Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - Not sure how I feel about it yet. Quite slow, but the worldbuilding is intriguing.
Illusive by Emily Lloyd Jones - Not feeling this one. Mmm. We shall see.
The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
I haven’t completed the Shiver trilogy - I’ve only read the first book, and I found it too slow/sensitively written for me to enjoy at the time, but Sinner stands on its own as a really great book. It’s not wolf-centric - more an element in the background of the Cole and Isobel love story, as they work through their personal baggage. And you don’t need to have read the trilogy to enjoy this one.
Maggie Stiefvater perfectly captured the ambience of LA - the heat, the celebrity shine, the rotten pieces underneath, the hidden gems and moments of solitude.
And I adored the snark, the humour, the heartbreak with Cole and Isobel - you can really sense the yearning between them, but Isobel isn’t stupid enough to jump head first into a relationship with a former addict, current wolf and rising rock star.
It’s also, in a way, a lot cruder than her other books, but I enjoyed that harsh element as well.
Seriously, I’m really loving Maggie Stiefvater’s writing of late, and I think I’ll be a fan of hers for many books to come.
For a contemporary romance with an slightly depressed ice-queen and a rock star with a killer smile and serious issues, look no further. The supporting cast were also great - Leon, cab driver who learns to live a little, Sofia, fearful culinary goddess, and Jeremy, extremely zen bass player.
"Oh," he said. "I could give you one too. I’m all about sharing."
"That’s big of you."
Cole held his fingers eight inches apart, then reconsidered and made it ten.
"We’re adults. Compatibility is for adults."
"Compatibility is for my bluetooth and my car," Teresa replied. "Only they get along just fine, and my car never makes my Bluetooth feel like shit."
Finally, there is an HEA to beat all HEAs, okay. I’m a big fan of epilogues. :D
Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient