Most Anticipated Reads Q1 -2020

The beginning of a new year means a lot of new books to look forward to. Here I have listed a few of the books I am most looking forward to from January to April 2020. Most of these are continuations of series I have started or some new releases I have been hearing a lot about.

As I live in the UK all of these are the UK release dates.

January

7th

A Heart so Fierce and Broken

Brigid Kemmerer
Cursebreakers #2

I had an ARC of the first book A Curse so Dark and Lonely, and it was a solid 3 star read for me. I enjoyed it and as this one has promised to contain the POV from one of my favorite characters I am looking forward to reading it.

The Night Country

Melissa Albert
The Hazel Wood #2

Book 2 in the Hazel wood series. I gave the first book four stars and it was a great read. However, I will admit I can’t quite remember how the Hazel wood ended so I might have to re-read before I get to this one.

I managed to find both of these on the buy one get one half price table in Waterstones the day of release so it might be worth checking out your local store if you are interested in these two.

9th

One of us is Next

Karen M. McManus
One of us is Lying #2

Yet another squeal! This follows on from One of us is lying which was a fun YA mystery that I enjoyed. I also enjoyed Karen M. Manus’ Two can keep a secret. They were both fun and entertaining quick reads and I am sure this will be the same.

23rd

Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

H.G Parry

I currently have an ARC of this and am just trying to finish it up so I can dive into reading it. I am loving it so far and cant wait to get my hands on my pre-ordered copy. I mean books within books are just my thing, what is not to love.

FEBRUARY

1st

Come Tumbling Down

Seanan McGuire
Wayward children #6

This released in the states on the 7th of january but we have to wait just a wee bit longer here in the UK and I am itching for this. I adore this series and as this one goes back to Jack and Jill’s world! I need. I hope my pre-order comes in on time as I will be sitting down and reading it immediately.

4th

The King of Crows

Libba Bray
Deviners #4

The final book of the Diviners series! this is an awesomely creepy 1920s set paranormal mystery series that have just been the most fun to read. I am looking forward to reading the finale!

6th

The Last Day

Andrew Hunter Murray

This is the debut Sci-Fi novel from Hunter Murray of No such thing as a fish fame. I am really intrigued by the premise. I do hope it also has elements of his humour throughout the story too.

The Hand on the wall

Maureen Johnson
Truly Devious #3

I have really enjoyed this series. It is a fun dual mystery crossing timelines at an elite boarding school. After the cliffhanger of book two I am looking forward to finding out how this concludes.

Heartstopper Vol 3

Alice Oseman
Heartstopper #3

This is the cutest comic series ever. While these are freely available to read online I like purchasing the physical copies to support the artist.

20th

False Value

Ben Aaronovich
Rivers of London #8

This was delayed from November and I am anxious to get reading. This is one of the most in depth stories I follow we are now at 8 novels, 8 graphic novels and two novellas and I love them all. The story left off at such an interesting point and really want to know what happens next!

March

10th

Scavenge the Stars

Tara Sim

This was released this month else where but we in the UK have to wait until March. I really enjoyed Tara Sim’s Timekeepers series. This is billed as a gender swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo which sounds really fun. The Timekeeper series was also filled with diversity so hopefully this will be the same.

26th

The City We Became

N.K. Jemisin

I love a good bit of urban fantasy and combining it with new york city just makes this even more of a must read. This sounds amazing, the soul of the city its dark side and all of it in peril, Yes!

30th

The Glass Hotel

Emily St. John Mandel

While I have not read station eleven I have read her mystery The singer’s Gun and enjoyed it. I have an ARC of this one and I am hoping to start it soon so I can post my full review.

April

16th

The Last Emperox

John Scalzi
The Interdependency #3

Anyone that has read my blog before knows I am a big fan of Scalzi. This is the last in his Interdependency series and while I do not love it as much as his Old man’s war series I am enjoying it greatly.

Plan for the Worst

Jodi Taylor
The Chronicles of St Mary #11

I recently just discovered this series and I am flying through them. Therefore, I fully expect to pick up book 11 shortly after it is published. They are just jam packed, furiously paced sci-fi novels that take sharp twists and turns and have an awesome brand of snarky humour.

Looking Glass

Christina Henry
The Chronicles of Alice

I really enjoy Christina Henry’s retellings and her Alice series is the creepiest. This collection of novellas will let s jump back into that world.

