BOOK REVIEW | BIOSPHERE: HAZARD BY B. W. COLE

Good Evening Bookish Folk!

Today I will be posting my review of Biosphere: Hazard by B. W. Cole. Firstly, I would like to thank Distant Shore Publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A few facts about .:

  • Title: Biosphere: Hazard
  • Author: B.W. Cole
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published by Distant Shore Publishing
  • Pages: 130

Synopsis:

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When Kit escapes the boredom of space settlement Oasis-7 for a more exciting life, he leaves behind his brother, Jay, and sets him on a journey of his own to try and regain what he lost.

Imprisoned renegade, Sola, serves her time on a nameless moon under the shadow of giant planet Tian. When her friends disappear due to a mysterious illness, secrets begin to unravel, and the true and terrifying nature of the moon is revealed. 

There is only one choice. Escape. At all costs. 

Events are set in motion that can never be undone. Can you ever truly go back from where you came? If you return, what is the cost? 

Dripping with the Gothic atmosphere of Bladerunner and Alien, lovers of dark science fiction, suspense stories and horror will happily sink their teeth into Biosphere: Hazard. 

Review:

Here are a few things you can expect from :

  • A gripping science fiction;
  • Gritty, gritty, grit;
  • breakneck pace; and
  • gore/horror vibes.

On to the full review…

Biosphere is a fast paced, action packed sci-fi short that is a page turning and thrilling read. 

To say that this book is just over 100 pages Cole does an incredible job at making you forget its a short. Cole makes every word count and has you continually wanting to read the next page.

Cole sets up a really cool world in Biosphere: Hazard, these regimented futuristic settlements run by droids are really exciting to read about. Despite the page count of this boo you still learn quite a lot about the world and truly feel for each of the characters and their situations. This book had a really unique feel to it, and you just keep wanting more! To the point that I kinda want a full length novel of this book, with a bit more detail and history that full length novel affords a writer.

Now, I am a bit of a sucker for a good brothers storyline so I really enjoyed the plot of this sci-fi tale, add in the injections of gore and horror it is literally a perfect book for the season. I liked the character in this book and could understand the motivations of many of them considering the world they live in!

And whole planet prisons…well who doesn’t love that idea! 

While this is a short review this is a supper fun read, it is season appropriate and it genuinely is a crazy, fast paced and fun read! 


As you are now aware I rate on a buy the hardback, buy the paperback, buy eBook or library rental/wait for a sale scale. This is a BUY THE EBOOK ranked book for me.

  • It is free with Kindle Unlimited
  • It is a reasonable priced eBook
  • I would read this again.
  • I actually LOVE the cover to this little gem!

AGAIN Thank you for reading AND SEE YOU SOON!


BOOK REVIEW | THE DOORS OF EDEN BY ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY

Good Morning Bookish Folk!

Today I will be posting my review of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Doors of Eden’. Firstly, I would like to thank Macmillan for approving my NetGalley request for a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

A few facts about .:

  • Title: The Doors of Eden
  • Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published by Macmillan (Macmillan audio UK)
  • Narration Length: 18 Hours 3 Minutes 

Synopsis:

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Lee’s best friend went missing on Bodmin Moor, four years ago. She and Mal were chasing rumours of monsters when they found something all too real. Now Mal is back, but where has she been, and who is she working for?

When government physicist Kay Amal Khan is attacked, the security services investigate. This leads MI5’s Julian Sabreur deep into terrifying new territory, where he clashes with mysterious agents of an unknown power ­who may or may not be human. And Julian’s only clue is some grainy footage ­– showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.

Khan’s extradimensional research was purely theoretical, until she found cracks between our world and countless others. Parallel Earths where monsters live. These cracks are getting wider every day, so who knows what might creep through? Or what will happen when those walls finally come crashing down…

Review:

Here are a few things you can expect from :

  • Multiple POV’s;
  • Parallel worlds and Portals;
  • Intrigue; and 
  • LGBT.

On to the full review…

As I said above, I listened to this via audiobook so I feel it’s only right to say a few things about that…

This is narrated by Sophie Aldred, and I am super thankful to her for providing me with, not only, my first ever audiobook but one I could actually listen to!

I requested this on NetGalley thinking I wasn’t going to lose out on my hard earned cash if I hated it and I would just look into getting the book, thankfully this wasn’t needed as Aldred is a great narrator for first-time listeners. She isn’t drab, isn’t robotic and tells you the story quite nicely!

