It’s been a wet and miserable February and I’ve mostly been focusing on editing my novel. Yes, my 2022 NaNoWriMo word vomit is finally being beaten into shape! And now has a title: Paws and Portals. Writing this has been great for my mental health but I’m sure publishing it will be quite the opposite. I’m probably going to put in on Kindle Unlimited for a few months, close my eyes, and hope some people read it. Top marketing strategy as you can tell!

A Kindle showing the title page of Paws and Portals by Ellie Warren

It’s not quite ready yet, but here’s the gist of it:

The trees were screaming. A cry of pain that echoed down the valley.

The city of Kirkhyrst has harnessed magic for everyone. The Grid works tirelessly to bring this modern marvel to all humans within its boundaries, to light the streets, power industry, and fuel communications. Daisy works as a support analyst for the Grid, a respectable job that means she doesn’t have to talk to too many people. But lately she’s been seeing an increase in magical anomalies passing by her desk.

The Ratatoskr shun technology, what nature provides is enough, and they are wary of human interference. When a young Tree Keeper discovers her forest ablaze with magic, the suspicion instantly falls on the Grid, and Daisy and her new intern are called out to the wilds of Rohan to investigate.

Just no squirrel jokes, OK?

If you would be interested in reviewing it or letting me waffle on a bit on your blog, please drop your details into this form and I’ll get back to you. I don’t really have any dates yet, don’t want to get ahead of myself if I run into editor’s block.

On the blog:

Review: Sunbringer by Hannah Kaner

On My Radar: February

Review: The Good, The Bad, and the Aunties by Jesse Sutanto

Review: Jumpnauts by Hao Jingfang

Books read:

 

[ARC] Sunbringer by Hannah Kaner

Fab follow-up to Godkiller, see my full review above.

  • ATY # 2. A book connected to something you read in 2023

Dead Letter Days by Kelley Armstrong

Set between Rockton and Haven’s Rock, this has a mini mystery and a wedding, told from Dalton’s POV. I kept forgetting it wasn’t Casey narrating though, so that was a bit confusing.

  • Popsugar # 10. A book by a self-published author

X Marks the Spot by Michael Scott

For a book I only picked up because I needed a title beginning with X, this was fascinating. The format provided just enough information about each archaeological discovery for things I’m vaguely interested in but wouldn’t read a whole book about.

  • ATY # 11. A book with an X connection
  • Popsugar # 50. A book that starts with the letter “X”

Role Playing by Cathy Yardley

This was cute. Nerdy, middle-aged introverts FTW! I can totally relate to the Bogwitch aesthetic…

  • Popsugar # 22. A book that centers on video games

Mislaid in Parts Half-Known by Seanan McGuire

I thought this was lovely that it’s essentially a story about having choices, something which the wayward children rarely get. I also loved that it picked up Antsy’s story from the previous book. The Store has been one of my favourite settings. I was a little disappointed that so little time is spent in the dinosaur world though.

  • ATY # 19. A book connected to any of the flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas

I enjoyed it enough to make it through 800+ pages… But it chops and changes POV all over the place and it doesn’t help that there are so many characters by this point, and some of their storylines seemed a bit rushed. Lots of convenient super special superpowers happening too. I feel like her series always end up like though.

  • ATY # 31. A book related to “Going for the Gold”

Lore Olympus Volume Three by Rachel Smythe

Been ages since I read volume two so I kinda forgot who half the characters were but this is still really cute.

[ARC] Jumpnauts by Hao Jingfang

Disappointing, I just wanted space dragons. See full review above.

  • # ATY 9. A book with fewer than 2024 ratings on Goodreads

Womb City by Tlotlo Tsamaase

Part science fiction, part supernatural horror. The incident described in the book’s blurb happens quite far in, and the second half is stronger. I thought it would be more about the artificial wombs for some reason, but really they’re just there as motivation for Nelah. She really wants a baby and she makes a lot of bad choices because of that. I’m just not really into unlikable characters at the moment…

  • ATY # 22. A book by an author from an African country

What Feasts at Night by T. Kingfisher

Yay for T. Kingfisher! Beware of creepy moth ghost ladies.

  • ATY # 46. A book related to night
  • Popsugar # 13. A book originally published under a pen name

Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood

This is a lot of chess, but oddly compelling.

  • Popsugar # 32. A book with an enemies to lovers plot

Books acquired:

 

For Review:

The Honey Witch by Sydney J. Shields (Orbit)

Running Close to the Wind by Alexandra Rowland (Tor)

Bought – Physical:

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

What Feasts at Night by T. Kingfisher

Bought – Digital:

Red Side Story by Jasper Fforde (audio)

Womb City by Tlotlo Tsamaase (audio)

The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong

Dragonfall by L.R. Lam

Gorgeous Gruesome Faces by Linda Cheng

Once Upon a Leap Year by Anna Bell

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez