Stacking The Shelves

Sci-Fi Month Edition

Stacking the shelves Picture - Saturday memeA weekly post where I can brag about my new books? Yes please. Granted I definitely won’t have something to post every week, I’ll just do it as required. I will be including everything from my purchases, to NetGalley, gifts and books from authors.
For more information head over to Tynga’s Reviews.

As it’s Sci-Fi Month, I may have got a little click happy over in NetGalley. Also, I took full advantage of a couple of authors having their first books on Amazon for free. I think at least 90% of the books I gathered over the last 6 weeks are Sci-Fi. Continue reading “Stacking The Shelves”

WWW Wednesday

Sci-fi edition

I’ve come across a weekly meme that I can do, but will probably only do every now and then. It’s super simple, which I love.
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?

I’m still on a sci-fi kick due to sci-fi month, so I’m currently reading Betrayal by Pippa DaCosta. I’m 33% in and I’m not sold. I’m glad it’s only a 200 page book as I’m not sure I would keep going if it was much longer. It’s my first book by her and I have a few others on my kindle, so I hope they are an improvement.

I recently finished Shadow City by Anna Mocikat. It’s light sci-fi, end of days kind of thing. Humans are almost wiped out, creatures have entered our world and the vampires have come out of hiding. Hopefully I will have a review up soon.

Next up I plan on finishing Chasing Graves by Ben Galley and getting stuck into Skycircus by Peter Bunzl. I have loved Chasing Graves so far, but put it on hold for sci-fi month and Skycircus is a fun, magical middle grade read.

Top Ten Tuesday

Sci-Fi Month edition

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where we get to feed that part of our soul that loves lists, by coming up with 10 things related to a certain topic.  Top Ten Tuesday was originally created by  The Broke and Bookish and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future topics can be found HERE.  This weeks topic is: Freebie Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday”

The Quiet At The End Of The World by Lauren James

A review or a ramble?

I think I should warn you all now, this is going to be mostly fan-girling, shouting and to many of these !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Quiet at the end of the world by Lauren JamesLauren James!!! What a magnificent author. Truly talented. I fucking love her!!!! I love her brand of Sci-Fi. She has such a distinct way of writing female characters, science, and diversity, that I think I could pick her books just by reading a couple of chapters. There are so many good things in this book that I might just going to make dot points.

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Mini Review series #2

Refraction by Naomi Hughes

“Refraction: the way light bends and breaks and scatters when it’s caught by a prism or by a lens.”

RefractionAfter an attack on earth, all reflective surfaces become weapons to release monsters, causing a planet-wide ban on mirrors. Despite the danger, the demand rises, and 17-year-old Marty Callahan becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade―until he’s caught by the mayor’s son, whose slate is far from clean. Both of them are exiled for their crimes to one of the many abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest
— Goodreads

The premise for this book is top notch. I love in books when the world goes to shit, it really brings out the best and worst in people. Some just try and get by, some help those around them and some are out for themselves. Marty falls into the last category. He is a selfish arse, who just wants to get to his brother, unfortunately he is on the other side of the world.
Elliot is the mayor’s son who is willing to cross the line to catch the bad guys. Unfortunately for him that makes him a bad guy in his mothers eyes.
These two men couldn’t be more different and now they are stuck together in the fog, learning about the new world, themselves and each other. They have to learn how to survive and in doing so they may discover the truth about their world.

Having your deepest fears come to life is probably as bad as it gets really. For Marty, who suffers from OCD and has severe anxiety symptoms, it is literally the stuff of nightmares. He struggles to control his thoughts at the best of times let alone when they could manifest monsters. The tension built throughout really well. The story moved a long quite quickly so you never got bored. You could easily sit down and read this in a day, it’s incredibly compelling.
This is a book that I think is best read without knowing to much about the story. Let that gorgeous cover suck you in and avoid the detailed reviews until afterwards.

I will say that my favourite part of this book was Marty’s character arc. Damn he had some growth. Also the description of his symptoms and mental health issues were so spot on. While I was reading it, I was convinced that the author had been through the same or similar issues to Marty, because the way she explained them and the shame we attach to our inability to control them was incredibly relatable.

