Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 4)

Wow! It’s week four and things just keep getting bigger and going deeper in this book. Phédre and Joscelin may have escaped Skaldia, but they’re by no means out of danger and court politics are looming large. As always details for this read-along can be found here and imyril’s also the one linking to all other participants’ contributions in her read-along posts, so all eyes on her, please. Questions are being posted each week on the Goodreads page. And this week I’m hosting! Hi Everybody! *waves* Don’t trip over the SPOILERS!   Week 4 Chapters 32 to 47 inclusive Waldemar’s … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 4)

Fun for Monday: The Opposites Tag

Another Monday, another tag. This one I found over at Dreamlands Book Blog where Beatrice not only shows off some of her beautiful books (I particularly love her copy of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, it’s just sooo pretty!), but also reminds me just how expensive books can be for a lot of readers, particularly outside of the UK/US. How cool would it be to set up an international book-swapping website?   For this challenge I have tried not to mention any books that I’ve already talked about at some point on my blog. Just for fun. Watch me drop … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Opposites Tag

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 3)

It’s week three of this Wyrd and Wonder read-along and there are some new players on the board in Kushiel’s Dart. To guide us through the ever more complex world that Carey has created we have some thought-provoking questions from this week’s host ZeeZee of ZeeZee with Books. Details for this read-along can be found in imyril’s post here (she’s also the one providing links to participants’ posts) and each week’s prompts are posted on the Goodreads group here.   And please note that there are SPOILERS throughout!   Week 3 (chapters 32-47 inclusive) Phédre slipped during her assignment with … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 3)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 2)

It’s the second week of the Kushiel’s Dart read-along and things are starting to get (more) interesting. Details for this read-along can be found in imyril’s post here, and each week’s prompts are posted on Goodreads here. This week’s host and poser-of-questions is Susan over at Dab of Darkness. Oh, yeah, also … SPOILERS alert!   Week 2 (Chapters 17-31 inclusive) We get a few more hints of magic or the supernatural in this section. Phèdre sees Kushiel’s visage after Alcuin is injured; Hyacinthe’s mom & he himself both have things revealed via the dromonde; that moment of deep peace … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 2)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 1)

I’ve been excited about this read-along since it was talked about back in May, having heard so many good things about Carey’s Kushiel books and never having read them. Now it’s here and blow it if I haven’t been disastrously busy all week, just when I really wanted to sink into this lusciously written brick of a book! So apologies for the slightly perfunctory answers this week, and fingers crossed for at least a few hours of uninterrupted reading time this weekend so I can catch up a bit. Oh, and you can find details of the reading schedule and … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 1)

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

I had a great time buddy-reading this with the lovely Alex over at Spells and Spaceships, and you can find his thoughts on Temeraire here. While this wasn’t a perfectly-timed read for Alex, it was just what I needed. I agree with him that this is a book to curl up with, and I was lucky enough to be able to do just that over a long weekend during this fast-receding summer. So, I’m afraid I’m going to be that most annoying of things (again): the super-enthused and bouncy book fan. You have been warned. If you’re after a balanced, … Continue reading Temeraire by Naomi Novik

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge writes stories that seem to have a life of their own. You can read the blurb and think you know what you’re getting yourself into, only to find that her story has other ideas. And that’s a pretty incredible magic power to have, because it’s real. If we ever needed proof that magic exists, it’s surely here in Hardinge’s writing. It’s certainly nice to know that Fly By Night and Twilight Robbery weren’t a fluke: a one-off duology in an otherwise fairly run-of-the-mill body of work. I feel confident in saying that Hardinge is one of my favourite authors … Continue reading A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley

It’s taken me quite a while to come up with an accurate statement to begin this post. Let me give you some details: The lovely Hanna from Rebellion Publishing put out a tweet asking if anyone would like an ARC for this latest title from Jane Routley and I, in a moment of bravado, stuck my hand up. I was approved for a copy and also told that I was under no obligation to review the book if I found it wasn’t my cup of tea. The whole experience was unexpectedly delightful (I was convinced I’d be refused or ignored) … Continue reading Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  Oh my. I was unprepared for all the feelings. Where do I even begin?   This story of three awkward teens who discover that they can do magic using music was completely absorbing and nothing like I was expecting. It deals with the chaos of being a teenager, with being haunted by the past, and with power and consequences, but ultimately, it’s a love story and, what’s more, one that I really quite enjoyed, (shhhh, don’t go telling anyone!). Meche, Sebastian and Daniela don’t fit in at school. They’re not cool, they don’t come from wealthy families and they … Continue reading Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Lady Mechanika: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez & Peter Steigerwald

  Just take a look at the cover of this graphic novel for a moment. The kind of overt femininity seen here usually puts me right off, (mostly, it’s the boobs. I am suspicious of boobs). So when my husband received the first two volumes of Lady Mechanika as a Christmas gift I was absolutely uninterested. Took one look at the covers and made all sorts of judgements, the conclusion of which was that this series would not be for me. However, during lockdown, when I was struggling to read, I went foraging through our comics shelves and dug out … Continue reading Lady Mechanika: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez & Peter Steigerwald