Goldilocks

Laura Lam

I am a fan of Laura Lam’s work and when I found out she is releasing an adult Sci-fi I was immediately interested in it. The dystopian setting, the all female space crew one of whom is a botanist! I am looking forward to reading it.


I think I have a busy few months of reading on my hands. Are you looking forward to any of these? Have I missed any?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Review – The Bone Season

Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season #1

E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 39
(see below for breakdown)

3.5 stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐

From Goodreads:

19-year-old Paige is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped. She is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

My Thoughts

This was a re-read for me. I originally read this before I started my blog so I have not written a review before. I was surprised but I actually found myself enjoying this read more than I originally did, however I also came out with a very similar rating to my original.

I forgot how complex the world that Samantha Shannon has built in this series. It is vast and filled with history, most of which I didn’t remember picking up on my first read. It is a full and complex alternative history that has lead to a dystopian style society in London. It uses 18th century slang regularly and I can see why others may find this off putting as at times it was like Shannon had created her own language. The system of clairvoyants is also extensive and complex, and I feel we only barely scratched the surface of that in this book. On top of that after the first section of the book we completely leave London behind and have to learn a new regime along with the main character.

Speaking of characters, when I first read the book I wasn’t so keen on Paige, however, this time I had a lot more sympathy for her. I did find myself more invested in the story of secondary characters, I wanted more from Liss and Julian, I found there stories more interesting, I wanted to explore their lives. I didn’t really enjoy the romance. It seems to go from zero to 100 in the space of a single chapter with no real lead up or even hint at it. It also seems somewhat unnecessary. The book would have been just as good with out it. In fact a lot of Paige’s relationships were just kind of sour and unhealthy without discussion. I was not overly happy in the treatment of the gay character and Paige’s feelings towards him.

The plot is interesting but I found myself at times not really understanding the motivations of the characters. There didn’t seem to be any big push or reasoning behind certain actions, which is a shame when held up against the world building. However, this was Shannon’s first book and while to show in some of the narrative decisions I am more than willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and to follow the series and her growth as a writer.

ESCAPE Score

ENDING – 6

STYLE AND PACE OF WRITING – 6

CHARACTERS – 7

ATMOSPHERE AND WORLDBUILDING – 7

PLOT – 6

ENJOYMENT – 7

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Graphic Novel Review – Action at a Distance

Title: Rivers of London: Action at a distance

Author: Ben Aaronovich, Andrew Cartmel

Illustrator: Brian Williamson

Colourist: Stephani Renne

Series: Rivers of London Vol 7

5 Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

From Forbidden Planet:

October, 1957. A serial killer terrorising the women of Cumbria has moved to the streets of London, with Constable Angus Strallen hot on his heels. But this murderer has special abilities, and Strallen soon realises he needs the help of an old friend from the front lines who can match this madman’s power, London’s own wizarding police officer, Thomas Nightingale. As the pair move in closer, it quickly becomes clear that murder is not this man’s only intent. Tying directly into the continuity of the Rivers of London novels and revealing secrets about Nightingale’s past that readers have long-hoped to find out!

My Thoughts

Whoo more Nightingale! In this instalment of the graphic novels we are starting to delve into back story, and in this we get to see what Nightingale was getting up to in the 1950s. This one centres around a serial killer that becomes linked with the Windscale fire of 1957! It’s a fun and fast paced story that includes a couple of characters that make an appearance in the books. I really enjoyed this especially with the interludes of Peter and Molly. Molly’s character is really getting the development it needs in the graphic novel series.

The one pages shorts at the back are hilarious. One of my favourites yet is that Molly writes Nightingale/Peter slash fiction! I also like the various pages on real life events that pertain to the story. Ben Aaronovich is always very meticulous (via his twitter account) in is research and its nice to see parts of that make it out into the world. Having these stories linked with real life events just fleshes out the world immensely and having the real story included is really interesting.

As usual I cannot fault the art work, and the layout. They compliment the story perfectly. Only trouble I had was occasionally telling Nightingale apart from Angus Strallen in the flash back to World war 2 scenes. However everyone from Peter to Nightingale and even Toby look exactly like I have imagined them from the Novels.


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Happy Reading!

