Weekly Wrap-Up – 3rd April 2016


This is my second short summary of my week to share at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday meme, which is an awesome idea…

This week I completed and wrote reviews for five books. This isn’t quite as impressive as it first appears, as one is a novella and the other is a Children’s book I finished reading aloud to my grandson. As yet, I haven’t posted any of these, because they are mostly NetGalley arcs so I am waiting for their publishing dates before posting them on my blog.

The Last Gasp by Trevor Hoylethelastgasp
This book has an interesting history. It was first published in 1983, when it was treated as straight science fiction with emphasis on the fiction. However, as some of the predictions made by Hoyle have now become frighteningly accurate, given the grim finale, Quercus are now republishing it.
I shall be posting my review of this book on Thursday, 7th April.

DeceptionsDeceptions – Book 3 of the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this riveting series – see my review of Omens here. Now Olivia learns more about her parents tragic, bloody past and attempts to help them – when once more, a murder derails her life… I will probably be posting this review during the week, all being well.


Beaver Towers by Nigel Hintonbeavertowers
This charming Fantasy adventure entranced my granddaughter sufficiently that we went out and bought the series for her, and now my grandson is the right age, I started reading it to him. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting him to enjoy it, but as the book progressed, he also fell under the spell of Hinton’s storytelling, so that we have now moved straight onto the second book. This review will appear in due course.


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshithestartouchedqueen
This lush, beautifully told Fantasy tale of an outcast princess and magical beings reminded me in places of N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. This book is due for publication on Tuesday 3rd May, so I will be posting my review Monday 2nd May.


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuireEveryheartadoorway
Earlier this year, I read Rosemary and Rue – read my review here, so immediately noticed this one on the NetGalley shelves. Though novellas aren’t generally my favourite storytelling format, I gave this one a whirl and was very glad I did. I’ll post the review tomorrow.


These are last week’s posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up – 27th March 2016
NEW RELEASE SPECIAL – Review of World of Water by James Lovegrove
Teaser Tuesday – 29th March 2016
Review of Uprooted by Naomi Novik
2016 Discovery Challenge – March Roundup
Review of Bronze Gods by A.A. Guirre
Favourite Space Operas – Part 2

It’s been a busy week, as I am able to spend a bit more time on my blog given I am on holiday from my teaching duties at present. My most popular post, was last Sunday’s Weekly Wrap Up, closely followed by my review of James Lovegrove’s World of Water.

Many thanks to all of you who visited and I am especially grateful to those of you who took the time to comment. I keep thinking about my fabulous grandfather – and how he would have loved to chat online about his favourite books with like-minded people. This, truly, is an amazing time to be alive…

18 responses »

  1. of Sarah you got The Star-Touched Queen and Every Heart a Doorway! Good for you!
    You see.. my BFF NetGalley and I have a weird relationship she is can of bratty (NetGalley is a female of course!) and she rejects me from to time 😛
    YOU ARE A TEACHER??? that’s fabulous. I LOVE teachers!
    so giving the fact you are a teacher, and a fantasy/sci-fi lover I would venture to say we are indeed like-minded people 🙂
    Yes, I’m sure grandpa would have loved to talk about books, I bet it runs in the family 🙂

    • Haha! I know what you mean about NetGalley – I’m still smarting about the rejections I’ve recently received! I figured we were a good fit when I visited your blogsite, which I loved:).

    • I’ve already read it and writtent the review – and I have no hesitation in strongly recommending it:). A lovely, lyrical read with a strong story.

  2. Welcome to the Sunday Post! 😉 I’m also still a little new at this since I started only in January. It really is an amazing feature to get to know more book bloggers and I love spending my Sundays like this.
    It looks like you had a great week.. Five reviews. Amazing!! I love Kelley Armstrong, but I’m still really behind in this series. I’ve only read the first book.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

    • Thank you, Maureen:). I hasten to add, that five reviews are exceptional from me – I don’t have anything like the productivity of some of the book bloggers around here. Yes, Omens was great, wasn’t it? To be honest, I don’t think Deceptions is quite up there with it – there were a couple of issues that didn’t sit well with me. But it is still entertaining and I do like Armstrong’s writing style. Thank you for taking the time to swing by and have a chat – and I hope you, too, have a great week:)

  3. I can’t wait to see your review of Every Heart a Doorway! I keep pushing people to read it. “Excuse me, do you have a moment to speak about alternate worlds and the teenagers who visit them?” I just got The Star-Touched Queen and am really looking forward to reading it. Have a great week! My Weekly Wrap-Up

    • Thank you! And I also have mixed feelings about novellas – like you, I get fed up because no sooner have you nicely tucked yourself inside the story then it’s done. But this one is on the longer side, anyway. And McGuire has the pacing absolutely nailed – have you ever read any of her work?

  4. Looking forward to at least three reviews from the list above (I think you can guess, which ones), but I’ll read the other two with interest too! 🙂

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