This past week was a tough reading week for me. I started reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore on my Kindle and I also started reading Sandra Gulland’s Mistress of the Sun for an upcoming review. Planet Books will also be a stop on Ms. Gulland’s book blog tour on April 29th.
Graceling is a young adult fantasy fiction piece that is really enticing and enjoyable so far. A “Grace” is a special gift that develops in a select few in the fantasy world of “The Seven Kingdoms” and the main character, Katsa, has the ability to kill people with her bare hands. She discovered her “Grace” when a cousin tried to have his way with her when she was eight years old. He winded up dead after a kick to the face from Katsa.
Mistress of the Sun is from the author who brought us the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy, Sandra Gulland. When I received an e-mail from her publicist I was incredibly excited and flattered that Planet Books was asked to be a stop on Ms. Gulland’s book blog tour. An old friend of mine had gifted the Bonaparte collection to me in 2002 and I really enjoyed the three books. Gulland’s latest book (to be released in paperback on Tuesday, April 7th) is an imagined telling of the life of Louise de la Valliere, mistress to Louis XIV, France’s Sun King. So far I’m really enjoying it as well. Since I am not a fan of reading more than one book at a time I put Graceling on the back burner and have only been reading Mistress of the Sun this weekend but life keeps getting in the way of my reading time.
We are getting ready to move back to the states after living in Okinawa for the last four years and all the stuff I have to do to prepare for this are keeping me from reading as much as I need to. Tomorrow I know I will have about an hour of definite reading time while I’m getting an oil change and detail service for Hubby’s car but the calendar is filling up with lunches and get togethers. So, if I don’t have much to talk about in the coming weeks regarding books, please bear with me. I will again soon.