February Favourites

Bruges, Belgium

& so February has come and gone… how quickly is this year going by?! I hope you haven’t been hit too badly by ‘the beast from the east’ – anyone else eyerolling over that name? Yeah. Despite being a short month, I have a lot to share so without further ado…

Bruges, Belgium

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Guns of the Dawn | Adrian Tchaikovsky | a review

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian TchaikovskyFirst of all, I loved this book. It’s definitely one that I’ll reread many times and I am still thinking about it a week after finishing it.

This is going to be long, I’m not sorry. I’ll start with what I loved. (Which is pretty much everything!) This is my first Tchaikovsky and is not my usual fantasy pick. I like my fantasy feudal. Technology (including any sort of gun/grenade/canon) is normally a huge turn off for me when I’m looking to escape reality. Guns of the Dawn, obviously, contains guns. Lots and lots of guns – it is primarily a story about humanity and warfare. I am so glad I took a risk and read it as it is about so much more than that too. I would like to preface all this with saying that this is definitely fantasy lite. Yes there are warlocks who can conjure fire and the countries are imaginary, but the magic does not have a huge role in the story at all.

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Bookends | 23.02.18

The Mage Winds omnibus by Mercedes LackeyJust as I thought it’d be safe to turn the heating off, a horrible cold blast has hit the UK and apparently we’re due to suffer -4 temperatures over the next week or so. I’m swiftly going off winter…

I’ve had a very fun reading week and I flew through 5 of them.

I mentioned last week that I started Continue reading

Bookends | 16.02.18

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovskyhey, hey, hey it’s Friday again and the blue skies are back! It always amazes me how much happier I feel on bright sunny days. Although we all know rainy days are the best reading days 🙂

I have 6 books to talk to you about this week, a historical romance, the first three books in a paranormal/urban fantasy series, a stand alone fantasy audiobook and the first in a different fantasy series. Busy busy busy!

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Written In Red | Anne Bishop | a review

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Looking for a good paranormal urban fantasy where the shifters/vamps/etc aren’t humanised so pretty young girls have an excuse to fall in love with them? This is it.

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Favourites | Audiobooks

Today I thought I’d share with you my favourite audiobooks. I never thought I’d get along with them but I’m pleased to say that with the right audiobook, it’s easily as addictive as physical reading. I have regularly found myself sitting in the car for an extra ten minutes to finish a chapter or even exercising that little bit longer so I can carry on listening. I know, crazy!

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Bookends | 09.02.18

Bruges

Despite being on holiday for most of this week in sunny Bruges, I still managed to get through 3 books! Although I didn’t have as much time during the day to read I did have plenty of time while traveling on the various trains. The Eurostar is fabulous. Bruges was amazingly stunning, it is full of cobbled streets, breath-taking architecture and lovely, kind people. Oh and hundreds of chocolate shops, I even out-chocolated myself which I’d always thought an impossibility. I highly recommend it if you’re inclined to pretty medieval tourist spots. I could totally imagine princesses, knights and dragons roaming the streets. Anyway, onto les livres!

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Totally Should’ve | Book Tag

Robin Hobb | Realm of the Elderlings | fantasy, fictions

I saw this book tag on Emma’s wonderful blog A Dreamer’s Library. Be sure to check it out! This looked so fun so thought I’d give it a go.

Totally Should’ve Gotten a Sequel

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A McKillip | fantasy book

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Bookends | 02.02.18

Bookends | Karina Reads

Oh hey, February. The days are actually brighter, it’s marginally warmer… things are looking up! Although I am fully prepared for the final dip into winter we’re bound to have before spring. It’s a good job I have all the books to distract myself.

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