What I read in march
COMPLICIT BY STEPHANIE KUEHN
Two years ago Jamies sister was sent to juvenile detention for burning up a neighbours horse barn, nobody knew why she did it but then again nobody knew why she did most of anything. So when she was sent away he drew a sigh of relief. No more crazy antics from his sister, finally he could live a calm life with their adoptive parents. But now his sister is being released and has sent word to Jamie that she is coming back. She wants to talk to him, wants to talk to him about what happened the night the barn was destroyed.
This is one of those books where if you know too much the plot is destroyed. I will say that it´s dark and messed up! (3 stars)
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI
Maja is 16 when her father arranges for her to be married for his own political convenience. Her wedding takes an unexpected turn and she ends up as the wife of Amar and queen of Akaran. Her new husband and his land is filled with secrets, locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit.
The setting is drawn from ancient India, the writing is good and plot mysterious. Despite all this it was difficult for me to stay interested and I had to force myself to continue. (2 stars)
GLUTTON FOR PLEASURE BY ALISHA RAI
This is a (very) adult story about Devi and two brothers. Devi works as a chef at her familys Indian restaurant. Jace is a regular customer at the restaurant and someone Devi has had a secret crush on. One evening he shows up to eat dinner with his brother Marcus. With a little coaxing from her sister Devi sits down for a conversation with the brothers and propose a chance to live out a secret fantasy, a night filled with no-strings-attached sex with the two of them. Devi eventually agrees and what was supposed to be one night continues on, neither Devi nor Jace are content with it being just a one time thing. Marcus is, however more reticent but can´t help but resist Devi.
This was an okay but, it had it´s flaws but honestly I was there for the sex which was smokin´. (3 stars)
REBEL OF THE SANDS BY ALWYN HAMILTON
Amani lives in the desert, a barren wasteland her only wish is to leave the wasteland where her only future is to be forced into a marriage. While trying to leave she meets Jin and uses him as an escape and the two of them team up to get where they want to go together. Things are complicated by the fact that Jin is wanted by the military/police and that there is a rebellion going on.
It´s a western with Islamic-style veneer with some magic and mythical horses added towards the end. I wanted to like this book more than I did but I didn´t feel drawn to the characters or the story. (3 stars)
THE REGIONAL OFFICE IS UNDER ATTACK BY MANUEL GONZALES
Now this was a weird and wonderful book. It´s about exactly what the title says, the regional office being under attack. The regional office is an organization of women led by the mysterious Oyemi and Mr Niles. Their purpose is to protect the world from annihilation, alien attacks and evil forces of darkness. Rose the assassin, a defector from the organization, is leading the attack on the office. Sarah, the woman with a robotic arm, is trying to defend it from the inside.
This is my favourite kind of weird book. It was funny, entertaining and smart. The only small complaint I have is the ending but it doesn´t take away the wonder of the rest of the book. Read it! (4 stars)