February: My month in review

Posted On 28 February 2017

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These are not the droids you’re looking for

There it was – February – I know it’s the shortest month but even so will somebody put the brakes on!  Anyway, not the best reading month and still a good number of reviews to catch up with but I’ll get there over the next few days hopefully.

Books read: (with links to reviews)

  1. In Calabria by Peter Beagle – review to follow
  2. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
  3. Larcourt by K A Krantz – review to follow
  4. Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey – review to follow
  5. Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis – review to follow
  6. Windsinger by A F E Smith– review to follow
  7. Danse Macabre by Laura M Hughes – review to follow
  8. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
  9. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire – review to follow

Last month’s covers are here.

Backlist books

None this month.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month

Books Bought: 

  1. The Winter Long (Toby Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire
  2. Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon
  3. Strange Star by Emma Carroll
  4. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Review Books: – lots of restraint this month

My February Covers

Posted On 27 February 2017

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Below is a quick round up of the books I’ve read during February displayed in covers.  My month in review will follow shortly.  This month has flown and it’s a short month so I seem to be all over the place and have a number of reviews to write yet for the books below.  So to my February covers:

  1. In Calabria by Peter Beagle – review to follow
  2. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
  3. Larcourt by K A Krantz – review to follow
  4. Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey – review to follow
  5. Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis – review to follow
  6. Windsinger by A F E Smith– review to follow
  7. Danse Macabre by Laura M Hughes – review to follow
  8. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
  9. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire – review to follow

Weekly Wrap Up: 26/2/17

Posted On 26 February 2017

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So, February is nearly over.  I hope you’ve all had a good month.  I’m a little behind with reviews this month so need to do some catching up in that respect.  Here’s what else I’ve been up to.

Last week’s reads:

  1. Windsinger by AFE Smith
  2. Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis
  3. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire – completed the readalong

Currently reading:

  1. Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P Beaulieu
  2. Larcourt by K A Krantz
  3. Empress of the Fall by David Hair

And, finally, my cover compare this week: normally I compare two of the same covers this week however, there seems to be a lot of blue(ish) covers going on so I’m going to pick my favourite from the covers above:

My favourite cover is this one:


How was your week?  What you currently reading?

The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire. Readalong final week

the-winter-longToday is the final week of a three week readalong of Seanan McGuire’s The Winter Long (October Daye #8). Today Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow is hosting the questions.   The Goodreads page link is here. Be aware that spoilers will be lurking below for not only this book but for the previous books in the series. If you haven’t started reading the Toby Daye series and you like urban fantasy then I strongly recommend this series to you.

1. Some of Toby’s relationships are falling apart even more now. Luna and Sylvester both say (or don’t say) things they can’t take back, and it looks as though Toby may finally have had enough. What did you think of her confrontations with them, and is there any hope of reconciliation?

I would like to think that there is always hope of reconciliation.  I mean, these friendships didn’t turn out to be what Toby (or me for that matter) thought they were but nonetheless I feel at the moment I don’t know the true status.  Just like I didn’t know who Toby really was I wonder if there are bits and pieces of Sylvester and Luna’s history that I still don’t know.  I thought the confrontations were cold – in fact it felt like the two of them were finally showing that real ‘fae’ demeanour that we’ve read about so often.  The frozen, chilly kind that keeps people at arms length.  That was my first thought with both of them.  But, still at the back of my mind I don’t like to think too harshly of Sylvester.  I’d like to think that there is something holding him back or preventing him telling Toby what is going on.  Luna is another thing altogether.  I don’t think I’ve ever really warmed to her – she’s feels too detached or remote somehow.  Again, I will try to keep an open mind with both of them because if this series has taught me anything is that things aint always what they seem.

2. Conversely, it’s Simon who makes the effort to be supportive of Toby, in the end – despite what it costs him. How do you feel about what happens to him here?

I felt sorry for Simon.  He’s been weak, and he’s made mistakes, but he tried to turn it round didn’t he and I believe in second chances.  He’s going to take a long sleep now and hopefully over the next 100 years things won’t seem as bleak for him!  Although the fae are worse than elephants with their long memories.

3. Some family feuds really can be epic. What was your take on the big showdown with Toby, Eira and the Luidaeg?  

Well, yet more revelations and what really stands out to me is the fact that Eira can’t harm Toby  –  lordy, if she’d only known that a little bit sooner eh!  And the Luidaeg can’t harm Eira – all these protections that have been put in place – clearly to protect those that are weaker from those that could run amok.  I guess it keeps a strange sort of peace in a way doesn’t it.  It also makes it a little bit more obvious why the fae keep so many secrets.

4. Tybalt proposed! Is this going to be a happy ending, do you think?

OMG – it was almost the perfect ending.  In fact what I am talking about – it was the perfect ending.  I have no doubt that Ms McGuire will continue to chuck everything she has at Toby and Tybalt.  No doubt Toby will be covered in blood many, many more times, and no doubt Tybalt will continue to try and help rescue her and more often than not end up with her rescuing him.  Yes, I think they can have the perfect ending – they both know what they want now and it’s within reach!

Bring on the next book!


“Fifteen years was a long time to be stranded anywhere, particularly somewhere as mind-boggingly dull as Earth.”


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

Alien – “Aliens – if they exist-are little green men with big eyes and spindly arms…or giant insects or something like a lumpy little creature”

This week is a no-brainer for me.  The first book I thought of was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and below is a small selection of covers that I think covers the alien theme:


I like a few of these I have to admit – the little guy on the bottom row with his suitcase is kind of cute and check out the little white mice!  But this is my favourite:

1995 Turtleback

Do not ask me why but it just gives me a Howl’s Moving Castle vibe!   Next week: two choices – either Playing Cards or covers that are mostly the colour green.

Which is your favourite?

Future themes:

03/03/2017 – Playing cards “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well” or – Spring: a cover that is mainly the colour green.

10/03/2017 – School “I never let my schooling interfere with my education”

17/03/2017 – Bird “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs are too sweet and wild”

24/03/2017 – Street lamp “He stood under the street lamp, sleet settling in his hair, hands fisted at his side”

31/03/2017 – Casino “Whisky, gambling and Ferraris are better than housework “

07/04/2017 – Circus “You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town!

14/04/2017 – Easter “The rabbit of Easter. He bring of the chocolate”

21/04/2017 – Bridge “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to push forward”

28/04/2017 – Beach/Seaside”Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!”

05/05/2017 – Lion “If you place your head in a lion’s mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off”

12/05/2017 – Phone “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it”

19/05/2017 – Plane “When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….”

26/05/2017 – Mice “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…”

02/06/2017 – Moon “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”

09/06/2017 – Mummy “It shuffles through the dry, dusty darkness”

16/06/2017 – Guitar “You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar”

23/06/2017 – Cat “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this”

30/06/2017 – Hat “It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself “

07/07/2017 – Gold “All that is gold does not glitter”

14/07/2017 – Boats “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…”

21/07/2017 – Planet “Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it”

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