Weekly Wrap-Up – 10th April 2016


This is where I join in the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where bloggers can share what they’re reading and what they’re writing about.

For the second week in a row I completed reading five books, and will be reviewing all of them, although I haven’t yet written them all, as my grannying duties this week have got in the way of my blogging. Again, a couple of these books I completed while reading them to the grandchildren. I have already posted a couple reviews as they were published this week, but the others are still waiting to see the light of day.


Desolation – Book 2 of The Demon Road trilogy by Derek LandyDesolation
This children’s horror is all about a couple on the run from a demon. I’m impressed at how well written and entertaining it is, with plenty of action and plot twists – and how it all kicks off when they end up in a town called Desolation… This review was posted on Thursday.


burnedBurned – Book 7 of the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka
This is the latest instalment in the adventures of the divination mage Alex Verus. A foot-to-the-floor, adrenaline-fuelled novel with a shocking conclusion. As this book was published on Thursday, I posted my review on Saturday.


The Witches Revenge – Book 2 of Beaver Towers by Nigel Hintonwitchesrevenge
The Easter holidays has given me the opportunity to continue reading this enjoyable children’s fantasy adventure to my grandson. This book is far scarier than the first in the series and enthralled us both, so I read far later into the night than I’d intended. The review will appear in due course.


therhesuschartThe Rhesus Chart – Book 5 of The Laundry Files by Charles Stross
Arcane British agent, Bob Howard, is confronted once more with beings with paranormal powers, meaning that the Government agency The Laundry has to swing into action. This supernatural whodunit is distinguished by the sharp, snarky first person commentary by Bob.


Space Hostages – Book 2 of the Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougallspacehostages
This hugely enjoyable science fiction adventure is for children, apparently, but we were all giggling in some places and enthralled in others. I will be posting the review of this in due course.


My posts last week were:-
Weekly Wrap-Up – 3rd April
*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuirre
Teaser Tuesday – Desolation – Book 2 of The Demon Road by Derek Landy
*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Last Gasp by Trevor Hoyle
* NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Desolation – Book 2 of The Demon Road by Derek Landy
Friday Faceoff – UK vs US books covers of Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
* NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Burned – Book 7 of the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka

It’s been a busy week with grannying, so the blog and writing have taken a back seat, somewhat. My most popular post was last Sunday’s Weekly Wrap Up, closely followed by my Tuesday Teaser.

I’d like to thank everyone who swung by, particularly those of you who went to the trouble of leaving a comment. Take care and have a great week, now that the trees are finally starting to burst into leaf – yay!

13 responses »

  1. Your books look wonderful. Many great adventures and I wish I had someone young to read aloud with. My son is all grown up but we do take turns reading books to each other now and then. When he comes out of his cave, that is. LOL

    My Sunday Post

    • Yes… one of the perks of grannyhood:). But I was also blessed with a posse of small nieces and nephews who also used to enjoy being read to – one of the advantages of being part of a large family. The downside is, of course, a neverending list of presents to get…

  2. Wow, you had a great reading week! Much better than mine lol. The Laundry files sounds like it might be something I’d like, so I’m going to have to check that out. Plus I really like the cover!

    • Bob Howard is a great character with a lovely snarky voice and Stross absolutely catches the office politics vibe, which works very nicely when juxtaposed with the nasty monsters from another dimension…

    • If you like urban fantasy – the Alex Verus is a Brit version of Harry Dresden, but, I think, more interesting as Verus isn’t as powerful and relies on his divination to avoid trouble. And Bob Howard is like a snarky version of James Bond, but with monsters and magic:) Thank you for swinging by and have a great week.

  3. I’d say grannying is a great excuse to not blog. 😀 Those books look good. Hope you enjoy them and have a great week.

  4. Sounds like you had a good reading week! I haven’t read any of the books you listed, but they do sound fun. I hope you have a good week! I’m enrolling my daughter in kindergarten tomorrow for this coming school year. It doesn’t seem possible.

  5. I know… the time passes so terrifyingly quickly. We were up in the loft today and I came upon some of my daughter’s old school books – and now her daughter is going to start ‘big school’ in September and is about to take her Yr 6 SATS tests… Where did it go??

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