So here’s something a little different for you guys. I was offered a copy of the Royal Wedding Colouring Book by Adam Rushton in exchange for an honest review. Now, I’m not obsessed with the Royals -- I think this younger generation is nice and the rest are sort of useless -- but you know that I have to represent Meghan when she gets married tomorrow! What pairs best with prosecco and judging everyone’s outfit choices? Some therapeutic colouring, of course.
Caraval was one of the biggest releases of 2017. It was the book everyone was talking about for months! Fully caught up in the hype surrounding that book, I read Caraval and was actually pretty disappointed -- I even listed it as one of my most disappointing books of 2017. However, I fully acknowledge that the hype was probably the contributing factor to my unenjoyment. When Legendary was released, I was determined to read it early and beat the hype.
I read The Gospel of Loki a couple of years ago and it was one of those books that really grew on me. It stuck with me long after I finished the last page and I really think that it ignited my interest in Norse mythology. I had assumed it would be a standalone novel, so you can imagine my delight when I saw it was getting a sequel.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this book. I had assumed it would be pretty much a straight science fiction novel heavily featuring AI with a bit of mystery. Instead Peters has created an exciting high-concept sci-fi-meets-crime story with a dash of noir.
Ever since catching a glimpse of City of Brass’s gorgeous cover, I knew I needed it. Something about it caught my eye and I thought, ‘yep, I’m going to love that book’. I ended up with two copies of this book, my own finished copy and a digital ARC, and I’m not even upset -- it turned out to be the sumptuous, gorgeous fantasy novel I hoped it would be.
I rarely review books that I DNF (did not finish), however I really wanted to talk about this one. Why? Because I'm so upset that it didn't deliver. Space Opera sounded like the absolute perfect book for me -- it's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision. I wanted to love this book so badly, but it just didn't work for me.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the debut novel by Stuart Turton. I had been seeing fabulous reviews for this book all across social media, and was lucky enough to snag a copy via NetGalley. I had heard it pitched as ‘Groundhogs Day’ meets ‘Gosford Park’ and I was immediately sold. Not knowing much else about the book, I dove straight in.