I saw someone on Twitter review this and it caught my attention, and I'm really glad it did. I loved reading this unique concept and the audiobook was an excellent experience. Apparently it's also going to be a movie featuring Robert Pattinson and that is absolutely the perfect casting. I can't wait to see his take on the very chaotic Mickey.
I am absolutely obsessed with the cover of this book. It has the perfect vibes, my favourite colours and a tagline that is straight-up irresistible. Unfortunately, CHILLING EFFECT did not live up to my hopes and I was a little disappointed and frustrated that it wasn't quite what I wanted it to be. I was hoping for something like THE LEFT HAND OF DOG or the Becky Chambers series, but that's not what I got.
This book was everything I ever wanted. I won't pretend I didn't feel extreme trepidation when it came to reading the final instalment in my favourite fantasy series of all time. But I should never have doubted Jenn Lyons. THE DISCORD OF GODS is a perfect conclusion to a spectacular series, and I know that this series is going to be my chunky comfort reads for a long time now.
I was so excited to get a finished copy of this book. Even just looking at the cover had me excited. Mike Chen's BROTHERHOOD is a fantastic story about Obi Wan, Anakin and Padme, and adds depth to their characters while also telling us about that business on Cato Neimoidia.
I absolutely devoured THE CITY OF DUSK in two days, which even I was impressed by considering it's a hell of a chonky book. I've been on a huge adult fantasy kick lately, and when I spotted this one in Waterstones I knew I had to have it. I really loved Tara Sims' SCAVENGE THE STARS series, and everything I heard about this book made me more excited for it. It held up to my hopes, and I already can't wait for the next book in this new series.
I'm a sucker for a Neon Hemlock novella, so when I was offered a review copy of LET THE MOUNTAINS BE MY GRAVE, a queer historical fantasy set in Italy in 1944 as a goddess-blessed partisan fighter seeks vengeance against the Nazis. I loved this book, and it definitely held up to the high quality I expect from these novellas.
I stumbled across YOU'VE LOST A LOT OF BLOOD on twitter and bought the ebook on a whim. It was a total cover buy, because I'm a sucker for horror book covers that are a little... gross. I read it in one sitting, then immediately listened to the audiobook for THINGS HAVE GOTTEN WORSE SINCE WE LAST SPOKE and made Andee read it too so we could talk about it. So when Eric LaRocca asked for reviewers for WE CAN NEVER LEAVE THIS PLACE, I stopped dead and read the whole thing immediately.
I read this book while I was sick with covid and I honestly think this novel has curative powers. I read the entire thing in one sitting and once I was done I wanted to lie down and bask in it for the rest of my life. I hope that this novel and its well-deserved hype prompts a whole genre of cozy, low-stakes fantasy because this is everything I didn't know I was looking for.
I picked up THE MASK OF MIRRORS in a 99p ebook sale because Alex told me that he liked it a lot. I didn't really know much about it, other than that I love Orbit fantasy a lot and I trust Alex's taste. It was kind of a revelation to me how much I enjoyed this book - especially considering that I dnf'd one of the co-author's other books. I really enjoyed the entire premise of this - especially when it went in completely a different direction than I expected.
I read The Forward Collection last year, and so far this year I've read The Trespass Collection, The Black Stars Collection, The Dark Corners Collection and The Hush Collection. I'm absolutely hooked on these speedy pieces of short fiction. They're available in ebook and audio via Kindle Unlimited, which is a great deal for lots of excellent short fiction. If you'd like to sign up for Kindle Unlimited, my link is here and at the bottom of this review. This collection is focused on a world that's almost ours, and gave me a real sense of uncanny valley.