Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver (♦♦♦)

Someone is terrorizing New York City using electricity as his weapon of choice. Panic is widespread since any electrical outlet can be the cause of death. NYPD, with the help of the FBI and other domestic agencies, identify the perpetrator early on in the investigation, yet they seem unable to stop the fatal attacks. Consultant criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is leading the forensic part of the investigation, collecting evidence—with the help of Amelia Sachs and Ron Pulaski—which doesn’t always make sense. Alongside Rhyme is following a case unfolding in Mexico involving an evasive criminal nicknamed the Watchmaker.

I spent nearly two weeks reading this book. I have read other books by Jeffery Deaver which I have liked, such as The Stone Monkey and Garden of Beasts; I also watched the movie The Bone Collector. This book was disappointing in a sense; I don’t like stories where I’m kept in the dark while the criminal seem to have the upper hand. The characters were engaging and the plot was unique, but the story took very long to develop and, in my opinion, never quite reached momentum.