I've fallen behind on my read-to-review ratio, and lately a few of my reads have been ones I've enjoyed but don't have enough to say about them to warrant giving them their own post. So hopefully they don't mind sharing with one another!
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!
ARTWORK by Liu Zishan from 123RF.com It's November, which means it's SciFiMonth, the brilliant blogging event organised and hosted by imyril at One More and Lisa at Dear Geek Place to celebrate all things Sci Fi. I hadn't really been a sci-fi fan until recently - towards the end of last year I picked up The Doors of Eden… Continue reading SciFiMonth 2021 TBR
This month has been a bit of a blur, and work has been very intense, with an emotional breakdown during the middle of a shift and a weird twitching that has started in my eyes, but it's over now and im looking at November as a fresh start - I'll talk more about that later.… Continue reading October Wrap Up
The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead. To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.
Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother's love. The adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, Vanja has long made her own way in the world as the dutiful servant of Princess Gisele. Until a year ago, when her otherworldly mothers demanded payment for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back . . . by stealing Gisele's life. With the help of an enchanted string of pearls, Vanja transformed into her former mistress and took her place, leaving the real Gisele a penniless nobody. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming the nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Until, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to turn into jewels, stone by stone. With a feral guardian half-god, Gisele's sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on her tail, Vanja has just two weeks to pull off her biggest grift yet, or she risks losing more than her freedom - she could lose her life.
This tag was created by Peat Long and Para over at To Other Worlds (whose blog I only just discovered thanks to this tag, and have been thoroughly enjoying looking through it), and even though I don't have a cat myself I do love a book tag, and it'll keep me humble in my desire to have a cat… Continue reading The Evil Cat Book Tag
Garlan’s dreams of being just like the knights he idolizes may not be as impossible as he has always been led to believe, when he is chased from his home and thrust headlong into the kind of adventure he had only ever read about in books. Setting out on a journey that spans the entire kingdom of Faeland, Garlan will traverse impossible mountains and stormy seas and battle terrible monsters, all to keep the world he knows safe from an enemy who will stop at nothing to bring about a never-ending winter. With a cast of fantastical characters to aid him in his quest, can Garlan overcome his self-doubt and find the courage he needs to rise above his humble station and become the hero he always dreamed of being? The fate of the world rests in his hands.
Upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island, Lòn Haven, stands a lighthouse. A lighthouse that weathered more than storms. Mysterious and terrible events have happened on this island. It started with a witch hunt. Now, centuries later, islanders are vanishing without explanation. Coincidence? Or curse? Liv Stay flees to the island with her three daughters, in search of a home. She doesn’t believe in witches, or dark omens, or hauntings. But within months, her daughter Luna will be the only one of them left. Twenty years later, Luna is drawn back to the place her family vanished. As the last sister left, it’s up to her to find out the truth... But what really happened at the lighthouse all those years ago?
To be honest, I couldn't wait for September to come to an end, which is probably why it felt very long, but in terms of reading I think it was quite a good month! But before I get into the reading, the reason I was excited for the end of September was a little holiday… Continue reading September Wrap Up