Bookish Ramblings: June Wrap Up

I’m going to be a big cliche and say “wow that month went fast” because it really did, I can’t believe that it’s the end of June already! This month has been great for the most part, sadly the only thing that let June down was the books I read. It’s been a real “meh” month and other than Aurora Rising, the books I’ve read have struggled to rise above 3 stars and in fact I had a 2 star which I’ve not awarded for a long time!

The Books

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders 3*

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber 3.5*

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristof and Amie Kaufman 5*

Pans Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro and Cornelia Funke 3*

Relics by Tim Lebbon 3.5*

The Extinction Trials by S M Wilson 2*

When I wasn’t reading

This month was Chapter.Con month and has been an event I had been looking forward to for well over a year! Organised and hosted by author Katie M John from Little Bird Publishing, it’s an inspirational and educational event for authors and book community supporters. I was excited for several reasons, firstly I got to meet some amazing friends that I have known online for years, I had been invited to speak on a panel and there was going to be a huge party at the end! I got to speak to authors from a reader perspective, hopefully breaking down misconceptions between readers and authors and helping them foster relationships with bloggers. The awards and after party was amazing, some of you may know that I format print books in my spare time and a book that I’d worked on was selected for a peer award, I was so so happy! Katie M John has now emigrated to the US so I don’t know if Chapter.con will return again in the UK, but I hope it does as it’s such an inclusive and amazing event.

Looking ahead

June was really freeing in that I didn’t set myself a tbr for the month, and whilst it wasn’t the month that I finally finished Priory like I hoped, it gave me a chance to catch up on my May books that I didn’t reach. I probably will set myself a tbr for July though, so check back tomorrow to see whats on my list – let me know if you want to read along with any! The We Read Box, only has a few days left on it’s Kickstarter and they are still a way off their goal which is really sad. It seems that there is a really big market for a UK based middle grade box but it’s struggling to get traction. We’ve committed to the November box as it’s fantasy based, but their first box in September is contemporary, so hopefully there is a box for everyone available at sign up – and for £27 posted within the UK, it’s a steal. This is an all or nothing kickstarter, if they don’t reach their goal you won’t be charged, so your money won’t just disappear into the ether. If you want to lend some last minute support, you can find all the info and various tiers available at


Review of Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

First off, going into Aurora Rising was actually a bit of a worry for me, I worried over the hype, I worried about not liking a book that so many others loved, I worried that as I hadn’t read Illuminae I would somehow not be as in tune with the story. But all those worries needn’t have mattered as, I’m jumping well and truly on the bandwagon and shouting about how much I loved this book!

Where do I start? The characters, the banter, the immeasurable amount of 90’s pop culture references? I think I’ll start there. As a maturer reader of YA it’s always nice to remember that in fact, a lot of YA writers are around my age – I enjoyed that lots of the little nuggets around the story are from from films and tv shows that I grew up with and made me feel that the authors acknowledge that the book would have a varied age range of readers. From “five by five” to “would you like to know more?” each one brought an excited little fan girl squeal, and the Hitchhikers Guide style chapter breaks were a brilliant touch.

The characters are my perfect band of misunderstood misfits, each one bringing their own unique style to the story and a little something that will hopefully feel inclusive to every reader. With squad goals to rival my beloved Rampion Crew, they very nearly toppled them from the top spot; nearly… I immediately identified with Zila, although her chapters are short, her ability to sum things up perfectly in just a few lines is perfect, and her illogical logic always made me smile. Fin is hilarious in an inappropriate way, his jokes being his figurative armour to distract from his literal exosuit, Kal will satisfy any fae based cravings, and Tyler, Cat and Scarlett bring the human balance to the team. Even though they’re great and they know it, they are written in such a wonderful way that it never comes across as conceited. I have to say that Aurora was kind of the weak link in squad 312 for me, I would have loved to seen a bit more depth around her as the gravity of her situation never really got a chance to settle, I guess I found her a little too quick to be fine with everything, which is a teeny tiny gripe, I know.

