Suspenseful and riveting, His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal is the best installment in the Maggie Hope series yet.
Without giving away spoilers, Maggie’s next mission plunges her into the heart of Germany—Berlin—during the height of World War II. Maggie has a few secrets under her belt that she must keep to herself (other than the fact that she’s a British spy).
The stakes are high and the action takes off from the get-go. The book can be read as a standalone for newcomers to the series, but I see the thrilling novel as a reward for fans and longtime readers of the series to see a side of their heroine that they’ve never seen before. Readers of mystery, thriller, and suspense will enjoy the edge-of-your-seat ride that His Majesty’s Hope provides.
For someone who reads as much as I do, I have a blank brain for writing my own story. I am reading 8 books at one time:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew
- Wicked Girls
- Princess Elizabeth’s Spy
- I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had
- The Art of War for Writers
- The Essential Rumi
- Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
The year 2013 promises some good books. Here’s a list of books I am looking forward to reading this year:
- His Majesty’s Hope: A continuation of the Maggie Hope mystery series that is filled with charm and cleverness.
- Untitled #3 (Divergent series): Yet another dystopian book that has action and romance.
- Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2): A hefty book with paranormal romance that details the story between a witch and a vampire.
- Untitled #3 (All Souls Trilogy): A likely hefty book, but it will be the final installment in the All Souls Trilogy.
- Etiquette & Espionage: A young adult book by one of my favorite paranormal/steampunk authors, Gail Carriger.
I’m a member of the social networking site Goodreads (I’d probably watch more movies if there were a site called Goodwatch or something) and each December, I plan the books I’m going to read for the next year. So for 2013, I currently have 58 books on my list. (This list will grow as books are published and I see must-read bestsellers at the library.) Thirty-six of those books are non-fiction books. I do not have them in order of books I plan to read, but here’s my goal for the year:
Wicked Girls (begun in December 2012)
The Art of War for Writers (begun in December 2012)
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy (begun in December 2012)
I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had (begun in December 2012)
The Darkest Minds
The Sacred Romance
A Year of Biblical Womanhood (begun in December 2012)
Shadow of Night
Successful Women Think Differently
In the Garden of Beasts
The Paris Wife
The Beautiful and the Damned
What Good Is God?
The Silent Girl
The Happiness Project
The Girl Who Became a Beatle
Blame It on the Brain
His Majesty’s Hope (Maggie Hope #3)
You Lost Me
The Tiger’s Wife
Porn Again Christian
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Putting Amazing Back into Grace
The Selection (#1)
A Tale of Two Cities
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
The Myth of Multitasking
Nickel and Dimed
Vienna Prelude (#1)
The Nazi Officer’s Wife
Untitled (Divergent #3)
Untitled (All Souls Trilogy #3)
The Paradox of Choice
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
The Purpose Driven Life
The Artist’s Way
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
Time Management for Unmanageable People
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
The Bluest Eye
The Total Money Makeover
The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Plot & Structure
Three Cups of Tea
When God Weeps
I tend to read more at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year as I try to play catch up. It’s a lot to read, but I know I can do it as long as I pace myself! And Tim Keller will probably publish a book in 2013 so just add that to my list too.