This Charming Man [Stranger Times #2]

C.K. McDonnell ★★★★★ Vampires do not exist. Everyone knows this. So it’s particularly annoying when they start popping up around Manchester . . . Nobody is pleased about it. Not the Founders, the secret organisation for whom vampires were invented as an allegory, nor the Folk, the magical people hidden in plain sight who only…… Continue reading This Charming Man [Stranger Times #2]

The Five Star Reads of 2021

My Goodreads Reading Challenge aim for 2021 was to read 200 books, having missed that number by four in 2020. It was a fairly lofty target, given that I’d closed my business down for a couple of months in 2021 due to Covid-19, which gave me so much more time to curl up with a…… Continue reading The Five Star Reads of 2021

January Releases

Wow, January. 2022. You know you’re getting old when time passes too quickly for you to reliably remember what year it is. I generally try to do these ‘end of month/looking forward to next month’ things before, as seems logical, the end of the month, but everything’s been crazy over the last few weeks, and…… Continue reading January Releases

Seasonal Reading Suggestions

Yule blessings, merry Christmas, happy holidays – basically, whatever flavour your late December may be, have a good one. If you’re looking for something seasonal to read, then I humbly recommend the following mixed bag of offerings. The Christmas ThingyF. Paul Wilson Eight-year-old Jessica Atkins wants a monster for Christmas. Not a big, mean monster;…… Continue reading Seasonal Reading Suggestions

The Untold Story

Genevieve Cogman ★★★ Return to the world of the Invisible Library for Irene’s most perilous mission yet … Librarian Spy Irene is heading into danger. Not for the first time, but could this be her last? She’s tasked with a terrifyingly dangerous solo mission to eliminate an old enemy, which must be kept secret at…… Continue reading The Untold Story

Beyond

Mercedes Lackey ★★★★ Within the Eastern Empire, Duke Kordas Valdemar rules a tiny, bucolic Duchy that focuses mostly on horse breeding. Anticipating the day when the Empire’s exploitative and militant leaders would not be content to leave them alone, Korda’s father set out to gather magicians in the hopes of one day finding a way…… Continue reading Beyond

December Releases

November has been a relatively slow month on the book front, probably because at this time of year my day job begins to intrude more on my precious reading time. I run a small business, Dragonrat Jewellery, and while I’d usually be knee-deep in Christmas fairs by now Covid-19 has meant sticking to online events…… Continue reading December Releases

The Once and Future Witches

Alix E. Harrow ★★★★ “Witching and women’s rights. Suffrage and spells. They’re both…” She gestures in midair again. “They’re both a kind of power, aren’t they? The kind we aren’t allowed to have…” There are no such thing as witches, not anymore. Those that came before were burned, and Salem lies in ruins. A new…… Continue reading The Once and Future Witches

Forging a Nightmare

Patricia A. Jackson ★★★ Unknown to Humanity, the descendants of Fallen Angels live among us. After millennia of living in anonymity, a serial killer has discovered their secret and has marked them for death. FBI Agent Michael Childs is brought in to investigate a series of grisly murders in New York City. The only link…… Continue reading Forging a Nightmare

Lost in the Vast: A Forgotten History

Chelsea Thornton & Travis Brown ★ When a lost history is uncovered, the door between universes will open. After a four-month dig in Egypt, Alexis Lockett isn’t ready for another adventure. But when she’s lured to Mexico by the promise of the archaeological find of the century, she leaves with her brother Cole to meet…… Continue reading Lost in the Vast: A Forgotten History