June 2020 Reading Wrap Up [Books]

June 2020

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In the Before Times, I would have been really happy with having read 8 books in a month. Now, I’m happy I ‘only’ read 8, because after hitting double digits for a few months in a row, I hit a sort of mini reading slump at the start of June. But I did hit 75 books total for 2020, so now I’ve increased my Goodreads 2020 Goal to 100. So not too bad all round.

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians

a declation on the rights

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My Review

I really liked this book, and would absolutely love to read more Historical Fantasy. It was a fascinating look at the revolution in France, the slave uprisings in the Caribbean and the growing abolitionist movement in England, all with the added bonus of magic, and the way its used to keep down different groups of people.

Penny Dreadful, Volume 1

penny dreadful

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My Review

It’s rare I don’t like a graphic novel, but this definitely was lacking in something. The art is fantastic, for sure, but the actual story felt weak. Maybe because it doesn’t really add much to the overall Penny Dreadful story. Prequels are difficult, but prequels done in another format have a lot of different directions they can go in, and this didn’t seem to take advantage of that.

The Ringmaster’s Daughter

the ringmasters daughter

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My Review

Historical Fiction. The cover and description made me think they’d be a touch more ‘magic’ to this, of the kind that can be found in delightful places during dark times, not the sort of magic in A Declaration. Unfortunately, the book was lacking in the magic department, and the love story wasn’t as gripping as I’d thought it’d be.

The Darkwater Bride

darkwater bride

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My Review

Another Historical. This one leaning more towards horror. I enjoyed this. It’s a full cast production of the story, and I think if it had been a single narrator I would have got frustrated, but I honestly really am enjoying a lot of what I’m listening to on Audible.

Hell in the Heartland

hell in the heartland

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Review Coming Soon on Dead Head Reviews

True Crime, a fascinating, heart-breaking account of a community struggling with drugs, murder, arson, kidnapping and grief. Jax Miller takes us right into the events surrounding the disappearance of two teenage girls, while exploring the other issues affecting this area. I strongly recommend this one.

Hold For Release Until the End of the World

hold for release

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Review Coming Soon on Dead Head Reviews

Bizarro Horror, a genre I’ve not had any experience with before. I really enjoyed this, a little more than C.V. Hunt’s Zombieville. If you’re a fan of strange horror, definitely check this one out. I listened to it on Audible too, and the narration was perfect.

The Only Good Indians

the only good indians

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Review Coming Soon on Dead Head Reviews

Horror, man versus nature, a brutal tale I really couldn’t put down. Jones creates vivid, intriguing characters who really draw you along with the story and make you deeply care about what happens to them.

The Never Tilting World

the never tilting world

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My Review

A brilliant, wonderful fantasy that had me hooked right from the start. This book is engaging and beautiful and honestly I could go on and on about how good it is. It feels different and fresh, and I am super excited by the prospect of a second book.

So there we have it. The books I read in June. I’m going to have less free time going forward, so I don’t expect the numbers to jump much up from this now. But I do have a lot of books I want to try and get read this month, as they come out either in July or August. But we’ll see.

 

The Darkwater Bride – Marty Ross [Books]

darkwater bride

Genre: Horror
Publisher: Audible Studios

Rating: starstarstarstar

Katrina believes her father to be a good man, honest and hard-working. He promises her he has to make one last business trip to London, and then he’ll never have to leave home again. But when his body is pulled from the Darkwater, Katrina travels to London to find out what exactly happened to her father.

This is another full cast audio production, and it works really well. The characters are fully fleshed out, emphasised by the voice actors, from the innocent Scottish Katrina to the maybe a little naive policeman Cully, to the gruff old detective and the various others who inhabit this world.

Katrina and Cully retrace her father’s footsteps, revealing to Katrina that she, ultimately, didn’t know her father at all. Overshadowing all this is the The Darkwater Bride, a mysterious figure mentioned in passing, who Katrina becomes convinced is tied directly to her father’s death.

Along with the characters, the story weaves in and out of various locations in London, with Cully forever insisting Katrina remain behind, and her determined to move ahead and confront exactly who her father was. I have to admit, this back and forth got a little tedious at times, a touch repetitive, but the voice actors dealt with it well and the interactions between the pair were still entertaining, even if we’d heard something similar shortly before.

It really was the voice acting that made this a 4 rather than 3 star. The story is good, but does get a little repetitive – characters go to dodgy places, discover Katrina’s father went to these places, find out he did something bad there. At times, Katrina comes off as too naive, and at others, so does Cully, whereas in other scenes we see the opposite.

The Darkwater Bride is definitely enjoyable, with the mystery of the bride building up, and there’s a lot in here about the way women are treated, what women must do to survive and the sort of thing they have to put up with to just keep going. The ending felt a bit forced, but overall this was a good production with a good cast, and an interesting story.