Goodreads March to-read, January and February recap

I’m doing a Goodreads challenge this year, and I’m actually a little ahead at the moment. I read 10 books through January and February.

1. “Prince of Fire” by Daniel Silva

I’ve read quite a few of Daniel Silva’s books. I got into them when I was working in Washington, D.C., this past summer. I had previously read other thrillers written by Steve Berry, but once I found out that Silva was a former journalist, I was excited to start reading his works.

These books are definitely adult fiction. There is some swearing mixed in and other scenes that you wouldn’t find in fiction for kids/teens. Other that those things, Silva crafts intricate plots with believable characters.

In “Prince of Fire,” Gabriel Allon is pulled into the fray again. The former Israeli agent is pulled from his art restoration job and brought back to Israel after his safety (and identity) is compromised. The rest of the novel takes the reader through such twists and turns that it would be a major spoiler to say any more.

2. “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan

3. “The House of Hades” by Rick Riordan

4. “The Blood of Olympus” by Rick Riordan

“The Mark of Athena,” “The House of Hades” and “The Blood of Olympus” are the last three books in Rick Riordan’s “The Heroes of Olympus” series. These continue to tell the stories of Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and the other beloved campers from Camp Half-Blood, while also including campers from Camp Jupiter, Camp Half-Blood’s Roman counterpart. In this series, Riordan tells the stories of these kids through most of their viewpoints – the perspective switches almost every chapter.

5. “The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent” by Susan Elia MacNeal

MacNeal continues her series about Maggie Hope, a secretary turned spy in “The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent.” This fourth book of the series picks up with Maggie back in Scotland recovering after an undercover assignment. Maggie’s working at a spy training school, but everything isn’t all fine and dandy back on the home front. Suddenly, one of her friends (and a couple of ballerinas) become ill, and Maggie jumps in and investigates.

6. “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova

This book was a little slow to get into, and it took me a really long time to read (I read it almost every night for about a week). Kostova tells the story of a girl who found a book blank except for the center pages, which had a wood-cut print of a dragon. The story follows her journey in learning the story from her father.

The story changes perspectives at times to most effectively tell the various stories. These jumps can be confusing at times, but you will get used to them.

“The Historian” doesn’t really fit one particular genre. It’s fantasy but also a thriller. A mystery and a gothic novel. It’s really interesting, but I would suggest to not read it in your room in the dark — it’s quite creepy that way.

7. “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

I hadn’t really heard of “The Maze Runner” series until I saw the trailer for the movie last year. I thought it looked interesting, but I wasn’t able to start reading the book until February. I knew “The Maze Runner” is dystopian fiction, so I was expecting it to follow similar plots to “The Hunger Games” or “Divergent” (focusing on romance almost more than the actual plot). But it didn’t!

It was a little slow starting the book, but once I got a couple chapters in, I was hooked. Thomas is dropped into the Maze, which is home to a lot of boys. They all arrived in the same way –- the Box, which leads into the safe place of the Maze (the Glade). Outside the Glade, the Maze walls move every night, and the Maze inhabitants are constantly trying to find a way out. Everything changes after Thomas arrives, and the Maze becomes and even weirder place.

8. “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer

9. “The Arctic Incident” by Eoin Colfer

I was walking through our campus library a couple weeks ago, looking for a new series when I happened upon Eoin Colfer’s “Artemis Fowl” series. Some of my friends had read the series, so I decided to give it a shot.

“Artemis Fowl” is fantasy –- it involves fairies, leprechauns and all sorts of magical Irish folk. Yes, this is a kids book, so it was very easy to read (and a very short read). I thought the book was overly simplistic, but that might just be because I’m a college senior reading a series intended for kids.

Artemis Fowl is a teenage criminal mastermind. His father had disappeared, so he’s now in charge of the family operations. But Artemis doesn’t really follow the most ethical practices in his aims to restore the family fortune. He encounters all sorts of fantastical creatures in his adventures, and this book is definitely an entertaining read for its variety of character personalities.

10. “The Confessor” by Daniel Silva

“The Confessor” is another story centered around Israeli operative Gabriel Allon. Allon is yet again pulled into the fray after one of his friends was murdered. As Allon is tracking down his friend’s killer, more disappearances and mysterious circumstances come to light.Silva still writes adult fiction, so be prepared for some swearing and scenes that you might want to flip quickly past (I did). In spite of those things, Silva takes you on an adventure spanning several countries as Allon leaves his art restoration project to locate his friend’s killer.

March to-read:

  1. “The Scorch Trials” (Maze Runner #2)
  2. “The Death Cure” (Maze Runner #3)
  3. “The Eternity Code” (Artemis Fowl #3)
  4. “Radical: Taking Back your Faith from the American Dream”
  5. “Schindler’s List”

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books I’ve just read or am about to be reading?

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