Mini Review – Sad Cypress

Title: Sad Cypress

Author: Agatha Christie

Series: Hercule Poirot

4 Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐

From Goodreads:

Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison. Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows…

My Thoughts

There is nothing quite like a good Christie mystery. Just when you think you have her formula sussed she throws another curveball that changes your perceptions. This was a great set-up that had me hooked from page one, it was also unusual as it takes the form of a courtroom drama and reminiscence over a typical Who done it. The crime has already been committed, the ‘Murderer’ has been caught, but did she really do it?

The plot is immaculate. Elenor our main character seems guilty in every way and while reading it I really thought this would be the one Poirot couldn’t solve. Typical of the beloved Belgian he doesn’t show up until Act 2. In Act 1 we get the major players within the crime and the cast for this one is extremely small and tight nit but still Christie manages to seed those doubts in your mind, hiding Red Herrings everywhere and leaving you guessing as to what Poirot’s conclusion will be. The only hang up I have is that, typical of some of the Poirot novels, we as readers are kept in the dark on a few of the scenes till after the twist and reveal. So, we can’t easily guess who is the culprit as we aren’t given the whole picture due to Poirot obtaining that evidence off page.

The element of the courtroom drama and the summation of council being the final reveal added a real element of excitement. I love Christie’s Parlour scenes, but setting it in the Court just added an element of danger. There is a little bit of everything in this one from love triangles to poisonings. It’s just a fun read.


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Happy Reading!

My 2020 TBR Game

As I said in my 2020 Reading Goals post I want to try and conquer my owned TBR. I currently own

242 BOOKS

I want to read or re-read. Therefore, I have devised a TBR game to help me tackle them and encourage me to choose reads from my shelves over new additions. It will hopefully reduce the number of new additions I make until I have started to make a dent in the number.

Taking influence from the games of Becca from Becca and the Books and Jade from Jadeyraereads, which I love watching every month. I dug out a dice I received as part of a Harry potter trivial pursuit questions game, the pie and the pie pieces and set to work reorganising my TBR shelves, marking all the books I want to read/re-read (sooner rather than later) on them.

The Dice has six colours that represent the six categories I have broken my TBR down into. As follows:

The DiCE Key

YA
Fantasy
YA
SCI-FI

Fantasy

SCI-FI
Crime/
Mystery/
Thriller
Graphic Novels / Other







The majority of the Books I have on my shelves fall into the Fantasy and Sci-Fi sections which is why I have split them further by YA/Middlegrade versus Adult works.

How the Game will Work

At the beginning of each month I will do the following steps:

Roll the DICE
ReCoRD THE COLOUR
PICK A BOOK FROM THE CORRESPONDING SHELF
FILL WITH THE RIGHT PIE PIECE

I will repeat this till I have a six book TBR all chosen from my shelves. I decided to do this method over a TBR jar as it gives me the freedom to mood read. I also think six is a nice number as it gives me freedom to keep up with ARCs, new releases and to do readathons.

I have decided there will be consequences for not completing my TBR. If I do not read a combination of 6 books from my TBR shelves I will allow myself to roll over the books to the next month. If I have not completed them within two months I will have to unhaul the same amount.

January TBR

What I am Reading

YA FANTASY

The Bone Season
Samantha Shannon

This will be a re-read for me, but if i am honest it has been 3 years since I have read it and I can’t remember what happened. I also have the other two in the series on my shelves so hopefully i can finish them before the fourth comes out.

YA FANTASY

Crooked Kingdom
Leigh Bardugo

I was hoping to finish out this series last year but just didn’t find the time. I really enjoyed Six of crows and with the Netflix show now filming and I think it is about time I finish this and move on to King of Scars.

YA SCI-FI

Starsight
Brandon Sanderson

I loved Skyward when I read it last year, it was only the second Sanderson book I had read and I am hoping I can read more of his work this year, though they are intimidating. So, I will start with this one.

SCI-FI

Gideon the Ninth
Tamsyn Muir

Again another one that was high on last years TBR that I never managed to get to. I have heard great things about the book but mixed things about the author so I am going to reserve judgement until after i have read it.

MYSTERY

Sad Cypress
Agatha Chrsitie

There is nothing like a good Poirot mystery to start the year off. I can usually finish a Christie mystery in an evening and its always enjoyable. I am sure this one will be no different.

MYSTERY

The Last of August
Brittany Cavallero

Another one where I adored the first book in the series, immediately bought the second book and then never actually read it. i need to stop doing that. I am hoping to enjoy this one as much as the first.


