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Reading Queue: October

The Reading QueueHiya!

October is here and the weather in Manchester has definitely turned to autumn! The skies have been gloriously sunny, but the air has that crispness that I love!

Before I talk about my reading plans for the month of October, let’s recap the five books I read in September, shall we?!

Angus, Thongs, & Full Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson #1) by Louise Rennison

Virals (Virals #1) by Kathy Reichs

On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God (Georgia Nicholson #2) by Louise Rennison

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Knocked Out by My Nunga Nungas (Georgia Nicholson #3) by Louise Rennison

 

I’m loving this Confessions of Georgia Nicholson books! They’re so much like a YA version of Bridget Jones’ Diary! So, for October I plan on continuing to work my way through the series. Hopefully I’ll get through most of them! I also plan on listening to a bunch of audiobooks as well!

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“Dancing in my Nuddy-Pants” (Georiga Nicholason #4) by Louise Rennison

“…Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers” (Georiga Nicholason #5) by Louise Rennison

“…And Then It Fell Off In My Hand” (Georiga Nicholason #6) by Louise Rennison

“…Startled by His Furry Shorts” (Georiga Nicholason #7) by Louise Rennison

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Andieh

Behemoth (Leviathon #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo

The Perilous Sea (Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

I want to know what delicious books are on your Reading Queue! You can comment on this post, or join us on Instagram! If you’re interested in joining, just use the hashtag #readingqueue with a photo of the books you are planning to read! And don’t forget to update us throughout the month!

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Familiar Places: Virals by Kathy Reichs

Hi there!

I’m currently typing this post up in our attic/office with the roof windows open on this rare sunny day in Manchester. It really is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea and write a book review!

Recently I finished listening to the audiobook for Kathy Reich’s Virals, the first book in a sci-fi series of the same name. I waited a long time to finally read this one and I’m so glad I read it now, after just moving across the pond from South Carolina, because the story is set in Charleston. Reading about the familiar places was soothing to my heart as I adjust to life in a new place out of my home country! It was comforting!

Overview

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the VIrals by Kathy ReichsBones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They’re a pack. They are Virals.

My Thoughts

I don’t know what I was expecting, but when I decided to read Virals, I wasn’t sold. I assumed I wasn’t going to enjoy it and I have no earthly idea why! What I got was a fast paced sci-fi mystery/thriller that hooked me from the start. The first page lands you smack-dab in the middle of a forest where our main character, Tory, is being chased by unknown and armed pursuers. From that moment on the story is full of dead bodies, breaking and entering, fake identities, hunting for evidence, and even more being chased by armed men. As if the mystery plot wasn’t interesting enough Reichs also weaves in this whole science fiction virus plot that just takes the story to a whole new level! I was immediately sold.

Super exciting plot aside, it also helps when your main character is engaging and likable. Tory, is your average teen who is also not-so average -she is incredibly observant, intelligent, courageous, funny, and really interested in science. She feels like an outsider at her posh Charleston private school, but is also building deep friendships with the other kids on Morris Island. She is exactly the type of girl I’d want to be friends with, if you know….I was a character in a sci-fi YA novel… Out of her group of friends, Tory is the “idea person”. She’s the one who has all of these ideas that are really good ideas (mostly) but make the other characters nervous because they usually involve breaking into someplace they shouldn’t be-all for good reasons of course! haha

Virals is set on the numerous islands that dot the coast of South Carolina, just outside of historic Charleston. As I mentioned before having just moved from South Carolina, it was so comforting to read about a location I’m familiar with. I think that when you’ve been to a place it always changes how you read a book set in that same location. The story seems more alive and exciting when you have experience in that particular setting. I loved reading about King Street, Sullivan’s Island, Mount Pleasant and Fort Sumter. It felt like I was home!

I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series and if you’re into sci-fi and mysteries you should also give this series a try!

Details

Author: Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Penguin Razorbill (November 2, 2010)
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by: Cristin Milioti
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
Series: First in the Virals series
YA/MG: MG/YA