During September I think I unintentionally created a theme to what I was reading and that was either death, murder or ghosts! Of course, there is the traditional mention of the ‘In Death’ novels by J.D Robb (see bottom of this post) but the other three books I picked up also contained darker themes.
Tunnel of Bones By Victoria Schwab
I was so excited to finally get my hands on a copy of Tunnel of Bones this month! I first read City of Bones a few months ago and ever since was eager to get my hands on Cassidy and Jacob’s next adventure with ghosts and ghouls. Safe to say I wasn’t disappointed at all and I’m now even more eager to get hold of the next one in the series!
Ninth House By Leigh Bardugo
Perhaps one of the most anticipated books of the year, I was very lucky to have a bookseller friend who got an early copy of Ninth House and lent it to me. Dark, mysterious and intense are the three words I would have to use to describe this book, I couldn’t put it down at all! I had also never read a book by Leigh Bardugo before but I’m glad this was my first encounter with her work because it was pure brilliance. I particularly loved the main character Alex because of the fact she isn’t this brilliant heroine and doesn’t appear to be perfect – rather Alex admits her faults and the fact she isn’t this ‘all good’ protagonists. She has faults, she does stuff which may not be ethically right but she is still brilliant too.
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase By Johnathan Stroud
A reread for me, I first read this book around two years ago but failed to continue the series but this year, this October I am determined to read the next four in the series. However, I have a definite argument that this isn’t a middle-grade novel because even I got scared in parts! But I love the team of Lockwood, Lucy and Geroge and the idea of ghosts walking amongst us.
In Death Novels By J.D Robb
As normal I couldn’t go a month without reading one of my favourite authors! This month I read three full-length novels and a novella of the Eve Dallas series and have to say that those three were perhaps the most intense of the series yet.
Indulgence and Treachery both reveal the killers soon enough but it’s interesting to get their insight. But I also found that getting the murders insights made me root for Eve even more to catch them and I have to say Treachery’s conclusion with very very satisfying because of that!
However, I think I have found my favourite novella of the series too in Possession which really changes the meaning of standing for the dead. Something that Eve continuously does no matter the person or the case, however when her victim’s spirit enters her body Eve begins to not only see ghosts of the dead but speak Russian and communicate with the woman who was killed searching for her missing Granddaughter. I really liked this aspect and couldn’t help but laugh at moments due to Eve’s reactions and obvious dislike of her newfound temporary abilities.
Have you read any of these? How was your reading in September?