I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

2020 Goals

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s 2020! I love the start of a new year. It feels like a clean slate, a fresh page to start filling up with all the awesome! I have decided that 2020 is the year I am going to set some proper personal goals and try and build good habits. This includes new writing goals which I have never done before. Therefore, I am being slightly easier on myself this year with my reading and blog goals, slightly!

READING GOALS

1) GOODREADS GOAL 2020

In 2019 I read 130 books. I am overjoyed by that number, especially as I basically didn’t read in November due to Nanowrimo. Due to wanting to focus on trying to plan and write my novel this year I am not going to up my Goodreads goal. I am sticking to my goal of 100 books for this year.

This is just under 2 books a week, which I think is achievable. I am hoping that I will continue to participate in various readathons throughout the year. They really spur on my reading, they make me think about the books I am reaching for but also keep me in touch with the community. I get to meet some awesome people.

2) FOCUS ON READING BOOKS I OWN 

I have rearranged my shelves by Genre and have assessed my current unread TBR on my shelves. I have a total of

242 Books

That I haven’t read or I want to re-read. That is a lot of books to choose from! Therefore, I have devised a new TBR game based on the games of Becca from Becca and the Books and Jade from Jadeyraereads, which I will be posting about very shortly! This should see me reading choosing a minimum 72 of the books off of my shelves.

3)  keep up with my ARCs

I have been so fortunate to be granted access to 35 ARC over the course of 2019 – some of these I have been rather lax in keeping up with. I have quite a few of those 35 which are due for release in 2020 and I want to keep up with them and make sure I have my reviews up in time.

Blog Goals

As well as keeping up with my ARCs and my reviews for them I want to try and make some changes to my blog.

1) Changing my post Schedule

I somewhat lost my way with my posting schedule towards the end of the year. So for 2020 I want to give myself more relaxed schedule. I intend on posting Tuesdays and Sundays with occasional Thursday posts, when I have a number of reviews. I am also going to change the content.

I will be introducing my TBR game, I will still be doing my monthly wrap ups with new and improved statistics, ARC reviews and reviews. I am also thinking I might post some writing updates, once I get started on that project.

2) Write more Reviews

I want to try and review almost everything I read. Previously I have not posted a written review for every book I read. I want to change this and start writing at least a mini review for everything I read. Therefore I am hoping I will have 100 reviews by the end of the year. This includes both on my blog and Goodreads.

3) EnGAGE MORE

I want to try and engage more with other Bookbloggers. I am not quiet sure how to go about this at them moment (as making friends as an adult is strangely complex) but I am hoping by the end of the year I can establish a nice friend group within the community. I would love to hear from you if you have a blog and would like to collaborate, or just chat about books.

Writing

1) outline, research and start writing

I participated in but did not win NaNoWriMo 2019, out was so much fun and it opened my eyes to a creative side I didn’t know I had. While I got 30,000 words into that project I wasn’t happy where it was going but during November and December I started developing an idea I am very excited about. So I have decided to embark on the daunting task of writing a novel!

I intend on generating smaller goals every quarter, I will have a post on my first goals shortly, if anyone would like me to?. I am hoping to join in on some of the writing community on Twitter as well.

2) Participate in NaNowrimo 2020

I loved doing Nano even if it was quiet trying and stressful. I learnt that while I can discover my way through a story I would be much better with a plan. I am hoping by November I will have a solid outline and I can win Nano.

3) Have a first draft by 31/12/2020

This is my out of the box goal. I would love to be able to type “THE END” on my first draft by the end of 2020 so I can start draft two in 2021. This is the first novel I will ever be attempting and I know the first draft will be terrible. I have written a couple of Scientific Thesis and a number of papers and I know I can write if i just sit down and do it. So I am challenging myself to have draft one done by this time next year!


I have made 2020 a very busy year for myself but I love being busy. I have a couple of other personal goals which I may talk a bout at a later date, but they are not bookish related so I have not included them here.

Have you set any goals for yourself this year? Are you doing a Goodreads challenge? Do you have any other Reading Goals?

Happy 2020 and Happy Reading!

My 2019 Wrap up – Fi’s Favourites

Every year Goodreads kindly produces a lovely little stats graphic of the books you have read have recorded as read and various different breakdowns, its a really nice way to round out the year and reflect on the amazing, the good and the just O.K reads I have encountered though-out 2019. I love a good statistic and while I was a bit lax in my stats calculations in the later part of 2019 I am hoping I can keep up with them a bit better in 2020.

