Friday Reads (6/28/13)

Happy Friday!  Woohoo you successfully got through another week!  Friday Reads, a popular query that originated on Twitter, enables me to share what I plan on reading this weekend.  As I do not post on Sundays, it allows you to be updated and know what I hope to accomplish in my reading endeavors.  Additionally, Friday Reads is a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here!


A brilliant new Gothic thriller from the acclaimed author of The Ghost Writer and The Seance

Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: “Your patient must be an imposter.”

Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary. Who is the woman in her uncle’s house? And what has become of her two most precious possessions, a dragonfly pin left to her by her mother and a writing case containing her journal, the only record of those missing weeks? Georgina’s perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.

Another delicious read from the author praised by Ruth Rendell as having “a gift for creating suspense, apparently effortlessly, as if it belongs in the nature of fiction.”-Goodreads summary

I saw this book on a Youtube Haul video, and I immediately was intrigued by the concept.  Therefore, I requested it from the library and anticipated its arrival.  Currently, I’m about halfway through the book, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it!  I don’t want to go into too much detail about my thoughts about this book as I plan on finishing it this weekend and will be reviewing it in due time.  Yay!


Best friends Jack and Conner can’t stay away from Marbury. It’s partly because of their obsession with this alternate world and the unresolved war that still wages there. But it’s also because forces in Marbury—including the darkest of the dark, who were not revealed in The Marbury Lens—are beckoning the boys back in order to save their friends . . . and themselves.

The boys try to destroy the lens that transports them to Marbury. But that dark world is not so easily reckoned with. Reality and fantasy, good and evil—Andrew Smith’s masterpiece closes the loop that began withThe Marbury Lens. But is it really closed? Can it ever be?-Goodreads summary

Approximately a year ago, I read The Marbury Lens, and I fell in love with this “other world” Smith created.  I have had Passenger on my TBR list for awhile, and I’m in the mood to finish this series-note: I’m really not sure if this is a duology, trilogy, or series.  I attempted to do research on this; in an interview with Publisher’s Weekly, Smith was asked if there would be a third installment in this series, to which he replied:

I’ve already published a short story called “The King of Marbury.” It’s up on I am going to write another book about Marbury and I’m glad you asked this question, because when I wroteThe Marbury Lens I was not thinking at all that there would ever be more to it, but then so many people were asking questions about what really happened and what was really going on: “You can’t leave me here; you have to tell me what’s going to happen next.” So I thought that, well, if I do tell you something about what happens next – which became my monstrously long new novel,Passenger – I was going to tell you something that you would never have expected. I hope that this is the experience that readers of Passenger get, that it was something that was totally different, that everything had changed, that everything had turned upside down. I do know what I’m going to write the third book about, and it’s not going to be anything that people will expect.-Publisher’s Weekly

According to the question and answer, I’m assuming Passenger leaves readers anticipating more explanations about the world of Marbury.  From further research it appears as though Smith has yet to write this next book-note: the Publisher’s Weekly interview is nearly a year old.  Due to all of this, I’m slightly hesitant to start Passenger as I would hate to read this book, fall further in love with the series, and be forever left with millions of unanswered questions.  So, I’m both excited and really nervous.  Ugh.

*What book(s) do you plan on reading this weekend?

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