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WWW 13th December 2017

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What I’m currently reading

Visions of Zarua

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and am thrilled that my random book draw coughed this one up. I’ve heard many good things, so expectations are high!

Blurb:

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past? 

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria. 
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate. 
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer. 
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

Once Upon a Curse

I meant to start Visions of Zarua yesterday but left my kindle at home and for some reason, my kindle app didn’t list it even though I’d started it (read: I opened the first page), so I started reading this one 🙂 It looks so Christmas-y with the red and the snow and the sparkle, and since I’ll be in an anthology myself I figured I can count it as research, too 😛

I love dark fairy tale retellings, so expectations are high for this one, too!

Blurb:

Seventeen magical stories from NY Times and USA Todaybestsellers and award-winning authors that will entice you to the darker side of faerie tales. More Grimm than Disney, in this collection you’ll find twists on Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Rumplestilstskin, The Snow Queen, Cinderella, The Pied Piper, Alice in Wonderland, and Red Riding Hood, plus new tales paying homage to the old traditions. 
Shadows cannot exist without light, however, and you’ll find enough happily-ever-afters to lift your spirits in this anthology full of adventure, dark powers, and ultimately the enduring power of true love.

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What I recently finished reading

Origins of the Never

This was a pleasant surprise in several ways: I didn’t remember that this was a novella, so I got through it much quicker than I thought I would, and wow, this was good! I won’t say any more now because my review is up tomorrow afternoon, but yes, this was good.

Blurb:

A prequel to The Tales of the Neverwar series, with dragons, elves and faeries.

Set thousands of years before the Tales of the Neverwar, an epic fantasy through space, time, and reality. 
Teralia. A world of light and beauty, holding the core of magic that infuses the universe. A land of Faerie magic and Ancient Dragons. 
Here, two friends, closer than brothers, are destined to become the mightiest among the immortal Elven race. 
One will fall, ensnared by an ancient evil thought destroyed eons ago. 
The other will face a desperate choice to save a doomed world. 
Ultimately, only one can prevail. 

Free Science Fiction and Fantasy, Origins of the Never is perfect for dragon lovers everywhere.YA series about an awakening evil and the battle to save all reality.

Reborn

I hate not finishing a book, but this wasn’t for me. I got to 30% and had no idea what the plot was, and my inner editor kept chirping up, too, so I decided to move on. I think the main plot was the MC determined to continue her bloodline and trying to find a baby daddy for her great-great-great-granddaughter, but it felt more like a side-plot to me. I was waiting for something important to happen, but it didn’t.

Blurb:

Marie Josette d’Orgemont, cousin to Louis XVI, watched in horror as a rogue creature took her husband’s life before turning on her. A powerful vampire swept in and spared her life, but she never suspected surviving meant immortality or the price she’d have to pay to protect her surviving son.

Centuries later, in Miami, with her family on the verge of extinction, Marie is preoccupied with the continuation of her human bloodline. When she meets sexy and persistent Odin Ulfsson, his icy-blue gaze and burning touch are hard to resist. Will a forbidden romance with the Nordic werewolf be the key to her happiness, or will it set in motion a wrath that endangers not only her last human heir but her entire existence?

Heralding

My thanks again to the author for my ARC <3 I reviewed this last week so I won’t go into detail now, but if you’re a fan of Buffy and kick-ass heroines wielding dual daggers, I recommend it 🙂

Blurb:

Life was simple for Eléonore when her biggest concerns were hunting demons, stacking shelves, and pulling off the single mother gig.

But that was before the night at the Citadelle two months ago. The night when she killed an Elder sorcerer. The night she discovered her own destructive powers.

Now Eléonore’s life is defined by questions of will…

Will her dangerous powers and Iníonaofa heritage ever be explained to her?
Will her son’s father make a reappearance in her life?
Will her son discover the terrible truth of her nighttime hunts?
Will the demon who offered her protection come for her due?

With chaos brewing in Daemoniar—the demon realm—and a tyrannical group on the rise, one thing is for certain…

Eléonore’s about to stumble into a whole new hellhole of trouble.

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What I think I’ll read next

My next read will be sometime in January, so this’ll have to wait 🙂 I only just started my current reads and will be on my Christmas break after Friday, so chances are I’ll be on them for a while.

