (his publisher) announced that Brandon Sanderson had been approached and had agreed to complete the book.

So it is with mixed feelings that I look forward to it’s publication. For me it will be closure on the series, with the final book published I’ll be able to pick them all up, and read them all again, and from book 9 for the first time. Knowing the journey does have an end at last, hoping beyond hope that the questions are answered. Sanderson has a terrible burden upon his shoulders, working from Jordan’s part finished manuscript and his notes he has to both deliver something the fans feel is worthy and also something that he feels Jordan would have been proud of. I envy him not one jot, and I wish him all the best in his efforts.

I hope a Memory of Light will allow us all to move on.