She also sounds good with the speed knocked up a wee bit, because let’s be honest you can nearly always read a book quicker than the bloody audiobooks and that can be off putting sometimes because man they are loonnggggggg. So that helped and she still didn’t sounds like an old school sat nav telling me to go left of dreary lane! 

So, that’s all I really know what to say in that respect. The audio is easy listening, the story is told in a great way and it’s perfect for a newb to audiobooks. 

So onto this pretty cracking book! The Doors of Eden is a stunning looking book, I mean its cover is just…amazing and is an even better story.

This is my first Adrian Tchaikovsky book and it won’t be my last, in fact I recently picked up his ’Empire in Black and Gold’ which is on sale this month (here’s my post with this months kindle deals). 

This book had me from the start, it really didn’t take me long to get into this. The beast of Bodmin Moor has always been a love of mine, mainly due to the stupid tales my dad told me as a kid to scare me, so when Lee and Mal we’re off to Bodmin Moor in search of a mysterious creature I was already eager to keep listening. 

Now this story is a long one, and took quite a few sittings of listening to this monster but don’t let that put you off it is really worth it. To the point that I’m going to try pick up a copy next payday! Which form I wish to purchase will be said later 🤫🤫

The Doors of Eden is such a thrilling and gripping read, it is one of those books you think about when your not reading and a book you are eager to return to. 

This book is very varied to say the least, with a plethora of different elements all beautifully incorporated into it’s story and my gosh you can tell just how much research went into it. Each parallel universe is so well constructed, its amazing to see not one world being made with such skill but many! Each aspect from the biology to the evolutionary elements and dinosaurs is understandable despite some scientific and technical terminology. It’s also seems to span quite a few genres due to this, though I would just bag it as sci-fi but believe me it can be broken down even further and across numerous subgenres and genres. 

Adrian Tchaikovsky is supremely talented to have, one, thought up this book, and two,  actually executed it so brilliantly. This is a book rich in detail and one you have to pay attention to so it is definitely one you should take your time with but it is such a ride and has a fantastic conclusion.

All the characters in this story are great, but the potty mouth Kay has to be my favorite. 

As you are now aware I rate on a buy the hardback, buy the paperback, buy eBook or library rental/wait for a sale scale. I want this book in HARDBACK!

  • This was a very close bag it in paperback rank, but I really enjoyed this book and i’ll be honest the cover absolutely projected this into BUY IT IN HARDBACK!

AGAIN Thank you for reading AND SEE YOU SOON!


BOOK REVIEW | THE HOBBIT BY J. R. R. TOLKIEN & NARRATED BY ANDY SERKIS

Good Evening Bookish Folk!

Today I will be posting my review of Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’. Firstly, I would like to say this book has been one of my favourite books for a long time and will continue to be so. It probably, to many, doesn’t stand up to the modern day but this book will forever have a place in my bookish soul.

A few facts about .:

  • Title: The Hobbit
  • Author: J. R. R Tolkien
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published by  Harper Collins
  • Pages: 322
  • Audiobook Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins

Synopsis:

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The Hobbit is the unforgettable story of Bilbo, a peace-loving hobbit, who embarks on a strange and magical adventure.

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Although quite reluctant to take part in this quest, Bilbo surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a burglar! 

Review:

Here are a few things you can expect from :

  • A classical fantasy tale;
  • Reluctant hero;
  • Dragons;
  • Middle Earth;
  • A charming adventure; and
  • A fun read.

On to the full review…

As I have said before I have always loved The Hobbit, it is one of my favourite books!It is captivating, fun and an epic tale of adventure and friendship. There is little I can say that has not already been said my the masses so i’m expecting this review tone quite short.

First off, as I reread this by way of the Audiobook I am going to say a few things about that…

ANDY SERKIS IS FREAKING AMAZING!

I haven’t listened to the other narration and never will, many I know have said it is beyond drab and utterly boring. Which is not what this book deserves, this book deserves to be told by a super talented narrator. Thankfully, Andy Serkis is just that!

Serkis does not disappoint he is an utterly engaging narrator, each voice and character is unique and he brought a new and fresh breath of life to this old gem for me!

In terms of the book itself it is set in a breathtaking world and filled with loveable characters. I always remember the birds of old in this book, the listening thrush and the old truthful bird who gathers the other Dwarves for Thorin. All these little details fill the world and add to the lore and history of these stunning lands.

Bilbo is an utter joy to read, his dry sense of humour mixed with his longing for home is pure gold. I love how Bilbo develops in this tale and creates lifelong relationships. The dwarves are also a great bunch to journey with and obviously Gandalf is brilliant. I love the old wizard as it is because I LOVE Lord of the Rings but seeing him in this book and what seemed like a little grumpier was great!

