For you this Friday, a few quick snapshots of the books I'm currently reading.
I dug Forgotten, plot holes and all, and I had high hopes for this one, too. Alas, I think Patrick's exhausted her ability to make me see past plot issues by now. The Originals features three girls who are clones of each other, but fool the world into thinking they're a single person. One girl goes to school in the morning, another in the afternoon, and the third goes out in the evening for any extracurriculars and social engagements. It's strange, and it's frustrating that I have no idea why such a charade is necessary. Identical triplets would be completely plausible. I can only hope the answer is revealed further in the book.
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
This is normally the kind of book I love - spies, intrigue, secrets, set in one of the few historical periods I always find interesting (Tudor England). But it's so slow. So, so slow. I'm halfway through and have only barely begun to learn about the secret goings-on in Queen Elizabeth's court. If it doesn't pick up sometime soon, this may be a do-not-finish for me. (Incidentally, if you've read this one, please let me know if I should persevere.)
Tumble and Fall by Alexandra Coutts
This is a little different from the usual post-apocalyptic fare because it's not actually post. An asteroid is about to hit the earth, and Coutts tells the stories of a few teens as they prepare to be obliterated. I expected to read an adventure story (I admit that images of Armageddon flashed through my mind), but that's not what this is at all. Rather than focusing on a desperate attempt to save the world, Coutts seems to be telling a story about how to live when your days are numbered - lots of personal stories about family and friendship and love. I can't blame the book for not being exactly what I wanted, but still...it's not exactly what I wanted.
Vortex by S. J. Kincaid
Insignia was a surprise hit for me last year, so the sequel is a must-read. So far, I have not been disappointed - Tom's voice is still wonderful, Kincaid's world is still fascinating, and I was hooked on page 1. Vortex follows Tom and his friends as they become mid-level cadets, encountering new challenges and uncovering more secrets about the Intrasolar Forces and the corporations who bankroll their activities.
Three of the four books above have been tough going for me, and it's been a bit of a struggle lately to get through the books that I normally enjoy. So I've actually mixed it up and have been re-reading the Bridgerton romance series by Julia Quinn. I first read these as a teenager; they were in many ways my entree to the romance genre. They're funny, fast-paced, and sexy, and I've been flying through them. If you are a historical romance fan and haven't read them (hardly likely), I recommend them heartily. (And I may risk the wrath of many readers by saying this, but you really don't need to read them in order.)