Music Monday

It’s Monday, the start of another working week and to distract us from the humdrum of work I’m bringing you another song I love. This was started by the Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek make sure you check him out.

Continuing my fantasy theme this week. I adore this movie and the music is bloody superb.

There’s such a sad love
Deep in your eyes a kind of pale jewel
Open and closed
Within your eyes
I’ll place the sky
Within your eyes

There’s such a fooled heart
Beatin’ so fast
In search of new dreams
A love that will last
Within your heart
I’ll place the moon
Within your heart

As the pain sweeps through
Makes no sense for you
Every thrill is gone
Wasn’t too much fun at all
But I’ll be there for you-ou-ou
As the world falls down

Falling
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling in love

I’ll paint you mornings of gold
I’ll spin you Valentine evenings though we’re strangers ’til now
We’re choosing the path
Between the stars
I’ll leave my love
Between the stars

As the pain sweeps through
Makes no sense for you
Every thrill is gone
Wasn’t too much fun at all
But I’ll be there for you-ou-ou
As the world falls down

Falling
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling in love
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling in love
As the world falls down
Makes no sense at all
Makes no sense to fall
Falling
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling
Falling in love
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling
Falling in love
Falling in love
Falling in love
Falling in love
Falling in love

WWW Wednesday

Today I have a super simple post to let the world know what I’m reading. Hosted by Taking on a World of Words, you answer 3 questions and hey presto, you are all done.

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

It’s May so it’s a fantasy only kind of month and I totally dig it. I came into the month with three fantasy books on the go and somehow started two others already and dnf’d one. Continue reading “WWW Wednesday”

Gods and Monsters by Janie Marie

Sometimes you read a book and your like yep, that was fine. I enjoyed it. And then you sit down to write a review and you realise that if you look to closely at the plot, characters and the pacing, all the holes start showing. And if you try to write an in-depth review it will become a shit-show.

That’s where I’m at and I feel conflicted.

I loved the concept, I love fated lovers. I loved that our main character had kids. I loved the plague idea. I LOVED the men in this book and I really enjoyed our main characters growth. Continue reading “Gods and Monsters by Janie Marie”

Music Monday

It’s Monday, the start of another working week and to distract us from the humdrum of work I’m bringing you another song I love. This was started by the Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek make sure you check him out.

A little different to my usual. I was torn on whether I could classify this as a fantasy Music Monday post. My husband was in the “Star Wars is straight sci-fi” camp and I was in the “Nope it’s a blend of sci-fi and fantasy”. So I took my first world problem to Twitter and it was an even split, 50% said sci-fi, 50% said it was both. That was enough for me to feel justified in using the Wyrd and Wonder banner.

Fantasy May Giveaway

To celebrate my love of fantasy and the awesome books I’ve read so far this year, I’m running a giveaway over on Twitter. 

It’s super easy to enter, just head over to my pinned post on Twitter, follow, like, share, tag a friend and tell me which of the four books below you would like to win.

The Giveaway will be running until the 30th of May and I’ll be selecting a winner on the 31st. Open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to you. 

These are some of my favourite reads over the last six month. They also happen to have some of the most amazing cover art, so they will look fantastic on your shelves. 

Welcome to Blackwood by Khaiah Thomson

A chance encounter at the hairdresser brought this book to my attention and I’m very glad it happened. So thank you to my hairdresser for fitting me in and introducing me to the author in the basin next to me.

Welcome to Blackwood is Khaiah Thomson’s debut novel and she has smashed it out of the park with an engaging, well written story.

It is set in the lush, secretive town of Blackwood. The descriptions are fantastic and I want to live there. Not even for all the supernatural shenanigans, but for the absolutely beautiful setting. It has the forest, beach and small town vibes. It sounds like heaven. Continue reading “Welcome to Blackwood by Khaiah Thomson”

Music Monday

It’s Monday, the start of another working week and to distract us from the humdrum of work I’m bringing you another song I love. This was started by the Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek make sure you check him out.

I’ve been listening to Seether flat out lately. It seems I like them a lot more than I thought I did.

If I gave you the truth, would it keep you alive?
Though I’m closer to wrong
I’m no further from right
And now I’m convinced on the inside that something’s wrong with me
Convinced on the inside, you’re so much more than me, yeah
No there’s nothing you say that can salvage the lie
But I’m trying to keep my intentions disguised
And now I’m deprived of my conscience and something’s got to give
Deprived of my conscience
This all belongs to me, yeah

I’m beaten down again, I belong to them
Beaten down again, I’ve failed you
I’m weaker now my friend, I belong to them
Beaten down again, I’ve failed you

The deception you show is your own parasite
Just a word of advice you can heed if you like
And now I’m convinced on the inside that something’s wrong with me
Convinced on the inside you’re so much more than me, yeah

I’m beaten down again, I belong to them
Beaten down again, I’ve failed you
I’m weaker now my friend, I belong to them
Beaten down again, I’ve failed you

I’m beaten down again, I belong to them
Beaten down again, I’ve failed you
I’m weaker now my friend, I belong to them
Beaten down again, I’ve failed you

I’m beaten down
I’m beaten down
I’m beaten down
I’m beaten down

Did someone say Wyrd and Wonder?

It’s time for my favourite event of the year. WYRD AND WONDER!!!!! The entire month of May raving about all things fantasy. Every type of fantasy. High, low, epic, magical realism, grimdark, urban, paranormal… All of it.

I think the big challenge this year will actually be producing reviews for what I’ve read and what I will be reading. I just counted and I have 15 partially written reviews that I could finish and post during May. All wonderful books, but I haven’t written a review in over a month, so you can see why I would be concerned about my ability to get shit done. Continue reading “Did someone say Wyrd and Wonder?”

Australian authors I have loved.

I originally posted this in 2018 and I wanted to update it a little to add some other Australian authors that I have since discovered and thoroughly enjoyed. It’s going to make it a chonky post so I hope you make it all the way through.

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John Marsden – born in Victoria in 1950, he had an interest in writing from a young age. He was a teacher and has written many books, he is successful internationally as well as at home.

The Tomorrow when the War Began series was my favourite series as a young teen. A group of kids go camping for a weekend and when they get back they discover that their area/country has been invaded. Their loved ones are held captive, so they do the only thing they can do – Guerrilla warfare. Ellie and her friends are a diverse bunch with many skills, they use these country kid skills to cause mayhem for the invading forces. I absolutely loved the idea of kids kicking arse and taking it to the bad guys. The relationships between the kids were complex and well written. John Marsden didn’t skim over the details, he handled the mental challenges the kids faced really well, the fallout for them. It’s not all sunshine and lollipops, these kids go through hell and their mental health reflects this. I still reread this series every couple of years. I cannot wait for my daughter to read this series. There are seven books in the series and I just discovered a follow-up series called the Ellie Chronicles that I have yet to read.

(2021 update – My daughter was not a fan of this and didn’t even make it through the first book… Does this mean I failed as a mum? lol)


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Continue reading “Australian authors I have loved.”

The Build-up Season by Megan Jacobson

Book review

I don’t know about you, but I’m a total cover whore. I don’t need to read the blurb, if it’s bright, shiny and pretty, my inner 4 year old comes out and I have to have it. Admit it, we all do it.

That is how I found one of my top 2016 reads; Yellow by Megan Jacobson. It had some of the most authentic Australian teenage dialogue and I read it in one sitting. So when I stumbled across The Build-Up Season, I didn’t read the synopsis, I didn’t check reviews, I didn’t care about that stuff, Yellow was such a strong, engaging read that I will automatically buy her next 10 books. Continue reading “The Build-up Season by Megan Jacobson”