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”
Getting the readers attention within the first couple of paragraphs is pretty important. For me as a reader, I love nothing more than reading an intriguing, high stakes intro. And with a banging first paragraph The Empyrean Gate caught my attention, shocked me and had me re-reading the synopsis to see what exactly I was in for. Continue reading “The Empyrean Gate (Part 1) by Z. Rockward”
The Collapsing Empire is a sweeping space opera that makes you lose track of time. A book almost impossible to put down. A book full of characters so compelling and addictive that you are going to want to have book two lined up and ready to go. Continue reading “The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi”
I loved The Heart Of Stone, it’s a heart-wrenching book that just punches you in the face with brutality and feels, plus world building and characters that suck you right in. The hardest part about finishing THOS was the devastation of leaving Lesky and Task. I’m pretty sure in my review, which you can find HERE, I said that I hoped at some point Galley would write more in this world. There was such a treasure trove of characters and history that he could have gone forward or backwards in time and come up with something brilliant.
Well it turns out he already had, I just hadn’t found it yet. Continue reading “Shards – A Story of The Realm by Ben Galley”
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Synopsis – Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.
Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.
Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.
Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.
Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone. Continue reading “The Heart Of Stone by Ben Galley”
A quick readathon this weekend.
2019 is the year of the readathon. So of course I’m jumping on the bandwagon and taking part in the 8 in two readathon, brought to us by the lovely ladies from 25infive.
This weekend we have a bit on, but I’m hopeful that I can smash out 4 hours of reading each night and that will be enough. Continue reading “8 in two readathon”
Spoiler – I don’t love this one
Book 1 in the Cassie Tan files, Addict, jumps straight into Cassie’s world. She is a private investigator who is approached by Lori whose brother has died. The police have written it off as an overdose but Lori refuses to believe this is true. Her brother didn’t do drugs and she needs Cassie to look into it for her. Cassie accepts thinking it will be easy money, but in a world this corrupt, not everything is as it seems. Continue reading “Addict by Matt Doyle”
A mini review but not really
This book has a bit on the front that says “If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this”, once again I’m going to have a whinge. Stop comparing books to Gone Girl. I know this works for some, it makes them pick it up, but it just irritates me. If a book is advertised as a psychological thriller, than you don’t need that added comparison, I get it, there will be twists and turns, it may even be really clever, but chances are it isn’t bringing something new to the thriller genre if it’s getting compared to other books. Fuck! Just stop. Rant over! Continue reading “Final Girls by Riley Sager”
Six months in and I’m way off target for my reading goals, but I’ve still managed to read some great books. Continue reading “2018 – Best reads so far….”
Synopsis – The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.
Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic. When her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles in the search for their lost Sentinel. But mysterious Masked Riders want the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
How can Tei help the Kalayan people reunite and save the magic when their ignorance threatens to destroy them all? Continue reading “The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson”