Book Review: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Kings of the Wyld was one of my favourite books this year.  It is so funny and filled with heart -- it’s the perfect kind of book for me.  I knew that it would be a tough act to follow, but when I realised the sequel, Bloody Rose, was coming out I knew I had to read it.  Bloody Rose is a very different book from Kings of the Wyld, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.

Book Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage was such an interesting reading experience for me.  It started out incredibly slow -- to the point where I considered setting it aside in favour of other book several times -- but had one of the most explosive and exciting endings I’ve ever read.  Parts of it were absolutely amazing, while others just didn’t wow me at all.

Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: August 2018

August is a weird month, isn't it?  I felt like it was crawling by at first, then it suddenly flew past and now it's almost September!  Where did the time go?  No seriously, where did it go? On the bright side, I had a great reading month!  I stuck to my book buying ban and only bought one book this month (we're not including pre-orders because those are the rules).

Book Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Apparently this has been the Summer of the Novella for me -- I recently read the three books in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire and The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris.  While novellas aren’t something I often read, I really feel like I’ve been missing out on great stories lately.  All Systems Red is a book I’ve been hearing amazing things about, so I decided to take a chance.

Book Review: After the Fire by Will Hill

I must confess that I initially ignored the hype surrounding After the Fire.  It is listed as a contemporary YA novel, a genre I don’t tend to enjoy, and I knew nothing about it but the hype.  When I spotted it at YALC this year and actually bothered to read the back, I realised that After the Fire is the exact kind of book I love!  It’s a book that, like The Book Thief, truly transcends age ranges and is suitable for readers of all ages, particularly adults.

Book Review: The Light Between Us by Katie Khan

I’ve been shouting at you all ever since reading and loving Katie Khan’s debut novel Hold Back the Stars last year.  In fact, it was one of my favourite books of 2017 -- I hadn't read anything else quite like it and Katie became an auto-buy author for me.  When I learned her new book was going to be about time travel and missed opportunities, I was naturally all on board. I love the way she blends science fiction and romance into an incredibly readable and accessible narrative.  

Book Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

I have been hearing great things about Roshani Chokshi’s writing for years -- she’s the author of the Star Touched Queen novels and tends to incorporate a great deal of Indian mythology and folklore into her books.  I’ve been really interested in reading some books that feature Indian mythology, so when the Indian Literature Readathon was announced for July I knew this book was an obvious choice. I don’t typically read a lot of middle grade fiction, however Aru Shah and the End of Time was a fantastically funny and heartfelt read for all ages.