Monday, February 23, 2015

The Runaway King - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Date Started: 2/18/15
Date Finished: 2/20/15

Ok, as I said in my summary for the first installment of this book (The False Prince), I really like this author's voice. The narration is crisp, the plot hums along and it's a really enjoyable read. All of this continued in the second book in the series.

Here's the official book blurb:

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive?
Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King.

Spoilers ahead:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sleeping Arrangements - Madeleine Wickham (Sophia Kinsella)

Date Started: 2/15/15
Date Finished: 2/15/15

Bought this one before going out of town on a quick weekend trip (with toddler in tow). Hence, I needed a book that didn't require a lot of concentration -- chick-lit it is! Here's the official blurb on this one:

Chloe needs a holiday. Her partner, Philip, has troubles at work, and the whole family wants a break. Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife, Amanda, seems more interested in her new kitchen than in him—and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he’ll have a chance to bond with them on holiday…
When the two families arrive at a villa in Spain for their respective vacations, they all get a shock—it has been double-booked. An uneasy week of sharing begins, and tensions mount in the soaring heat. But the temperature isn’t solely to blame: What no one else realizes is that Chloe and Hugh have a history—and that the “accidental” overlap might not have been so accidental after all…

Spoilers ahead!

The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Date Started: 2/9/15
Date Finished: 2/14/15

Official book summary:

In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes.

Choose to lie...or choose to die.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

Per usual, TOTAL spoilers ahead...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Wool - Hugh Howey

Date Started: 1/28/15
Date Finished: 1/31/15

Here's the "blurb" on this one:

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside. His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

Now apparently this was originally a series of short stories that were continued and expanded upon until they became this book. And I have to say, I really liked it. Readers should know this is pretty dystopian - so if you're tired of that theme you may want to avoid it - but you'd be missing out.

Spoilers ahead: