This Summer on Arkham Reviews

Hello Everyone!

We’re into that part of the year when the terrible day-star is at its hottest and I start to contemplate moving to that place where it’s dark for six months of the year. Yes, I’m not much of a sun worshipper, but I appreciate that I’m in the minority. The one good thing about sun bathing is that it gives you plenty of time to get stuck into a new book. So, in case you’re looking for recommendations, here’s an idea of what’s coming up next on Arkham Reviews!

I’m currently working my way through Gaslight by Eloise Williams and, hopefully by the time I’ve finished it, my copy of The Savage Dawn – the final part of Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight Trilogy – will have arrived. Unless I get similarly distracted, here’s a sneak peak of the other things on my mountainous to read pile:

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Wanted by Jo Ho

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis

Contagion by Teri Terry

The Spectra United by Christie Valentine Powell

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Tempus Abbey by Sammy Woodford

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

Three Words Promised by Ingrid Seymour

Short Delay

Hi everyone.

As you know, I aim to post at least one review every week on this blog. Unfortunately, this week has proven to be a bit of a challenge. I’m starting a new job today and my current read – Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – is taking more time to get through than I imagined. I don’t want to rush the book or give a half-hearted review, so I’m going to be taking a week of hiatus and posting this one next Monday (24th April). Hope that this is okay.

Since I haven’t done one of these update posts in a while, in the next month I’m going to be taking part in a book tour for The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. Lim, as well as posting up reviews for two of May’s hottest new releases – Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl and Legion by Julie Kagawa. Here’s what else you have to look forward to:

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

The Madness Underneath and The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman

The Conscript by Avi Garza

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Heart of Power by S.L. Giger

Sea by Sarah Driver

The Spirit of Stratos: The Shadow Virus by R.E. Larrison

The Dark Days Pact by Allison Goodman

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett

The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer

Next on Arkham Reviews

Due to exams and various other unforeseen circumstances, this blog has taken a bit of a backseat of late. I can only apologise about that, both to my readers and to the independent authors who have kindly donated their work for me to review.

To ensure that I get to these submissions quicker, I’ve had a reshuffle of my “to read” pile. I can’t promise that I won’t be distracted by other pretty covers, but here’s a list of the reviews that I hope to bring to you over the next couple of months. Monday’s post will be a look at Laini Taylor’s upcoming novel, Strange the Dreamer, and I’ll have more Animorphs reviews and a special 300th review post for you soon after, but here’s what else you have to look forward to:

Snow Island by M.Y. Zeman

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Two Hearts Asunder by Ingrid Seymour

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

The Madness Underneath and The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson

The Conscript by Avi Garza

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Heart of Power: The Siren’s Awakening by S.L. Giger

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Spirit of Stratos: The Shadow Virus by R.E. Larrison

Sea by Sarah Driver

Coming up next on Arkham Reviews

Hi everyone!

I hope you enjoyed my little series of Secret Santa reviews. It was certainly more Historical fiction than I’ve read in a long while! It’s time to return to my actual scheduled reviews so expect a more variety (and indie books) over the coming weeks.

At the moment, I’m reading both Boudica’s Daughters by Sheridan Winn and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean Hale and I hope to share the reviews with you very soon. I also intend to continue with my series of Animorphs reviews now that Christmas and my Birthday are both out of the way.

Here’s a sneak peak of the reviews that will follow!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

American Monsters by Derek Landy

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

The Madness Underneath and The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson

One of us is Lying by Karen M McManus

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

Sea by Sarah Driver

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

dEaDINBURGH: Vantage by Mark Wilson

Countryside: The Book of the Wise by J.T. Cope IV

Secret Santa Book Reviews

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a great time over the festive season and got plenty of new books to read.

Following tradition, I took part in LibraryThing‘s Secret Santa this year but unfortunately my books arrived too late to be used for my Christmas review. Instead, now I’m going to ignore my ominous “to read” pile and celebrate the dawn of 2017 with my recommendations from my gifter, iShanella.

iShanella has really taken note my love of female protagonists, urban fantasy and steampunk. On top of the four books that she sent me, she also recommended two others which I’ve added to the list for completeness sake. Here’s what you have to look forward to next on Arkham Reviews:

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

This Winter on Arkham Reviews


Sorry for the delay in the reviews – it’s been a busy couple of weeks. I’m currently reading my way through two novels – Dew From A Dark Mourning by Brenda McGee Holdsworth and Smoke by Dan Vyleta – so look out for my posts on these over the next week.

