The Mountains of Instead

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

He's NOT The Messiah, He's a Very Naughty Boy... or the Messiah (review of Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer)

Wolfsbane Andrea Cremer
Atom 2011
Wolfbane is the second book in Andrea Cremer's trilogy and this review therefore contains spoilers for Nightshade - which you can find reviewed here)
Calla is a fish out of water. Or a wolf out of, er, whatever wolves prefer to be in. Certainly, she's no long…

Calling All Avenging Angels (Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee)

Angelfall Susan Ee Hodder and Stoughton 2013
Six week after the Angels of the Apocalypse arrived to take over the world, things are looking pretty grim.  The Angels are neither an awesomely monikered biker gang nor anything to do with Pinky and the Brain but rather a horde of fearsome winged warriors …

Out Brief Candle (Review: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes)

The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper Collins 2013
Kirby Mazrachi is just a normal little girl doing what girls do. A tea party out in the field, no-one around but her and her toys, happy in the shade of a tree with a breeze blowing through her hair. Until he appears. Kirby is a smart girl, she knows…

Top Ten Tuesday - Top 10 Books on my Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week the topic focuses on the dreaded TBR pile.  Mine is extensive but if I had all the time in the world, I'd devote it to the following:


I've had this for ever so long and have yet to read it.  Like many bloggers…

The Straightforward Pathway Had Been Lost (Review: Stray by Monica Hesse)

Monica Hesse
Hot Key Books 2013

In Lona’s world Foster Care is a thing of the past. Seen as an archaic social construct that often put vulnerable children at risk, it has been replaced by a curious process known only as the Julian Path.  Pathers like Lona spend 23 hours per day plugged into a vi…

The Night Itself Book Trailer! (starring Splendibird - for your sins).

Recently, myself and a few others were approached by lovely Hannah Love at Walker regarding the upcoming title from Zoe Marriott - The Night Itself. asking if we would like to participate in making a book trailer.  I'm pretty sure that everyone said yes... and now you get to experience the resu…


I'm off this week to a land of little WiFi.  Or Orkney.  Either way, there will be no posts until I get back but I have taken lots of lovely books to read so will be sure to write about them on my return.  Au Revoir, my pretties.
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