Monday, May 12, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.

1 not finished as it expired so I will have to borrow it again. The Nightmare

The Treatment (Jack Caffery, #2)

I've read a few Mo Hayder books recently and this was the best so far. It's an ugly story of depravity and the horrible things people do to each other. 
As a thriller it kept me guessing the outcome.

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him - the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target...unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.

Not my typical read as it is about paranormal and it is also YA. However, I did enjoy it. The writing is rather pedestrian, but then the main character is a sixteen year old American girl studying in London.
I loved the scenes on the streets of London in the east end and going into the underbelly of the Tube.
This is the first book in a trilogy and I might read the rest of the series. I wasn't wowed but I was entertained.

Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey

With a love of travel, Alison Wearing invites us to journey with her to Iran--a country that few Westerners have a chance to see. Traveling with a male friend, in the guise of a couple on their honeymoon, Wearing set out on her own at every available opportunity. She went looking for what lay beneath the media's representation of Iran and found a country made up of welcoming, curious, warmhearted, ambitious men and women. With humor and compassion, Wearing gives Iranians the chance to wander beyond headlines and stereotypes, and in doing so, reveals the poetry of their lives--those whose lives extend beyond Western news stories of kidnapping, terrorism, veiled women, and Islamic fundamentalism.

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