That brings me to the banter, it’s a clear testament to the authors friendship that the banter flows so freely and with such understanding, there is little in the way of awkward misinterpretation and I bet the authors had so much fun with it! It’s a constant back and forth, with rarely a serious conversation to be had. It really reminded me of the crew of the Serenity and the friendships in Starship Troopers in that even when everything is going to hell, friendships bring focus and the trust between them is pretty special.

Which brings me finally round to the story, I have to admit that Aurora Rising was a 100% hype buy and I went in knowing zero about it, but I found myself surprisingly easily captivated by the story, it had a little bit of everything with the crew running for their lives, crazy aliens, conspiracy coverups, a bit of a heist (my personal favourite) and snarky electronic devices.  There was so much crammed into the pages and pacing was pretty full on at times. Honestly it brought out all the feels and I did shed a little tear (which is a real rarity) as I didn’t think that that would happen. It left on a high though and I have to admit that I’m a little in love with squad 312 and I can’t wait to continue reading about their adventures!


Review of City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never-changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace — though the perils outside the built cities are rife with danger as much as the streets below.
But in a world where time means only what the ruling government proclaims, and the levels of light available are artificially imposed to great consequence, lost souls and disappeared bodies are shadow-bound and savage, and as common as grains of sand. And one such pariah, sacrificed to the night, but borne up by time and a mysterious bond with an enigmatic beast, will rise to take on the entire planet–before it can crumble beneath the weight of human existence.

I went into City in the Middle of the Night with great expectations. I had seen it widely promoted on its release and the premise sounded amazing. Straight off, this is a good book I just felt that it missed out being great. The world building was exceptional, creative and unique and the characters diverse in background and life.

The toxic friendship between Sophie and Bianca was hard to read at times but it was exceptionally well done. Bianca is immensely manipulative and I found her personally, to be the real villain of the piece. It felt though, that many of the relationships were fractious; a product of the infighting on the mother ship combined with the closed off and insular nature of the cities I suppose. There is a real sense that emotions are festering, yet in a society where it seems there is no time or allowance for feelings – it’s little wonder that elements of the story felt like a ticking time bomb. There was balance though,as Sophie and Rose’s relationship felt like the entire opposite I really enjoyed the trust building between them, the acceptance and desire for inclusion on both sides.

I did feel that as a story it didn’t really feel confident in itself, like the author had all these amazing ideas and people and worlds, but just could quite get it to come together on the page the way it did in her mind. I didn’t know where it was pitched either, Sophie appears very much a YA protagonist but this was in no way a YA book. Initially, I struggled to get into the story as the opening chapters had a lot going on with little context, which whilst initially confusing it did all fall into place as things moved on. The prose is very lyrical and and when I got into it’s flow, I suddenly found it to be a much easier read. Sadly though I felt it plateaued early on, never really reaching the heights it could and whilst I’m usually a fan of open endings, this just felt like the end of a chapter rather than the story.

I can, however, appreciate the skill of the writing and the wonderous world with so many complex layers but it didn’t wow me the way I wished it would have.



The A – Z Book Tag

Morning to all, I’m currently at the amazing Chapter.con in London and I’m up early (because my dorm room is under a flight path lol) so whilst the authors are still tucked up I thought I would do a quick fun book tag to start the weekend! I found this from Book Hooked Nook but please feel free to play along!

Author you’ve read the most books from?

I think I have to say that it’s Sarah J Maas, just because of how vast the Throne of Glass Series became. Jo Michaels comes a close second though!

Best sequel ever?

Muse of Nightmares, I think I loved that book even more than Strange the Dreamer

Currently Reading

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Drink of Choice While Reading?

A nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio

E-Reader or Physical Book

I think that there is a time and place for both as ebooks are so handy to read when you’re out and about – ultimately though I prefer to hold a book in my hands

Fictional Character you probably would have actually dated in High School

Luvian Fen from the State of Sorrow Duology by Melinda Salisbury

Glad you gave this book a chance?

