Recap: February 2016

So technically we have one more day of it left, but I’m calling February done here on the blog!

Let’s take a look at what got done, and at what’s coming up…

 

THE RIVERSIDE READ ALONG

February began with the first season finale of Tremontaine, and I miss it already! But the pain was soon eased, because as of now I’m looking forward to reading the final section of Swordspoint! Here are my week-by-week reviews of it so far:

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

And if you missed it, there is a reading schedule planned for the next Riverside novel, The Privilege of the Sword. Fact: I am so determined to remain spoiler-free for this that I haven’t even read the back cover synopsis…

SF/F READ ALONGS

These are going strong right now, and we have so much awesome fun reading lined up! February brought the end of our Kushiel’s Scion Read Along with it, and we’re almost finished with The Tale of Yin by Joyce Chng. You can check out my posts for those on the 2016 Read Alongs page, along with the schedules for upcoming Read Alongs.

March will see us returning to the wonderful UF world of October Daye with book 2, A Local Habitation, and I cannot wait! You can check out the schedule for that Read Along here, and there’s still time to join us!

Banner by Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings
Banner by Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

REVIEWS

The Copper Promise #3
The Copper Promise #3

Only one full book review among all the other goodies this month, but it was packing all the punches. The Silver Tide brought Jen Williams’ debut trilogy to a close, and good grief, I’m going to miss it…

MINI RAINBOWS

The Honey Month

I got this feature on short SF/F fiction off the ground after January’s bumpy start, and it’s gathering steam quite nicely! February’s reviews focused on Amal El-Mohtar’s short fiction/poetry collection, The Honey Month, and you can find my blog posts on this wonderful little book under the Mini Rainbows tag.

WHAT I’VE BEEN READING

Time for honourable mentions to the other stuff I’ve been reading this month, and there are some excellent picks in the bunch, including a couple of other trilogy finales – Liz de Jager’s Judged brought a worthy end to her Blackhart Legacy series, and Den Patrick closed The Erebus Sequence with the marvellous The Girl on the Liar’s Throne. These trilogies are wildly different, one being a YA urban fantasy (Blackhart) and the other being an Italian Renaissance-inspired gothic fantasy (Erebus). I’ve loved both series from the beginning, and whether you pick one or both, they’re absolutely worth your attention.

But enough about endings! Let’s talk about some stuff I’m only just getting started with – namely, Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series of romance novels/novellas. This is actually not SF/F, but straight-up period romance, which is a rather big change of direction for me. I am loving this series so far, though, largely thanks to its awesomely feminist approach to romance. It’s right up there with Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories books for me. So if you haven’t already done so, give Milan a try!

WHAT’S NEXT?

A Darker Shade of Magic

On my reading list at the moment (at long last) is the first book in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series, A Darker Shade of Magic. So far it’s proving very enjoyable! The curiosity. I have it.

Marginalia to Stone Bird

And coming very soon, I will hopefully be continuing the Mini Rainbows feature in March with a breakdown of Rose Lemberg’s Marginalia to Stone Bird poetry collection. Much like Amal El-Mohtar before them, Rose is a recent SF/F discovery for me, so I look forward to diving deeper into their work!

On that note, I’ve got a lot of reading to do. How about you? If you’ve read any of the titles I’ve mentioned, or you’re curious to pick something up, comment at me and share the enthusiasm!

 

 

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