The Mountains of Instead

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

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Review: Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler)

Ann Redisch Stampler
Simon Pulse 2013

Emma has always been a good girl. Obedient daughter to an overprotective father, she dutifully moves from school to school, keeping her head down and generally Doing The Right Thing. However, when a move to Los Angeles coincides with Emma's increasi…

Water, Water Everywhere (Review: Vengeance by Megan Miranda)

Megan Miranda
Bloomsbury 2012

Vengeance is the follow up to 2011's Fracture and, as such, this review contains some spoilers for the original title.  You can read our review of Fracture here and if you haven't read the book already, you really should. Then come back.

About six months …

Once Upon a Terrible Time (Review: Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville)

Gretel and the Dark
Eliza Granville
Penguin 2014

Lilie does not believe that she's human.  She came in to being to kill the monster.  After being found naked and unconscious by the side of a Vienna road, she is taken in by celebrated psychoanalyst Josef Breuer.  She could be his greatest achieveme…

New Feature:Don't Read THAT, Read THIS

Welcome to a brand new feature here on The Mountains of Instead. Don't Read THAT, Read THIS is a soap box for all of you out there who have a couple of books that you feel don't get the credit they deserve. Books that are perhaps old, or didn't get quite the right publicity or who got s…

That Was The Year That Was... 2013

2013 was a spotty year for The Mountains of Instead.  I found myself the victim of several huge reading slumps and a few reviewing ones as well and it all started to feel like a bit of a chore. Additionally, I was plagued by back problems, a decrepit PC and an increasingly busy life, so I took chun…