The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I tried a couple times to get into this one and didn't get
past the first few chapters, but finally this time I was successful!
Don's character was a challenge to relate to (he's not your average Joe)
but I found myself warming to him more as the story progressed (while
at the same time wanting to *headdesk* a lot over things that he said
and did). The plotline involving the genetic search for Rosie's
biological father was fun (not very realistic, but fun!), and I also
generally enjoyed seeing Don try new things and break some rules.
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Seriously, I could not put this book down! So gripping. A
tad violent and graphic for my tastes in some parts, but I just had to
keep turning the pages to find out what would happen. This sequel really
fleshed out the criminal world of Scion London (and the various players
involved in it), while still connecting to the bigger picture of the
storyline involving the Rephaim. I was occasionally confused by
references that weren't explained properly (spoiler, highlight to read: Like the whole thing with the amaranth blooming again...what was all
that about? And the poltergeist at the end, is that supposed to be the
one that originally scarred Warden?)
and I could have used a bit more development of the romance side of
things (they are so busy fighting or getting over injuries they never
have time for it!). But overall, a very strong sequel that has me
wanting to read the next one!