I started reading the Count of Monte Cristo with my 52 Books group this week in which we planned to read three chapters a week. I couldn’t help myself because I needed to know what happened so read through Chapter 6. Then I got totally bogged down in chapter 7 with all the history and will have to reread with my ipad standing by to look up information. Jealousy reared its ugly head. Danglars, the supercargo, dislikes Dante taking over the ship and his super secret mission for the late captain. Caderousse is jealous of his money or maybe just too greedy, but Dante's father felt the need to pay back a loan even though it left him destitute and hungry until Dantes returned from his trip. Fernand hates Dantes even before he meets him because he is Mercedes love. Danglers is quite manipulative, feeding both Caderousse’s and Fernand’s dislike. Is Dantes blind, too young and arrogant or is he really just that nice in that he is kind, even to those who treat him badly. It could have read like a soap opera but didn't and I'm enjoying it so far.
I finished two new to me authors this week. The first book in Toni Anderson's Cold Justice mystery series, A Cold Dark Place, in which FBI Agent Mallory Rooney has spent her life trying to find the man who kidnapped her twin from their bedroom when they were children. While searching for a vigilante whose been killing criminals and pedophiles, she gets involved with a private security contractor who is actually a clandestine government approved assassin. You can probably guess where this is going and it causes plenty of angst and trouble for both characters. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me reading and kept me from figuring out who the serial killer was.
(Category: Be Still My Heart, Police Procedural, Setting: Virginia U.S)
I finally read the Bear and the Nightingale which is the first book in Katherine Arden's Winternight mythological fantasy trilogy. I don't know anything about Russian mythology or fairy tales so enjoyed learning all about it. The beautifully written story drew me in with its vivid imagery, and you can almost feel the bite of the freezing snow, and played on your emotions with plenty of love, fear, and anger, as well as evil and hope and magic. Set during Medieval times, the lead character, a young girl by the name of Vasya challenges the culture and mores of the times with her powers and belief in spirits others might consider evil. She is a wild child and can talk to horses, communicate with nature and household spirits. When a priest decides to challenge and destroy the villagers beliefs in the spirits, and rein in Vasya, it endangers the whole village as well as himself. I totally enjoyed it and looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
(Category: Magic and Mystery / Dragons and other fantastical creatures. Setting: Russia,)
Continuing my Nora Roberts reread with Blue Smoke about a female arson investigator.
I finally broke down and subscribed to Netflix this week and enjoyed watching the first few episodes of the Good Place. Which means I didn't accomplish much on the writing front. Bad me. Time to sit down, reread my story, then tackle editing again.