2016 – July

July was the month of Pokémon Go (as most of the world would be aware) and where I realised I was off to New Zealand in August which could now be classed as ‘next month’, and so I’d have to get fit. From the 6th July onwards I walked 8-10ks (6 or so miles) a day most days – even though for (what feels like) a lot of that the app didn’t even work. Luckily I both live and work by quite a nice beach (a foreshore at home, and esplanade at work) and the showers at work seem to have had an upgrade… so… no excuse, really.

At the time of writing this, I have walked 241.11 kms (148.95 miles ish) in July.

Onto the novels read in July!

Take a Pique

Take a Pique sampler was a collection of seven previews, sadly, most of which were a little hit and miss.

The Haters by Jesse Andrews
The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
The Graces by Laure Eve
Seven Ways we Lie by Riley Redgate
The Romantics by Leah Konen
Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff
Every Falling Star by SungJu Lee & Susan McClennand

My full review of this one can be found here.

Seven Ways We Lie

Seven Ways we Lie by Riley Redgate was picked up because of the above sampler – I do love it when we don’t have to wait for books that are discovered as a bit of a surprise! This was really quite excellent, having a wide range of characters to sympathise with or at least recognise from your own school days. I read this one in an afternoon and it helped bust me out of a reading slump, so many many thanks, Riley!

Time Salvager (Time Salvager #1)

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu was absolutely brilliant – I read it as an e-copy but ordered in a print copy, and shoved it into a co-workers hands by the end of the day so she could read it also.

I’ve enjoyed Chu’s writing previously and this is no different. The characters are endearing, the world building is really engaging, and I didn’t want to put this one down for even a moment. I’m glad I left it long enough that now the second book is available (though I was lucky enough to get it for review also) because I can’t wait to read more!

You can read my full review here.

In the Labyrinth of Drakes (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #4)

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan was quite good, but somehow didn’t grab me as the previous books have. Maybe it was my mood, or maybe I feel that the character has done its run and I don’t need to be there for the rest of it. I hope to come back and read the entire series once it’s done, once I’ve had a bit of a break from it.

The Escapement of Blackledge

The Escapement of Blackledge by Melody Ellsworth was really quite fun, and I loved picking out all the other authors in this – Rothfuss, Sykes, and so on. Yay! I love how much fun the spec fic community has. I hope more come out in a similar vein.

Cracklescape (Twelve Planets book 7)

Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan was read for the current Twelve Planets read/review a book a month challenge we have on. I read it in its release for the Aurealis Awards, but with my memory being as bad as it is, I’m always glad for an excuse to re-read! This is the seventh book in the Twelve Planets series, which showcase the talent of female Australian authors.

You can read my full review here.

The Walled City

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin wasn’t as loved as I hoped it would be. I’ve come to this author after reading Wolf by Wolf, and I much preferred the characterisation and how the story was presented, and overall just found my interest in it a bit lacking. Ah, well!

On the Edge of Gone

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis was everything I’d hoped it would be, and more. I love the short story set in this same time from Defying Doomsday and it was hard-hitting at the same time, where I needed to take a break from how dire and emotionally draining the book was. There were so many ups and downs, yet it remained realistic throughout, and I was incredibly happy with the ending where the main character finally does something for herself. One of the best ‘end of the world’ books I’ve ever read. I’d love to see what happens in the future in this plot.

City of Wolves

City of Wolves by Willow Palecek was a quick and enjoyable read, with fun characters, decent plot, and ticked every box. I’m loving the increase in novellas that are coming out – mostly thanks to Tor, and each have been of excellent quality.

Overall, this is a very fun book, and one I recommend for a lazy afternoon where you want some excitement, or snarky and snazzy writing.

You can read my full review here.

Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold, #1)

Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins was a rushed re-read in preparation to read the second book for review, Sisters of the Fire. I absolutely loved this book both the first and second time reading it, and I loved the short story I read years ago before I knew it was ever going to be so much more. There are countless strong and excellent female characters in this, and I love how they swear and how Bluebell has such rage and ability. And I want to pick up Ivy and put her far, far away somewhere because my goodness she needs a good kicking. LOVE IT. READ IT. If you haven’t already, you’re lucky because you’ll have two novels and a short story to devour whilst I’ve waited years in between each!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was read in about two hours, and was utterly satisfying. I don’t want to say anything else in case of spoilers as parts certainly weren’t what I was expecting in the slightest, but yes. Loved it.

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July was hectic, and I’m getting more and more excited for August and my trip to New Zealand!

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