After the success of January’s reading, I thought I’d continue with my system, but this time managing to complete my initial three priority reads before delving into other stories. This month is slightly shorter, however, so I’m not sure exactly how much I’ll get through, but we’ll see!
1. Lorali by Laura Dockrill
Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn’t exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.
Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.
But along with Lorali’s arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory’s bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?
2. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires.
3. Ariadnis by Josh Martin
Joomia and Aula are Chosen. They will never be normal. They can never be free.
On the last island on Erthe, Chosen Ones are destined to enter Ariadnis on the day they turn eighteen. There, they must undertake a mysterious and deadly challenge. For Joomia and Aula, this means competing against each other, to end the war that has seethed between their cities for nine generations.
As the day draws nearer, all thoughts are on the trial ahead. There’s no space for friendship. No time for love. However much the girls might crave them.
But how you prepare for a task you know nothing certain about? Nothing, except that you must win, at whatever cost, or lose everything.
In my Audible Library:
- Romeo and Jude by Marty Ross (5h 45m)
- Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (5h 9m)
- Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham (1h 23m)
- American Panda by Gloria Chao (7h 32m)
- Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (10h 27m)
- My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark (3h 25m)
- The Child: An Audible Drama by Sebastian Fitzek (6h 55m)
- Slated by Teri Terry (10h 17m)
- Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (7h 9m)
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (14h 13m)
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (15h 53m)
To Review on Readers First:
- Killer T by Robert Muchamore
- Kill [redacted] by Anthony Good