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The Month That Was… April 2020

Lockdown continues, food supplies seem to be getting back to normal and I’ve finally managed to concentrate on reading some books! I’ve been lucky enough to be able to take my exercise through bluebell woods which are a short walk from my home. I’ve seen…

New Releases

On My Radar: May

So a lot of publication dates have been changing lately, for obvious reasons, but I’ve scraped together a few releases I believe are still going ahead in May. I know not everyone is overjoyed by the premise of the new Hunger Games novel but I’m…

Readathon

The One Stop #Readathon Update Post

Latest update: 09:30 Hours spent reading: 15.5 Pages read: 744 Books finished: nearly 3 Currently reading: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire Hour Twenty-Three Local time: 12:30 Pages read since last update: 138 Ate: cookie dough ice cream Half an hour to go and I’m feeling like…

Readathon

Lockdown #Readathon TBR

Local start time: 13:00 It’s time for the first Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon from lockdown, which actually makes it easier to dedicate the weekend to reading. I even have managed to procure snacks! It’s also Andi and Heather’s last readathon so they’ve asked us for…

Science Fiction

The Book of Koli

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. Beyond the walls…

monthly round-up

The Month That Was… March 2020

Well obviously, March was the month that the world changed. We now cross the road when we see someone approaching from the opposite direction, yet still call out a cheery “Good morning!”. Scully is enjoying the social distancing from other dogs, 2 metres seems to…

New Releases

On My Radar: April

As we know, authors with books out during lockdown really need our help, even if that’s just shouting about their existence. The availability of titles here might change, but this is what I’ve previously rounded up for the month of April. If your local bookshop…

Fantasy

The City We Became

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. When a city…

Science Fiction

Goldilocks

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. Naomi is an…

Science Fiction

Chilling Effect

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. Captain Eva Innocente…

Horror

Deathless Divide

Deathless Divide is the sequel to Dread Nation and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous book. After escaping Summerland, Jane and Katherine are reluctant to place trust in another settlement. With a hungry horde on their heels, the survivors begrudgingly ask for…

5 Star, Science Fiction

After Atlas / Before Mars

I don’t think I’ve talked about how much I love the Planetfall books by Emma Newman, partly because I’ve been devouring them during my lax blogging months. Whilst part of the same universe, each book has a self-contained story. You can read my review of…

New Releases

On My Radar: March

Obviously I am most excited about the new N.K. Jemisin novel next month, but there are plenty of other books to whet my appetite in March. Let me know which new releases you’re looking forward to. As always, inclusion here isn’t an endorsement and books…

5 Star, Non-Fiction

In Pain

Well this was a jaw-dropping account of the opioid crisis. I never knew heroine was once prescribed for coughs, and that the current opioid crisis is repeating past mistakes that were never learned from. In Pain is partly a memoir, detailing the very horrific injury…

Historical Fiction

The Foundling

Bess is a young, unmarried mother in 1754 and she makes the difficult decision to place her child in the care of The Foundling Hospital. For six years she saves every penny she can, in the hope of reclaiming her daughter. When she goes to…

5 Star, Science Fiction

The Calculating Stars

When a huge meteorite strikes the Earth, history is set on a new trajectory. The story starts in 1952 when much of the Western US is destroyed, first by the impact and then by the resulting tsunami. Former WASP pilot and mathematician Elma York is…

Science Fiction

The Last Day

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. When the Earth…

General Fiction

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. Nine-year-old Jair loves…

Young Adult

One of Us is Next

The kids of Bayview High are no strangers to gossip. When everyone in the school receives a text message inviting them to play a game of truth or dare, they think it’s just another Simon copycat. But when they are ignored the truths start to…

Historical Fiction

The Vanished Bride

When Elizabeth Chester goes missing, she leaves behind a room covered in blood. The news falls on the ears of the BrontΓ« sisters, who are both intrigued by the mystery and concerned for the fate of the woman. With no one else finding answers, they…

New Releases

On My Radar: February

We get an extra day this February but that’s still not enough to fit in all these amazing sounding new books. I’m especially looking forward to The Foundling and Deathless Divide. What about you? As always, inclusion here isn’t an endorsement and books may be…

Young Adult

The Places I’ve Cried in Public

A school project gives Amelie the idea. She’ll create a memory map of all the places he made her cry. I’ve run out of words to use that mean “crying”, and we’re not even at the Cube yet. I’m going to have to thesaurus.com the…

5 Star, Fantasy

Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous book. Kaz’s crew are left reeling after their daring break in to the Ice Court. Nina’s fighting withdrawal and Wylan’s stuck with the face of a…

Fantasy

The Starless Sea

When grad student Zachary finds an untitled book in the library, he is shocked to find it contains a chapter about him. An event that happened years ago, that no one else could have known about. The day he found a painted door on a…

Science Fiction

The Rosewater Redemption

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. The Rosewater Redemption…

New Releases

On My Radar: January

Happy New Year! Are you ready for all the new books 2020 is going to throw at you? January seems a slowish start to the publishing calendar, but there are still some goodies to tempt you. As always, inclusion here isn’t an endorsement and books…

New Releases

Win a 2020 Pre-Order

Are you overwhelmed by the number of amazing sounding books coming out next year? No idea how you’ll get your hands on them? Let me help out! The winner can pick a pre-order of a 2020 release (up to maximum value of Β£20). The giveaway…

List, Top Ten

Best Of 2019

As we approach the end of the year, it’s time to share my favourite reads from 2019. I gave 19 books 5 stars this year, so it’s been hard to whittle this list down to ten. The Familiars by Stacey Halls Witches seem to be…

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