Throwback Thursday : The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Throwback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

The book I’d like to shine the spotlight on this week is : The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.  This is an author that I really like.  The books of hers that I’ve read have been simply amazing, dark and imaginative.  I haven’t read all her books and that is something that I need to address but for today I’m going with The Shining Girls, difficult to believe that this was published in 2013 – I wonder if it’s due for a reread!  A book that brings to us a time travelling serial killer.  This is a dark read but it’s also absolutely compelling read and I couldn’t put it down.

The shining girlsThe Girl Who Wouldn’t Die Hunts the Killer Who Shouldn’t Exist

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

 

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Throwback Thursday : Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (Modern Faerie Tales #1) by Holly Black

Throwback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

The book I’d like to highlight this week is : Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (Modern Faerie Tales #1) by Holly Black

I love books about the fae and Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales were the first books of the kind that I read.

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Throwback Thursday : The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands #1) by Jonathan French

 

Throwback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

The book I’d like to highlight this week is : The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands #1) by Jonathan French

I loved The Grey Bastards and book 2 (The True Bastards) is due out later this year (October) so this seemed like a good opportunity to highlight it – particularly for those of you who haven’t read it yet as there’s still time to do so before the next instalment lands. You’re welcome.

Below is the synopsis from Goodreads and here is my review.

ThegreybastardsSuch is the creed of the half-orcs dwelling in the Lot Lands. Sworn to hardened brotherhoods known as hoofs, these former slaves patrol their unforgiving country astride massive swine bred for war. They are all that stand between the decadent heart of noble Hispartha and marauding bands of full-blood orcs.

Jackal rides with the Grey Bastards, one of eight hoofs that have survived the harsh embrace of the Lots. Young, cunning and ambitious, he schemes to unseat the increasingly tyrannical founder of the Bastards, a plague-ridden warlord called the Claymaster. Supporting Jackal’s dangerous bid for leadership are Oats, a hulking mongrel with more orc than human blood, and Fetching, the only female rider in all the hoofs.

When the troubling appearance of a foreign sorcerer comes upon the heels of a faceless betrayal, Jackal’s plans are thrown into turmoil. He finds himself saddled with a captive elf girl whose very presence begins to unravel his alliances. With the anarchic blood rite of the Betrayer Moon close at hand, Jackal must decide where his loyalties truly lie, and carve out his place in a world that rewards only the vicious.

Friday Firsts : The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath

FridayFirsts

Friday Firsts is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the opening sentences/paragraphs of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.   This Friday I’m reading : The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath: This is the start of Chapter 1 (following the prologue):

sistersTesara pretended she didn’t hear the loud whispers as she browsed the open window display of Sturridges, on the Mile.  The fine gifts emporium was decorated for Saint Frey’s Day  It was filled with gilded ribbons and chocolates, delicate porcelain, and fragile silk scarves of yellow and green for Spring.  She cocked her head exactly as if she were contemplating the difference between a delicately painted blown-glass egg and a cameo brooch, and in the meantime, took in all the none-too-subtle gossip around her.  She and her sister had only been home two weeks, but the rumor engine of Port Saint Frey was nothing if not efficient.

“I can’t believe she shows her face in public.”

“Look at that bonnet. Can you imagine?”

“She’s gotten so worn.  I heard she and her sister were reduced to scrubbing floors at a school for paupers.”

Tesara schooled her face into a smile and turned to face her tormentors.   The cluster of merchant misses huddled near the door, and as one they gasped and fled inside the store, their skirts rustling as they whisked inside to safety, where she dared not follow.  She could look all she wanted, but she knew what would happen if she tried to enter.  Even worse than the gossip of her former peers would be the crossed arms and forbidding posture of the shop girl.  The humiliation of denied entry would finish what the misses had wrought – her complete and utter dismissal from society.  Once more alone, she turned back to her private contemplation of the lovely things she could no longer afford.

 

My First Impressions

Well, straight away it is apparent that the sisters family has lost it’s fortune and society is being less than kind.  This snippet, with the bullying and condescending attitude of the other ‘ladies’ immediately makes me feel defensive of Tesara.  I can’t really glean a lot from these first chapters but I do like the feel that this is going to be a ‘manners, bonnets and ribbons’ style story.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

Friday Firsts : Feeder by Patrick Weekes

FridayFirsts

Friday Firsts is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the opening sentences/paragraphs of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.   This Friday I’m reading : Feeder by Patrick Weekes

 

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Lori

The message about the new feeder came while Loi Fisher was trying to get her brother, Ben, to eat his breakfast.

“This is what you said you wanted,” Lori said, putting the toast down in front of him.

Ben, seven years old and blessed with a complexion that made him look perfectly tanned, while Lori herself just looked sallow, glared at Lori and let out a put-upon breath as he pushed the toast away.  “I said toast.  I didn’t say toast with butter!”

“Toast implies butter, though.  Toast comes with butter,” Lori said, and then she looked down as her phone buzzed.

Handler: New feeder. Taxi will pick you up.

“I didn’t want the butter part!” Ben insisted, playing angrily with a Lego figure on their large and cluttered kitchen table as the toast sat uneaten in front of him.  “I just wanted the toast part!”

“Okay, but the butter is on the toast already.  I can’t take if off.  Can you eat it just today for me?”  Lori gave her brother a hopeful smile, then looked down at the phone again and tapped in a response.

Lori: I was going shopping with Jenn.

Handler: Sorry. And client wants to consult.

My First Impressions

It’s not giving much away so far is it.  It all seems quite pedestrian at first glance.  Breakfast time, arguing siblings.  The only oddity slipping in is this ‘Handler’ – who is this and what is a Feeder?  It has a feel like Mission Impossible or something – where somebody is leading a regular life but underneath it all – there’s a Handler – who talks of ‘feeders’ and clients who want to meet.  Mmm, I look forward to finding out.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.
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