MY YEAR IN BOOKS 2019

Note: I have included my current read (Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor) in this list, marking it as finished a bit earlier, as at time of writing I have 4 hours to read 41 pages, so I think it can be done.

It has been the most amazing reading year for me! My commute helps a lot! I have managed to read a vast number of books this year. I participated in some amazing and creative readathons from the Bookie Trials, the various Magical Readathons, Tome Topple and more. I got chatting with some awesome people and even have some buddy reads set up.

I like participating in the Goodreads Challenge every year, I like it as a personal goal, I don’t see it as a competition but more a nice way for me to measure what I have been reading in a given year and how my time was spent. This year I set it at 100 books. I had managed to achieve 101 books last year and I wanted to see if I could keep that level. I am amazed at how many I managed to actually read!

I READ A TOTAL OF :

Books: 130

Pages: 39,492

Average Rating: 3.9

Average Book Length: 305


The Stats

For those interested i have included my breakdowns of Intended Audience, No books per month, Genres, Star Ratings breakdown and Format.

There are some please take surprises in it all. Despite my average rating being 3.9 on Goodreads, 5 Star was my most popular rating on my personal spreadsheet. And that apart from paperback there was a somewhat even spread in formats, including ARCs. I also so a swing towards more General Audience titles of YA titles that dominated last year. There is no surprise that Fantasy and Sci-fi dominated the genres read, but a couple of cheeky contemporaries snuck there way in.

If you would like the full breakdown of my Goodreads year in books and see all 130 book I read you can check them out in the link below!

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2019 was also the year I got to meet some of my Favourite Authors including but not limited to:

Leigh Bardugo
Jay Kristoff
Erin Morgenstern
Garth Nix
V.E Schwab (again)

Which vastly increased my signed book collection! I always feel so privileged to live in a city that often attracts such awesome authors and I am glad I got to attend so many of these events.

MY 19 Favourite BOOKS of 2019

I just couldn’t decide on my favourite reads of the year! So I decided to pick the top 19 books I enjoyed during 2019. These are the books or series have have stuck with me. Most of them were 5 star reads but as I was reviewing my thoughts some of the 4 star reads that have persisted in my thoughts have made it to the list.

I will say the highest rated by my ESCAPE system were The Ten Thousand Door of January by Alix E. Harrow and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, both receiving 57/60. I was lucky enough to receive an EARC of The Ten Thousand Doors of January and I have a full review here. I have yet to write a review for The Starless Sea as I just can’t get my feelings out on paper. I keep going back to sections and re-reading and I think a re-read will be needed to allow me to be objective in my review.

If I had to pick one book I haven’t managed to get out of my head it has to be This is how you Lose the Time War! It was just a beautiful read and I think I will go back to re-read when I can. I have a review here!


How did your reading year go? Did you meet your reading goals?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading in 2020!

#Blogmas – Merry Christmas

I have been doing Blogmas all month and it has been a lot of hard work and a lot of fun. So for the final Blogmas post I just wanted to make a small and simple post just to say:

I hope you have a wonderful day wither you celebrate or not.

I will be back with my 2019 best books of the year, and yearly wrap up and some 2020 planning spreads – very shortly!

Happy holidays!

Fi

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Book Tag

It’s Christmas Eve! And on Christmas Eve in my family home, right before bed it is traditional for us all to sit down are read the classic poem

The Night Before Christmas
Clement C. Moore

Therefore when I found the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Book tag, originally created by Aoife from Fred Weasley died laughing, I just had to make it my Christmas Eve post.

Questions:

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,”
A book that kept you up so late, everyone else was asleep.

Godsgrave
Jay Kristoff

I read this in two sittings, staying up way to late to finish it as I was just in too deep I needed to know how it ended. I adore this series and I am sad it has now come to an end, even if I have not convinced myself to pick up the last book yet (I don’t want it to be over).

“And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,”
A book that made you fall asleep.

