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Winter’s Orbit – SciFiMonth Readalong Week 4

I was really sad to come to the end of Winter's Orbit, but also very happy to reach the conclusion and unravel all the mystery and romantic tension. So glad we chose this as the readalong book for this month, because it's the perfect one to discuss with others! If you want to catch up, you can see my previous posts here: Week One, Week Two, and Week Three. Also, I feel it goes without saying, but please be aware that this post will contain spoilers for the entirety of Winter's Orbit. So, without further ado, let's look at the points of discussion Lisa at Dear Geek Place has prepared for this grand conclusion:

Book Reviews · Teen

Review: Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

Three years ago, young Lord Cassia disappeared in the midst of war. Since then, a devastating illness has swept the land, leaving countless dead and a kingdom forever altered. Having survived war and plague, Cas, now eighteen, wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them. An assassin targets those closest to the queen, drawing Cas into a search for a killer. With the help of a historian-in-training named Lena, he soon realizes that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. Cas and Lena must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

readalong · SciFiMonth

Winter’s Orbit – SciFiMonth Readalong Week 3

We've reached the halfway mark of Winter's Orbit by Evarina Maxwell, and things are definitely picking up the pace! If you're catching up, here are my thoughts on last week's reading, and here is the Goodreads page where you can find all the questions and other people's posts. Week three includes chapters 16 to 22, so please be aware that this post will contain spoilers up to that point and including earlier chapters as well. Read at your own peril!

Book Reviews · Fantasy · Teen

Review: Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

In an empire on the brink of war... Ahn is no one, with no past and no family. Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child. When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities. But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.

SciFiMonth

SciFiMonth: Remote Moon Reads

I haven't done nearly enough posts as I'd like for this year's SciFiMonth but I'm loving everyone else's and I'm definitely fully immersed into my sci-fi reading. One thing I definitely wanted to get to was the SF edition of Desert Island Reads, aka Remote Moon Reads, put together by imyril at There's Always Room for One More. You can see her post about the rules over here if you would like to join in, but essentially we get to choose eight books/audiobooks, a podcast/TV show/movie (of which we get all episodes, films in a series), and a personal luxury item. This was definitely harder than the fantasy version, because I'm still a newbie SF reader, so I think a few of these will be things I've been wanting to get to for a while. What better place to catch up on your TBR than a remote moon in a distant galaxy?

Book Reviews · Fantasy

Review: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

When workaholic Wallace Price is collected by a reaper from his own funeral, he finally accepts that he really must be dead. But instead of being taken to the afterlife, Wallace is led far away to a peculiar tea shop in the woods. There he meets the curious locals along with Hugo, the shop owner who helps souls to cross over. But Wallace isn’t ready to leave his strange new home, not now he’s met the kind and charming Hugo and is just starting to feel alive. So when he’s given one week to pass on, Wallace resolves to use the time he has left to experience a lifetime in only seven days.

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Winter’s Orbit – SciFiMonth Readalong Week 2

Right, last week's post was a bit rubbish on my part but I'm setting out to talk about week two's reading ahead of time, so hopefully I offer something a little more insightful and do justice to the brilliant questions that, this week, have been posted by imyril over on the Goodreads page for the readalong. Things are getting more interesting after the introductory section of last week, and I want to take this moment to say that this post will contain spoilers for Winter's Orbit up until the end of chapter 15, so if you aren't there yet and don't like to know, please don't read ahead!

readalong · SciFiMonth

Winter’s Orbit – SciFiMonth Readalong Week 1

I love a readalong, and this year's choice for SciFiMonth - Winter's Orbit by Evarina Maxwell - made me very happy, since I'd been meaning to pick it up and now have an excuse. And what better way to read a book than with other people, and questions to prompt your thinking? If you want to find out more, and join in the fun you can find all the information with Lisa at Dear Geek Place - the master schedule, the current discussion questions, and more! And now, I shall actually look at what I thought of this week's reading, which includes Chapter One - Chapter Six, so beware of spoilers for that section!