I’ll come back to it in January 🙂

This was my last WWW for 2017, so have a Merry Christmas/happy holidays, everyone, and a good start to 2018! I’ll see you in January <3

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WWW 29th November 2017

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WWW Wednesday

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Heralding

I’m very nearly done with this and will likely finish it today. My thanks to the author for my ARC <3 Heralding will be out on December 4, so my review will be up next week! If you want to read it before then, you’ll be able to read it on Goodreads 🙂

Edit: I finished it last night (Tuesday night, that is). So. Good.

Blurb:

Life was simple for Eléonore when her biggest concerns were hunting demons, stacking shelves, and pulling off the single mother gig.

But that was before the night at the Citadelle two months ago. The night when she killed an Elder sorcerer. The night she discovered her own destructive powers.

Now Eléonore’s life is defined by questions of will…

Will her dangerous powers and Iníonaofa heritage ever be explained to her?
Will her son’s father make a reappearance in her life?
Will her son discover the terrible truth of her nighttime hunts?
Will the demon who offered her protection come for her due?

With chaos brewing in Daemoniar—the demon realm—and a tyrannical group on the rise, one thing is for certain…

Eléonore’s about to stumble into a whole new hellhole of trouble.

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What I recently finished reading

Godsgrave

I won’t go into much detail now because I already posted my review last week but this was Good (that’s right – capital G). This series has everything I want and more, and has a permanent spot on my Forever Shelf. If you’re a fan of dark Epic Fantasy, you need to read these!

Blurb:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

The Language of Thorns

This is probably the most beautiful book I own <3 (Although, it might need to share that spot with Illuminae) The illustrations are stunning, and the stories themselves reminded me of the bedtime stories I had as a child.

My review will be up tomorrow (with some extra pictures to show off the beautiful interior) so I won’t say any more now 🙂 It’s already on Goodreads if you’d prefer to see it now.

Blurb:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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What I think I’ll read next

I don’t know! And that’s quite nice, actually, because I planned all my recent reads ahead and I’m looking forward to being surprised for a change. I made this glass of little pieces of paper which all have a title and an author written on them months ago, but then October happened and I had my Spook-tober reads planned, and then November happened and I had my NaNo reads planned… So, whatever I read after Heralding, it’ll be a random draw from this glass 🙂

(In case you were wondering:

Yellow – High Fantsy

Blue – Sci-Fi

Orange – all other fiction)

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WWW Wednesday 15th November 2017

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WWW Wednesday

There hasn’t been much any movement since my last post, so this will be quick!

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Godsgrave

I’m fewer than 30 pages away from the end as I’m preparing this post on Tuesday, and I don’t want it to end!! IT’S SO GOOD, FRIENDS! My books look up to this with unrivalled hero worship<3

My review will follow next week Thursday once I’ve made sense of my feelings.

Blurb:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

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What I recently finished reading

… Nothing. *ahem*

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What I think I’ll read next

The Language of Thorns

I’m still really looking forward to this. The way I’m getting through Godsgrave I’ll either start it today or tomorrow at the latest. The illustrations are so stunning and Leigh Bardugo is my queen, so I can’t wait to get to it.

Then again, I don’t want to finish Godsgrave so I have mixed feelings.

Blurb:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Heralding

WonderWoman Warbringer will have to wait while I read this ARC <3 My thanks to the author for sending me a copy. I loved the prequel Eleonore last year and can’t wait to get to this! It’s on my kindle ready and waiting ^-^

Blurb:

Life was simple for Eléonore when her biggest concerns were hunting demons, stacking shelves, and pulling off the single mother gig.

But that was before the night at the Citadelle two months ago. The night when she killed an Elder sorcerer. The night she discovered her own destructive powers.

Now Eléonore’s life is defined by questions of will…

Will her dangerous powers and Iníonaofa heritage ever be explained to her?
Will her son’s father make a reappearance in her life?
Will her son discover the terrible truth of her nighttime hunts?
Will the demon who offered her protection come for her due?

With chaos brewing in Daemoniar—the demon realm—and a tyrannical group on the rise, one thing is for certain…

Eléonore’s about to stumble into a whole new hellhole of trouble.

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Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!

