Thank goodness for ebooks! I finished my pile of library books a week ago, but have been too ill since to visit the library and choose some more. Luckily, their ebook service, using BorrowBox, has a pretty good selection so I have been reading my choice from this.
I have read most of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, but there are still a few to go. This week I have been reserving the rest on BorrowBox and reading them as they have become available. The first was Night School (Jack Reacher #21). These more recent publications have moved the story timeline to a period when Reacher was still in the military. In many ways, they are not as good as the ones set after his army days:
I think that these Jack Reacher prequels are rather marmite, judging by the other reviews on Goodreads. Personally, I enjoyed the book as a thriller, although it was not one of Child’s best. I am still trying to read all of the books in the series, with not many more to go!
I gave the book three stars on Goodreads, maybe it deserved more.
My next read was Lee Child’s The Hard Way (Jack Reacher #10), which I gave fours stars and then wrote this review:
I seem to be working my way through the last few books that I haven’t already read in this series. They are available as ebooks from our Public Library service and I have reserved the ones that are currently being read by others. This one was a classic Reacher with a good teasing and twisting plot leading to a violent ending. Some plot holes, as ever, but I don’t really mind those. Suspension of disbelief is essential in reading this series. Good stuff!
Whilst waiting for the next Jack Reacher reservation to be ready, I downloaded this book on BorrowBox: Godblind by Anna Stephens, her first book and part one of a trilogy. I was looking for a fantasy novel and chose this one almost at random. And it was a fantastic choice! This was given a full five stars as I really enjoyed it:
Wow! Well that was a book and a half! Darkest, grimmest fantasy. Violence, horror, and traitorous, evil characters. Courage, guts, determination and brave, heroic characters. Strong women and caring men. First book of a trilogy and I can’t wait for the next one. I was even reading this at 6.30 in the morning and it was an ebook from the public library that I could read for free. It doesn’t get better than this. Well, if it does please give me the book 😂.
I think you get the picture – I loved this book. Well, as much as you can love a book where you read in trepidation waiting for the next character to either turn into a traitor or be killed in a particularly nasty way!
I am now about a quarter of the way through another Jack Reacher, Make Me (#20), which I will review on Goodreads as soon as I have finished. I love keeping track of my reading in this way and it is good to see that the site has just celebrated its tenth birthday! All of those books and readers 😍.
Until next week’s Reading Roundup,