I’ve been hearing buzz about The Deep for a few months now and the amazing concept captured my interest. I’ve never read a book by Rivers Solomon before and admit I am unfamiliar with the song and artists that inspired and helped work on this book, so I didn’t know what to expect. This novella is an absolutely powerful story of memory, pain, history, and surviving in the face of adversity.
Prosper’s Demon was one of my most highly anticipated January releases, in part because of its astonishing cover -- yes, I am shallow. While this horror novella wasn’t necessarily what I expected or craved, I enjoyed this strange and snarky tale of demonic possession and exorcism.
I absolutely love Lauren James’s The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, so I was naturally thrilled to pick up a copy of her latest book, The Starlight Watchmaker. A novella from Barrington Stoke, a publisher that focuses on readable books for dyslexic and reluctant young readers, I couldn’t wait to get my paws on this little book. I did enjoy it, but I found that I couldn’t quite turn off my detail-obsessed adult sci-fi brain!
Much to my surprise, I have been reading and loving a number of novellas this year. While it is not a format I usually gravitate toward, I am finding myself loving these shorter tales. However, I do sometimes feel that novellas deserve to be full-length novels, and this was the case with Silver in the Wood.
You all know how passionately I love Becky Chambers’ books -- she’s one of my favourite authors and consistently puts out incredible stories. When her next release was announced, I was initially a little disappointed that To Be Taught, If Fortunate wasn’t going to be a continuation of her Wayfarers books. However I completely trust Becky to give me the gorgeous, quiet stories I crave. My faith in Becky Chambers remains -- To Be Taught, If Fortunate is the beautiful, gentle tale of human exploration that I never knew I needed.
I would like to file a complaint. How is it already August? It's completely baffling to me and I'd love to know when I time traveled because this is ridiculous. The month of July was kind of crazy, as I feel like it always is. What is it about summer months and me going to tons of events and doing fun stuff? I swear I usually sit at home and read books -- I'm not a particularly social person. Regardless, I had a ton of fun this month -- especially at YALC!
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books Publication date: 18 July 2019 Genre: Science fiction Page count: 208 pages Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free. … Continue reading Blogger Blast: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohter and Max Gladstone
June was an exceptionally busy, but fun month for me. My birthday falls in early June, which means lots of shiny new books for me, and I also spent a lot of time with family and friends. Despite being super busy, I managed to read 12 books in June.
I’ve been seeing these novellas, particularly Snowspelled, pop up all over my bookish social media feeds for ages. However, I was compelled to buy and read them when I found out that Emma Newman, one of my favourite authors, had been selected to narrate the audiobooks. Fully convinced, I dove into Spellswept and Snowspelled and I'm so glad I made the time to read them!
I absolutely love Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time and was curious to see what his other science fiction books were like. Walking to Aldebaran is the perfect way to sample his writing style -- clocking in at right around 140 pages, it’s a short but effective story of an astronaut lost in space.