I feel like this is quite a well paced book, I didn’t feel overwhelmed much by heaving descriptions and found that the story was continuously moving, I probably couldn’t describe this a fast paced book but it didn’t feel like a slog to me.

I will say reading this book again makes me truly dislike the movies. I wasn’t overly impressed with them in the first case but now remembering how much they missed and changed…just urghhh. There was no need.

As you are now aware I rate on a buy the hardback, buy the paperback, buy eBook or library rental/wait for a sale scale.

I personally would buy The Hobbit in hardback, I love this book along with Lord of the Rings. I have the stunning leather-bound editions and have every intention of buying the newest illustrated edition too!!

  • This book has and forever will hold special place in my heart, I loved it when I first read it and I adore Middle Earth.
  • I’m well aware someone who hasn’t read it before may feel it to be childish and not modern, but it isn’t a modern book so its not going to be.

AGAIN Thank you for reading AND SEE YOU SOON!


SUNDAYS SEVEN | 7 AUDIOBOOKS FOR PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH AUDIOBOOKS…

Happy Sunday Bookish Folk!

**Please note the titles with links attached to them are simply the Goodreads Page. I thought id make it easier for you all…in case you want to check them out.**

Today’s post is, as the title suggest one about audiobooks…

I personally find it really hard to listen to audiobooks, and its not for a lack of concentration or anything like that, I have just struggled to find narrators that work for me. They can be too robotic, have a vastly different interpretation to the book than me or are just irritating.

But then, I saw a tiny slither of light in the perpetually dark tunnel of audiobooks! I found a narrator the works for me…

I was recently accepted through NetGalley for the audiobook book of ‘The Doors of Eden‘ written by Adrian Tchaikovsky and narrated by Sophie Aldred. I thought ‘ahh, it’s free through NetGalley if I don’t like it I’ve made no loss‘ because lets be honest some audiobooks are expensive.

I downloaded the audiobook and was super happy to find I quite liked the narrator. I have since listened to around 85% of the audiobook with no issues and I hope to finish it really soon.

Since then I have mooched around Audible looking for others I can enjoy but I still struggled…until I didn’t.

For one, Andy Serkis narrated The Hobbit so that was an instant buy fo me! Then, I searched Audible for all of the books on My Immediate TBR and I have found some absolute GEMS!

So, here are 7 audiobooks I have found that I think I can thoroughly enjoy, and I hope if you struggle to, you might like some of these…

**I have linked the Amazon links to these so you can go have a quick listen to the Samples and see if they tickle your fancy, they aren’t affiliate links***

ANDY SERKIS NARRATING THE HOBBIT BY J. R. R. TOLKIEN

CHECK OUT THE SAMPLE ON AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM


PRENTICE ONAYEMI NARRATING THE RAGE OF DRAGONS BY Evan Winter

CHECK OUT THE SAMPLE ON AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM


ADAM GOLD NARRATING VOICE OF WAR BY ZACK ARGYLE

CHECK OUT THE SAMPLE ON AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM


HELEN DUFF NARRATING THE GIRLS AND THE STARS BY MARK LAWRENCE

CHECK OUT THE SAMPLE ON AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM

**Helen Duff also narrated Lawrence’s Red Sister**

MOIRA QUIRK NARRATING GIDEON THE NINTH BY TAMSYN MUIR

CHECK OUT THE SAMPLE ON AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM

Moira has also narrated The Bone House and Pierce Brown’s Dark Age though that is not a solo narration but a group cast.

STEVEN PACEY NARRATING THE BLADE ITSELF BY JOE ABERCROMBIE

CHECK OUT THE SAMPLE ON AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM


SOPHIE ALDRED NARRATING SKYWARD BY Brandon Sanderson

CHECK OUT THE SAMPLE ON AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM


There you have it, seven books that I have found with great narrators! If you struggler as I do then I hope just one of these might take you fancy! Thanks for reading.


MY THOUGHTS ON THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE BY V. E. SCHWAB…

Good Afternoon Bookish Folk!

Today my post will be a little different than my usual review, and a wee pre-warning ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ was not for me sadly and rather than write up a review of sorts I am taking advice from the lovely Alex from The Martian Chronicle who advised I post my thoughts on the book instead of a flat out review.

I will still start with all the usual facts and did bits but this won’t be ranked.

A few facts about .:

  • Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
  • Author: V. E. Schwab
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published by Tor Books
  • Pages: 448

Synopsis:

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A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 

my thoughts:

Here are a few things you can expect from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue :

  • Love triangle;
  • 18th century France setting;
  • LGBT; and
  • nice writing.

On to the my thoughts from reading this book…

I really don’t know how to start this post, and I am honestly a little worried I am going to just point out the bad because as I think about typing this up more and more things I found lacking about the book are coming to light.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was quite frankly an unmissable read, it teased us with a deal with the devil, a possible angsty enemies to lovers plot, a life lived over three centuries and 18th century France. I was really keen to read this book, and for once myself and my mood reader soul were walking hand in hand to this book, but alas what I expected and what I got were not the same.

Schwab’s writing is quite lovely, at times I was so swept away by it and utterly immersed. There was something about it that really kept me captivated, it was leading us somewhere and I was really excited as to where it was leading us.

For the first half of the book I was happy reading along and quite enjoying it. It was just magical enough to tickle that fancy and was hinting at some really cool things. We were seeing these beautiful episodes in the past, and seeing a young girl struggle to understand the boundaries of her life and her wanting to live it by her own rules in a time that simply didn’t allow nor approve of such.

I liked the characters when we were at the start of their journeys and I really enjoyed the whole idea of discovering something new even after so much time. The idea that so many of these creative and amazing places where from Addie planting seeds in the minds of artists and creatives alike throughout time was a lovely way to show she still left her mark on the world.

And then came the moment I realised it wasn’t getting better than what it already was..it was simply going on and on and on…Anddd this is where it goes tits up sadly! It stays like that, all the way through to the end, which fast becomes uninteresting.

This book is slow, really slow but I really didn’t mind that for the first half of the book or so, we were getting to know the world, the characters and the boundaries of Addie’s curse and with lovely teasing injections of 18th century France, but somewhere on or around the fifty per cent mark it slows even more and stays at the pace until the end.

I looked at the book percentage a few times throughout my read and thought to myself ‘ahh ok we are heading into 70% area, you still have time to shake it up a little’ and then I was at 80% it was a case of ‘ok, Schwab you have to pull this out of the park and give this an absolute epic ending‘ then at 90% I was forced to realise it for what I was, and my thought were along the lines of ‘this is it, this is the extent of the book‘ and finally 100% ‘WTF, just what!’.

What started off as quite cool characters soon became uninteresting and unchanging.

Yes, that is it I think. One of the issues I had with this book…nothing changed.

Addie who was meant to have lived through so much was the same character in all her flashbacks, the exact same. To say she was immortal and had lived an age there seemed to be no progression or development through the ages. Where was the acceptance and almost arrogance when she found the rhythm of her curse, she could be reckless and spontaneous. Where was the fear of the curse, the book hinted to her going mad on ore than one occasion but this was not elaborated on, and such madness especially could have been an amazing opportunity for further development with her and Luc. 

Henry was another cool at the start character, but then showed very little progression and seemingly learnt nothing from his whole experience.

Luc, the same. Luc could have been such a huge part of this story and such a complex and utterly intriguing character but he was not, he was left to be a side piece who popped up every now and again.

This book has an incredibly smaller cast than i’m used to and in a book that could have flaunted some of histories most memorable people and moments were but mere mentions in the background. This world was not filled out, not in the present nor in 18th century France or well any other century Addie lived through.

Far more interesting storylines such as times of madness, times of war and of revolution, times so low Addie was in the bowels of a ship for weeks and more were simply hinted at and left at that. We were told of these things and then left wanting. Instead we were given somewhat repetitive episodes in rather mundane situations (compared to the above) which then had the barest injection of the devil into them. Who Addie was meant to have fallen for and have such a deep and long lasting bond with but we didn’t see any of that develop at all.

This book could have been great, could have been an absolute masterpiece but instead it lacked in its execution and sadly did not fulfil its potential.

I realise I have written quite a negative post here and I stand by my points , as these are my thoughts about this book but I do appreciate many who seem to adore this book, so I would like to push you to have look at several reviews Bothe the that gush and this that criticise and just get a feel for if this book is for you or not..


As I said above I have not treated this post as a review and so won’t be categorising it into my ranking system.


AGAIN Thank you for reading AND SEE YOU SOON!


BOOK REVIEW | THE THIEF WHO SPAT IN LUCK’S GOOD EYE BY Michael McClung

Good Evening Bookish Folk!

Today we have a review of Micheal McClung’s second book of the Amra Thety’s Series and it is another utterly enjoyable book.

A few facts about The Thief Who Spat in Luck’s Good Eye:

  • Title: The Thief Who Spat in Luck’s Good Eye
  • Author: Michael McClung
  • Series: Amra Thetys (Book Two)
  • Published by Mr McClung
  • Pages: 202

Synopsis:

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Amra is a thief with morals—she won’t steal from anyone poorer than she is. Fortunately, anybody that poor generally doesn’t have much worth stealing! Holgren is a mage with a distaste for magic and a soul bartered away to dark powers. Together they embark on a quest for the fabled city of Thagoth, where the secret of immortality is rumored to be hidden.

But Amra and Holgren aren’t the only ones after the secret. Many others seek to utilize the hidden magic for their own twisted ends. And waiting in the ruined city with dark plans for the world are the twin gods Tha-Agoth and Athagos, a brother and sister whose illicit passion is as destructive and vengeful as they are. 

Now, as potent sorceries clash in a violent struggle for dominion over all that lives, Amra and Holgren face a choice between the unthinkable and the unbearable—with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. . . .

Review:

Here are a few things you can expect from The Thief Who Spat in Luck’s Good Eye:

  • A feel good book;
  • Meddling gods;
  • A fast paced adventure;
  • Good Vs Evil;
  • Humour; and
  • AMRA, the witty, slightly prickly, honourable and utterly compelling thief!

On to the full review…

This is such a good second book to Amra’s story, yes that is correct Michael McClung has done it again he has given us the utterly compelling, slightly prickly and remarkably honourable thief Amra! I think I am with the many here in that these books are such fun and its mainly down to Amra. I think I would go as far as to say she is one of my all time favourite characters. I have read many books who have tried and failed to create their own version of Amra but they never quite catch the right balance so when you find a character like Amra you have to keep hold of her and not let go.

I’m with Amra to the end guys, that’s right I will get through all of these books. Promise.

And now I can add Holgren to the list! I really liked Holgren in the first book, and I wasn’t let down with this instalment. I still want to know more about him but this instalment was a nice taste of that pie, it didn’t give too much away, but kept in line with what we know of his character. Which isn’t all that much but I know we are yet to see all of Holgren.

This book is a little bit mare serious than book one in the sense that there is a lot more at stake here, relationships begin to develop and the characters are up against seemingly impossible odds. The whole story is much more ambitious as Amra and Holgren leave the confines of Lucernis and head to a ruined and long forgotten city of Thagoth.

I loved the injection of even more fantasy in this book, McClung has given us sorcery kings and monsters that only the deepest darkest parts of the night could conjure. Not only that but we get to see a little bit more of this worlds history and lore through the brief and enjoyable snippets of a gods POV.

McClung also, once again, manages to give you so much in 200 odd pages without overbearing you. I am constantly amazed at his ability to expand on this world, and with a good degree of detail too, yet it does not clog up huge portions of this books.

I really, enjoyed this book and I am excited to see the what the other instalments bring.

As you are now aware I rate on a buy the hardback, buy the paperback, buy eBook or library rental/wait for a sale scale. I am happy to say The Thief Who Spat in Luck’s Good Eye is one I would put in the BUY THE PAPERBACK rank!

  • It is a book I know I can just pick up during a slump and enjoy regardless.
  • I will read this again, along with the other books of this series and It will be really cool when I have the whole series sitting proud on my shelves.
  • This book is a little pricey for a shorter book, especially when the eBook is so cheap but honestly it is worth it just on the fact that Amra is amazing nevermind the writing, the world, the humour and everything else. I tend to buy these books here and there, I have the first three and will slowly get them all.

Sound good? I can confirm it is! If you want to pick up your own copy just head to Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com

AGAIN Thank you for reading AND SEE YOU SOON!


UK MONTHLY KINDLE DEALS | OCTOBER 2020

Good Afternoon Bookish Folk!

We have finally crawled into October, its autumn and time to find all the good books, sit by the fire in a fluffy jumper with a mug of something hot and READ!

So, to help all you amazing bookish folk out, or at least the UK SFF book loving folk, I have listed below some of the amazing deals floating around Amazon this month.

I’m splitting the deals up today to make it a little easier, we will have ‘FIRST IN A SERIES‘, ‘books from a series‘, ‘THE COMPLETE SERIES‘ and ‘STANDALONE BOOKS.

STANDALONE BOOKS’ single books that stand proud on there own.

Obviously ‘FIRST IN A SERIES‘ is pretty self explanatory, these will be the books that are the first instalments of a series.