Vampire Hearts by Katie M John, I’m not usually a vampire kind of girl but her Bathory Academy series really surprised me and I’m so glad I picked it up!

Hidden Gem Book

Truly give Indie authors a chance – not all write to market, there are some really amazing story tellers out there!

Important moment in your reading life?

Discovering the Indie Author community, I have made so many friends and learnt so much from them all.

Just Finished?

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

Kind of books you won’t read?

Contemporary Romance, I prefer worlds that help me escape reality.

Longest book you’ve read?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas.

Major book hangover because of?

Sorry to go there again but the prize goes to Sarah J Maas with A Court of Wings and Ruin – that whole series just left me an emotional mess.

Number of bookcases you own?


One book you have read multiple times?

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Preferred Place to Read?

Tucked up on the sofa with a glass of wine

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read?

Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light – I love it so much I have it on a tote bag that I take everywhere with me!

Reading regret?

Buying the first Shatter Me trilogy on a kindle deal – halfway through book one I knew that I really didn’t like it, but powered through because I had bought them all – such a mistake, it was terrible in my opinion – so much abuse 😦

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series)

Technically the last book is out soon, but I’m so far behind with the Red Rising series that there is no way i’ll have caught up by then!

Three of your all-time favourite books?

The Time Travellers Wife, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Very excited for this release more than all the others?

The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Worst Bookish Habit?

Leaving it too long to write my reviews – I can’t do them straight away as I need time to process (although I do put initial thoughts down) then I start another book and keep saying “I’ll do it later” until I completely forget most of it 😦

Your Latest Book Purchase?

No purchases but I have acquired quite a few books from the authors at Chapter.con! I have a set of the Return of the Elves Series by Bethany Adams which is amazing and also several books by P.M. Hernandez

ZZZ-snatcher book? (last book that kept you up way too late)

I’m actually pretty good at knowing when to quit as I if I have to re-read a page I know i’m too tired to take the story in and enjoy it so I make myself stop so I don’t miss important details!







ZZZ-snatcher book? (last book that kept you up way too late)

Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five Part One by R.J Furness.

Review of The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.
There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.
Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods….

There was a point last year that I felt every book I picked up was a fairytale retelling and to be honest, I had to a degree had my fill. I was wary about picking up another. But I’m so glad I took the chance on this one as the contemporary dystopian setting really set it apart from the usual high fantasy based tales. From the very first page I knew I was in for something completely different, it felt gritty and survivalist and dark.

Whilst we meet Red part way through her journey to Grandma’s, the chapters flip between what’s happening now and what came before, this was a great narrative choice as the start really packs a punch and I think to have it written in a start to finish way would have lost so much of the impact and led to a very “by numbers” story. We are faced instantly with Red’s paranoia, things that live in the shadows have never had such blurred lines as it’s everyone for themselves. I really enjoyed how closed off Red was and how that translated on the page – too often in dystopian stories do the characters not develop as a result of their surroundings, Red is a 100% a product of her surroundings  travelling through the woods guerilla style, this is no place to be vulnerable and Red kicks established tropes out of the water, proving that really there is much to be gained from a diet of apocalypse movies and books. it actually the first book I have read in a long time that actually features representation of a disability – Red owns this completely, dispelling myths and showing total capability and utter fortitude with everything that crosses her path.

I loved the crossover between human kindness and human atrocity and both are given time across the spectrum, you never know who can be trusted and that sometimes even the most bizarre of alliances can be forged. The Crisis itself has lead to an almost walking dead scenario with plenty of nods to Red’s diet of dystopia, Henry is certainly masterful at conveying both impending and slow burning dread. Despite the heavy themes though, the book is an easy read, thanks in no small part to how compelling it is. The the writing style flows easily with short snappy chapters that drive the story forward, I was hooked!

