The Death of Vivek Oji – Akwaeke Emezi – (AUDIOBOOK) – 12.04.23

Like my previous audiobook, this story is set in Nigeria and I enjoyed the lovely Nigerian accent of the narrator. Vivek Oji’s body is left naked outside his mother’s door, and one strand of the book is about unravelling the mystery of what happened and how he died, but the book is about much moreContinue reading “The Death of Vivek Oji – Akwaeke Emezi – (AUDIOBOOK) – 12.04.23”

Chosen: An Alex Verus Novel – Benedict Jacka – 13.04.23

In this installment of the Alex Verus novels our hero has to revisit his shameful past as the brother of a girl he helped kidnap when he was an apprentice to a dark mage finds him hell bent on bloody revenge. The man has a band of magical vigilante allies out to kill dark magesContinue reading “Chosen: An Alex Verus Novel – Benedict Jacka – 13.04.23”

Infinity Gate: Pandominion, Book 1 – M. R. Carey – (AUDIOBOOK) – 10.04.23

Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVED this book! I haven’t enjoyed an audiobook this much since, maybe The Hail Mary Project by Andy Weir (which incidentally it reminded me of in places, when there was fun science explained in a way that was entertaining and informative). The other series which of course this book remindedContinue reading “Infinity Gate: Pandominion, Book 1 – M. R. Carey – (AUDIOBOOK) – 10.04.23”

Stray Souls (Magicals Anonymous Book 1) – Kate Griffin – 08.04.23

I have read a few of the Matthew Swift Midnight Mayor novels, which I like although I find the writing style a little bit busy and tense, so I thought I would give this spin off series a try and I’m glad I did. It is a bit more gentle and humorous than the MidnightContinue reading “Stray Souls (Magicals Anonymous Book 1) – Kate Griffin – 08.04.23”

The House in the Cerulean Sea – T.J. Klune – (AUDIOBOOK) – 03.04.23

Hmm, there were a lot of positives in how I felt about this book, and yet…. The main character, Linus, is a shy single gay man who works as an inspector of homes for magical children. The world in which the book is set is very prejudiced against magical creatures, which exist but which areContinue reading “The House in the Cerulean Sea – T.J. Klune – (AUDIOBOOK) – 03.04.23”

How to Sell a Haunted House – Grady Hendrix – (AUDIOBOOK) – 27.03.23

I’m a big fan of Grady Hendrix, and this is one of my favourite of his books yet. I really enjoyed listening to this story which kept me gripped and made me laugh and grow emotionally attached to the characters. It has lots of classic horror tropes like the big old house full of creepyContinue reading “How to Sell a Haunted House – Grady Hendrix – (AUDIOBOOK) – 27.03.23”

If Cats Disappeared from the World – 25.03.23

This book has lots of very positive reviews, and it’s supposed to be very deep and philosophical, but I’m afraid I thought it was a load of old rubbish! I have been reading some books written by Japanese artists, or set in Japan prior to my Trip in May to visit my son in Tokyo,Continue reading “If Cats Disappeared from the World – 25.03.23”

The Little Friend – Donna Tartt – (AUDIOBOOK) – 23.03.23

I enjoy listening to this novel as an audiobook – I liked the Southern American accent of the narrator. It’s a coming of age/murder mystery/family drama set  in a small Mississippi town, in the 1960s and 70s. Harriet is obsessed with finding who murdered her brother a decade ago and with wreaking revenge on them.Continue reading “The Little Friend – Donna Tartt – (AUDIOBOOK) – 23.03.23”

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo (BOOKGROUP) – 21.03.23

This was my book group read for March, and funnily enough, like the previous book group book (Exactly What You Mean by Ben Hinshaw), it is a novel which is really a series of connected short stories. Whereas I hated the previous book, and used the fact that it was really short stories as theContinue reading “Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo (BOOKGROUP) – 21.03.23”

Sixteen Souls – Rosie Talbot – 10.02.23

The beautiful walled city of York, with it’s towering Gothic cathedral, York Minster is the perfect setting for this coming of age/coming out, young adult ghost story urban fantasy. I have read quite a lot of books in the urban fantasy genre, and this was a very enjoyable one, up there with my favourites suchContinue reading “Sixteen Souls – Rosie Talbot – 10.02.23”