Read now or later?

When you pre-order books, or even if you buy one at any time, do you read it right away or do you keep it aside for a special occasion?

I have bought many books on pre-order recently and have found that there are a few I HAVE to read right then and there and others I keep for another time, either for a vacation read or for when I am in a slump.  For me it’s a 50/50 mix of now and later.  I have Joe Hill’s The Fireman on my kindle during a hole on it eating to be read but I know I have a flight coming up so I am saving it for something to read on the plane, that is if there aren’t any good in flight movies.

When I get the next instalment of a series, I often put aside to reread the one previous to it so I can remember what had happened before.  Others I just put on a rainy day pile for when I finish up a series and am trying to find something to cleanse my palate sorta speak.  I have some that I got for free for my kindle that I am sure will never see the light of day for one reason or another.

I also like to reread a book I read years ago or one that I find comfort in reading again, but when I do I often feel bad for the fresh new reads waiting for me to get to.

I also feel bad about the many hundreds of books on my kindle that I have good intentions of reading but often get pushed aside for the brand new books just downloaded.

Do any of you feel as I do?  Are your previous purchases being left aside for the new kids on the block or are you one of the few that buy a book, read it and then buy another?

Crash

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Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

imageEighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows

 

I loved Girl on a Wire and was so excited to see that there was another book out by Gwenda Bond.  To be honest I’m not sure if this is a sequel or not, there are a lot of the same characters from Girl on a Wire and there is a lot of talk about the mysterious missing coin again so I guess you could chalk it up as a sequel.

I devoured the book rather quickly and fell back into the life of Cirque American.  Moira had to fight to be able to perform her magic and it comes with rather high consequences.  Dez did bother me to start with, he just rubbed me the wrong way, you can sense that he is hiding something but what isn’t found out for quite a while.  I did enjoy the story but it’s a slow build with not much action.  As Moira tried to discover who her mother is and just how her magic came about and how can be used safely is the theme of this book.  It does get a bit confusing in parts as so many people are looking for the coin and for their one purposes.  Plenty of secrets  and mystery to go around as well.

While I did enjoy it, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Girl on a Wire.  Maybe it was hard to capture the magic of the first book.  It’s still a good story and easy to read.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4/5 stars

Crash

 

Pre-order: Amazon

Pre-order: Amazon UK

May 2016 Books

Here are the books that Crash & I are looking forward to reading this month! 

CRASH:

  

 Out May 3. Goodreads

  

Out May 3. Goodreads
  Out May 17. Goodreads
  Out May 24. Goodreads
  Out May 24. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads
VI:

  Out May 10. Goodreads

  Out May 17. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

imageThe Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

 

It’s 20 odd years since the showdown with the Twelve and the viral are gone. The main cast of characters are older, wiser and off doing their own things. Civilisation is slowing building and forming and a new generation of children are growing up without the threat of virals for the first time in over a century. Things seem to be moving on, but will it continue?

Amy and Carter are gone, only Lucius knows where they are. He knows what is out there and that Amy and Cater are biding their time. While eleven of the Twelve are gone, there is one still out there, Zero.

This book is about Zero, this is mostly his story as much as any of the others. As things start to go badly wrong for our heroes there is hope, and love.

This thrilling conclusion of the series is full of action, sacrifice and above all hope and love. I have to admit that there is a 150 page plus section of this book that went on a bit long and dragged making me put down the book more than once because I thought it took away from the rest of the story. That section felt like a mini novella in it’s self and you had to go back to remember what had gone on before this section. In saying that you can skim over this section and still get the main gist of what is going on.

While I was daunted by having to reread the first two books to make sure I had remembered what had happened previously, I thought I would be in overload when it came time to read this one. I have to admit I was a bit sad to see it all end. The ending had me getting a bit weepy. A fantastic ending to an amazing series!

I give this 4.5 stars, only because of that section that dragged out a bit to long in my opinion

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

Crash

 

Pre-order: Amazon

Pre-order:Amazon UK

Pre-order: B&N