History, fantasy and stalking… recent reads

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Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

This is definitely one of the best historical novels which I have ever read. It focuses on the story of the sisters of Jane Grey, the girl who was queen of England for nine days after the death of Edward VI. Catherine and Mary Grey have been somewhat forgotten by history, but after the death of Jane on the block, they were thrust forward into the succession. Not only that, but Catherine made some unwise decisions which could have led her to the block… A blissful read for history lovers.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

I have loved other novels by this author, and to be honest this is not the best. But it’s still an interesting story which draws you in. Ellen is a hypnotherapist who falls in love with Patrick, whose ex girlfriend Saskia is stalking him and posing as a client of Ellen’s.

This is a book which makes you ponder the nature of relationships. Quite surprisingly perhaps, the novel doesn’t treat Saskia harshly; in fact, at times Ellen is more supportive of her than of Patrick. It certainly encourages you to consider stalking from the perspective of both genders.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I was so excited to read this fantasy and I was disappointed that I didn’t love it quite as much as I was expecting to. It’s the first in the series and I am not sure if I will continue.

As a stand alone novel, I loved the world building of the Tearling and its neighbouring lands. Kelsea is 19 years old and is escorted from her home in the forest to take up her rightful place as queen, 16 years after the death of her mother, the spoilt and unsuccessful Queen Elyssa. Her uncle has been regent for all that time and wants Kelsea dead. Some things don’t make sense; how could Kelsea have been kept hidden for so long? But other things, like the unknown identity of Kelsea’s father, kept me reading as I was hungry to learn more.

In places the novel is a little disturbing. Be prepared for revelations about rape and slavery. I also wish that Kelsea was not so convinced of her ugliness, there’s nothing wrong with a heroine who is not size 8. However I found myself willing Kelsea on and enjoyed getting to know her guards. If you want to find a new fantasy series to enjoy, you could do worse than pick this up.

Have you read any good books lately?

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