I’m reading When Women Were Dragons which is taking me such a long time to finish! It was a slow start for me, but I’m now really invested in it and enjoying it. I even picked it up when I woke at 5am. I’m loving the relationship between Alex and her cousin Beatrice, and am looking forward to seeing where this goes. I’m also listening to Show Us Who You Are which is so good! Cora and Adrien are brilliant neurodivergent characters and form a wonderful friendship. I absolutely can’t wait to find out more about Pomegranate Technologies as I definitely vibes that there is something sinister behind them.
I’ve finished reading Wished which was a fun read with a wonderfully heart-warming ending. I enjoyed the humour and the wonderful adventures through the wishes. I also finished listening to When the World was Ours which is a powerful, thought-provoking story told from three viewpoints – Leo, Max and Elsa – as their lives are torn apart by the onset of the Second World War. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations, but I’m glad I listened to it. I also read Seed which was a wonderful heart-warming adventure. I’m aiming to review this over the half term. I also finished Ghost Squad which is a fast-paced adventure with plenty of spooky moments: a wonderful story of believing in yourself. I was able to sit in the garden on Sunday, so I picked up The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke which I couldn’t put down. I devoured this in a couple of hours. It is a contemporary fantasy that tells the story of a lifeling, Lonny Quicke, who can bring animals and humans back from the brink of death but at a high price: as he gives them life, his life force is drained and he ages. This story completely captivated me, and I was left continually wondering what would happen to Lonny who feels such a pull to save life. He is an incredibly sympathetic character. He is desperate to explore the world like his mother had, but is trapped in the forest. Is it better for him to remain safe, or to take risks in order to fulfil his dreams? I loved the concept of time which is threaded beautifully throughout the story with references to familiar songs and poems. This is a powerful, thought-provoking and poignant story of impossible choices, family and friendship.
I’m hoping to read Kiki Kallira Conquers a Curse next.
What are you reading? Have you read any of these?