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WWW 1st November 2017

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HAPPY NANOWRIMO, FRIENDS! 😀 Who’s excited? 😀

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Godsgrave

NaNoWriMo Read 1/3 is Godsgrave <3 I’ve been excited to read this ever since I read Nevernight earlier this year, and even though I’ve only just started this I’m deeply (read: DEEPLY!) in love with it. I couldn’t have picked a better novel to see me through the first half of NaNo <3 <3 <3

Blurb:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

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What I recently finished reading

Frankenstein

I enjoyed it and it was much easier to read than you might expect from a classic (I know I’m always worried that the writing style will be too difficult), but I’m definitely happy to read modern books again now, too. Two classics a month is plenty 😛

Blurb:

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

Daughters of the Oak

I flew through the rest of Daughters of the Oak in the end. While I didn’t like it as much as the original version, The Manningtree Account, I did enjoy it and it made for a perfect little October read. Plus, it’s a signed copy, which is always a plus 😀

I’m a bit behind, but hopefully my reviews for Frankenstein and Daughters of the Oak will follow soon.

Blurb:

1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.

Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.

2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.

Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
Welcome to Manningtree…

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What I think I’ll read next

The Language of Thorns

This shall be NaNoWriMo read 2/3 <3 I love Leigh Bardugo, so it’s only fitting that two of her books are on my NaNo reading list. I’m fairly sure I won’t get through all three, but this one is short and the illustrations are stunning, so I gave it priority over WonderWoman – Warbringer.

Blurb:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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WWW 18th October 2017

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

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WWW Wednesday

I’m a bit later than usual today since my release week takes priority, and I didn’t want to post twice in one hour 🙂

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Daughters of the Oak

It’s taking me longer than I hoped to get through this. I haven’t got as much time to read this week , otherwise I’d be finishing it today :/ I’m enjoying it and I’d love to give it more of my time, but there’s too much going on at the moment :/ I’m still hoping to finish it this week so I can squeeze three books into October, but it might be tight.

Blurb:

1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.

Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.

2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.

Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
Welcome to Manningtree…

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What I recently finished reading

Dracula

This wasn’t entirely what I expected, but in a good way. I expected Dracula to feature a lot more actively rather than just behind the scenes since the book is, you know, named after him, and it wasn’t as difficult to read as some books of that time. I actually found it very easy to read! It just took me a while because the font is relatively small and a lot of the paragraphs take up most if not all of the page.

Blurb:

The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker’s Draculaprobes deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England—an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his “Master”—culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries.

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What I think I’ll read next

Frankenstein

This is a maybe. I’m not getting through Daughters of the Oak as quickly as I thought I would because I’ve had less time to read, and I don’t want this month’s read to spill over too much into November since I’ll need my NaNo reading to get me through the month.

So, depending on when I finish Daughters of the Oak, I may or may not read Frankenstein next.

Blurb:

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

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WWW 4th October 2017

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WWW Wednesday

HAPPY SPOOKY MONTH, FRIENDS! <3

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Dracula

It’s Halloween month and I’ve never read or seen this classic, so how could I not? :3 I was worried that the writing style would be difficult to follow since it’s quite an old book now and some older novels can be tough, but I’m finding it easy to read. There are some parts I’m not sure about, mostly Mina’s journal entries before her events catch up with Jonathan’s, but other than that I’m really enjoying it. I’m excited to see the film, too, but I’ll wait with that until I’ve finished the book.

Blurb:

The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker’s Draculaprobes deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England—an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his “Master”—culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries.

A History of Magic, Witchcraft and Occultism

I’m taking a break from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers this month to read up on my occult theory (it’s Halloween month, after all). I’m not sure if this links to the same copy if I’m honest, because I can’t find the copy I have on Goodreads or Amazon (it’s an old book – I’ve borrowed the copy I have from my library) and the title is slightly different on this one (also the blurb on Goodreads is in a language I can’t read, so that doesn’t help).

I’m not very far into it but it’s certainly interesting and is adding lots of future research material to my list!

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What I recently finished reading

Illuminae

Well, the ending destroyed what the rest of the book hadn’t already, as expected two weeks ago 😀 This was good. I won’t go into detail now because my review is up tomorrow, but yes, this was excellent.