BOOKS FROM A SERIES’ these will be any other books that belong to a series, beat book 2, 5 or bloody 11 depending how beastly the series is!

THE COMPLETE SERIES‘ if all the book in the series are on sale.


To the deals…

sTANDALONE BOOKS…

the binding by bridget collins

Order with: Amazon UK

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THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES by Ray Bradbury

Order with: Amazon UK

Check It Out On Goodreads


FIRST IN A SERIES…

raybearer by jordan ifueko

Order with: Amazon UK

Check It Out On Goodreads

the rage of dragons by evan winteR

Order with: Amazon UK

Check It Out On Goodreads

the golem and the djinni by helene wecker

Order with: Amazon UK

Check It Out On Goodreads

Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Order with: Amazon UK

Check It Out On Goodreads

The Wolf of the North by Duncan M. Hamilton 

Order with: Amazon UK

Check It Out On Goodreads


books from a series…

HOUSE OF CHAINS by STEVEN ERIKSON

This is book 4 of the Malazan books, and by the looks of last months deals and this months deals this maybe a running theme!

Folks, these books on Kindle are STEEP usually coming in between £5.99 – £7.99 so if you plan on reading these keep picking them up! You then might only have to buy one at full price because this is a big series and thus a big investment.

Order with: Amazon UK

Check It Out On Goodreads

THE LAST EMPEROX by JOHN SCALZI

This is book 3 of The Interdependency Series.

Order with: Amazon UK

Check OuT THE SERIES On Goodreads

The human by neal asher

This is book 3 of The Jain Series.

Order with: Amazon UK

Check Out THE SERIES Goodreads

FIRST SEVEN BOOKS IN THE CRADLE SERIES by WILL WIGHT

THESE ARE FREE!!

This is the first 7 books of the Cradle series by Will Wight, once that is recommended highly

Order with: Amazon UK

Check Out THE SERIES Goodreads

THE COMPLETE SERIES…

The Rigante Series by David Gemmell

The a four book series introducing the Rigante tribe, filled to the brim with epic and heroic battles, and mixing the intriguing worlds of Celtic Myth and ancient Earth Magic.

Order with: Amazon UK

Check It Out On Goodreads

The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix

The first thrilling installment of Garth Nix’s bestselling OLD KINGDOM series

Order with: Amazon UK

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The Hellequin Chronicles by Steve McHugh

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?

Order with: Amazon UK

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SUNDAYS SEVEN | 7 FANTASY BOOKS TO READ IN THE SPOOKY SEASON…

Happy Sunday Book Folk!

I hope you have all had a good weekend! I have been working all weekend, as per usual! But I still got time in to do some reading so it’s not all bad.

I thought for this Sundays Seven I would go festive, in anticipation for the spooky holidays I have opted for 7 fantasy books to read if you don’t read horror. Thus, I have searched through Goodreads for some books that will satisfy your Halloween needs.

As I read fantasy mostly and have never read a single horror book, I wanted something that had elements of halloween but weren’t too heavy on the horror. I scoured the vast lands of Goodreads, the many lists users have created and then finally those that made the shortlist I checked out the reviews of some trusted reviewers and friends.

Ohh, I lied! I have read a horror, kind of, I have read half of Mexican Gothic. I stand corrected.

These books have witches, necromancy, ghosts, graveyards and more but still remain (according to Goodreads) firmly in the fantasy category!

So, without further ado and after much research here they are…

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more.

But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

A deliciously dark masterwork by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award-winning Dave McKean.

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

Aching God by Mike Shel 

“Closer, mortal. You are here, finally, to feed the Aching God…”

The days of adventure are passed for Auric Manteo. Retired to the countryside with his scars and riches, he no longer delves into forbidden ruins seeking dark wisdom and treasure. That is, until old nightmares begin plaguing his sleep, heralding an urgent summons back to that old life.

To save his only daughter, Auric must return to the place of his greatest trauma: the haunted Barrowlands. With only a few inexperienced companions and an old soldier, he must confront the dangers of the ancient and wicked Djao civilization. Auric has survived fell beasts, insidious traps, and deadly hazards before. But can he contend with the malice of a bloodthirsty living god?

First book in the Iconoclasts trilogy, Aching God is the debut novel of RPG adventure designer Mike Shel. He is working on book 2, Sin Eater. The first two chapters of Sin Eater are included at the end of Aching God.

