July Recap

HOW IS IT NEARLY AUGUST. HOW. *Stares at calendar*

… Anyway! Right. It appears I missed June’s recap post entirely, which tells me just how out of it I’ve been for the larger part of the last couple of months. Happily, my brain seems to be settling back down into productive mode, so I will make what I can of it! To that end, let’s look back at what I got done in July, and also talk about some books! Because I’ve read some bloody good ones this month, brain or no brain.

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Read Along: Full Fathom Five, Week 2

Banner by Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

Banner by Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

Onward goes the Read Along, and I have so much “…What?!” going on this week it’s unbelievable. Let’s see if I can’t pick a few things apart in this week’s post, however…

This part of the Read Along covers chapters 14 to 32, and is hosted by Lynn at Little Lion Lynnet’s. *SPOILER WARNING KLAXON!!*

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Scheduled: Kushiel’s Chosen Read Along

The epicness continues!

After the good times recently had reading the first book of the Terre d’Ange Cycle trilogy, Kushiel’s Dart, we are returning to Jacqueline Carey’s wonderful world for a read along of book two! Check out the schedule below…

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Read Along: Full Fathom Five, Week 1

Banner by Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings

Banner by Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings

A new week, a fresh new Read Along (apologies for this post being a bit late)! This time around we’re returning to the world of Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence novels with the third entry in the series, Full Fathom Five. Our host this week is Allie at Tethyan Books, and we’re covering chapters 1 to 13. There’s a familiar face in this opening section, as well as some rather unnerving new … features? Characters? Ideas? I’m not quite sure how to put it, but I’m sure we’ll get to that. For now, SPOILER WARNING!

Let’s get questionable…

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Announcing the Full Fathom Five Read Along!

We’re at it again! After the good times we’ve had reading through the first two of Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence novels, SF/F Read Alongs is returning to this marvellous urban fantasy world for a Read Along of book 3, Full Fathom Five!

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Read Along: Kushiel’s Dart, Week 10 (The End!)

Kushiel's DartWell, here we are at the end of the book, and the end of this Read Along. It’s been all kinds of amazing, and even as I write this there are plans being made to return to the series for a Read Along of book 2, Kushiel’s Chosen. But that’s a little way away yet, and today is all about the finale of Kushiel’s Dart! And what a finale it was.

I am your host for this round, and we’re covering chapters 84 to the end. Here be spoilers, as always!

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Review: Under My Skin by Zoe Markham

Under My Skin

Genre: YA, horror
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication date: March 31st 2015
This edition: Kindle (copy received for review)
Where to buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Synopsis:

Inside we are all monsters…

Chloe was once a normal girl. Until the night of the car crash that nearly claimed her life. Now Chloe’s mother is dead, her father is a shell of the man he used to be and the secrets that had so carefully kept their family together are falling apart.

A new start is all Chloe and her father can hope for, but when you think you’re no longer human how can you ever start pretending?

A contemporary reworking of a British horror classic, Under My Skin follows seventeen-year-old Chloe into an isolated world of darkness and pain, as she struggles to understand what it really means to be alive.

Set against the familiar backdrop of everyday, normal teenage worries, Chloe’s world has become anything but…

Putting a YA spin on one of the most well-known works of genre fiction there is (and if you don’t already know which one, you soon will if you read this book) might sound intriguing, and it may also sound like a bit of a risk. I suspect it’s both, no matter which classic book you’re riffing on. In this case, thankfully, it works.

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Spotlight: Esoterrorism by C.T. Phipps

New week, new spotlight – I’ve got some freshly released urban fantasy for you today! Take a look below for details.

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Read Along: Kushiel’s Dart, Week 9

Kushiel's DartThe penultimate week of this Read Along is upon us, and SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED. I can’t even. But I will try to even, because otherwise this will be a pretty short post, heh!

Asking the questions this week is Emma Maree, and what good questions they are too! This week we’re covering chapters 74 through 83, and there will be a LOT of spoilery stuff discussed below. Fair warning, as per usual. There will also be Feelings. Many, many Feelings.

And on that note, let’s discuss…

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Guest Post & Giveaway: J. Kathleen Cheney, author of the Golden City series

Today sees a fresh addition to my Guest Book, with a post courtesy of J. Kathleen Cheney, author of the Golden City series! Check out her thoughts below on the realities (and possibilities!) of editing books. And while you’re at it, stay for the giveaway link! But for now it’s over to Kathleen…

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