After this, I have a really varied selection of reviews planned over the festive period. As with previous years, I’m also planning on taking part in LibraryThing’s “SantaThing” event, so look out for some surprise reviews in the New Year.

Anyhow, without further ado, here’s what you can expect next:

Nature’s Confession by J.L. Morin

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

How to Tame a Triceratops by Will Dare

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

American Monsters by Derek Landy

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

dEaDINBURGH: Vantage by Mark Wilson

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

Countryside: The Book of the Wise by J.T. Cope IV

The Conscript by Nate Kirtis

Coming Soon on Arkham Reviews…

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a week since I last posted so I just thought I’d assure you that I’m still safe and well. Camp NaNoWriMo is now over and I’m happy to say that I did pass, ending up writing over 10,000 words over my target. My novel’s second draft isn’t quite finished yet though so I’m afraid I will still be slow for a little while.

If you follow my Twitter, you’ll be aware that my next review is going to be Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. I hoped to have it up today but I’m unfortunately finding the book a bit hard to get through. It’ll definitely be posted by the end of the weekend though.

You might have noticed that I’ve mainly been reading traditionally published books of late. This has been because it’s been more helpful for me to read books that I know have been well edited while I’ve been writing. However, because of this, my pile of independent novels to review is getting huge! In order to balance things out, the next month or so is mainly going to be a month of indie reviews. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming soon to this blog:

Alex Finch: Monster Hunter by Cate Dean

The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp

Snow Bunny: Chronicles of a Wererabbit by M.Y. Zeman

Hell is Coming by N.P. Martin

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Soulwoven: Exile by Jeff Seymour

Guilt Trip by Maggie Farrell

Elsker by S.T. Bende

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Sun Poisoned by Nikki Rae

Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz

Bound by Sarah Bryant

A Candle, Three Shells and a Mysterious Note…

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the delay in posting my review of Rogue by Julie Kagawa. I made a last minute decision to use Camp NaNoWriMo to redraft my novel and so my blogging is going to take a back seat over this month. Sorry for any disappointment that this may cause!

If you want to stay informed about my writing progress, please keep an eye on my Twitter or my Camp NaNoWriMo profile page. If you want to sponsor me, you can do so by clicking [here]. All proceeds go to supporting the National Novel Writing Month – a non-profit organisation that provides support and resources for budding writers.

However, I do have something exciting to share with you. Yesterday, I received a strange letter in the mail care of the wonderful people at Faber & Faber. It contained a candle, three sea shells and a slightly sinister note:

Candle, Shells and Note

What can it all mean? Keep an eye on the blog – the answer will become clear over the coming months.


Still Alive!

Hello Everyone.

I’m really sorry for the lack of post this week. I am full of cold and am struggling to stay awake long enough to get through my current book, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it finished over the weekend and let you know what I think.

I realise that it’s been a while since I updated you all about what’s coming up next on the blog. Here’s a list of the reviews I have planned over the next few months:

Skid by Doug Solter

The Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo

Rush by Eve Silver

Darkthaw by Kate A Boorman

A New World by Rich Douglas

Vampire Rites Trilogy by Darren Shan

Superunknown: Of Fairytales and Grunge by G.C. Huxley

Book of Light by Rachel Tetley

Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Alex Finch: Monster Hunter by Cate Dean

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Girl in Between by Laekan Zea Kemp

Spotlight – Sparked

This post is brought to you in association with Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours. Look out for my full review on 13 March!

Sparked Cover

Author:  Sheena Snow

Genre:  Science Fiction / Romance

Series:  Metal Bones (#1)

Page Count: 326

Release Date: 16 December 2015


They weren’t supposed to have feelings.

Metal will Clash

In a not-too-distant future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased a French Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.

Secrets will Unfold

The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for hire to humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.

Sparks will Fly

Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.


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