The Mountains of Instead

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

It's only because I CARE!

Like many avid readers, and I suspect even more book bloggers, I often get asked for reading recommendations.  I secretly relish being asked - there is nothing nicer than the opportunity to introduce books that you love to people that you care about.  However, as a YA book blogger, I also often get…

Geek Chic (Review: Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey)

Bleeding Hearts            Alyxandra Harvey         Bloomsbury 2011
Bleeding Hearts is the fourth book in Alyxandra Harvey's Drake Chronicles. If you haven't read the previous books in the series then this review may contain spoilers. You have been warned.
Christabel doesn’t get Violet Hill. Ha…

Let Me Live, Unseen, Unknown (review: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick)

Ashes Ilsa J. Bick Quercus 2011

Alex is half way up a mountain when it happens, where she’s been undertaking a personal quest and coming to terms with a terminal illness – a monstrous brain tumour that she is tired of fighting… Alex, really, is all fought out. In the middle of a chance meeting with an…

Gilding The Lily (Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead)

Bloodlines Richelle Mead Razorbill 2011 
Bloodlines is the first in a new series that follow the events of Spirit Bound, the final book in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series. If you haven't read all of the Vampire Academy books then this review WILL contain spoilers.  However, it is spoil…