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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville 

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies the city of New Crobuzon, where the unsavory deal is stranger to no one–not even to Isaac, a gifted and eccentric scientist who has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before encountered. Though the Garuda’s request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger. Soon an eerie metamorphosis will occur that will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon–and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it evokes

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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

MIDDLEGAME by SEANAN MCGUIRE

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS


Thank you again for visiting my blog and taking the time to read.


BOOK OF THE MONTH | SEPTEMBER

Hello Book Folk!

It is that time again (or at least it was a few days prior) where I bore you with the books I have read this month and give one of them BOOK OF THE MONTH title!

We have said goodbye to September and hello to October! Where the bloody hell is this year going?!

JOKE! DON’T DO DRUGS.

I’m trying to think what I have read this month and I can only think of four books off of the top of my head 🤔

Goodreads here I come…

WHAT HAVE I READ THIS MONTH?

PATERNUS: Deluge by Dyrk Ashton

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Short Story

Review Link: RTC

My Thoughts:

This was a great introduction to a new author and enough to tempt me into getting the first book in the Paternus series.

THE FIRST SHADOW BY DECK MATTHEWS

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Novella

Review Link: RTC

My Thoughts:

This is the opening novella of Deck’s Riven Realm collection and boy is it good! An interesting world and great characters I can’t wait to read the rest!

THE HEART OF STONE BY BEN GALLEY

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Novel

Review Link: The Heart of Stone

My Thoughts:

this is a great read, it is a solidly written fantasy with some dark fantasy feels too. It focuses on the charaters and their growing relationships while maintaining a dynamic and interesting plot. 

FROZEN RAGE BY Steve McHugh

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Novella

Review Link: Frozen Rage

My Thoughts:

This book is such an enjoyable read, I didn’t realise how much I wanted a fast paced whirlwind murder novella until I picked this book up. 

THE MINDF*CK SERIES BY S. T. ABBEY

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Four Short Stories

Review Link: Reviewed on Goodreads

My Thoughts:

This is a series I have read a few times, it isn’t fantasy but a Dark Murder Romance…I think. It’s about a girl set on revenge and she falls for the guy hunting her. I needed an easy read and I love this book so

THE LOST SENTINEL BY SUZANNE ROGERSON

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Novel

Review Link: The Lost Sentinel

My Thoughts:

I think this book would be a good read for those just getting into fantasy or who don’t read it often but sometimes want an escape from their usual reading as it gives you all the things we love about fantasy just not in the detail a more seasoned fantasy reader would want.


Ok, so the bit of the post you actually wanted to read…

As I have been in a bit of a time slump with reading lately I opted for shorter reading journeys this time around, and it has helped a lot! Im now slowly working up to a larger book again.

This months BOOK OF THE MONTH is going to the one that had everything I wanted and needed this month, and that is…

THE HEART OF STONE BY BEN GALLEY


Well that’s is fellow book friends! Thank you for reading, feel free to comment or on Twitter if you have read and loved/hated any of my reads this month. Also, let me know what your favourite read was this month.


NO TIME RESTRICTIONS. NO ORDER. JUST MY IMMEDIATE TBR

Hello Book Folk!

Today, is a little bit of an accountability post for myself. It is going to be the books that I NEED/WANT to read for a variety of reasons.

The books on this list are the ones that I have received from generous authors, ARC’s NetGalley downloads or just some books I have been meaning to get to but keep missing.

As the title of this post says this TBR will have no order or time limits and hopefully is varied enough my mood reader problems won’t cause me problems. This TBR could be with me for the next three months or the next bloody year I don’t know, but these are the books I want to get through soonish!

I have been lucky enough to receive a good number of books from authors and I just haven’t had time to get around to them lately. I always give a realistic reading time to anyone who sends me a book (and im pretty sure I’m still within them all) but I feel like I am SOOOO behind at the minute because of my month or so long time/reading slump! And that makes me feel shitty to those who have sent me books.

The thing with books is, we get out of them what we put in.

If I go into a book with the wrong mindset or a blagging feeling that I HAVE TO READ THIS or that I’m letting someone down, well, I’m going to be stressed before I even start reading and that will without fail have a negative impact on my reading experience and thus review. So, while I appreciate the need to honour time commitments and be realistic, if your book is already published would you not rather me going in with the best possible attitude and love your book or feel forced into it and not enjoy it as much as I could.

So this is my post detailing the books I am moving to my immediate TBR and a few little notes. Again, an accountability post.