The Beholder
Anna Bright

Sorry but this one was a little bit of a snooze fest for me. I only rated it 2 stars, which was one of the lowest rated books of 2019 for me. I just found it rather dull and predictable. I did however recommend it to a friend whom I knew would adore the romance and she loved it. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

“When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter,”
A book, or a book scene that made your heart race

The Black Hawks
David Wragg

Where not heart racing as such The Black Hawks had me on the edge of my seat on a number of occasions, eager to turn the page and see what happened next! This was a highly rated ARC read for me this year, and I have a full review.

“when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,”
An object in a book that was utterly magical/ Or a magical book

The Starless Sea
Erin Morgernstern

To me this whole book was just magical. I have been trying to write my review for some time but I just can’t put into words how i feel about it. From the writing style to the worldbuilding to me its just magical. I intend on re-reading it over the holidays and will hopefully have my review in the new year, but it will be a glowing one.

“With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick,”
A twinkle-eyed book character that made you happy.

DC Peter Grant – Rivers of London
Ben Aaronovich

Peter will never fail to be one of my favourite characters. I realised that as the release of False Value was pushed back we would not be getting a story from Peter’s perspective this year so I am actually re-reading this one ( as I devoured it the day it came out last year) and decided to refresh my memory of the story before it continues early 2020.

“so up to the house-top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too,”
A book that made you fly to another land.

Ten Thousand Doors of January
Alix E. Harrow

This had some of the most beautiful and wonderful worldbuilding as well as story telling I have come across. I adored every minute of this book and all the possibilities it held. You can read my full review here.

“And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof, the prancing and pawing of each little hoof,”
A book creature you love.

Temeraire – The Temeraire Series
Naomi Novik

There is nothing quite like a super inquisitive almost feline like Dragon! Temeraire and his relationship with Capt. Laurence is just awesome to read about and I instantly fell for Temeraire. You can read all my thoughts on this one here

“He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot,”
A character that proves to more than his /her first impression

Kellen – Spellslinger Series
Sebastian De Castell

Kellen starts out as a little bit of a spoiled brat with a woe is me attitude but as this series continues he really does grow up. He learns from his mistakes, and makes his own way in the world and I really enjoyed going on that journey with him. I have just finished the last in the series, which I will be reviewing soon, it was a fitting ending to his story,

“He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly,”
A book or book character that made you laugh

Reichis – Spellslinger Series
Sebastian De Castell

This fluffy little murderous Squirrel-Cat just makes me chuckle. I adore the relationship he has with Kellen and the banter they share. Again I was happy with how the story ended for him too, it made me laugh right to the last page.

“A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread,”
A book that makes you feel safe.

A very Scalzi Christmas
John Scalzi

I wouldn’t say this book made me feel safe, its more I knew that this book was a safe bet that I would enjoy it from the very first page all the way to the last word. And I did. It put me in a great festive mood and I have even picked up the audio (its full cast!) to re-listen to a couple of my favourite bits with my husband as we have been prepping for Christmas Day. I have a mini review here.

“He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk,”
A book that put you to work (a book that you felt you really needed to concentrate on)

Crown of Feathers
Nicki Pau Preto

This is going right back to the beginning of the year but I just remember this taking me a very long time to get into. I just found it a bit of a struggle overall. While I quite enjoyed the story in the end I just found it a bit hard going to begin with. I did have an ARC of this and reviewed it here.

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
A book with a magnificent ending

Girls of Paper and Fire
Natasha Ngan

The worldbuilding made this book for me but Oh that Epilogue just killed. I am so glad I didn’t have to wait to pick up the sequel (review coming soon) as the cliffhanger was a doozie, see my review for more.


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Review – Ark

Title: Ark

Author:Veronica Roth

Series: Forward Collection #1

4 Stars

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From Goodreads: On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy.

It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond.

Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection.

As certain doom hurtles nearer, the unexpected and beautiful potential for the future begins to flower.

My Thoughts

I will be the first to admit I am not a fan of Roth’s YA at all! Agilent’s treatment of genetics had me enraged at how wrong it was in even its basic biology. However, the premise of this short story was just too intriguing. I will also admit after reading it it has me changing my mind about reading her work, particularly her short fiction. Just shows its always worth giving an authors work a second chance.

This had a beautiful pacing to it. It felt like it had a wealth of plot and worldbuilding even though it was only 39 pages long. It captured lots of little details and aspects of life, love, friendships all within a very interesting prepping for the apocalypse setting. Actually part of the feeling made the impending doom of the world feel almost monotonous and peaceful which was refreshing.

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