Summer is over, I’m not too happy about that and I’m hoping the warm weather continues for another few months, though I know many of you would disagree. Well, whatever your weather preference, I hope you get lots of reading done in during March. Our numbers were down for February with only 8 reviews logged on the website.
Greenhaelan (Chronicles of Algarth #1) by L.A. Webster was reviewed by Emily @A Keyboard and an Open Mind who says “It eases you in gently, lets you get to know the characters, gives you some beautiful descriptions of gardens, and then takes you on an adventure.“ she is looking forward to book 2 and exploring Algarth more, and by Veronica who is also looking forward to the nxt instalment and says “Webster’s world building has a deft touch that ensures the focus remains on the characters as they drive the story forward, but gives us enough to bring a strong sense of the beauty and heartbreak of troubled Algarth.
I also enjoyed the cli-fi thread with the overlay of our own climate challenges which seeds some important messages for our future and those who wield the power to aid or stop action on climate change.
Great conflict, characters and cli-fi.”
For younger readers we have Withering-by-Sea (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue #1) by Judith Rossell was reviewed by Ashleigh @The Book Muse “I can see why this book won them – and as it begins a series, it answers enough questions to wrap the first book up but at the same time, leaves enough unanswered that readers will want to read the next book to find out what happens and get those answers.” And “Overall, I loved this book. It is probably one that I would have loved to have read as a kid, and it seems like many of the books and series I am discovering these days for middle grade are what I would have enjoyed. Australian authors are bringing out some brilliant middle grade books at the moment and I’m working on reading any that grab my attention. Looking forward to more about Stella!”
Brenda reviewed The Unblessed Child (#1 The Blessed Chronicles) by R.J. Kaldanis and says “It is a fascinating, otherworldly look at the New Realm and its inhabitants, the magic of good and evil. The story is intriguing and reads as a book directed at a young adult audience. If you enjoy fantasy/speculative fiction, you will be sure to enjoy this venture into the unknown.”
Shellyrae @Book’d Out reviewed Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans and says “Euphoria Kids is an enchanting tale of identity, friendship, and belonging for young adults from Alison Evans.
Told with imagination and tenderness, it introduces Iris, identified as non-binary, who makes a wish for a friend and finds first Babs, a girl who often not only feels, but sometimes is, invisible, and a trans boy, new to the school, who has not yet found his real name.
The prose is lyrical with a whimsical tone. Using magic in part as a metaphor, Evan’s characters explore their who they are, and who they want to be, supporting one another in finding and facing their truths. And as with all fairytales there is a happy ending.”
We also had a podcast featuring: A Lifetime of Impossible days by Tabitha Bird, Tresspassers by Meg Mundell and by Dark Matter Zine
That’s it for this month, I hope to have lots of new books to show you next month, happy reading. Don’t forget to link your reviews here
I’m with you Claire. Much as the bushfires were horrible and are associated with summer, I can’t help preferring summer nonetheless.
Thanks for the round-up – though I’m afraid I’m not really familiar with these books or authors.
I’m glad I’m not the only one, I see all these people complaining about the heat and how they can’t wait for summer to be over, I hate being cold and I find it depressing.
I am unfamiliar with these authors too, which is great because it brings new authors to our attention.
Me too … I feel alive when it’s warm, when it’s hot. I don’t mind not being able to sleep some nights. It’s a small price to pay. (I think I’m a reptile!!) I tell me friends that I don’t LOVE 42°C but I’d rather that that 12°C.
I’m the same, maybe I’m a reptile too. I don’t really like it below 25C
I think I owe you at least 2-3 reviews of AWW spec fic novels. I plan to knuckle down and get to them over the next few weeks, so hopefully there’ll be more for the next round up!
I’ve got about 10 to write this weekend, I’ve been so tired, I can’t think properly to write anything any good. Staying up late every night to read probably doesn’t help either. I look forward to seeing what you’ve been reading next roundup.
Thank you for mentioning my book, Greenhaelan, on this roundup. It was a lovely surprise to see it here. I’m an indie author and this is my debut novel, so not surprised you haven’t heard of me!
My pleasure, it’s good to be able to feature indi authors and help them to get some exposure. Feel free to share the post, that helps others find us and you.