August : My Month in Covers

Hi everyone, hope you’ve all had a lovely August with lots of sunshine and socialising.  I’ve had a good month in terms of reading.  I’ve been a bit more focused and although I do have a few reviews yet to schedule I’m kind of on track so all good.  Plus I’ve provided my feedback on the second month of SPFBO books and chosen two books to read fully one already reviewed here and another review to follow tomorrow).  My next batch of books will be highlighted on Monday.  So, here is my month in covers:

Friday Face Off : “I wandered lonely as a cloud”

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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 – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

– a cover that is predominantly yellow

I thought this week’s theme was pretty easy too to be honest.  Hope you all found it relatively simple to find a yellow cover.  I’ve gone for a very recent read that I really enjoyed.  The Truants by Kate Weinberg.  Only two covers for this one and I think they both make an impact:

And my favourite :

Truants

I actually like both covers so it was difficult to pick a winner but I can see the relevance of this one having read the book.  I like the long yellow tree trunks – they almost look like paint streaking down the page and I think it’s really clever the way a trunk frames each side of the cover.  Plus I like the font – it’s like an old style typewriter.

Like last week I’ve added a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week –  A cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers)

2019

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn/Hotel

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.

The Truants by Kate Weinberg

Posted On 15 August 2019

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TruantsWow.  I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down.  I want more.  I was hooked.  HOOKED.  Yes, I’m shouting.

I realise that I have a certain type of book that automatically appeals to me and all sense of reason flies out the window when I see that ‘type’.  Well, two types, fairytale retellings, particularly if they’re about Beauty and the Beast, and campus style books that involve obsession, cliques and mysteries.  So, when I read the description for The Truants I simply had to have it and boy did it knock my socks off.

I can imagine that this will be likened to Donna Tartt’s Secret History and in certain respects that wouldn’t be an unfair comparison but I felt that this stood on it’s own two feet and tells a different style of story completely.  There is an underlying mystery to this that involves the main character turning detective when the object of her obsession dies.

Jess Walker is about to embark on a new path.  She’s attending University and signed up for a course run by someone she idolises.  A woman who is something of an enigma, a master storyteller and such a strong personality that she seems to hypnotise everyone simply by walking into a room – Lorna, beautiful, beguiling, bewitching.  Jess is thrilled to be signed up to Lorna’s course, this is ‘it’, the thing that will change her life for the better.  Jess has always been something of a wallflower, she blends in, never the centre of attention and rarely the eye catching outgoing one.  University is a fresh start for her, a chance to turn over a new leaf and when she makes friends with Georgia, beautiful, bubbly, slightly wicked and something of a force of nature she sets foot on a path that will inevitably lead to upset.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the plot, this doesn’t solely focus on life on campus although that does play a large part, we also travel further afield when the mystery elements of the story become more prominent.  Instead I’m going to go into full tilt gushing about what really worked well for me.

Firstly, the writing.  It’s difficult to believe that this is a debut novel for Kate Weinberg.  The writing is beautiful.  It’s reminiscent of DuMaurier’s elegance and ability to conjure a scene with remarkable clarity.  Simply put, this was a pleasure to read and even if the plot had been less stimulating I think I still would have devoured these pages with relish.

Secondly, I loved that part of the story uses Agatha Christie as a focus, not just her books but also her own story and in particular the period in her own life that has always been something of a mystery.  I really enjoyed this element to the tale and in fact it’s given me a nudge to go and read some more of Christie’s books.  Much like Christie there are elements to the story that feel a little fantastical but I would say that you have to just go for it and enjoy the story for what it is.

Finally, the characters.  Jess is so well written, as is Georgia.  Both very different, in looks, in background and in personality.  Their friendship is tested to the limits.  In a way they both become victims to the two very strong personalities who are pulling their strings behind the scenes.  This is a story with ever increasing tension, a story where you think you know where everything is going and to some extents that’s true but it’s also quite cleverly deceptive.  There’s a nod to the murder mystery, red herrings and false trails amongst all the student drama and more than that a search for the perfect crime hidden in between the passion and betrayals.

In terms of criticisms.  Nothing really jumps to mind, other than, as already mentioned, there are a few moments where belief needs to be suspended slightly, I’m not entirely sure that all of this would withstand close scrutiny but I was having too good a time reading to stop and pay really close attention.

Overall, in case you were in any doubt, I thoroughly enjoyed this.  It absolutely lived up to the promise and in fact was even better than I’d hoped for.  The Truants is my new catnip and Kate Weinberg is an author I will be watching out for.

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

Rating 5*

 

 

WeeklyWrap Up : 11th August 2019

Why do I make reading plans?  I don’t know why – foolish inconsistency perhaps.  Anyway, August is racing by like a man on a mission and the best laid plans of mine are going to hell in a handcart.  Never mind, I will press on undeterred.  Last week I read two books –  reviews to follow very soon.

My books:

  1. Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze
  2. The Truants by Kate Weinberg

I’m also now about two thirds into The House of Sacrifice and I’m hoping to complete that and the following books over the next week:

Next scheduled reads:

  1. The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
  2. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  3. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan

Upcoming reviews

  1. King of the Road by RS Belcher
  2. Queenslayer by Sebastien DeCastell
  3. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
  4. Cry Havoc by Mike Morris
  5. Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze
  6. The Truants by Kate Weinberg

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week.

Weekly Wrap Up : 4th August 2019

Hi everyone.  Hope you’ve all had a good week.  Frankly I can’t believe that we’re into August already.  I’ve gone off plan a little this week, I’ve read one book off last week’s list and two others.  Here’s what I’ve been reading:

My books:

  1. Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson
  2. Cry Havoc by Mike Morris
  3. The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

I’m still reading the House of Sacrifice and I’m hoping to complete the following books over the next week:

Next scheduled reads:

  1. The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
  2. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  3. Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze
  4. The Truants by Kate Weinberg

Upcoming reviews

  1. King of the Road by RS Belcher
  2. Queenslayer by Sebastien DeCastell
  3. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
  4. Cry Havoc by Mike Morris
  5. The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week.

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