Every month I try to read a book that I’ve had over six months, in a vain attempt to clear some of my back log of books! This month I managed to read two. This is a theme that anyone is welcome to join in with, all I ask is that you include a link to my blog.
‘A Court Of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J Maas
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world cleaved in two.
The second book in the ‘A Court Of Thorns and Roses’ trilogy, so I can’t say too much in fear of spoiling the first book for anyone wanting to read it. These books are loosely based on the Beauty and the Beast tale – a rich merchant loses all his money, his youngest daughter ends up imprisoned by a beast and the daughter falls in love with the beast. That however, is where the similarity ends.
Our heroine Feyre is kick ass and in Mist And Fury we see her learning to control her Fae powers. Sarah J Maas has created a wonderful magical world and these books are great escapism. They are technically aimed at Young Adults however, they are very explicit. The saucy scenes are intense and certainly not for younger eyes. But they are a bit of fun for the adults! The third instalment ‘A Court Of Wings and Ruin’ is out in May and I cannot wait as Mist and Fury had such a good ending.
BOOKISH CORNER RATING – 4/5 STARS
‘Three Act Tragedy’ by Agatha Christie
At an apparently respectable dinner party, a vicar is the first to die. Thirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor’s house. It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died. But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison – just as Poirot had predicted. Even more troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive…
Although this is a Poirot mystery, our Belgian detective doesn’t really have an active role. He sits back and three other main characters go about sleuthing and reporting back to him and of course, he solves the case using their discoveries. This book features an appearance by Mr. Satterthwaite, one of Christie’s recurring characters, alongside Sir Charles Cartwright and Miss Egg Lytton Gore it’s the three of them that put in the hard graft.
This wasn’t my favourite Christie, I would have liked more Poirot but still enjoyable and I couldn’t guess who the killer was.
BOOKISH CORNER RATING – 3/5 STARS