“I lift my zip-tied hands, tap the door frame three times on the left and five on the right, hoping Elliott doesn’t notice. Relief saturates me; now I’ll be safe from the Beings, safe from the fog. Three and five are good numbers. They’ll protect me.
But barely a second later, a tidal wave of shame rips through me, drowning the relief. I curl my hands into fists, furious with myself. I’ve just broken a yearlong streak of not performing any of my compolsions. How hard is it to simpily walk through a damn doorway? All I had to do was not tap it, but somehow I couldn’t even manage that. I know tapping won’t protect me. I know the relief never lasts long. I know all about the lies OCD is telling me – and I still gave in to them anyway.”

I don’t have OCD but I know those feelings of shame and frustration. It is something I think many with mental health issues can understand. It turns out that this is “own voices”, so she was very much writing what she knows. And she does it honestly and respectfully.

I received a copy of Refraction via Netgalley. The kick ass banner for SciFi Month is courtesy of Sebastien decoret via 123RF.com

You can pick up your own copy of Refraction from – AmazonBarnes and NobleBook Depository

Title: Refraction
Author: Naomi Hughes
Released: 5th November 2019
Publisher: Page street publishing

Sci-Fi Month 2019

This November I’m taking part in Sci-Fi Month hosted by Lisa @deargeekplace and Imyril onemore.org. You can get all your information and keep a track of what everyone else is up to on Twitter with the #SciFiMonth hashtag and @SciFiMonth account. The above image is by Sebastian Decoret @ 123rf.com

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Mini Review Series #1

It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise by Rob J. Hayes

Recently I’ve been in an almighty reading slump and as a result a reviewing slump. I haven’t even attempted a review in over six weeks. I have such a backlog of books that I loved and wanted to review that I think the only way to get through them is mini reviews. Using this method I’m hoping to clear out the backlog by the end of the year, which will help me alleviate the guilt I’m carrying about it.
To clarify, just because I haven’t given a book an in-depth review, it doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. It’s purely a reflection of my mental state combined with laziness. The memory fog has been real.

It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise by Rob J. Hayes

It takes a thief to catch a sunrise by rob j. HayesJacques Revou and Isabel de Rosier are at the height of their careers. Of course those careers are as professional charlatans, thieves without peer. With the completion of their final heist, they decide it’s time to retire and settle down. But they have not escaped unnoticed.
The king’s spymaster, Renard Daron, has a job for the thieves, one only they can perform, and he does not take no for an answer. With the threat of destitution and death hanging over their heads, Jaques and Isabel must take on their greatest roles yet, the Baron and Baroness Bonvillain.
Can they ferret out the treasonous elements within the government? Can they escape the clutches of the nefarious Seigneur Daron? Can they regain the fortune so unfairly taken from them?
And, can they finally complete their one last job?

– From Amazon

Jacques and Isabel are fantastic characters. Their devotion to each other is a joy to read, they know each other so well that half the time it feels like we are intruding on their personal jokes. They are completely in tune with one another and it’s so nice to have this pure relationship (I use that term loosely, they are thieves after all) against a backdrop of blackmail, scandal and political intrigue. They have each others back and love each other deeply. They are talented in the art of deceiving those around them and can play just about any role. Jacques is the more playful of the two, he enjoys stealing for the sake of it. It’s not just about getting rich, it’s about planning the job and figuring out how to get around all of the barriers in their way. Isabel is the true actor, she is mesmerising.

“Politics is like a fist fight only without the rules and good etiquette.”

I enjoyed the setting. The world was going through a time of change, while those on the outer fringes still used lanterns, in the city electric lights were in fashion. It had a steampunk vibe with airships and automatons. It takes a thief to catch a sunrise is an absolute pleasure to read. It is full of adventure, intrigue and thieving. It’s fast paced and will surprise you through out. I was absolutely convinced that I knew what was happening and how it would, I was 100% wrong.

Also Shawn King did the cover design for this, and if  I’m not mistaken a lot of Rob’s other books, and as always he absolutely nailed it.

You can get your own copy from  –  AMAZON

Title – It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise

Author – Rob J. Hayes
Released – March 2015
Published – Self-published