The Mountains of Instead

Championing fiction as an escape from pandemics, politics and bad TV.

Show Me The Pretty

I generally avoid cover reveal posts, mainly because everyone does them at around the same time and it seems silly to add one more to the pile. However, today I'm making an exception and featuring the UK cover of Richelle Mead's forthcoming Bloodlines:

Anyone familiar with The Vampire Academ…

Stop Crying Your Heart Out (Review: Shift; Jeri Smith-Ready)

Shift Jeri Smith-Ready Simon Pulse 2011

Shift is the second book in Jeri Smith-Ready's series, the first is Shade. If you haven't read Shade (and you really should) then this review will contain spoilers. You have been warned.
Aura is still reeling from the events of Shift.  Caught in an unimag…

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other (Review: Plague by Michael Grant)

Plague Plague Michael Grant Egmont 2011
Plague is the fourth book in Michael Grant's FAYZ series.  This review contains slight spoilers for the previous three books.  Consider yourselves warned.
Life in the FAYZ is not getting any easier. In fact, for all involved it’s getting a hell of a lot worse…

Help Me Today and I'll Love You FOREVER... Volunteers Required

I’m launching a new blog! Recently, there has been a distinct trend in YA fiction towards series of books – every second title seems to be the first in a series and, while this is often welcome, there is usually a gap of a year between titles. Now, perhaps I am old and my memory is ailing, but I of…

Quis Separabit? (Review: The Dark And Hollow Places; Carrie Ryan)

The Dark And Hollow Places
Carrie Ryan
Gollancz 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places is the third in Carrie Ryan's excellent series.  This review, therefore, contains spoilers regarding both The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead Tossed Waves.
Annah has been alone ever since Elias left her – three l…