Bookends | 30.03.18

 

Oh hello four day weekend, you have good timing! I have finally shaken the lurgy that took me down for two weeks – I feel terrible that I didn’t post a Bookends last week, the only one I’ve missed! But even if I had been able to sit  and concentrate for long enough, I wouldn’t have had much to chat about. Turns out I struggle to read when poorly – being sick is actually very boring.

Anyway, I am all better now and I’ve got some great books to discuss from the past fortnight.

I’d seen a lot of hype over Continue reading

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March Favourites

London Charing Cross

Woah, it’s the last week of March. Already! I know I say this every month, but this year is flying by. I struggled a little coming up with some favourites this month. I’ve done some fun stuff and some practical stuff but nothing really stands out too strongly. Anyway, here a few things that did make smile… Continue reading

Children of Earth and Sky | Guy Gavriel Kay | a review

‘Villages or farms on a violent border divided by faith didn’t become peaceful because of pen strokes in courts far away.’

Children of Earth and Sky is inspired by Renaissance Europe and follows a range of characters: an angry woman pretending to be someone she’s not, an artist travelling to a dangerous city, a boy training to be a soldier, an apathetic merchants son  and a young woman who is out to avenge her family. These characters come together and apart to weave a wonderful tale of loss, war, love and loyalty. Kay does not disappoint.

I really took my time with this one, time to savour Guy Gavriel Kay’s sumptuous prose. Let’s not beat around the bush, Continue reading

Bookends | 16.03.18

Here we are, another week another Friday. Time is flying, right? Despite a roaring cold my reading picked up after last week’s slower efforts.

So first up I devoured Continue reading

The City of Brass | S A Chakraborty | a review

I have mixed feelings about The City of Brass. I largely enjoyed it: it was refreshing to read a fantasy with a setting other than feudal Europe and I particularly enjoyed the djinn and other fantastical creatures in this story. The writing is good and it was certainly compelling enough to keep me reading all day. Sadly, there are a few things in City of Brass that I didn’t really enjoy.

Firstly, I went in expecting Continue reading

5 Fantasy Series I Won’t Finish

5 Fantasy Series I Won’t Finish

The Queen of The Tearling – Erika Johansen

I read the first two a few years ago and found them quite underwhelming. Maybe it was a case of the hype giving me unrealistic expectations but I just wasn’t invested in the story or the characters. I found the protagonist dull and a little too self-obsessed. While I have a vague curiosity Continue reading

Bookends | 09.03.18

Darkhaven and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Oh hello Friday, long time no see. I convinced myself on Wednesday morning that it was Saturday, turned my alarm off and went back to sleep… Suffice to say this week has felt like forever!

It’s not been my strongest reading week either, but I am okay with that and I will tell you why. Continue reading

The Bitter Twins | Jen Williams | a review

The Bitter Twins by Jen WilliamsHappy publication day to this beauty! I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams towards the end of last year and just reading through my notes to write this review got me excited to read it again! It certainly packs an emotional punch, so be prepared.As it is a sequel (to The Ninth Rain, in case you didn’t know – go read that first, it’s great!) I won’t dwell on the plot, I’ll just say that it continues on a little after the ending of The Ninth Rain and while we get a lot of answers, a whole host of new questions are raised. Luckily, Williams’ fantastic writing and intriguing characters still leave me with plenty to chat about.

Similar to The Ninth Rain, Continue reading

Bookends | 02.03.18

 

The Dragon Lords: Fool's Gold

Well, what a weird week, both in real life and in my reading life. In real life, snow has been the bane of my days, and readingwise I’ve been in a strange slump. I’ve still been reading, but I’ve not been very lucky in my picks. I would like to preface this weeks’ Bookends post with saying all opinions are my own. Just because I didn’t enjoy some of these books doesn’t mean you won’t.

So Continue reading