Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars (7/10)
Read: 15 May 2017 – 17 May 2017

I blame my friend Jacqui for this one. She’s been suggesting I read it for ages. It was cheap on Amazon a while back, so I bought it and it’s been sitting on my Kindle since then.

I finished American Gods and wanted something light and quick to read. This was the first one that caught my eye as I browsed my “new books” collection. I started of skeptical, largely because of the way other people had told me I should love it, but I was enjoying it by the end. I’ve moved from, “I don’t want to get caught up in a series that’s 9 books long” to “I have other things I need to read first, but I’d like to try the second some time”.

I’m not totally blown away, but I did enjoy the read.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods (American Gods, #1)American Gods by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (9/10)
Read: 1 May 2017 – 14 May 2017

I’m still not sure if I actually liked it, but I was fascinated and captivated by it. It’s weird and peculiar, strange and crazy and kind of marvelous.

I haven’t actually really read Gaiman (only Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch I think), but I’ve been aware of this one for a long time. With the new miniseries from Starz, I was even more aware of it, but, I admit, not actually planning to read it. Then I watched the first episode and immediately started the book.

I’m really enjoy the TV show (now up to episode 3), but I think I’m definitely getting more from it from just having finished the book. Things that might have left me puzzled instead are weird and peculiar, strange, crazy and kind of marvelous.

(Testing posting this to my blog direct from Goodreads…)

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So Vile a Sin by Ben Aaronovitch and Kate Orman

So Vile a SinSo Vile a Sin by Ben Aaronovitch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (8/10)
Read: 5 May 2017 – 9 May 2017

I’ve been rereading my way through some of the latter Virgin New Adventures along with a podcast I listen to (The Oncoming Storm).

I enjoyed the reread a lot (a little more than the podcast presenters did I think, but I always liked Kate Orman’s writing, back in the long ago). This is not a book to jump into a read, but it was a good conclusion to a lot of ongoing arcs for the long term reader, which I was at the time.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to reread the next one or not. I have a month, so I’ll decide in a few weeks.

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The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

The FitzOsbornes in Exile (The Montmaray Journals, #2)The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (9/10)
Read: 25 April 2017 – 5 May 2017

A really fun read. I’m so glad I got back to this series and I look forward to fitting in the last one.

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Beauty by Robin McKinley

Beauty (Orbit Books)Beauty by Robin McKinley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars (10/10)
Read: 19 April 2017 – 25 April 2017

I can’t say much more to this than that I loved it all over again. I’m definitely going to need to reread more McKinley.

I even went and got the book out of the storage locker and enjoyed reading a real, paper book (even if I did need to go back to my easier to manage Kindle when I was resting).

A lovely, lovely trip down memory lane. Still my favourite Beauty and the Beast story.

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars (7/10)
Read: 17 April 2017 – 19 April 2017

I bought this on the strength of a review, which loved it but complained about the end.

I enjoyed it. It wasn’t a blow-me-away book, but it was a decent read. I actually liked the ending as it was appropriate – but the story certainly isn’t finished and if we want a happy ending for the characters, we’ll have to wait for the sequel (due to be published in 2018 I believe).

It’s a debut novel, and I think there a places that can be seen, but if the idea appeals to you (it did to me and in the next week I expect to rewatch Labyrinth and reread Robin McKinley’s Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast) I think it’s certainly worth your time.

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The Vicarage Children by Lorna Hill

The Vicarage Children (The Vicarage Children, #1)The Vicarage Children by Lorna Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (8/10)
Read: 18 March 2017 – 19 April 2017

This was a really lovely read. it’s basically “a year in the life” of a family in an old Vicarage at the top of England, I believe much influenced by the experiences of the author.

It’s not dramatic or complicated, but a very pleasant visit into their lives as told by a charming narrator.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to get my hands on copies of the other two books.

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