Yay, I’m back! What a week I’ve had. First, I decided to change hosts last weekend1 and things, of course, went awry. I finally got it all fixed (hopefully) but next time I think I’m just gonna pay someone to do it for me because that was exhausting.
Second, my work library opened and it was non-stop students and teachers! Yay! The first few days were a little bumpy, but by Wednesday I’d perfected my library rules spiel and I’m pretty sure I could say it in my sleep now. Plus luckily everyone loves how I reorganized it2 which is super great because I worked hard on it last month.
Third, school stuff! Always, school stuff. Next semester I’m definitely taking at least one less class; I feel like I’m missing out on certain things because I’m forever running from one assignment to the next. Unless that’s just what grad school is like for everyone?
Fourth, I didn’t read ANY books last week.3 I couldn’t concentrate on anything but school stuff and it was super depressing.4 I downloaded a HEAP of free ebooks, as consolation. Does anybody else feel comforted by hoarding free ebooks? I may never read them, but just the act of collecting them feels good.5
But THIS week I actually finished a few books, so I do have stuff to write about, yay!
What happens when an exorcist falls in love with the demon he’s supposed to destroy?
After becoming possessed by the vampire spirit Gray, telekinetic Caleb Jansen thought he’d hit bottom. But between the hunt for a cannibalistic killer and the increasingly sinister actions on the part of SPECTR, the situation is rapidly going from bad to worse.
Caleb’s boyfriend, SPECTR agent John Starkweather, has suspicions of his own. With the help of his friend Sean and a shadowy organization known only by their symbol of a moth, John intends to save Caleb and Gray at any cost.
When divided loyalties threaten his last chance at exorcism, Caleb discovers love may come at a price higher than he’d ever imagined.
Novella series comes to the rescue! Reading shorter books during a book slump can help, because you can finish them super quick and feel super accomplished. SPECTR vol. 2 is an omnibus of three novellas, the continuation of SPECTR vol. 1 which I reviewed a few weeks ago.
This volume is much like the last: (rather quickly developed) romance, paranormal shenanigans, and huge conspiracy looming in the background. It was nice to revisit the SPECTR world. Oddly, I found the mix of romance and horror pretty relaxing, exactly what I needed for this week.
The last book is when the conspiracy stops looming and comes to the forefront. I think I would’ve liked this series a little better if the big conspiracy plot had had more development over the rest of the series, instead of having it all in the last book. It ended up feeling somewhat infodumpy, especially since one character explained everything that’d been going on in the previous books. It was good to know wtf was happening, but it would’ve been even more satisfying if the two(/three) protags had figured more of it out themselves.
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix | Goodreads
So I think this is GN’s love letter to Georgette Heyer? It’s a historical fantasy mystery with a plucky heroine, mysterious stuck-up hero, and a worldly great-aunt character. I’m very much enjoying it!
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson | Goodreads
This was supposed to be the first book I read for #diversiverse, and instead it turned into the ONLY book. Darn. But it’s very fun so far: kind of a middle school version of Ocean’s Eleven involving a class election.
Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander | Goodreads
idk if I’m going to keep reading this? It’s entertaining, in a near-melodramatic sort of way, but I’m also kind of repulsed by the protagonist and that makes for an awkward reading experience.
What’ve you been up to this week?