Blurb:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Gemina

I didn’t read this right away because I needed a moment after Illuminae, but took two days to read Cole by Liz Meldon first. Gemina didn’t hurt as much as Illuminae (or maybe I’m just dead to it now, that’s entirely possible), but I still enjoyed it and am dying for Obsidio to be published now. Long wait, though :/

My review for Gemina will be on here next week.

Blurb:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Cole

This was a perfect little read between Illuminae and Gemina. Light, fluffy, witty, and just what I needed to heal my heart after Illuminae destroyed it and before Gemina did the same!

I won’t say too much now because I’ve already reviewed it last week, but if you’re after a feel-good erotic romance, then this series is for you!

Skye Summers: Gainfully employed university grad, cat servant, leftover sushi connoisseur…

Sugar baby falling hard and fast for two men.

Still reeling from her steamy encounter with Finn, Skye has a tidal wave of feelings to decode when the snarky billionaire shows up on her doorstep with a bouquet of chocolate roses. Oh, and a declaration that if she and Cole aren’t a real couple outside of their sugar daddy contract, then Finn is coming after her heart—hard.

And, honestly, Skye doesn’t hate his enthusiasm. In fact, she finds Finn and his wit rather charming.

Her suppressed feelings for sugar daddy Cole, however, refuse to quit. Even if they left things a little awkward after Finn’s party, four years of blossoming love aren’t easy to forget. 

But when Cole waltzes into her usual Wednesday evening yoga class, looking gorgeous as ever, Skye finally learns that her feelings might not be so one-sided…

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What I think I’ll read next

Daughters of the Oak

My Spook-tober reading list is full of scary reads! 😀 I read The Manningtree Account earlier this year and was excited to receive a signed copy of this extended edition from the author <3

Blurb:

1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.

Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.

2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.

Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
Welcome to Manningtree…

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WWW 20th September 2017

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What I’m currently reading

Illuminae

I’ve never read a book this long (600 pages) in such a short amount of time. I tore through Illuminae in five days, friends. Five. Days. It was so good. The story is incredible, the characters are fantastic, and the interior design is stunning. It’s one of the best books I’ve read all year, and is popping straight onto my forever shelf <3

As I’m typing this on Tuesday I still have roughly 150 pages left to read, but there’s a good chance I’ll have finished this by the time this post goes live. Must. Know. More! I’ll either finish it over night or early Wednesday morning, but either way – If you’re reading this, I have finished Illuminae and my feelings are dead.

Blurb:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

I’m really bad at reading this, but with Illuminae being so good I didn’t want to make the time, if I’m honest. Illuminae came first. I have started it, so there’s some progress since my post two weeks ago, I just haven’t got very far 🙂

Blurb:

“A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.”– Library Journal

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What I recently finished reading

The Final Empire

So I finished this, and now my feelings hurt. Between The Final Empire and Illuminae, my heart is in a lot of pain recently! I won’t say too much now because my review will be up tomorrow (note to self: write the review), but this was good, friends. It’s another addition for my forever shelf.

Blurb:

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
 

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What I think I’ll read next

Gemina

After devouring Illuminae I can’t wait to read this! I’m so happy I bought both books together. Good thinking, past me.

Blurb: 

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Cole

Given how much Illuminae has destroyed me, I might read this before I jump into Gemina. You know, to give my feelings a chance to recover. This is an ARC, so I should prioritise it, anyway, and it’ll be nice to read something light after the monster that was Illuminae.

Blurb:

Skye Summers: Gainfully employed university grad, cat servant, leftover sushi connoisseur…

Sugar baby falling hard and fast for two men.

Still reeling from her steamy encounter with Finn, Skye has a tidal wave of feelings to decode when the snarky billionaire shows up on her doorstep with a bouquet of chocolate roses. Oh, and a declaration that if she and Cole aren’t a real couple outside of their sugar daddy contract, then Finn is coming after her heart—hard.

And, honestly, Skye doesn’t hate his enthusiasm. In fact, she finds Finn and his wit rather charming.

Her suppressed feelings for sugar daddy Cole, however, refuse to quit. Even if they left things a little awkward after Finn’s party, four years of blossoming love aren’t easy to forget. 