Sadly though,  I felt the wrap up was pretty unsatisfactory, It’s the first book of Christina Henry’s that I have read and I don’t know if this is typical of her writing style – I can’t say much more about it but it felt like i had fallen asleep halfway through a movie and then woke with a start at the end credits. One thing for sure though, I am really wanting to go back and read some of Henry’s earlier retellings as her writing style drew me in completely and her covers are amazing, simple but impactful.


Review of To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.
In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men pursue collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.
With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze.

To Best the Boys was a light and fun read, absolutely perfect if you have a few hours to yourself and want to immerse yourself in a different world for a bit. I’ll admit I really don’t like the title at all and likely would have put me off buying it but as I received this in a book box I was a captive audience. The premise was quirky, anything with a misfit group trying to solve something, usually ticks my boxes and I like how Rhen was very far from from the usual female protagonists in YA. She loves to get her hands dirty and see how things work, a brilliant scientific mind in a time where women were just meant to smile and be pretty. The feminist theme in the story is strong, but Rhen manages to get her point across with good humour. Lines like “or maybe they could just look at women as it we’re regular people” are simple yet effective. Much of the writing feels that way, so the story flows easily over the pages.

I adored her relationship with her dad (that’s another thing – the author is from the US but many references are in UK English :D) their working tirelessly together was just beautiful and so full of understanding. “You follow your dreams, not your guilt” was perhaps my favourite line in the book and it was spoken between them – the more I think about that line the more relevant I think it feels to how many of us perceive potentially leaving loved ones behind, it really struck a chord with me.

But, for those expecting this to be like the maze runner you’ll be disappointed, it took 2/3 of the book to get to the labyrinth itself and whilst the first part does an amazing job at setting Rhen up as the contender who could achieve great things, it could have been condensed. I didn’t feel like the the part of the over fishing of the port added anything at all, and whilst it did highlight an important environmental concern, it bore little relevance to the story other than serving as a last minute wheel to get another character in the maze. The maze section though was great, packed with mind bending trials, the right balance of terror and excitement as well as a generous dose of somewhat unhealthy competition. I just wished it lasted longer! This writing was great and if only more pages had been dedicated to it, To Best the Boys would have been a much higher rating from me.


Invincible Heart Release Blitz (A dystopian political thriller) with Bryan Tann & Kindra Sowder

Title: Invincible Heart
Author: Bryan Tann & Kindra Sowder
Genre: Dystopian Sci-fi/Political Thriller
Editor: Edd Sowder
Publisher: Burning Willow Press
Publication Date: June 15th, 2019
Invincible Heart: The John Baker Chronicles book 1
President Emerson King has been both publicly and privately embarrassed by the escape and open rebellion of known terrorist, Mila Hunter.
To combat the growing resistance of the Fallen Paradigm, he has enacted the Invincible Heart Project in the form of soldier John Baker with a simple mission; to capture or kill Hunter at all costs.
Unfortunately for the president, John’s HEART has other plans.
Buy Links:
Invincible Heart:
Unbreakable Mind:
Kindra Sowder was born and raised in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA until the age of 12, when her family moved to Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from high school in 2006 with full honors and as a member of her high school Literary Club and the Spanish Honor Society. In January 2014, she graduated with her second degree in Criminal NeuroPsychology. She married her husband Edd Sowder in May 2014 and still lives in Spartanburg, SC where she is basing Burning Willow Press. Her works have earned multiple award nominations.
Author Links:
Hello, my name is Bryan A. Tann and welcome to my little section of Amazon!
I am the author of The Path of Redemption series. The first book, ‘The Enforcer’ is available now in Kindle (KU) and Print formats. ‘The Hunted’ is available now in Kindle (KU) format. Print coming soon.
The Path of Redemption tells the story of vampire Enforcer, Bryce Kreed, and his quest to save his soul while trying to protect Mistress Enya Blake from the hands of a vicious sect leader that wants to take her power for himself.
I am also the author of the spinoff of Kinda Sowder’s groundbreaking Permutation Archives series titled ‘The John Baker Chronicles’. This Permutation Archives Division’s first novel, ‘Invincible Heart’ is available now in Kindle (KU) and print formats. Book 2, Unbreakable Mind, coming December 22nd, 2018.
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Invincible Heart:
Unbreakable Mind:

