Recent Reads: City of Masks by S. D. Sykes

City of Masks (Oswald de Lacy Book Three) by S. D. Sykes Hodder & Stoughton, 2017, 360 pgs. [Note: Expect spoilers for both Plague Land and The Butcher Bird in this post as all three books are connected.] 1358. Venice. Oswald de Lacy and his mother are detained in the city thanks to war having broken out with… Continue reading Recent Reads: City of Masks by S. D. Sykes

Recent Reads: The Butcher Bird by S. D. Sykes

The Butcher Bird (Oswald de Lacy Book Two) by S. D. Sykes Hodder & Stoughton, 2015, 355 pgs. [This post contains some spoilers for Plague Land reviewed here.] 1351. An infant has been found murdered; her body abandoned atop a thorn bush on the outskirts of the village. A giant bird has been seen circling the skies by… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Butcher Bird by S. D. Sykes

Q&A August 2018: What you readin’? Part 2

It’s the second part of the Q&A posts as I’m in between reads at the moment! These fifty-five questions were found on this blog post, which was actually found via a second blog post! So let’s answer another twelve! 13) Can you read on the bus? I shouldn’t but, boy, do I try! I inevitably end up really… Continue reading Q&A August 2018: What you readin’? Part 2

Recent Reads: The Poisoners by Marjorie Bowen

The Poisoners by Marjorie Bowen Endeavour Ink UK, 1936, 2017, 442 pgs. Within the court of Louis XIV, in the grand palace of Versailles, something foul is at work. Mysterious deaths plague the aristocracy, with whispers of cloaked and masked men delivering poisons to lords and ladies alike. The mysterious La Voisin, a woman purported to… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Poisoners by Marjorie Bowen

Recent Reads: Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin Egmont UK Limited, 2000, 358 pgs. 1741. Otis Gardiner is a Coram man. He travels from town to town, selling pots and pans, helping out with whatever odd jobs he can do, trading anything and everything…but he can also take your unwanted children. In the poorest towns, he helps distressed mothers… Continue reading Recent Reads: Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

Recent Reads: Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato

Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato (Hodder & Staughton UK, 2017, 314 pgs) London, 1853. Annie Stride stands on Waterloo Bridge ready to end her life. Destitute, trapped in prostitution, pregnant with child, and mourning the loss of her dearest friend, she plans to end her suffering when she is suddenly rescued by a mysterious young… Continue reading Recent Reads: Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato

Best Reads of 2017

During 2017, I read thirty-four books (not including graphic novels, comics, etc.) and this is a quick little post of the most memorable, with special mentions at the bottom for those which I absolutely loved, regardless. Nonfiction: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi (Arrow, Kindle ed., 1975, 2015, USA –… Continue reading Best Reads of 2017