Robin Sloan

Stressed San Francisco based programmer Lois Clary finds comfort in takeaway sourdough and soup. When the proprietors have to leave the US they leave their sourdough starter with her and it leads to a transformation in her life.
A slight but enjoyable tale with a very likeable protagonist.

Rating: B+



Sleigh Bells In The Snow

Sarah Morgan

Enjoyable christmas romance. I've reviewed this one before.

Rating: B-



The Brightest Fell

Seanan McGuire

Family affairs come to a head with Toby's mother Amandine binding her to find and return her missing half-sister.
The search takes her through the realms of Faerie and causes serious collateral damage along the way.
My favourite Urban Fantasy series continues in stellar fashion. I'd recommend that you read this series but maybe start with an earlier book.

Rating: A-



All or Nothing

Deborah Cooke

Cancer survivor Jen Maitland brings a fake boyfriend to meet her mother in the hopes that a stuffy annoying lawyer type will stop the romantic inference for a while.
This being a romance things don't quite go to plan.
This is a surprisingly enjoyable sweet natured contemporary romance. Well worth a shot if you like the fake dating trope.

Rating: B



Rogue One

Alexander Freed

By the numbers novelization of the enjoyable Star Wars film. I was hoping for some more fleshing out of the story but there's just next to nothing new in there at all.

Rating: B-



One Dance With a Duke

Tessa Dare

In this slight historical romance shy, retiring Lady Amelia d'Orsay uncharacteristically pushes herself forward to dance with a moody and mysterious Duke in order to beg him to release her brother's debt.
One thing leads to another and she quickly finds herself married to the selfsame Duke and involved various social intrigues.

Rating: B-



Sleepless In Manhattan

Sarah Morgan

When Paige and her friends are let go from their jobs they decide to start up their own business. Working closely with her childhood crush Jake as her first client Paige finds herself falling for him all over again.
Normally Sarah Morgan books are super quick reads with really enjoyable dialogue. This particular book took me months of slow grinding to complete. I don't know if it was just this particular set of characters or something to do with my mindset but I struggled with this book from the off. Now that I've finished I can see that it's a perfectly generic piece of contemporary romance. Nothing overly bad or particularly exciting about it.

Rating: C



The Total Package

Stephanie Evanovich

Dani is a touchline TV reporter covering American Football. Tyson is a star quarterback - back on the top of the game after very public fall from grace. When she's forced to go and work with his team will they be able to get past their history?
This is a perfectly compentent and completely predicable contemporary romance. I doubt I'll remember any of it in a couple of days.

Rating: B-




Rainbow Rowell

This is a book I've reviewed before. This time I split between the physical and audio versions of the book. I read more in the physical version because I got caught up in the story again. While very enjoyable the audiobook just didn't move fast enough once I was pulled in. While still a very enjoyable book on this read I felt like it wasn't quite as impressive as I remembered it being so I've knocked it down to A-

Rating: A-



Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs

Jake is a misfit teen in Florida. He grew up loving his Grandfather Abe's fantastic tales from his childhood, stories filled with invisible boys, girls that can float or generate fire. When he finds his grandfather murdered, seemingly by a monster, it causes him so much trauma that he ends up going to a psychologist. In order to deal with his grandad's death he's advised to travel the Welsh island where Abe grew up to try and come to terms with things. Once there he discovers that the fantastic tales are all true and that he's found himself not in an impossible new world of peculiar children and time travel but he is also in terrible danger from the monsters that killed Abe.
I've been meaning to read this for ages and when I caught the film on TV recently all it's annoying flaws drove me to pick up the book to see if made more sense than the film. It certainly explains certain things better and there's a lot of things that the film makers changed for no real reason that fit better tonally. I'm still not sure it actually completely makes sense. I liked it enough that I've picked up the second book in the series and I'll give that go too.

Rating: B+