What I read in June and July 2014
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
Historical Fiction, Non fiction, Biography
Recalling her times as a servant in 1920s England. Starting at the bottom and moving and working her way up the ranks of servants.
Read this one for book club and really enjoyed it. If you like books or shows with regency themes this is very interesting. It's not totally fluid but a small flaw. I haven't watched either show on the books cover but if you've seen those I think you'd like this book even more.
Defy by Sara B. Larson
Fantasy, Young Adult
To fight for her life Alexa disguises herself as Alex and joins the kings army. As one of the best swordsmen in the land she earns a spot in the princes guard. Prince Damien is abducted and Alex and fellow guard Rylan must risk their lives for the prince and the country they love.
A debut novel by Larson, she builds an interesting society that will be fun to see where it can lead in the rest of the series.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Young Adult, Contemporary
There's a hat box in her closet that she keeps the letters she writes to each of the boys she's had a crush on. These boys never knew she had crushes on them. After being confronted at school by one of her past crushes she discovers the box's contents have been mailed to each boy. She must now face what her heart once felt.
I liked the way Han crafted this one. It could have been cheesy or watered down but I thought she crafted her characters well and I enjoyed the plot.
Infinity + One by Amy Harmon
New Adult, Contemporary
Clyde and Bonnie Rae are lost souls who find each other, but can they help each other find themselves?
I love all of the Amy Harmon books I've read so far and this one was no exception. Fun plot idea and great characters. If you're interested in trying another one by her, check out Running Barefoot or A Different Blue.