Happy Monday! I love September- but I swear it’s the month that goes by the fastest. I hope you had a fabulous weekend- I finished up an ARC and finally got to start The Institute.
Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
I have a feeling that these two books are going to take up the rest of my reading time for September. But no complaints here!
I Finished Reading
Heaven My Home | Attica Locke | Free from Muholland Books | Out tomorrow | This was a very solid book two in the Highway 59 series. This is not a standalone- you definitely have to have read Bluebird, Bluebird first to fully enjoy. The closer together you read these the better; I spent too much time catching myself up on the ins and outs of what went on last time. That said, it was wonderful jumping back in with Darren Matthews, the tortured and idealistic Texas Ranger. He's such a realistic and flawed character- but not in the cliched ways you might expect. There's a political angle to this but it didn't overly dominate the narrative. In fact, I thought the author did a great job painting a nuanced picture of what motivates the truly racist. Attica Locke's ability to bring the reader into a time and place is second to none. I dare you to get through this book without googling the various settings. All in all, this is a great police procedural with characters so vivid they could be real. Recommend!
American Royals | Katharine McGee | I’m currently listening to this on audio and I can’t tell if I love it or hate it. It’s YA Alternate History- After the Revolutionary War, the United States decided to have a monarchy instead of a democracy. It centers on the three Washington children- heir apparent Beatrice and the twins, Samantha and Jefferson. The Washington family are the direct descendants of George Washington and have just as much pomp, circumstance, and scrutiny as the British monarchy. I’m liking it well enough, but it took until about 50% of the way through for there to be a plot point that I actually found interesting. I think I was hoping for more depth- the younger heirs have just graduated high school and the drama definitely feels petty. I’m thinking it will pick up though, so I do plan to finish.
The Institute | Stephen King | YES! The book I’ve been waiting for all year has arrived. I have been avoiding reviews and spoilers and honestly didn’t know much going in, and so far I’m really enjoying it. We meet Tim Jameson, a heroic cop who was forced to leave his post in Sarasota and is rebuilding in a small town and Luke, a 12-year old genius who has a hint of telekinesis. It’s classic King and he’s taking his sweet time building the world and introducing us to the characters, but I’m all in.
Upcoming Reading Plans
The Testaments | Margaret Atwood | I really don’t think this one needs any introduction. Similar to how I approached The Institute, I’m avoiding all spoilers and reviews, so I’ve got no idea what to expect. I am planning on writing a full review for those at are interested, though, once I finish!