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Author spotlight: meet Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

Book cover: Resistance - Mikhaeyla Kopievsky (a woman's face drawn in circuitry)Mikhaeyla Kopievsky has just released her debut novel Resistance, first in the Divided Elements series. I was delighted to get the opportunity to settle in with a cocktail and interview this exciting new author. Join me to find out more about her and her intriguing dystopian world.

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Top Ten Tuesday: books with pictures

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. Last week I focused on cover art; this week we’re all talking about books that have pictures on the inside…

Picture books, graphic novels, comics and more…

Redux: January gets off to a good start

I had so many good intentions for 2017. No, that’s not true. I had a few intentions that were meant to keep me honest. Hands up who would be surprised if the ones relating to acquiring books didn’t survive the first week of the year… At least I’m doing well on my reading goals.

Reading round-up, Stacking the shelves and goal progress

The Edge of the Abyss: go big or go home

Book cover: The Edge of the Abyss - Emily Skrutskie (all the red tentacles thrashing out of the sea, faced by a girl looking back over her shoulder towards the reader)Broken-hearted but out of options, Cas Leung turned her back on the shore and signed on as Santa Elena’s trainee. But abandoned Bao isn’t the only Reckoner living wild in the NeoPacific – and they’re eating the sea empty. Can Cas persuade the pirates to risk their lives for the greater good?

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Top Ten Tuesday: my pretties

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. We’ve got a free topic, so I want to talk about beautiful cover art.

So pretty

Tremontaine: Dissolution

I seem to recall saying that if it wasn’t alright, it wasn’t the end, and Tremontaine would go on forever (or at least until it met up with Swordspoint). I stand by that: as we leave our well-loved, frustrating cast at the end of the second season, few would claim that they’re okay. Brace yourself.

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DiverseAThon 2017: what I’ll be reading

The world can be a dark and scary place. But it doesn’t have to be. Yesterday, there were marches globally for equality and a better future. Today sees the start of the 2nd DiverseAThon with very similar goals: equal representation; equal voice. The weeklong read-a-thon is hosted by Booktubers Christina Marie, Joce,  MonicaWhitney and Simon – and for us bloggy types, Naz has created a sign-up at ReadDiverseBooks.

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Resistance (Divided Elements): question your programming

Book cover: Resistance - Mikhaeyla Kopievsky (a woman's face drawn in circuitry)

Anaiya is an elite Peacekeeper tasked to guard the Co-operative of Otpor from Unorthodoxy. Bred to be competitive, she strives to be the best – but when Resistance rises in the Precincts, the best way to bring it down is to join it. In a culture that defines its people by their dominant Element, can a passionless, disciplined Fire Elemental believably become a Bohemian Element of Air?

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Confessions of a bad SF fan: I always liked fantasy better

earthseaIt occurred to me that classics of fantasy are as important to me as classics of scifi. So I’m cheating this month, and visiting Earthsea in my celebration of genre classics. I’ll come completely clean: this isn’t even a first read. This was one of my first loves. Can it survive my adult prejudices?

More musings than review, minor spoilers

Tremontaine: Smoke and Ashes

The calm before the storm, the penultimate episode of Season Two is all about consequences. Esha has an opportunity for Diane, if Micah and Rafe will unlock it for her. Florian confronts Shade over his vicious, unnecessary murder. And Tess must see if she can find it within herself to forgive Kaab her many wrongs.

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Gilded Cage: not all are created Equal

Book cover: Gilded Cage - Vic James (ironwork and the silhouette of a bird in flight)In a deeply different nearly now, Britain is ruled by the Equals – those with the Skill to assert their rights. UnSkilled commoners owe ten years of their lives in slave labour, with no protection under the law. As they begin their slavedays, the Hadley siblings find themselves at the heart of the fight for the future.

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Bite-size Books: The Drowning Eyes

Book cover: The Drowning EyesTazir needs to take find a passenger to pay the bills, but when a rich girl with too much money crosses her path in Shasa’s dive bar, she quickly realises she’s taken on more than she bargained for. Shina is more than she seems – the last, best hope to defeat the marauding Dragon Ships and restore the Windspeakers’ power.

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