Follow-up to Labyrinth Lost which I read last year and loved. Alex’s sister Lula is still dealing with the after effects of the events of the last book when she has a fight with her boyfriend, then he and many of their friends get killed in a bus accident. Or do they? We spend the rest of the story dealing with the considerable aftermath of this trauma and the lengths Lula and her sisters go to in order to save their friends and family. I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the last book – for reasons that are a little spoilerish – but I liked it well enough. I’m especially looking forward to the next (hopefully not last) book in the series that will most likely deal with the third sister whose magical powers are particularly intriguing. Read 24-28 October.
62. The Mistletoe Matchmaker by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
The conclusion to the Finfarrin trilogy. Another family’s story is revealed when a young woman visits her grandparents in Ireland for the first time. Previous principal characters also return for the next chapters in their own stories. One subplot was a little predictable, but it was resolved in a fitting but not too tidy way. Likewise the overall story. Our main characters got some answers and some closure, but nothing was tied up in too neat a bow. Obviously, Christmas is a strong theme, so it’s suitable for this time of year; on the other hand, this book as well as the other two could be read any time on their own or as part of the series. Read 1-10 November.