2016 – December

December was absolutely crazy, work-wise. I work in a role that’s much busier over the christmas holidays and yet others still take holidays at this time because of very obvious family reasons – which means covering a few jobs and literally only being able to get things done that we call ‘putting fires out’ – barely any structure, just jumping from problem to problem until people come back from holidays or offices re-open if they’re the ones that have enforced close down. Which we did for the days between Christmas and New Years, and when I squeezed as much reading and blogging in as I could. Which, clearly, wasn’t much, and was mostly catching up on review books.

Onto the novels read in December!

The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister, #3)

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan was possibly the best one yet, I’m in total agreement with Laura Lam on this one. Or as Alex says, seduction through science! We have a very smart female who announces her work through the mouth of her best friend, well known rake Sebastian. One day he decides he can no longer do this and hates who he’s becoming, but through this they struggle through where that leaves them. Like all Milan books, this has such complex characters and so excellent to see how it all comes to a conclusion and eee, I love her books so much!

Crocs in the Cabinet

Crocs in the Cabinet by Ben Smee and Christopher A. Walsh was hilarious and sad and makes me so deeply weary at our local politics. Many people follow The NT News on facebook, twitter and instagram because they tend towards the weird and zany hilarious posts… if you like those, get this book to see their slightly more serious side. You won’t be disappointed.

You can read my full review here.

Cherry Crow Children (Twelve Planets, #12)

Cherry Crow Children by Deborah Kalin was read for the current Twelve Planets read/review a book a month challenge we’re doing this year. Like the last, this was one of the few I haven’t yet got around to reading, and I wasn’t disappointed – it’s beyond excellent. This is the twelfth book in the Twelve Planets series, which showcase the talent of female Australian authors.

My full review can be found here.

Catalyst - A Rogue One Novel

Catalyst by James Luceno was a prequel to Rogue One, showing Jyn as she’s born and growing up, right until they’re delivered to the planet we see them on at the start of the movie. At times the book was a bit slow as it’s driven by politics (not my favourite), and sometimes the science went right over my head, however it was perfect for someone who is once again hungry for more after the fantastic film.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor is, I think, very close to being the best book of my life. No joke.

Lazlo Strange is an orphan, raised by monks initially and then in the Great Library of Zosma where he journeyed once to make a delivery and never left. Able to read three dead languages thanks to his time in the monastery, he’s taken on as an apprentice where he is able to turn his obsession of a long-forgotten city into the most extensive history in existence. Pieced together by tales once told to him by a senile monk, and any scrap of paper he manages to turn up in the library, he writes his own series of journals correlating any bit of information he can about the Unseen City, also known as Weep, as the name was stolen from the minds of everyone by what Lazlo can only assume is magic. This is until, one day, the golden prince Thyon Nero takes his life’s work from him for his own study. Just in the nick of time, as warriors and royals from the long-lost city arrive on their doorstep. And ask for their help.

This book is beyond beautiful. Taylor gives us characters that one can only crave will exist someday, in reality. It would almost be an unhealthy obsession, waiting and wishing for a Lazlo to appear someday.

You can read my full review here.

Resistance (Divided Elements #1)

Resistance (Divided Elements #1) by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky was pretty dang great. Set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic Paris (which only seems more and more eerily possible what with the awful violence there this year), we have a nation that’s divided into four elements – fire, water, air, and earth. Everyone is born anonymously directly into nurseries so your loyalty can only be to your fellow elements. We first meet Kane 148 only to see him executed immediately. He was a fire elemental, as are Anaiya 234 and Niamh (number unknown at this stage) who are peacekeepers, and who we meet next, out on their rounds interrupting violence and breeches of the peace. Until, when Anaiya goes home and discovers something they all find chilling, and from there the plot takes off in appropriately fast moving action.

You can read my full review here.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber was a fun, lovely and quick read, much like an easier YA-version of The Night Circus. With this book you turn a page and suddenly one hundred have gone by instead – it’s that good. It’s engaging, with characters who are easy to follow because you instantly want to know more about them. Descriptions and feelings are brought to life easily as Scarlett is quite empathetic, and you feel her reactions to the views, sights and sounds of the caraval instantly. The book also is beautiful. With many letters, at least at the start of the novel, they’re worked on a page of their own, complete with fancy script and a border, and the pages that separate the scenes are stunning also.

You can read my full review here.


That’s it for another year!

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