The Mountains of Instead

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

State of the Union - April

Earlier this month, The Mountains of Instead turned three. Which is as surprising to me as it is to anyone else as, quite frankly, I fully expected to have given up by now!  But here we are, and as such I'm introducing a new monthly feature in the form of The State of the Union.

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If I Could Tell You I Would Let You Know (Review: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry)

The Night She Disappeared
April Henry Walker 2013
Kayla sets of to deliver a pizza, a normal part of a normal job.  She never returns, leaving behind a few scattered pizza boxes on the forest floor and no answers.  Drew, who took the fateful order, remembers nothing bar an unmemorable voice that asked…

Humanity I Love You (review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey)

The 5th Wave Rick Yancey Penguin 2013
Humanity is dying, under attack from an unknown enemy who is killing them in wave after wave of horror and blood.  The 1st wave took out electricity, communications, the backbone of today’s society; the 2nd wave decimates coasts and cities all over the world; the …

Running Up That Hill (Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver)

Requiem Lauren Oliver Hodder and Stoughton 2013
Requiem is the final book in Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy. As such, this review contains spoilers for the previous two titles. You can find our reviews of Delirium and Pandemonium by clicking on the links.
Having escaped the clutches of Deliria Fr…

Run, Rabbit, Run (Review: Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon

Sixty-One Nails Mike Shevdon Angry Robot 2009 "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy." While it was Shakespeare who penned that line, it seems to have been adopted as an unofficial motto by the world of urban fantasy authors. Secret worlds lurking…

Hungry Like the Wolf (review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer)

Marrisa Meyer
Puffin 2013

Scarlet Benoit is on her own. Her beloved Grandmother is missing and no-one seems to care. Dragged from the quiet existence of her farm, Scarlet finds herself drawn into a world of street-fighting, marked men and swirling conspiracy. Unsure where to turn, she finds…

The Tell Tale Heart (Review of The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu)

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock HeartMathias MalzieuVintage 2011
Jack doesn't have the best start to life. The bastard child of an Edinburgh prostitute, he is delivered into the world into a small house on top of Arthur's Seat in the middle of a freezing winter in 1874. Adding insult to injury…

Bittersweet Symphony (Review of Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare)

Clockwork Princess
Cassandra Clare
Walker Books 2013

Clockwork Princess is the third and final book in Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series.  This review contains spoilers for the previous two books (Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince).  You have been warned.

The Institute of London is full …

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