Sunday 24 April 2016

Sunday Post 24th April 2016

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader. As always you can click on any of the pictures to be taken to the Goodreads page for that book if you're interested in finding out more about it.

Today is Ann's birthday! It's been such a joy having her as a sister and as a friend, and for almost a year now, as a co-blogger! I hope she has a spectacular birthday!

Last Week on the Blog:
Books We Got This Week:
We went a bit overboard this week because the Book People had a sale on (and they're already stupid cheap).
Confessions of a Murder Suspect (Confessions, #1)Confessions: The Private School Murders (Confessions, #2)Confessions: The Paris Mysteries (Confessions, #3)
Confessions of a Murder Suspect/Confessions The Private School Murders/Confessions The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson: I started the first book in this series recently and so far I am loving it. 

Lonesome Road (Miss Silver, #3)Miss Silver Comes to StayThe Girl in the Cellar
Lonesome Road/Miss Silver Comes to Stay/The Girl in the Cellar by Patricia Wentworth: I am in a huge mystery mood at the moment, as you'll be able to tell by almost all the books this week! I've always wanted to read this series - these are books 3, 16 and 32.
Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)Death of Riley (Molly Murphy)For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy, #3)
Murphy's Law/Death of Riley/For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen: Another series I've been intrigued by and these are actually the first three books.
Brighton BelleLondon CallingEngland Expects
Brighton Belle/London Calling/England Expects by Sara Sheridan: I've never heard of these before but the plots and covers called to me. 
The Detective's DaughterGhost girl (Detective's Daughter, #2)The Detective's Secret
The Detective's Daughter/Ghost Girl/The Detective's Secret by Lesley Thomson: I don't read a lot of contemporary mysteries so I thought I'd give these a go.
Zeroes (Zeroes, #1)Demon Road (Demon Road, #1)The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld: I read Uglies a while back and thought it was an ok read but this appeals to me more and I've heard some good things.
Demon Road by Derek Landy: My brother has read and loved some of his books and I love road trips and books about demons so this seemed like a great pick.
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson: I actually nearly picked up the ninth book in the series not realising it was a series but thought I'd better start at the beginning!
Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)Watch the LadyRevolution
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein: I loved her first book and I have no idea why its taken me this long to get hold of this one. I am very excited.
Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle: I have seen this around and been intrigued so when I saw it on offer I kind of had to get it.
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly: So many people have recommended this to me that I am interested to see why everyone seems to love it so much!
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in BetweenThink Twice (Don't Even Think About It)Eden Gardens
Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith: I love her books so much so I was excited to receive this from the publisher. Definitely going to be a cute and fun read.
Think Twice by Sarah Mlynowski: Received via Netgalley - I have a review up for the first book here and I was excited to check out the second.
Eden Gardens by Louise Brown: I am taking part in a blog tour for this next Wednesday and the publisher was kind enough to send me a copy of the book - which I am very excited for. So I will have a review up for this soon!
The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)Ten
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh: I am so, so, so excited for this. I thought the wait was going to take forever for this book and it almost doesn't seem real that I actually have it! 
Ten by Gretchen McNeil: A horror movie in book form pretty much. This sounds like a very interesting read!

Reading Update:
The Swan Kingdom
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott: 4 stars, This was an odd book but overall I liked it. It was just kind of hard to follow in places and all of the exciting things happened in the last few chapters.

I had a really good reading week this week, partly because I was ill and had to cancel all my plans, but mostly because Christie is just such compulsive reading. I couldn't put any of the books down until I finished and as soon as I had finished I wanted the next one!
The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2)The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)Death in the Clouds (Poirot)
The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie: 4 stars, I really enjoyed this one and read it in one sitting. The mystery was compelling and I was surprised by most of the twists which was great.
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie: 3.5 stars, Still very enjoyable but I would say this mystery was a lot easier, I had partially solved it by the time the murder actually occurred but it was a lot of fun to see things unfold.
Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie: 4.5 stars, Brilliantly planned out, I have no doubt that, on re-reading all the hints would be obvious but I never saw it coming!
Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot, #21)Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot, #30)The Clocks (Hercule Poirot, #34)
Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie: 3.5 stars, I didn't massively love the characters but the mystery itself was excellent.
Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie: 4 stars, I really did like the characters in this book - even the ones who turned out to be mad and evil! 
The Clocks by Agatha Christie: 3 stars, My least favourite of the bunch probably, if only because Poirot doesn't appear very much - and I wasn't a huge fan of the mystery resolution. However there were parts I enjoyed and I would have liked to see more Sheila since she interested me.
Lost Among the LivingMurphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)
Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James: 4.5 stars, I wouldn't say this was my favourite of her books - the ghost element was a little less chilling than in some and the romance marginally less compelling but it was still thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend it.
Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen: 2.5 stars, I am not really sure about this one. Its a quick read and the historical details are excellent but I wasn't drawn in by the characters or the mystery. I've put the second and third books to one side for now but I will come back to them later.

Next Week on the Blog:
  • Cover Characteristic: Circus
  • Top 5 Favourite Mothers/Maternal Figures
  • Wednesday Catch-Up
  • Eden Gardens Blog Tour: The Little Known History of the British Raj
  • Mini Reviews: Poirot by Agatha Christie
  • Friday Reads
  • Marvel Characters Book Tag (Postponed from last week)

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading


  1. Wow, there are so many great books in this post! I saw Rose and Dagger in the store and it was so pretty but I haven't picked up Wrath of Dawn yet. Definitely the next two books I want to add to my collection. Happy Reading!

    Danica @ A Redheaded Bookworm
    Stacking the Shelves

    1. I loved the Wrath and the Dawn last year so I have high hopes for the rose and the dagger! And yes - they are such beautiful books!

  2. The Thomson series looks interesting and I love those Agatha Christie covers. I really should consider reading something of hers. Great haul this week!

    1. I love those Christie covers too - and my OCD demands that all the future books I get match them which makes life difficult! I definitely want to read more by her!

  3. I loved Revolution! I read it a few years ago and it really got me interested in France's history. Also, Maximum Ride is a great series.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I literally have not heard one bad thing about Revolution! I am already fascinated by French history so I can imagine I will love it! Glad to hear you liked Maximum Ride as well - its not one I hear a lot about!

  4. This was a great haul! I haven't read James Patterson in so long, I need to pick him back up. Happy reading!
    Bambi's StS

    1. I actually haven't read any James Patterson yet so I am excited to start. Ann's already started the Confessions series and is loving it so far!

  5. So many amazing books this week for you. I hope you love all of them. They all look great.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    1. My TBR pile is now ridiculous but I am excited about these books!

  6. Happy birthday Anne! And I like the books you guys got. The Wentworth mysteries have an old time mystery feel to the covers. And TEN was pretty fun, hope you like that one. :)

    Some of those Christie covers are so nice.

    1. I love the Christie and Wentworth covers. I just finished the first Wentworth book and it was definitely an old time mystery which I loved! Glad to hear Ten was fun, I am looking forward to reading it!