The Perfect Life caught my eye when it came up on offer at Net-galley, mainly because I remember being thrilled to bits with another Nuala Ellwood title—My Sister’s Bones. I’m very grateful to the publishers and net-galley for the opportunity.
Liftoff: I’m pleased to announce a new book (and series) by Tyrean Martinson, released today! Liftoff (The Rayatana Series, Book 1) by Tyrean Martinson A spaceship in disguise, An Earth girl searching for a sense of home, And a Thousand
Q is a book from Net-galley that comes out on Thursday. Looking through other reviews I think the original title was Master Class, which is easier to see on a list, but is not as original, or as mysterious. I
The Ninth District by Douglas Dorow has been sitting in my Kindle since 2012. Shame on me! It’s not the only one. And, as happened with others, like Daemon by Doug Dandridge, it’s a gem. These books date from my early
My Book of the Year for 2019 is… one of the following. Book of the Year 2019 long list I long list nearly all of those I’ve given five stars on Goodreads during the year. So those are (links to
My Sister’s Bones has been on my shelf for ages. I received a courtesy copy at Noirwich in 2016, when it was still in pre-publication mode. In a somewhat unusual reading pattern for me, I started it in September, got
The Scorpio Races – spotted as I was leaving the library, always looking for Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys, which has been on my TBR forever. The Scorpio Races has nothing to do with that book, but, boy, what a gem.
The Seagull is the 8th in the Vera novels, and my first. This is thanks to my bookclub reading them out of order. If you’ve seen an episode of Vera on TV, you won’t mind a bit, at least, I
The Stranger Diaries is not a Ruth Galloway novel. It’s not even a Stephens & Mephisto novel. It’s a new stand alone from Elly Griffiths, out on 1st November, and I’m very grateful to Net-galley and Quercus books for the
Subway | Palliatopia is a new YA book from S W Lothian, and looks like it could run into at least a sequel. I got an ARC from the author, who was one of the most inspirational of the authors
I Am Thunder is a teen/ya book I received from NetGalley last year. I am trying to reduce the number of ARCs I take, but there are so many temptations that come my way it’s hard to resist. At one
I read Zero Sum Game late last year, and dithered over including it in my round-up at the year’s end. As I thought of what to say, I realised I had really enjoyed it. It’s on-theme with my new aim
We start the new year with the first of a terrific new series – Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud. This was the Great Middle Grade Reads group’s book of October, and I got it at the end of the
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream revisioned as a steampunk tale? You must be kidding. That was roughly my reaction when I saw this as part of a steampunk/fantasy bundle from Storybundle.com, a wonderful way of getting great ebooks in a
There’s an apocalypse, it’s seriously weird, not to say bizarre, and there’s a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field causing serious disruption, not to say chaos, to civilisation as we know it. An Apocalypse Weird entitled Reversal, then. Not a
I’m moving into racier territory with this blog tour, but although it’s for older teens and YA – and adults – it looked fun and not too schmaltzy or violent… and judging from the excerpt below, my instincts were right.
This is not really a cosy mystery, although it starts out that way, but Rhe Brewster, our heroine, turns into a police consultant, so I suppose it could be police procedural after all. What it definitely is, is a well-toned
After my rave review of last year for Seed Savers: Treasure, the first in the series, you might ask, why did I take so long to read this? The answer was quite simply too many other books getting in the
This is a book I found through Twitter, probably on one of its free kindle days. It looked like a mad-cap adventure thriller on a boat in Mexico – and that’s what it is! Hetta Coffey is a woman who
It’s madness. It’s magnificent madness. It’s the most magnificent boomsnickery trollsnuffery madness I’ve ever read. It’s totally clear that if I read the blurb for this book when I first got it (and Amazon tells me I got it on
This is a crime novel suitable for mid teens upwards. There’s no sex and no graphic violence but I can’t imagine younger teens would enjoy it (except for the raccoons). Gina Cresse’s Sinfandel is a murder mystery thriller set in
This fast paced, quirky novella holds great promise for further adventures. This is the tale of Belladonna DeRanged and Benjamin Nightthorn, and how in turn they took the pleasant, talented, amusing but broke Otter’s Bizarre Circus through 13 years of
This is not a children’s book but would be fine for older children and teens. Dr Chris Connery, Director of the Division of Fine Arts at Midstate University, is no stranger to police investigations. But when her Ceramics teacher comes
Jenni and Autumn are best friends. They are more than best friends, they are the best friends that could ever be. Two hours apart and there are a million and a half things that have to be said to each