The Brave Zombie Cover Reveal with E. A. Reyland

Title: The Brave Zombie    
Author: E.A. Reyland
Genre: Children’s
Illustrator: Jassadore
Publication Date: June 20th, 2019
First grade is hard enough when you’re a new student, but for Nigel it’s even harder, being that he’s a zombie and all. Dive into first grade with Nigel as he meets his new friend, Alyssa, and they both learn to be brave together.

E.A Reyland spends her days playing the role of super mom and wife. But, at night she dons her cape and put on her writing hat and dives into the world of her imagination. Nothing is off limits to this mom. From friendly zombies to timid werewolves. E.A. is making the paranormal fun for all ages and loving every moment of it. For other works please visit her at

About the Illustrator:
JessAdore is the owner & artist behind all the “creepycute” products for the brand Jess Adorables.
She is a stay-at-home mom of 3 who spends most of week homeschooling her three children and creating “creepycute” creations for her brand. 
She has been drawing since she could hold a pencil and fined tuned her craft at University of the Incarnate Word, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Writing and illustrating children’s books has been a dream of hers since she was in grade school.
She’s written and illustrated two books of her own titled: “Are You My Zombie Chicken Momma?” and “Tricks, Spooks, & Bones”. She is currently working on a several books and a comic series surrounding her original character Peck, the zombie chick.
Jess’ artwork is inspired by all things creepy and all things cute. She has combined the two and has created her own “creepycute” style which has made her brand distinguishable from others.
Stay up to date by following her at @JessAdorables on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and visit her website at If you would like to contact the illustrator directly, email to

Review of Green Valley by Louis Greenberg

When Lucie Sterling’s niece is abducted, she knows it’ll be no easy feat to find answers. Stanton is no ordinary city: invasive digital technology has been banned, by public vote. No surveillance state, no shadowy companies holding databases of information on private citizens, no phones tracking their every move. Only one place stays firmly anchored in the bad old ways, in a huge bunker across town: Green Valley, where the inhabitants have retreated into the comfort of full-time virtual reality–personae non gratae to the outside world. And it’s inside Green Valley, beyond the ideal virtual world it presents, that Lucie will have to go to find her missing niece.

Green Valley is a real slow burn of a novel, I’ll admit it took me a little while to get into, but when it finds it’s feet everything kicks up a notch or two. Lucie’s analogue world feels quaint but immediately frustrating, thinking back to only being able to move as far as your telephone wire will let you, will certainly strike a chord! it’s unsurprising, however, that there would be some who were so entrenched with the digital, that it would seem almost unthinkable to revert to payphones and pen and paper.  I was surprised at how small an area Green Valley was, but being faced with a fully immersive “jacked in” society, I would certainly choose to walk away from my computer and keep to the real world.

It’s a stark choice though, one or the other.  Families are divided and friendships lost, children not able to decide and having to follow what ever vote their parents took, and what of those born into Green Valley? Lucie though, falls in the middle. Maintaining her relationship with her analogue pioneer boyfriend, whilst secretly coveting the bad old days, I instantly identified with her. I have to love any relationship when the golden rule whilst reading is not to disturb one another until the chapter has ended! But her job in criminal justice was certainly easier with CCTV and DNA databases and never more so when unidentified children begin turning up dead all around town.

The story had a real City and the City feel to it, Louis Greenberg did an amazing job of painting Stanton as an almost beige society, I read it very much picturing the 1970’s/1980’s where concrete architecture was at it’s worst and orange and brown dominated homewares and fashion.  It felt cold and a little bleak if I’m honest. Green Valley by comparison, projected like a perpetual infomercial bursting with happy faces and colour.

