Monday, December 19, 2011

What Are You Reading Monday [Dec. 19]

This Monday, I'm reading two books and I swap between them depending on my mood.

The Grimm Legacy - Polly Shulman
When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime—or captured by the thief.Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library— a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That's where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales: seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White's stepmother's sinister mirror that talks in riddles.

^owned it since May & finally getting around to reading it

The Faerie Ring - Kiki Hamilton
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood. Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist. Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty.

^Although this is an ARC, I'm not reading it "for review." Haha, I remember back in the day when I actually read books according to a deadline. Now I just read them when I don't come home and instantly pass out!

Still on my shelf, but haven't picked up in awhile...
Prophecy of the Sisters - Michelle Zink
In Michelle Zink's debut novel, orphaned twin sister Lia and Alice Milthorpe are yoked together in an ancient prophecy that makes them enemies and could destroy them both. If Lia can break this familial curse, she can not only save her relationship with her beloved boyfriend; she can finally resolve the mystery behind her parents' death.

^I don't want to pooh-pooh this book just yet, but I'm having a hard time getting into it because it's so slow! Who'd think a seance reading scene would be so yawn-worthy?
Also...not sure young women had "boyfriends" in the 19th century. Beaus, perhaps, but not boyfriends. That's a little too modern for my anachronistically-sensitive tastes.

Although I pledged to avoid memes, I think they'll help me get back into the swing of blogging.
What are you reading this Monday?
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