But when Cole waltzes into her usual Wednesday evening yoga class, looking gorgeous as ever, Skye finally learns that her feelings might not be so one-sided…

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WWW 6th September 2017

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What I’m currently reading

The Final Empire

I haven’t had as much time to read this as I’d hoped because I’ve been busy with the final proofread of Wardens of Archos, but what I’ve read so far is good. I mean really, really bloody good. I feel like I should be reading this with a notebook and pen so I can learn from the master (I kind of am, too, since I make a note of everything that stands out to me)

I’m only around page 150 but I already feel like there isn’t enough of it, so i guess I’ll treat myself to the sequel if I do well during NaNo 😀

Blurb:

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
 

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

I’ll be honest, I haven’t technically started this yet, but there’s a bookmark on page one, so the intention is there! As I’ve mentioned above I’ve been quite busy drowning in proofreads and I’m editing a book for another author, now, too, but I WILL fit this in!

Blurb:

“A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.”– Library Journal

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What I recently finished reading

Our Dark Duet

This was good! I’m usually torn with Schwab’s books, but this one worked for me. I’ve got a review coming next week so I’ll keep this brief, but it was good! 🙂

Blurb:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

No Plot? No Problem!

This was excellent NaNo prep. It’s equal parts useful and encouraging, and I can only recommend this if you’re doing NaNo this year. It gives you permission to write messy and just get the words out without worrying about quality, and to buy all the snacks to keep you going. First drafts are meant to be rubbish, and this book encourages you to embrace that,

Blurb:

You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.

Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin’ literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty’s pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.

So what are you waiting for? The No Plot? approach worked for the thousands of people who’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, and it can work for you! Let No Plot? No Problem! help you get fired up and on the right track.

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What I think I’ll read next

Illuminae

Usually, my new books sit on my shelf for a while before I get to them, but I don’t want to wait with this one. Jay Kristoff is one of the authors, so I know I’ll love it and I love the way the story is being told (I may have leafed through it… not enough to spoil things, of course, but enough to need it now). Gemina is waiting to be read afterwards, and I’m really excited for both!

Blurb:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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WWW Wednesday 23rd August 2017

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What I’m currently reading

Our Dark Duet

I’m finally getting around to reading Our Dark Duet <3 I treated myself not long ago and am almost halfway there now. In fact, by the time this post goes live on Wednesday and you’re reading it I’ve probably passed the halfway mark 😛 (Edit: I have.)

Blurb:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

No Plot? No Problem!

I had to borrow this when I saw it in my library! I’ll be participating in NaNo again this year and this will be a big part of my preparation. I wasn’t going to start my prep until October but I thought if I read it now I can review it in time for October, so that you can decide whether you want to make it part of your own preparations 🙂 So far so good! It’s short so it doesn’t take long to read. Review to come at the end of September 😉

Blurb:

You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.

Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin’ literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty’s pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.

So what are you waiting for? The No Plot? approach worked for the thousands of people who’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, and it can work for you! Let No Plot? No Problem! help you get fired up and on the right track.

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What I recently finished reading

Mort

Hmmmm, this was good, but it’s not my new favourite Discworld novel as I thought it might be. It’s basically a story about a boy who messes up the space-time continuum because he can’t get himself to reap a girl he likes, and a man going through a mid-life crisis because a younger guy has taken his job. There’s more to it, of course, but that roughly sums up the main plot.

It was nice to see one of the old characters make an appearance, and I enjoyed it a lot more towards the end when everything was coming together, but it hasn’t taken the spot of favourite Discworld novel away from Equal Rites 🙂

Blurb:

In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can’t refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn’t compulsory. As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he’d ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

A Torch Against the Night

This was so good, friends <3 I won’t say too much now because my review will be on here tomorrow, but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to Book 3 🙂

Blurb:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

The Plot Thickens

I’ve finally finished The Plot Thickens. It was good and gave me lots to think about, but it was just a little too dry for me. I prefer my theory reads humorous as you might know by now, and this wasn’t that. I learned something but I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it.

Blurb:

As a literary agent, Noah Lukeman hears thousands of book pitches a year. Often the stories sound great in concept, but never live up to their potential on the page. Lukeman shows beginning and advanced writers how to implement the fundamentals of successful plot development, such as character building and heightened suspense and conflict. Writers will find it impossible to walk away from this invaluable guide—a veritable fiction-writing workshop—without boundless new ideas.

