What’s On My Plate – February 2016

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Where the hell did January go?? I swear it was just Christmas! So yeah, welcome to February! It’s leap year, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, which is pretty cool, and it also means one more day to sneak in February books:-) And this month is EPIC for review books here on the blog. I try to keep each month’s books to a manageable amount, but February is a little out of control. And for some reason, many of my review books this month are YA. I do enjoy reading YA, but I try to focus on adult speculative fiction, and I’d like the bulk of my reviews to reflect that. Oh well, for those of you who do love YA, stay tuned! (This is also the month of blue book covers, LOL!) Here’s what you’ll see this month on the blog:

Books for review (YA):

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie. This book is definitely getting lots of love on Goodreads at the moment, so I’m very excited to dive in! Pirates, sea monsters, and a drool-worthy cover, what more do you need?

Bluescreen by Dan Wells. I have not read anything by Wells, but he certainly has a lot of books under his belt! I’ll be starting with this YA science fiction thriller with drugs. (You know I love books with drug story lines;-))

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh. I’ve already gobbled up this addictive sci-fi adventure story, and my review will be up later this week. Hard to put down and one of the craziest books I’ve read in a while!

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I’ve seen a wide range of reviews for this book, so I’m curious to see where I fall. Time travel!

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto. Here’s another book that runs the gamut of ratings. Some of my most trusted blogger friends didn’t enjoy this, which makes me sort of sad. But I’m still looking forward to this mix of magic, steampunk and western.

Books for review (Adult):

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. Ruff has written a couple of my favorite books, but I haven’t read anything by him in quite some time. Therefore, I’m very curious to read this alternate history story of racial segregation and Lovecraftian horror.

A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab. FINALLY!! I’m already deep into this book and back in Schwab’s fantastic world. I can’t wait to share my review!

Son of the Morning by Mark Alder. This book sounds like ALL kinds of awesome: devils, angels and the Hundred Years War, all wrapped up in an epic fantasy. And I do mean epic: at more than 700 pages, this is going to put a serious dent in my reading time.

Paper Tigers by Damien Angelica Walters. I was so excited to get a copy of this book. Walters is super talented, and even though I’ve only read her collection of short stories (Sing Me Your Scars), which was disturbing in all sorts of ways, I can’t wait to dive back into her beautiful prose.

The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky. I’ve been hearing good things about this urban fantasy, which deals with Greek gods living in the present day.

Novellas to review:

Two new Tor.com novellas release this month, and I hope to squeeze both of them in.

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. I read LaValle’s The Devil in Silver several years ago and really loved it. I’m definitely up for more stories by this very talented author.

A Song for No Man’s Land by Andy Remic. A magical tale that takes place during the Great War, I’m looking forward to checking out Remic’s work.


It’s back! After taking a month off, get ready for TWO winners this month! I’ll be giving away one of the books I reviewed in December and January in my Book Review Giveaway, to two international readers. It’s a double dose of review books up for grabs, so don’t forget to stop by on the 15th!

This will be my third year participating in the Share the Love Giveaway Hop, where I’ll be highlighting some authors I love. I haven’t quite decided the theme this year, so you’ll just have to check back on February 8th to see all the deets!

That’s my crazy, over-stuffed reading month! Let me know if you plan on reading any of these books as well:-)

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Posted February 1, 2016 by Tammy in What's On My Plate / 21 Comments


21 responses to “What’s On My Plate – February 2016

    • Tammy

      I can’t wait to read Lovecraft Country, it definitely looks like one of the darker books of the month:-)

  1. I usually try not to focus on YA either, but it seems like a lot of what I’ve been reading lately has been that. I think there’s just been a ton of really great fantasy YA books getting released lately.

    I’m really interested in “The Abyss Surrounds Us” I hope you like it!
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    • Tammy

      There are SO many YA fantasy out lately, right? It’s like YA fantasy is taking over the world!

  2. Such a lot of goodies! and some quite delicious covers.
    I have a copy of The Immortals which I’m really looking forward to.
    and, I love the look of The Girl from Everywhere.
    Happy reading.
    Lynn 😀
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    • Tammy

      I know, really awesome covers in this bunch:-) I try not to judge books by their covers but sometimes I can’t help it:-)