I’ll be doing a weekly round-up about what I’m reading or what I’ve finished and reviewed on Friday. I can’t promise every Friday but yes, I hope to be pretty steady here with giving you some ideas about what stuff I enjoy as well as some new picks for you to choose from.

Steampunk Beauty and the Beast 3 stars book review.

Beauty and the Beastly by Melanie Karsak

This seemed more like a Tempest retelling than a Beauty and the Beast but if you love Steampunk and fairytales, it is worth a read. A light-hearted whimsical tale puts this firmly in the YA class of fantasy. Teen readers will enjoy the Isabelle character and the sweet romance.

When Isabelle Hawking and her papa set out from London on a sea voyage, Isabelle is thrilled. Visiting foreign courts, learning from master tinkerers, and studying mechanicals is her dream. But Isabelle never arrives. Swept up in a tempest, her ship is lost.

Shipwrecked on a seemingly deserted island, the magical place hints of an ancient past. Isabelle may be an unwilling guest, but her arrival marks a new beginning for the beastly residents of this forgotten land.

Shapeshifting paranormal fantasy book review

Bound (Book 1 of the Turning Moon series) by Julie Embleton

If you have felt the lack of community with your shapeshifting werewolves stories, never fear, Julie has you covered. This isn’t usually my genre but I wanted to check it out. I almost wished the author had taken the disturbing Simon-Nyah interaction longer but at the same time it made me uncomfortable! LOL. The Nyah-Dean romance is sweet and comforting. The ending has an exciting climax!

The new Alpha of Nyah Morgan’s pack has aligned with dark forces and his plans for Nyah break the most absolute of Lycan Laws. With her entire pack under his thrall and her own wolf maimed by his magic, she turns rogue, her incapacity landing her in unfamiliar Lycan territory where she catches the unwanted attention of Dean Carson, an Alpha who is determined to learn the truth she hides.

thoughtful and provocative short story collection.

Salt Water and other short stories by Sef Hughes.

Especially well-written, this book is like going through a house with many doors – each one holding an unexpected surprise behind it. For those who want something thoughtful, something reflective, something macabre and tragic, Hughes delivers it all.

Eleven furiously original and off-centre stories that blend dark magical realism with gripping domestic drama to create tales that range from the hauntingly sinister to the downright bizarre.

DO NOT RECOMMEND

The Scandal at Bletchley by Jack Treby

I didn’t get this book. The entire setup was going the traditional route when it veered off course and collided with a tree. I felt surprised and betrayed and not in a good way. It was a DNF for me.

Probably part of the problem is a man writing a character who is a woman play acting to be a man which just didn’t ring true at all. Captures the time period exactly and is very well-written. More for the crowd that likes an unreliable narrator and unpleasant main character who’s a bit of a bastard.

Bletchley Park plays host to a rather special event. MI5 is celebrating its twentieth anniversary and a select band of former and current employees are gathering at the private estate for a weekend of music, dance and heavy drinking. When one of the other guests threatens to expose a secret, the consequences could prove disastrous for everyone.

⁠What are you reading this weekend?

Byrd Nash, fantasy author using mythology, legends, folklore, and fairy tales.
blog post reviews of books, including fantasy, science fiction, paranormal fantasy, mystery, and historical. Wherever my whimsy takes me.

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