What I Read Last Week:
I can’t believe I forgot to mention that we finished The Amulet of Samarkand last week — it is one of the best audiobooks we have listened to so I highly, highly recommend it. We were planning to save the sequel for our drive up to Maine next month, but we couldn’t resist and downloaded it immediately.
I (finally) finished The Death Cure (YA, dystopian) by James Dashner. It’s the final book in the Maze Runner series and it has been in my pool bag for 3 weeks. 125 pages into this book I was ready to give up, but the story picked up a little and I finished the rest in one afternoon. I’ll post a full review on Goodreads later this week… but the bottom line is that the ending was not satisfying so if you didn’t love book 2, you probably won’t love book 3 either.
Needing a quick, light read, I picked up the first three books of The Dusk Gate Chronicles by indie author Breeana Puttroff. Seeds of Discovery got off to a slow start — the first 25% was frustratingly slow and repetitive. Once Quinn followed William through the portal, the story really picked up. Books 2 and 3 were much stronger than book 1 and made me glad I didn’t abandon the series — they were very quick and enjoyable pool-side reads. Roots of Insight was my favorite book of the three. I had become very fond of Thomas so I kept turning pages, nervously, hoping everything would end well. Thorns of Decision had some big, exciting reveals but suffered from saggy-middle-syndrome — it was a bit slow.
What’s on my TBR pile this week:
Kraken by China Mieville really needs to be either read or returned.
IQ84 by Haruki Murakami