Here are the books I read in September and October. It was a decent couple of months, and there are some pretty good selections on here (especially if you like Young Adult fantasy, which is totally my jam). Also some mediocre ones, but nothing really awful.
The Crow Girl- Erik Axl Sund: an attempt at epic Swedish noir, this book literally has everything- grisly murders, revenge, a pedophile ring, multiple personalities, abuses too numerous to count, and a beleaguered detective trying to tie it all together while dealing with sexism at work and divorce at home. It also has numerous flashbacks which are only sometimes noted as such, and about ten different story lines. And it almost manages to tie everything together in a believable manner, with the exception of a late sub-plot that is only slightly more random than it is preposterous.
A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir: sequel to An Ember In The Ashes, which was one of my favorite books of 2015. If you have any interest at all in fantasy (this is YA, but doesn’t have to be), then this series should be a must read. Very well done.
End Of Watch- Stephen King: final book in the story of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. The first two were solidly in the detective fiction category, but this one were a little more into classic Stephen King territory. And he certainly hasn’t lost his writing talent.
Ink And Bone- Rachel Caine: respectable YA steampunk fiction. Not amazing, but enjoyable.
The Woman In Cabin 10- Ruth Ware: not nearly as good as her other book In A Dark, Dark Wood. But a fast read. Has a lot in common with The Girl On The Train- including a drunk, self pitying protagonist.
Six of Crows- Leigh Bardugo: entertaining YA fantasy fiction about a band of rogues and a daring heist. Kind of The Gentlemen Bastards as teenagers. Can’t wait for the sequel.
Good As Gone- Amy Gentry: a missing girl shows up on her family’s doorstep 8 years later. Or does she? Similar to Reconstructing Amelia, but much, much darker.
Wolf Road- Beth Lewis: gripping saga of a girl raised wild, and her journey north through post-apocalyptic wilderness as she escapes the truth of the man who raised her. Overly stylized writing, but a page turner nonetheless. Not for the faint of heart.
After The Fire- Jane Casey: solid crime thriller following the classic “I don’t need help from anyone” beleaguered female detective and her rough around the edges partner as they try to solve the mystery behind a fire in a high rise apartment building that led to three deaths. Highly enjoyable, and the 5th or 6th book in a series.
The Hatching- Ezekiel Boone: pretty much every arachnophobe’s worst nightmare. Do not read unless you want the get the creepy crawly heebie jeebies. I can’t wait for the sequel in May
With Malice- Eileen Cook: very ‘ripped from the headlines’ take on a did she or didn’t she murder her best friend, a la Amanda Knox. Tries for the Big Reveal at the end, but it’s pretty obvious (since it’s kind of the only logical explanation).
Paper and Fire- Rachel Caine: book 2 of The Great Library Series, sequel to Ink and Bone. Moves the story along quite nicely, but ends on kind of a cliffhanger.
Shrill- Lindy West: this book is not for anyone too firmly entrenched in the patriarchy. But if you don’t mind unapologetic feminism and body acceptance (oh, and brilliant, hysterical writing) give it a go.
The House Of Secrets- Brad Meltzer: absolutely idiotic. Given what the authors finally ended on, I’m going to assume they started with only the nearest shred of an idea. Only answered half of the questions asked, and the answers that were given in no way merited the murderous coverup or international conspiracy implied. Total rubbish.
The Second Girl- David Swinson: it’s not easy having a dirty, cocaine addicted ex-cop as your protagonist. It’s even harder to make him a good guy. This book manages it.
Today Will Be Different- Maria Semple: from the author of Where’d You Go Bernadette?, except she’s traded whimsy for bitterness. It picked up in the middle, but she ended it with a literal come to Jesus moment that pretty much ruined the whole thing for me.
Ink And Bone- Kara Unger: supernatural thriller about a missing little girl, her broken mother, and the reluctant psychic drawn into the search. But better than that description might indicate.
Throne Of Glass- Sarah J Maas: YA fantasy fiction. The cover says “fans of Game of Thrones and Hunger Games will love it” and that’s probably true. It isn’t as masterful as either of those series, but it is really enjoyable.
Crown of Midnight- Sarah J Mass: book 2 in the Empire of Glass series. A little heavier on the adolescent emotional drama than the first book, but once the true plot got going it was a blast.
Heir of Fire- Sarah J Mass: Empire of Glass book 3. Starts out like your typical mid series training montage, but thanks to some new characters and that sneaky alternating character stories by chapter trick, it was hard to put down and really got the action going for the rest of the series.