This month I managed to read 15 novels.
Below I’ll list the novels read for my part in judging the fantasy novel category in the Aurealis Awards which I’m not able to discuss, then below shall carry on as normal for books I’ve read for enjoyment or review. This is the last month of Aurealis reading! I’ve completely forgotten what it’s like to read books of my own choosing… though I’ve also gone crazy requesting review copies again now, and completely flooded by them!
By the time this entry is posted, we would have selected our winner and shortlist and everything would be locked in with the judging co-ordinators, how exciting! Aurealis is over for another year, now bring on the awards ceremony in April!
- The Assassin of Nara (Kingbreaker Chronicles, #1) by R. J. Ashby
- The Dagger of Dresnia (The Talismans # 1) by Satima Flavell
- The Story Makers by Tamara Pratt
- The Miranda Contract by Ben Langdon
- Trinity (Trinity #1) by Sophie Masson
- Sword of the Bright Lady (World of Prime, #1) by M.C. Planck
- City of Masks (The Bone Mask Trilogy #1) by Ashley Capes
- This Shattered World (Starbound, #2) by Amie Kaufman
And now, onto the novels read in February!
Just One Day by Gayle Forman is an easy read – her books are devourable in hours, if only because you can’t put them down. They’re also kinda quick to forget though – because of this short, hectic month I left writing these notes until the end, and now I can’t remember anything about it already. OH. This was the holiday one. Yeah. Nah. What an idiot the main character was – I’m far too serious and rule-abiding and I’d never trust in anyone in so few hours – I get that’s the whole point of the whole affair, but wow. She certainly got herself into a whole lot of trouble. The ending fell really, really flat for me, also.
The Chateau on the Lake by Charlotte Betts is a book I tracked down through the library network as I’ve read everything else by the author. This was probably my least favourite so far, and I probably won’t continue on with the author sadly. This one seemed much less heavy on the historical fiction side of things, and a bit too heavily interested in a fairly poorly constructed love triangle and drama that didn’t seem realistic. Ahh well.
Buzz Books 2015 – YA Spring is a collection of 26 exclusive pre-publication excerpts both young adult and middle-grade novels. Everything I could say about this is already said here in my review!
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley is a book that reminds me in part of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Main character Aza lives in the same world we all do, however it’s like she’s drowning in our air. Sick all her life but surrounded by a fantastic family and a quirky lovely best friend, her life is suddenly turned around completely. Highly recommended! Her friend especially was amazing. This book comes out in April and you NEED to have it in your lives, and then the author needs to write more in this series, please!
Pantomime by Laura Lam is the first in the Micah Grey series, one I read to review years ago now, but am re-reading again now for reasons. This is a fabulous series, one I’ve held a giveaway for previously because I love it that much! Laura herself is a lovely person – I first met her at a Scott Lynch gathering at World Fantasy Con in Brighton and she was very lovely when I nervously went up to her to say how much I adore her writing. She now has four shorts/novellas in this same world that she’s self-published, and has a book coming out with Tor called False Hearts, at the start of 2016 – I just can’t wait!
My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy! by Grace Mineta is a book told half in comics, a quarter in explaining things of Japan, and a quarter in explaining things she’s experienced in her life, living in Japan (from Texas) and being a Interracial couple. This was an easy read in an hour or so, and while interesting in the most bit, didn’t offer much if you’ve been to Japan yourself. It highlighted a few areas that tourists need to pay more attention to which made me wonder just how many people go to a foreign country without doing a bit of research themselves first – are there really many people who think you can go to the hot springs and wear a swimsuit?
Shadowplay by Laura Lam is the second in the Micah Grey series. For some unbelievably unfathomable reason, Angry Robot chose not to take on Lam’s third in this series – even though the second is just as strong as the first, if not more so. Angry Robot’s YA imprint then shut down, and I have to admit, the way they’ve handled everything has turned me off the rest of their books almost completely. Though I’ll try to return for Wesley Chu’s series! Anyway, for this book, everything swings into so much more. It ends on such a cliffhanger, which is heartbreaking – until we learn that Lam is going to either self-publish the third book or something so we get it. Her self-publishing of the four shorts that belong in the same world were to test the waters to see what’s involved and learn the process. This is such an excellent series, I can’t wait for book three!
February snuck by so fast! Winding up Aurealis certainly stole most of that time and then it was such a short month, too. I’m currently part way through many books (unable to settle now I’m struggling to remember what it’s like to pick books for myself again). If I’d realised it was the end of the month a day or two earlier, I would have ignored everything else in order to finish:
- Firefight (Reckoners, #2) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
- A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab