April has definitely been a better month with lots of bank holidays to catch up on my reading but work and life is still stressful. I finally got my 50 parkrun T-shirt and am now a panelist on the Book Bloggers New Book Awards
So here is a summary of my month in books
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Beat the Backlog challenge ( click here for more details)
Balls to the backlog buys
One foot in the fade by Luke Arnold
Amongst our weapons by Ben Arronavitch
Historical Fiction Challenge
I have read a few historical fiction books this month and enjoyed them. I may need to increase the stakes in my challenge
Grace’s story continues in Grace Rising the final book in The White Sails series by Emma Lombard and yes it still has the Outlander meets Black Sails vibe.
A touching romance is at the heart of The Binding by Bridget Collins set in an alternate historical England
A murder mystery featuring your favourite Austen characters -which one killed Mr Wickham
An intriguing and humorous slice of social fiction in 1830s Bath and definitely not just about a souffle that didn’t rise
A Sapphic love story with forbidden magic, witches, secrets, and drama set in an alternate England where magic is forbidden.
I loved this fun romp through time in A catalogue of Catastrophe by Jodie Taylor, the 13th book in the St Mary Chronicles.
I loved this fantasy where Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker join forces to fight vampires
I will never look at a wind farm the same way again after reading this thriller with sci-fi edge
A fantasy full of intrigue,magic,con women and a masked vigilante
Urban Fantasy featuring a surprisingly non-angsty group of vampires in Oxford.
Other books not reviewed
Dopesick by Beth Macy
I couldn’t help being shocked by the Dopesick on TV , so I had to read the book. The book focusses more on the heart-breaking stories of the victims of the oxy-contnin scandal.
Spotlights and Cover reveals
Merchants of Knowledge and Magic by Ericka McCorkle
The Storytellers By Caron McKinlay-
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