I picked up this book after reading this review by KJ Charles (one of my fave authors). I don't read everything that KJ recs, because some of it isn't my cup of tea, but many of the books she recommends I eventually pick up and try out. I've not been disappointed yet!
So I found this book, the first in the The Arcadia Project series, fascinating for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the main character who narrates the story, Millie, is one of the most intriguing main characters I've read in a long while. I can't say it better than KJ does in her review (so if you didn't read it, go and click the link and READ IT!). What I can say, is that I grew to really LIKE her by the end of the book and can't wait to see what she gets up to in the next book.
Secondly, I liked the way the two worlds/realities were treated. Sure, we didn't see anything of the fairy realm itself, just some of the creatures and beings that inhabit it and cross over into our world. I have to hope that we see more of it and learn more of it in the next book.
So, even though I'm not a huge fan of urban fantasy/paranormal, I really did enjoy this one and will be adding the second novel to my list.
Book 3 of the Arcadia Project trilogy. I wasn't actually sure how many books would be in this series, but this reaches the kind of conclusion where, even if more books were added to the series, I'd still call the first three a trilogy.
This book has the same excellent pacing and unreliable narrator as the previous two, but adds more locations to the mix. Both other parts of Earth and extended periods in Arcadia. There are also some new great characters and some excellent returning characters. And Caryl cannot handle any of it. Jesus, Caryl, what the fuck.
One of the things I love about this book is that I can't explain the story to you. In spite of the fast pace of the whole series, Baker has managed to integrate a ton of world building, and the plot in this one is constructed so deftly from those constructs that a summary would be unintelligible without having read the first two. There are heists? And high jinks?
Another of the things that I love about this series is that it's heavily character driven. Even if watching the pieces of the plot come together weren't superb, I'd still be all over this series for the narrator. I'd read her narrate fucking up an Uber ride to the airport.
The only thing I didn't love about this book was the interior vision quest sequence, but if Life Is Strange couldn't sell me on that concept, I doubt anyone else can.
A solid conclusion to a fun and interesting series. I'll be interested to see what Baker writes next.
Either I was feeling generous, or I had a great reading month. Since my RL wasn't as nice as my reading month, we'll go with great reading!
My total for March was 26 books. Moonlight Reader's inspired reading version of the game Clue! (Cluedo to those in the Commonwealth), Kill Your Darlings, certainly helped keep my reading pace up, and as always, worked particularly well at getting the veterans off my TBR stacks.
Of the 25 books, 2 were 5-star reads:
I had 8 4.5 star reads too:
Some stats, gussied up:
My TBR project:
I've set a book buying budget for each month that = 50% of the total books I read the previous month. Any books not bought carry over to the next month.
Last month I bought 11 out of the 15 budgeted, leaving me with 4 to carry over to April. My total books read in March being 25 leaves me with a budget of 12 (I always round down; I figure this way, if I go over one month, there's a small error of margin).
total books I can buy in April: 16
In the docket for the next week and a bit....
For my 2018 PopSugar challenge, The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson will be my book about mental health.
Still Life by Louise Penny will be the P entry for my Women Authors A-Z list. Now I Rise by Kiersten White will likewise be my W entry.
And then, just for fun, Vlad : the Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys. I met Humphreys as last year's When Words Collide conference here in Calgary. As a result, I recommended that my public library buy his latest book, the above. Now it is my duty to read it. :)
The House at Baker Street just seemed like too much fun to pass up and I've been patiently waiting for it for some time. The same with The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, which I hope will kick-start my spring cleaning (if spring ever deigns to show its face here).
Have a lovely weekend, friends and happy reading!