#5Books: Families and fantastic magic

#5Books for the week ending 5 February

I’ve started reading South of Forgiveness this week, which is the story of Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger. When they were much younger Tom raped Thordis, and this is the story of their second meeting, the one that changed everything for them. It’s raw and confronting as the book is from both their POVs. Tom, I don’t know what to make of just yet. I keep wondering if I am supposed to understand him or sympathise with him? Or empathise?

Thordis is brave. Full stop. She’s carrying the scars from the rape and she’s determined to move past them to her future. I’m in awe of her.

They’re both here for the Festival of Women next month and I think I’m going to go. It sounds like it’s going to be an amazing weekend.

In other news, figuring out your future is damn hard. I have decisions to make about the position I work in now versus the potential of others that I can apply for, and while YA tends to make it sound like it’s the domain of that age group, it’s really not LOL!

This week I have the review of The Golden Child coming up on Wednesdays, which is another confronting read in an entirely different way. The tagline of the book is: What happens when bad children happens to good parents? and it absolutely sums up the book. It’s realistic and visceral and I will forever be in awe of parents.

But, this week here are the recs I have:

First is a YA about a blended family and secrets written by the author of The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants. Which I have never read or watched, but this title… I need!

The second rec leaves me with one question: Who is Charlie?

The third rec… well, what happens when a family of psychics lose their abilities?

Fourth is the second book in what I think is an original urban fantasy series, with a protagonist who loses her legs in the first book. And then promptly becomes part of a secret organisation.

And last, well, last is what happens when a bunch of brilliant authors get together to writera book or collection of stories about a vigilante.

The Whole Thing Together

Blended families can work perfectly together, and sometimes they can’t. This time it’s the parents who are at odds, and neither wants to give up a summer house. So the blended families share the house, until one day they all end up there for the summer, I think. Because as the blurb says, one summer everything about their families intersect at the house … and there are secrets and falling in love. I’m going to say given Sasha and Ray, the oldest kids of the two ex-couple’s families are mentioned in the blurb something happens between them. Doesn’t surprise me or squick me, and I’m curious to see how this accomplished author makes this work. 

The End of the Day

Who is Charlie? The guy that goes out before the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. That’s all I have gleaned from this blurb, which as blurbs go is effective and frustrating! I might regret this, but I’m in the effective category here. I want to know who Charlie is exactly, and this time is he being sent out before his boss and his three associates as a warning or a courtesy?!


What happens? They turn to gambling, online dating and some other not-good ways of dealing with the loss of their powers. Years later, though when Matty, the grandson in the family discovers he actually does have powers, it seems everyone’s powers return. At which point they find themselves trying to deal with the CIA, a debunker and the mafia, which sounds like a FUN ride! And throw in some dysfunctional family goodness and I think this is going to be GOOD. And, there might be a TV series coming at some point! 

Phantom Pains 

Fair warning though, the blurb in the second book does give away a spoiler from the first. Read at your own risk.

This is the second book in the series, and Borderline is the first. It’s in this one that Millie loses her legs after a failed suicide attempt. Which is when the Arcadia Projects offers her a job policing the traffic to and from a parallell reality with creatures out of myth and magic. Like the missing Seelie nobleman that she needs to find in book one. In this book she has to help her boss who becomes the prime suspect in a gruesome murder —> and I’m keeping that vague because spoilers so go read book one, okay?


Nora is a reporter by day and ruthless vigilante, Indigo, by night. While investigating a case of murdered children related to a cult, she learns that her past might not be what she thought. You see, when Nora’s parents died, she took their insurance money and went on a world trip… and found herself in a monastery in Nepal learning magic and meditation. Sound familiar? Thing is, it’s a lie. So how did Nora get her powers?

I’m so curious about Indigo, I mean Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong and Seanan McGuire are just three authors associated with this book. What about you? What’s on the top of your list?


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