2016 – May

May was full of purchases. I booked many things to go to New Zealand in August/September with high school friends, and it just so happens to be my 30th while we’re away too, which is excellent. I also bought a thermomix and I’m loving it (have used it at least once a day so far, if not multiple), and an air fryer which has been lots of fun. Also, lots and lots of yarn.

Onto the novels read in May!

Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3)

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch was pretty good, mostly because a favourite character features heavily in it compared to the second novel, and while she probably could have done more, it was still good to see what she could do – and I do love the banter between friends, and the things the main character gets away with saying to her because she knows he has no malice and their twisted sense of humour matches. I also love seeing more and more aspects to the mythos that makes up Aaronovitch’s London, and even though we’re three books in so far, I don’t feel like putting it aside just yet at all. Usually with easy level fantasy I can quite easily take a break part way through a series to come back to it later, but this I keep picking up as soon as I put one down.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab was just as excellent as her other books. This one took me a while to get into, and then I left it so long I had to start again… but then I was hooked. I love how the characters were completely their own despite those around them, and the little pieces that made them themselves. Schwab is absolutely magical with the little quirks that make her characters feel fully formed, and I can’t wait to see people cosplaying the characters with their marks – bonus points if there’s one of the brothers with their sister together. Someone make it happen!

9 Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

9 Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean was recommended by Tansy when I spoke to her about reading Trade Me by Courtney Milan, and honestly, with a title like this how could I pass it up? I have to say that I enjoyed Trade Me more, finding the characters had a liiiittle more respect for each other. I didn’t like how this one (whilst understanding a bit about be because of the time it was set in), had a number of comments about the female characters strike me as a liiittle insulting in ways they probably weren’t meant to be. That aside, it was fun and that’s all you need from a book sometimes. I love the female characters in this and how supportive of each other they were, and I would have loved to see more of his twin.

Defying Doomsday

Defying Doomsday, edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench was a whole lot of fun to read. Although I help out with Twelfth Planet Press I had very little to do with this anthology, so I didn’t even read it until our backer versions were sent out. There are two pieces in particular where I need to see more as they are crying out for a novel or novella to give us more of their world – what do I need to do to make it happen?!

You can read my full review here.

Showtime (Twelve Planets book 5)

Showtime by Narrelle M. Harris 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 was a dip into the horror side of things – ghosts and vampires, but never bad enough where I felt I had to put it down and give myself a shake. If you’ve read Narrelle’s novel The Opposite of Life then you’ll love the fourth piece in this collection, as you’ll see some familiar characters.

You can read my full review here.

Iron to Iron (Wolf By Wolf, #1.5)

Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin was a whole lot of fun, and I devoured it in one night (as it’s more of a novella than a novel). It neatly adds more detail to the first book without being boring or telling us what we already know – for those who’ve read Wolf by Wolf, this is about Luka and Adele’s 1955 Axis tour before the 1956 Axis Tour Yael participates in. Now I’m even more desperate to get my hands on the second book before it comes out at the end of the year! And it might be time to hunt out some other Graudin books to keep me going until then.


Vigil by Angela Slatter was really very excellent – no surprises there, considering who wrote this. For those who have read the anthology Sprawl (from Twelfth Planet Press), Angela’s piece in that – ‘Brisneyland by Night‘ showcases the same characters and is set before this novel, I think (now I really do need to go and read Sprawl!)

This really was lovely (though it’s not always lovely), and really quite fun (even when it isn’t fun), to the point where I write this and the full review (open in another window) while I still have the last chapter (four pages) to read. I don’t want it to end, and I’m so glad I’ve read this while seeing Angela say on twitter how she’s working on book two and there’s more to come in this series. I really can’t wait!

You can read my full review here.


May was Uncharted 4 and Fire Emblem Fates, and it was so good to get back into gaming again. You’ll be glad to know that my FE:f character, Aeryn, has stayed with her birth family and has snared herself a ninja. Gotta love what’s basically a dating sim in a turn by turn tactical RPG.


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