The Queen of the Tearling & The invasion of the Tearling – We read The Queen of the Tearling as a book club read late last year. I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy it as I read a review that said it was like GOT and whilst I love the show, I tried to read it but failed. But I have to say I loved the book so much that I immediately downloaded the second book in the series. The series follows the story of Kelsea, the heir to the Tearling throne, who has been brought up in hiding but must return to the capital to take the throne and help the kingdom deal with the Red Queen in the neighbouring kingdom. I don’t want to go into too much details as some of the bits in both books surprised me.
What I really liked about these books is that they were set in a world that is so futuristic that there is no electricity, little medicine, and few books. There are glimpses to a world that is like ours, but this new world is wonderfully created and revealed to us.
The Shock of the Fall – I read so much hype about this book that I just assumed that I would like it but I’m just not sure that I did. I found it sad and evocative and it’s an interesting portrayal of mental health issues, but I just didn’t enjoy reading it.
The story follows Matthew from a child to being a young man. As a child his brother dies and we see his guilt in trying to deal with that death alongside the problems of growing up as his mental health issues worsen.
The End of Everything – This was another of my cheap purchases that worked out wonderfully in the reading department. The End of Everything is a pretty dark book, that tells the story of the disappearance of a 13 year old girl, Evie, from her best friend, Lizzie’s, perspective. Because you’re getting the details of the story from the point of view of a 13 year old, the details can be a bit mixed up, not quite interpreted right and in some cases just wrong. We follow Lizzie’s journey through trying to find out what happened to her friend, and whilst it wasn’t the easiest thing to read in some place, it was gripping and had me questioning the book pretty much all the way through.