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What I think I’ll read next

The Final Empire

I’ve been waiting to read this for ages! Since I felt I needed more awesome high fantasy reads in my life, I figured now was the perfect time 🙂 My only concern is that I’ve seen so many excellent reviews and no negative words that my expectations are too high, but I’ve a feeling it won’t disappoint <3

Blurb:

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
 

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Originally, this was going to be my next theory read but then I found No Plot? No problem! and plans changed. I’ll definitely get to it next, though, it’s been waiting on my shelf for too long!

Blurb:

“A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.”– Library Journal

 

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WWW Wednesday 9th August 2017

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What I’m currently reading

A Torch Against the Night

This is everything I needed from a fantasy book <3 I’m almost done with it now and am hoping to finish it either tomorrow or Thursday morning. I’m a little behind on my reviews, though, so it may not be this week.

Blurb:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

The Plot Thickens

I haven’t made any progress on this but will try to fit it in somewhere this week. Last week was a little busy and all over the place, but now that things have calmed down I should have time for it.

Blurb:

As a literary agent, Noah Lukeman hears thousands of book pitches a year. Often the stories sound great in concept, but never live up to their potential on the page. Lukeman shows beginning and advanced writers how to implement the fundamentals of successful plot development, such as character building and heightened suspense and conflict. Writers will find it impossible to walk away from this invaluable guide—a veritable fiction-writing workshop—without boundless new ideas.

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What I recently finished reading

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

I gave up on it :/ I hate giving up on books but I just couldn’t get into this. With shorter books I tend to finish them regardless of how much I’m enjoying them, but this one has 1,191 and the tiniest font I’ve ever seen in a novel. There’s just too much of it for me to soldier on, especially considering the many other books waiting to be read!

Blurb:

THE SWORD OF SHANNARA: Long ago, the world of Shea Ohmsford was torn apart by war. But the half-human, half-elfin, Shea now lives in peace – until the forbidding figure of Allanon appears, to reveal that the long dead Warlock Lord lives again

THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA: Ancient evil threatens the Elves and the Races of Man. For the Ellcrys, the tree of long-lost Elven magic, is dying – loosing the spell of Forbidding that locks the hordes of Demons away from Earth. Only one source has the power to stop it: the Elfstones of Shannara. 

THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA: Evil stalks the Four Lands as the Ildatch, immemorial book of evil spells, has stirred to eldritch life. Once again Allanon, ancient Druid Protector of the Races, must seek the help of a descendant of Jerle Shannara.

Equal Rights

This was everything I wanted from a Terry Pratchett book! Writing the review might be hard, though, because my only notes are ‘love Granny Weatherwax <3’ 😀 It’s my current favourite Discworld novel but I suspect Mort will top that!

Blurb:

They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check that the baby in question was a son. Everybody knows that there’s no such thing as a female wizard. But now it’s gone and happened, there’s nothing much anyone can do about it. Let the battle of the sexes begin…

Zombie Playlist

I was so excited to find my ARC waiting in my inbox one morning! After The Sword of Shannara not working for me I needed something that made me laugh, and this made me laugh a lot! I’d already seen teasers of Dagger online but reading the finished novella was so much better. Dagger has a wicked sense of humour, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Zombie Playlist will be published on the 4th September, so go mark it now if you love snarky zombie apocalypse stories!

Blurb:

Dagger has survived the zombie apocalypse with nothing save a metal bat, blades, and assholery. With the company of an IPOD she attained courtesy of Dead-Dude, and King, the Bunker-Boy straggler she somehow acquired on her journey, she travels to the coast, putting down zombies, blowing up high-grade assholes, and teaching King how to ditch his pre-apocalypse conscience and keep his yellow ass alive.

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What I think I’ll read next

Mort

With A Torch Against the Night begging to be read and the ARC of Zombie Playlist, Mort had to wait – but it’s definitely my next read now and I’m dying (hehe… get it? dying? MORT?) to get to it! It’s already in my locker at work, I just need to finish my current read now 🙂

Blurb:

In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can’t refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn’t compulsory. As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he’d ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

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