‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

‘Books On My Fall TBR List’

This is such an easy topic *runs to shelf*:

  1. Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire
  2. The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear
  3. The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood
  4. A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M Harris
  5. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  6. Artemis by Andy Weir
  7. The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle
  8. The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen
  9. The Tiger’s Daughter K Arsenault Rivera
  10. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Posted On 18 September 2017

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Godsgrave – what an absolute blast of a book, packed with action, drenched in blood, sweat and tears and full of surprises.  Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed this, it’s a great second instalment in series with not a whiff of ‘middle book syndrome’ to be found.

At the start of the story we have a dual timeline that follows Mia working as an assassin, and captured by slavers and on her way to training to become a gladiator.  I do enjoy dual timelines and I think this one eventually comes to a head in a most satisfactory way.  I won’t spoil the enjoyment of discovery for you but suffice to say that Mia is still hell bent on revenge against the two men responsible for the death of her parents.

I’m not going to really elaborate on the plot too much but discuss other things that I really enjoyed about this instalment.

Firstly, I must address the footnotes.  I made no secret of the fact that they weren’t my favourite aspect of Nevernight – however that was very much due to the formatting and that particular niggle has been resolved wonderfully here.  Each time a footnote appears the text is hidden, clicking on the footnote displays the content.  I really liked this as you don’t lose your place in the book.  Just a small thing but it did make me happy I can’t deny it.

Secondly, this story firmly takes us to an alternate Rome resplendent with Gladiatorial games and more to the point the training and competition that act as a fore runner to the main event.  I loved the training school, the trials and tribulations and the friendships that sprung up – in spite of Mia’s protestations to the contrary and determination to remain aloof.

Thirdly, the action, the drama, the pace.  All amazing.  You can barely put this book down because it’s constantly cranking up the level and forcing you to stay amongst the pages.  Put simply it’s an exciting and exhilarating book to read.

Finally, the characters.  Kristoff certainly made me care about them and I love that in a book, that choked up feeling when you’re so worried that something bad is going to happen to your favourite characters.  This book definitely puts you through the wringer in that respect.  And, I loved the darkin characters – they bring a wonderful argumentative banter to the pages and the whole darkin element is quite fascinating to read about and I’m pleased to say is developed further here.

Criticisms.  Well, nothing major to be honest.  I think the writing is different in this book, the pacing certainly is and I think the author has tried to cull his tendency towards ‘purple prose’ – frankly, I like the descriptiveness and, okay, flowery writing, so, whilst I wasn’t disappointed to see that this book was a bit more to the point, I would equally have been happy with the more ‘wordy’ approach of Nevernight.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this.  It was highly entertaining, gripping and had twists and turns that I didn’t see coming plus it packs a great emotional punch.

Highly recommended – although I think you must read Nevernight first.  I don’t think this would be as good without the background of the first.

I received a copy through Netgalley courtesy of the publisher for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

Weekly Wrap Up : 17/9/17

Posted On 17 September 2017

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This has been a very eventful week and I’ve got lots going on which again has left my blogging and reading on a bit of a back burner. But, I managed to finish Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave – and I loved it.  Wow, bring on No.3 please – no pressure or anything.  Anyway.

What I’ve read:

  1. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (I’m still loving both these covers but the second one just wins the day for me – so many little relevant details.  Although I do love the font on the first one.


What I’m hoping to finish next week:

  1. Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill
  2. The Last Dog on Earth Adrian J. Walker


And on a note of optimism – I’ll add another book, because you never know!

The Tiger’s Daughter K Arsenault Rivera


Hope you all had a good week.  Let me know what you’re reading.

“..perhaps mortals are not formed for fairy bliss?”


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:

‘Checkmate’ – a cover featuring a black and white design.

And I’ve chosen Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

My favourite(s) this week:


I like the simplicity of the above cover


And this one is so unusual – it almost plays a trick on you when you try to read it.

Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover which is mostly purple

Future themes:

22nd September 2017 – As purple as the heather – a cover which is mostly purple

29th September 2017 – Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady – a cover featuring a heart

6th October 2017 – ‘Then let the crabs be cursed by Odin’ – a cover featuring a Viking ‘

13th October 2017 – You have nice manners for a thief, and a LIAR!’  – a cover with a dragon

20th October 2017 – ‘Me and my….’ – a cover featuring a Shadow

27th October 2017 – “Thus with a kiss I die” – a cover featuring a couple

3rd November 2017 – ‘Desperate affairs require desperate measures’ – a regency style cover

10th November 2017 – ‘zip it, lock it and throw away the key – a cover featuring a key

17th November 2017 – Snap! – a cover featuring a double image or reflection

24th November 2017 – ‘I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently’ – a cover featuring snow

1st December 2017 – The pen is mightier than the sword – a cover featuring a fancy font

8th December 2017 – ‘Do not go gentle’ – a cover featuring the night…

15th December 2017 – Hubble bubble toil and trouble – a cover featuring a portion/perfume bottle

The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford

Posted On 14 September 2017

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thetwilightI read the Twilight Pariah a couple of weeks ago.  It’s a fairly short story (approx 180 pages) and is actually a very quick read with some really good elements.  I didn’t quite love it as much as I hoped but I can’t deny that it was an enjoyable read with an interesting premise.

The Twilight Pariah brings to us three young friends spending what is likely to be their last vacation together.  Maggie, Russell, and Henry. At the insistence of Maggie the three embark on a project out at an old mansion set within the woods.  An abandoned mansion with a curious history.  Maggie wants to dig up the outhouse and see what the three of them can find.  What they actually find defies explanation.  A child’s skeleton that actually appears to have horns is what they come across – now frankly, if that was me I definitely wouldn’t have been keeping that unknown entity but Maggie is determined to find out what it is and that’s when things take a turn for the worse.  Really – anyone knows not to disturb old skeletons don’t they!  Anyway, I guess it would have been a very short story if they’d just returned the skeleton and filled the pit.

After their discovery the three of them start to experience strange occurences.  Something is definitely pursuing them and it doesn’t take too long before somebody turns up dead.

I have a conundrum with this book.  It was an enjoyable read and it really had the possibility to give me the serious heebie-jeebies but it just didn’t quite succeed in creeping me out.  I thought the author’s style was good, I enjoyed the dynamic between the three lead characters, it was an interesting concept, but, for me it just fell short on the tension and the conclusion was simply too quick.  Given another hundred pages this book could have been a proper chiller with the sort of tension that you can cut with a knife – but that’s probably just me to be honest.  I can’t help wanting more, I’m just greedy I suppose but I would have liked that slow build up.  I would have liked a bit more about the friends and I particularly would have liked them to demonstrate a bit more fear in the face of what they came across.

As it is though this is very readable, I didn’t have any struggle whatsoever finishing it and I did find the writing persuasive.  It might not be the chiller that I was hoping for but if you fancy a quick read on a dark night this could be the perfect read.

I received a copy through Netgalley courtesy of the publisher for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.


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