January 2019 Upsum


Welcome to another year.  The first month of 2019 is now over and it is time to reflect on all the books I read this month.  January has been a strange reading month.  Of the eleven books I finished, four were rather disappointing and didn’t quite live up to the expectations I had for them.  I could see the potential in some of them but, overall, I couldn’t help but feel a little let down by them.  On the other hand, some of the other books were excellent and I have introduced myself to some authors that I am really looking forward to reading more from.

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Review: The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale

The Toy Makers

Robert Dinsdale


468 pages



This review could have turned out so differently.  The first half of The Toy Makers was wonderful, the second really bad so it took me a while to figure out how to even write a review for it.  I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to write one but I have some thoughts and I have to write them down.

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My Most Read Authors


Goodreads can be a fascinating thing to look at if you have the time.  You record everything you read and you can review those details at any time you wish.  Lately, I have been looking at my most read authors.  This list is, of course, only since I started using Goodreads in 2012 but I thought it would be interesting to list the authors I have read most in the last six and a half years.

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ARC Review: Enchantée by Gita Trelease


Gita Trelease

Pan MacMillan

452 pages



ARC received from Netgalley.  All views are my own

The Place des Vosges is a beautiful Square in the Marais district of Paris, built in the seventeenth century and inaugurated to celebrate the engagement of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria.  It was a very fashionable place to live in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and its beautiful red brick houses are still wonderful to see today.

Also, in 1789, The Place des Vosges was named Place Royale.

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Review: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett


Robert Jackson Bennett

Founders #1

Jo Fletcher

503 pages



Challenge(s): The Pingel Sisters Reading Challenge- A Book Over 500 pages

Wow.  It’s not often that the first book in a series completely blows me away but Foundryside has managed it.  It was fantastic from the first page to the last with an excellent story, innovative magic system and amazing characters.

It’s a definite winner.

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Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller


368 pages



Challenge(s): The A-Z Library Challenge, New Author Challenge.

From the age of seven years old I was obsessed with Greek Mythology.  I watched Clash of the Titans so many times it probably drove my mother insane but I was completely addicted.  As a result, I still love reading interpretations of Greek Mythology to this day.  I am going to admit, I hadn’t even heard of The Song of Achilles until the end of last year which is a major failing on my part because it’s quite a beautiful story.

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Review: The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

The Crown Tower

Michael J. Sullivan

The Riyria Chronicles #1


368 pages (minus extras)



Challenge(s): Pingel Sisters Reading Challenge: A Book You Haven’t Read By An Author You Love

I think we all know by now that my reviews of the Riyria books won’t actually be reviews, rather just me squealing about how much I love them and The Crown Tower is no exception.  I bloody loved it.

Summary: A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.


Total Reading Time: 3h 32m

Reading Speed p/h: 108.6

Most Pages Read in a Day: 100

Most Minutes Read in a Day: 61

I adored the Riyria Revelations.  It was one of those series that I instantly fell in love with and enjoyed the entire story.  I couldn’t put it down so I decided to get the Riyria Chronicles for Christmas (three of them as presents for myself) and I have been dying to sit down and read them.  The Crown Tower did not disappoint.

Royce and Hadrian have got to be one of my all time favourite book friendships.  They just work so well together and I just loved how different they were yet how close they were so to read how it all begin hit just about every button for me.  Hadrian is lovely, Royce is closed off and I absolutely adored seeing their initial antagonism towards each other thaw slightly throughout the course of the story.

The plot is simple and if you’ve read the Revelations you’ll have heard it mentioned but it was nice to read the story in full.  Hadrian has just returned from fighting in Calis and is paired up with Royce by Professor Arcadius to steal a book from the Crown Tower, the seat of the Head of the Nyphron Church.  If you’ve read Revelations then it adds a nice layer to an already wonderful story and if you haven’t then it is a wonderful beginning to start from because there are no spoilers.

There’s nothing more that I can really say.  I’ve said so many times how much I love Riyria and every review after this one will probably say the same.  These books have become automatic five star reads for me and that will probably continue for as long as I read them.



Review: Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another

Jodi Taylor

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s

Accent Press

280 pages (319 ebook)



Challenge(s): A-Z Library Challenge, New Author Challenge

Just One Damned Thing After Another has been on my to read list for a few months now but I’ve been waiting to pick it up so it could fill the J portion of my A-Z Library Challenge since J seems to be quite a hard letter to fill using only books from my local library.  It wasn’t quite what I expected.

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Review: The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

The Emperor’s Blades

Brian Staveley

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1

568 pages



I finally got around to reading The Emperor’s Blades.  I’ve only been planning on reading it since the summer but I just never got around to it.  Well, better late than never so here’s my thoughts…

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