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

November Releases

What’s that saying about good intentions? I’ve not read a single one of the Halloween reads I mentioned last month (although I’m going to start The Island of Dr. Moreau tonight). Instead, I’ve been distracted by random Kindle Unlimited books, a lengthy book of Egyptian steampunk short stories, the fantastic Rivers of London graphic novels,…… Continue reading November Releases

Skin of the Sea

Natasha Bowen  ★★★★★ “Here is a story. Story it is…” When Simidele dies, she is given a choice by the goddess, Yemoja. She can serve Yemoja by collecting the souls of the stolen people cast to their deaths in the watery depths from the slave ships above, so they may be blessed and sent safely…… Continue reading Skin of the Sea

October Releases

My birthday’s in September. I say this not because I’m fishing for gifts, but because my birthday is my self-imposed Halloween limit and now we’ve passed it I can move into my traditional (for me) Halloween books. Therefore, at some point in the next few weeks, I’ll be re-reading some old favourites, maybe Ray Bradbury’s…… Continue reading October Releases

The Great Troll War [The Last Dragonslayer #4]

Jasper Fforde ★★★ It’s been two weeks since Jennifer Strange (the last dragonslayer) and Princess Shazine (still stuck in the body of the royal dog mess cleaner-upper) returned to Snodd to discover that Zambini Towers had been destroyed by a powerful thermowizidrical blast. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Troll War V had not only…… Continue reading The Great Troll War [The Last Dragonslayer #4]

September Releases

Ah, August, where did you go – hard to believe that a bit of pottering in the garden and a couple of trips out have made the month fly by so quickly. With only a couple of days to go, here are my choices for September. My first pick is the fourth and final part…… Continue reading September Releases

Threadneedle

Cari Thomas ★★★★★ “Magic is the first sin; we must bear it silently” When Anna’s father murdered her mother and killed himself, it was her aunt who took her in. Aunt is a witch, a Binder. Anna is being raised to become a Binder, taught that magic is a curse, a temptation that must be…… Continue reading Threadneedle

Whiteout

Gabriel Dylan ★★★★ Kaldgellan isn’t your normal ski resort. Situated high in the Austrian Alps, it’s more off the beaten track and less costly than most, and therefore perfect for school trips. A group of British teenagers find themselves stuck at their hotel when a snowstorm descends and makes it impossible to use the gondola…… Continue reading Whiteout