Lucie’ descent into total immersion into her investigation was very well written, I enjoyed the pacy thriller style as the pieces started to fit into place, with twists and revelations that left me in shock. I found it tough to read at times, the drama taking a darker turn as the true toll of living in a virtual world took shape. I was turning each page with increasing horror as more information filtered through but by this point I felt as immersed as Lucie and just couldn’t stop reading. It was an incredibly atmospheric read, almost oppressive at times, but I truly felt I was in Green Valley with her, holding my breath with her – such skilled writing.

One thing is for certain, it’s made me think a lot about what passes by, even in my own home, when i’m looking at my phone. Although the salutary tale may appear trite, it really had a deep effect on me, Green Valley will certainly be a story that will stay with me for a long time and that reminder from time to time can only be a good thing.


Six for Sunday: Characters who deserve another/their own book

I’ve not done a #sixforsunday for a while, I’ve been so tired that being able to write coherently has been a bit hit and miss, but I’m going to give it a go today! When putting this post together I realised that I’m a actually a sucker for an origin story, I think because when series come to an end, for the most part authors are pretty good a wrapping up their story satisfactorily but woven in the pages are nuggets of history and tales of what has come before. These are the stories that I want to be told. There will be a *spoiler* for Stephanie Garber’s Finale in this post, I will put it as number 6 at the bottom of this post so you can read up to there if you want to!

Romy Silvers

In the only actual follow on character in this list, I would love to have known more about what came after. The story is amazing as a stand alone and I commend it for that, in a sea of trilogies, but a little follow up would be lovely. I’m a huge fan of prologues and epilogues – maybe Lauren James could be convinced to write a fair sized epilogue lol

The Order of the Phoenix

Not a character for this one but a cast of characters! Wouldn’t it be amazing to go back in time to read about James and Sirius’s friendship, the Longbottom’s before they became cursed? It would be amazing to find out more about what made them such a formidable team and how Dumbledore was involved. Exciting set pieces with fights against death eaters, scenes with Snape where we learn more about his divided loyalties – the possibilities are endless!

Luvian Fen

Lovely, lovely Luvian. State of Sorow is perhaps my favourite duology and that is mainly down to Luvian Fen. The bookish outcast in a family of thugs, his ability to put spin on every political situation is done with panache and charm. I do love him. But rather than a continuation of the story, I want to know how he learnt to be such a player. Stories of his scrapes and studies, his life experiences which shaped him. Whilst we get glimpses of this in Song of Sorrow, a little prequel novella would be amazing – if I was skilled in story telling in any way I would probably be fan fictioning all over this.

Lee Scoresby

One of the most endearing characters from the His Dark Materials trilogy, I adored Lee Scoresby and his daemon Hester. The charismatic aeronaut was able to charm everyone he met, befriending the witches, the panserbjorn and creating an alliance with Lyra. How did he become an aeronaut though, when did he first fly his balloon? He had so many adventures though, that it would be amazing to have a little short story collection recounting what has come before.


Amerantha was certainly crazy and evil – but Hybern’s highest general achieved a hell of a lot in her evil time, the capture of the high lords, the demise of Jurian, the curse on Tamlin, so much history – I get why her character had what happened happen at the end of ACOTAR but as evil villains go, she was a much better one that Hybern!



Paloma/Paradise the Lost

If you keep up with my reviews then you’ll know that Finale was sadly one of the biggest let downs of the year for me, one of the main reasons for this was the very early demise of Paloma. A character filled with so much promise, she had been painted as a vibrant force of nature, full of intrigue, but we never got to see more than a snapshot. So I would love for Paloma to have her own story. We could have tales of Caraval past – perhaps tying it in with an exciting heist scenario with her taking the deck of destiny. There are so many avenues her story could take as we learnt a lot about her history in Legendary which would make an amazing prequel.

Those were my six, so tell me if you agree or who you would choose for your 6!