Monthly Wrap up – March 2022

Another month is done and a quarter of the way through the year already! So, what did I read this month? Let’s have a look back and see, shall we?

The Grownup – Gillian Flynn

Rating: 3 out of 5.

From the same author as Gone Girl, this was a quick read grabbed from the library. It was a decent story that has an interesting lead character – an unnamed woman who was so great at giving handjobs she got carpal tunnel syndrome and had to look for another, shadier vocation. She is hired by Susan Burke to clear out the evil spirits in her house that are infecting her stepson. The book has unexpected twists in the story and it makes for a good-enough read, but the open ending took down the overall star rating.

Claws of the Genestealer – Cavan Scott

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I unashamedly love the Warhammer Adventures books. They are aimed at 9-12-year-olds, but are a great introduction to the Warhammer setting; they keep true to the Grim darkness well, without exposing young readers to anything too drastic. Claws of the Genestealer is very akin to Alien; seeing a Genestealer chasing the three young heroes through the wreckage of a derelict spaceship. It was very atmospheric and a lot of fun to read, I could do without some of the childish banter in the books, but I think that’s my preference as an adult showing, I am sure young readers will love that sass!

The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

Rating: 1 out of 5.

My most disappointing read this month. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the TV adaptation on Amazon, as it makes for uncomfortable, challenging watching. The book however left me bored. Nothing of note happened in the parts that I read (DNFed at 38%) Nothing was explained about the world-setting and it honestly did nothing for me at all. I didn’t feel challenged other than with the odd formatting style that just made the whole experience frustrating. I’ll stick to watching the rest of the TV series instead!

A Litter of Bones – J D Kirk

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was my first experience of J D Kirk as an author and I am thoroughly impressed by them. I love an old-fashioned who-dun-it novel. Especially when the lead character has a dry sense of humour. Set in the Highlands of Scotland, where the humour is needed to get you through the day! The cast surrounding DCI Logan is varied and diverse, they all speak with a unique voice. The plot kept me guessing right the way through and I had such fun with it I’ve already purchased more of the series. (And the first of Kirks other series too) which are available on Kindle Unlimited.

Fear to Tread – James Swallow

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book 21 in the Horus Heresy (If we can make it halfway through the series this year, I’ll be happy!) and part of my buddy ready with Dave. I think I might have rated this one a bit higher in hindsight. The middle bit was a bit of a drudge to get through, but the later parts are amazing. Also, there was that whole chaos world part that didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the s30k setting. But, the characters were pretty awesome and I am looking forward to reading more about them in later instalments in the series. This one should probably have been 3 stars, not 4.

Lorgar: Bearer of the Word – Gav Thorpe

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I really enjoy it when the Primarchs books have a proper origin story, like Lorgar: Bearer of the Word does. It’s a tale detailing Lorgars formative years and how he was influenced early by Kor Phaeron into the teachings of the warp; the coming of the Emperor and all that delicious religious zealotry stuff that you associate with Lorgar. It’s really turned my head to the Word Bearers who, until this point, just seem to have been moustache-twirling, dastardly villains. I’m hoping to pick up some other Word Bearers books soon.

Troubled Blood – Robert Galbraith

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The fifth book in the Cormoran Strike series. Another now case to solve and another host of well defined and interesting characters and events to trawl through. This book is over 900 pages long. It doesn’t need to be that long, so it comes across as bloated and overblown. It’s a good, engaging story, but there was too much ‘other stuff’ going on that hinders. Having said that, when it’s out I’ll be reading the next in the series because I enjoy the (usual) balance of character drama and detective plot. Also, I came into the series because of the transphobia controversy that surrounded this book. That controversy was needless and idiotic. Sometimes a male serial killer in a woman’s dress is just that… why would you automatically assume they’re transgender? Why would you want to claim that?

Sharpe’s Gold – Bernard Cornwell

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

It’s a standard Sharpe novel. There’s action, sensationalism, heroics and fighting. There’s an unconvincing love interest that’s swiftly forgotten, and there’s a loose connection to real historic events that place Sharpe and his riflemen in the centre. I adore the Sharpe novels. I know what I am getting into when I read them! For me, they’re just solid-good, fun.

Book waiting for full reviews

Secrets of the Tau – Cavan Scott

The third instalment in the Warhammer Adventures series. Some of the charms of these books were lost in this offering. A new character was introduced that rubbed me the wrong way and hindered my enjoyment. It also stalled a bit in the middle of the book and just seemed to host aimless running about rather than a well-considered plot. But, it picked up by the end and shows how the Tau really is just as bad as everyone else in the Warhammer setting! The back section is really cool and shows you the Tau alphabet!

I’ve done better this month in terms of keeping up with the reviews! The Easter school holidays are fast approaching though so I don’t know what time I’ll be getting free in terms of blogging. I’ll try my best to keep up with everyone and my posts, but promises can’t be made.

Happy reading!

4 responses to “Monthly Wrap up – March 2022”

  1. Look like you have a good reading month.

    Yeah the controversy surrounding Trouble Blood is so idiotic. I hate cancel culture. It makes the book “community” look bad.


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