Category Archives: fantasy

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Invasion of the TearlingThis is the sequel to the absolutely amazing Queen of the Tearling and continues to follow the Glynn Queen Kelsea Raleigh. It carries on from not long after the end of the previous book and Kelsea must face the consequences of her actions against the Mort.

The writing remains brilliant and it’s great to be with these characters again. There’s a drastic turn in the story that provides some Tearling history and introduces a new character and some context to the story, however it feels like Kelsea is forgotten in favour of this new person.

In the first books Kelsea took up her place on the Tearling throne and decided not to leave it too long before causing some controversy. Due to her mother’s actions two decades earlier the Tearling were forced into sending a caravan of people to be slaves in the Mort, when Kelsea first saw this (having been raised in the country under a different name to keep her safe) she set everyone free and decreed they would never again condemn anyone to this fate again. Continue reading

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The Catalyst by Helena Coggan

Brilliant premise with a lot of potential but some messy writing and a messy end, amazing for a 15-year-old.

Helena Coggan is probably so damn sick of people referring to her age. Almost every review I’ve read has brought it up so I’m sorry to be joining that club. But, this book has a complex plot and a wide variety of characters with very different personalities and the first draft was written when Coggan was 13. I was never this insightful or perceptive at 13. Continue reading


Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

A wonderful fantasy story set in the heart of London, revealing a side of it we never knew existed.

Rivers of London follows Constable Peter Grant as he passes his probationary period at the metropolitan police and is taken on in by a different department; Economic and Specialist Crime. It all started with the murder of William Skirmish on the steps of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. He was standing guard over the crime scene when a witness appeared, a witness who happened to be dead. Continue reading


Any One Book: A Dance with Dragons 2: After the Feast by George R.R. Martin

Despite the very real possibility of having to wait several years before the next instalment comes out, I am glad to finally get this book done with.

As you may know from previous posts I’ve been unhappy with the last book and a half, it felt as if martin had lost his way, but the second half of book five has set him upon the path of redemption. The writing was excellent and there was much more development with the story, even if he is starting to introduce way too many points of view. Continue reading


Favourite Read of the Year: The Rook

It’s almost the end of 2013!

I actually find it quite difficult to believe how fast this year has gone, and it’s been another fantastic one! It’s also been a year full of good books, some of them have been amazing. There are a lot of amazing tales out there and it’s always really satisfying when you open a book up and you know that it’s going to be great.

For instance, near the beginning of the year I discovered Wool, such a brilliant story and it feels like the tale has been with me for a long time, which meant it came as a shock to look back on my Goodreads account and realise it was in April this year that I finished it. Continue reading


Any One Book #16

Once again I must apologise for being late and having to skip the vote, but oh well, at least there will be a book for this month!

I’ve chosen George R.R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons 2: After the Feast. I’ve decided I want to get this final hurdle out of the way. I have, at the moment, a bit of an up down relationship with these books. The first three were amazing, absolutely mind-blowing, but then along came the fourth which was just terrible and the beginning of the fifth was boring. Continue reading


Any One Book: Dust by Hugh Howey

Dust

I am so sorry that I’m late with this one, NaNoWriMo distracted me quite a bit. I had actually planned on keeping you updated with my progress for that last month, but I guess I never managed to get round to it. I finished my first ever NaNo year on the 26th and it was very tough but also very rewarding (although it is fair to say that while I made it to 50,000 words my novel is far from done).

Unfortunately the delay in actually getting this review up means that there is no time for a vote and so I’ve already chosen the book for this month. I shall be announcing it tomorrow evening.

Anyway, enough of the catch up, you want to know about Dust. Well, what can I say, it was amazing. It had so much to live up to and it managed it all. It was thrilling, gripping and ruthless. Hugh Howey did not relent and at times it was difficult to see how the characters would ever be able to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading


Any One Book: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan

My only experience with Peter Pan has been the Disney film that everyone knows and loves. Being an avid reader since I was first able to recognise the weird shapes and squiggles that are letters, I’m very ashamed to say that the only Peter Pan reading I did was the Disney book that was published alongside the film.

And now that I’ve read the proper book I look back and lament. I wish I had read the story by J.M. Barrie as a child because it’s a magical book full of wonder and the narration of the story is sheer brilliance. Some of the scenes feel incredibly cinematic and the fact that the narrator invests emotionally in the tale rather than simply standing by and relating the events. Everything about the book makes it so incredible, especially that it seems so unique from anything else I’ve read. Continue reading


Any One Book #13

Yes, you are seeing correctly, you did just read those words.

It is back! And I am excited, I hope you are too.

On Wednesday I handed in my dissertation, which meant that I finished my MA! This means i actually have free time, hence all the reviews you’ve been getting! Since my MA was the reason paused Any One Book I figured I’d start it up again. Continue reading


Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

beautifuldarkness

Yep, I found the first one that satisfying that I moved straight onto the second. It was a good sequel and remained just as entertaining as its predecessor, neither worsening or improving. So far, it seems that this is a very consistent series.

Beautiful Darkness follows in the aftermath of Lena’s birthday. She and Ethan are trying to come to terms with a loss and Lena is still freaking out about whether she’ll turn light or dark. She starts pulling away from Ethan, who doesn’t entirely understand the events that unfolded on her birthday. With Lena’s coldness he is left to figure things out on his own, which becomes that bit more difficult when Liv arrives in town. Continue reading