I’ve just returned from our family vacation to Italy. We stayed in a hotel that had it’s own private beach. After breakfast every day, we would grab our beach gear and find a spot to camp – and since it was a private beach, we were set with a pavilion and lounging beach chairs each time. It was fabulous because I got to spend hours and hours reading. We also visited interesting cities, such as Pompeii and Rome. Let’s have a look at all of the above, shall we?
When the trip began, I finished reading UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand (UK cover shown here). I really loved this book and found it hard to put down. Unearthly is about a girl named Clara who has recently learned she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans, but it also means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do.
A quarter way through the book, the plot completely twisted, and I was itching to get through the book to find out if my suspicions about certain characters were right. I love that in a book! If you like paranormal romance (and angels), give this book a try.
Now let’s scoot over to Pompeii. If you don’t know about this city, let me give you the short and skinny of it. The city of Pompeii was mostly destroyed due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which left the city buried under four to six meters of ash and pumice.Evidence for the destruction originally came from a surviving letter by Pliny the Younger, who saw the eruption from a distance and described the death of his uncle, an admiral of the Roman fleet, who tried to rescue citizens. (I bet there’s a book out there telling this tale.)
Anyway, back to books for a moment.
The next book I started to read was THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa.
I’m not quite done with this one yet, but only have a couple of chapters to go. It’s more fantasy than paranormal, but I do admire Julie’s writing style. The Iron King is about a girl named Meghan Chase whose brother suddenly attacks their mother. She discovers that this “creature” isn’t actually her brother at all, but a changeling who replaced her real brother, put in his place by faeries. The book follows Meghan on her adventure into the faery realm as she attempts to rescue her brother, discovering shocking things about herself along the way.
And finally, let’s skip on over to Rome. I have to admit, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more if it wasn’t 100 degrees and scorching sun that day. The sights were beautiful, the food was great, but the heat and sun kind of put a damper on things. At least I can admire the pictures.
And that was my trip in a nutshell, albeit a mixed nut nutshell. 😉