**This is in no particular order, as I am just going to pick from this list each time I need a new book to read**

**Any title with a link attached to it is simply the Goodreads link in case you want to check the book out**

PHYSICAL BOOKS:

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan:

I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy of ‘The Waking Fire’ book from Anthony Ryan after having a Twitter conversation about picking it up! This book is pretty high up in my mind and is likely to be my next read after ‘The Thief Who Spat in Luck Good Eye‘ by Micheal McClung.

The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey:

I received this through Josie’s ARC request form and I’m super excited to read it. I liked her light-hearted easy to read book ‘May Day‘ so thought I would request ‘The Wolf and the Water’ too. This is due to be release on October 8th so I would really like to have it read and reviewed before them. While no deadline was set for this ARC I still feel like it is good practice to aim for release day! That’s why we get most ARC’s after all, its just good manners in my opinion.

We Are The Dead by Mike Shackle:

This is another book I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of through talking to the author on Twitter. Mike was kind enough to offer a few signed copies with his brilliant doodles in to those who were lucky enough to see his post and ask! ‘We Are The Dead‘ had been on my radar so I flew at this chance, and as I said I was SUPER lucky to be one of the early requesters!

Sojourney by Brian Shotton:

Brian contacted me through my email and offered me a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review, I accepted as it sounded like quite a cool book! I received this mid August, or early August and still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Which I always feel super shitty for. I’m still within the time frame I set but it still feels like I’m lagging because of my month and a half long slump.

Voice of War by Zack Argyle:

Zack was generous enough to send me a copy of ‘Voice of War‘ after we ran a giveaway together, I was not expecting this and I am SOOO happy and utterly grateful. A lot of time and effort goes into a book and so to give that book away free…well, it is no small thing and something I truly appreciate.

Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund:

I actually bought ‘Blood of an Exile‘, but entered into a giveaway for book two and won! YAYYY! So, I have ‘Sorcery of a Queen‘ in this list, but there is no point reading that until I have read book one! Now, this is a silly one and you will likely laugh at me for it but there is honestly a part of me that feels cheeky with this. I entered a giveaway for a book I hadn’t read the first book of and won, so I feel like I need to get this read also because so many others will have entered who had read book one and may have deserved that little bit more!

NETGALLEY DOWNLOADS:

So before you judge my big ass NetGalley TBR let me try and defend myself! I didn’t know what NetGalley was or how it worked when I first started so I went on a requesting spree and I got accepted for literally every book! All but one of those initial books are archived now it was that long ago.

I have since requested ‘A Fools Hope’, ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue‘ and ‘Fires of Vengeance‘. For those books, by all means get pissy and rage about people treating NetGalley like a library. I don’t do it now and have only requested books on two occasions, the first spree and then the last three books I mentioned.

A Fool’s Hope by Mike Shackle:

Literally as soon as I saw Mike’s Twitter status stating that this was now available on NetGalley UK I was on the website and requesting it, even though I am still yet to read book one.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab:

This is my most recent NetGalley request so I don’t feel too bad about this, but still want to read it to get my NetGalley stats acceptable because at present they suck.

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter:

I bought book one of this series and it has such amazing reviews. I am expecting to LOVE ‘The Rage of Dragons’ as some trusted book friends have raved about it and with similar tastes. I’m expecting big things thus my eagerness to get ‘The Fires of Vengeance’.

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant:

This is the only book from my initial requesting spree that hasn’t been archived!

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow:

I am hoping to read this soon because its nearly Halloween and well this book it WITCHES!

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence:

So, this was a little bit of a cheat book for me. I really wanted to get ‘The Girl and the Stars‘ but was on the fence about whether I would like it or not so I opted for a NetGalley request to trial it. Honestly expecting to be rejected.

Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler:

I have started this book but started it at the height of my book slump so I was really ‘MEH’ about it. I am going to go back to ‘Ashes of the Sun‘ though and start from the begging hopefully with a significantly better attitude.

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madsen:

I requested this, again expecting to get declined, alas I was accepted and still need to read it! Twitter was going mental for it so I jumped on the bandwagon, I am really excited to read it though ‘We Ride the Storm‘ sounds epic!

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Le:

Impulse request. I will get to this!

Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt:

Another I impulse requested on my first search spree, and one I will read especially with Norsevember happening! So ‘Northern Wrath‘ is calling me.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia:

I have actually started this and I am 50% of the way through ‘Mexican Gothic‘, I had to stop reading as I had some book review deadlines to meet and I just haven’t picked it back up yet, but I will.


There we have it my Immediate TBR! If you have actually read all that i’m impressed so thanks!