Discoverability Challenge: Randoms

Welp, I’m officially giving up. I started trying to read The Mists of Avalon, and I’m just failing…

However, I have started reading another stack of books. I’ve been picking up free and 99p books on the Kindle, so I’m going to do some reviews of those! That said, I’m feeling lazy, so these might be short…

The Graces by Laure Eve

YA, high-school plus magic, misfit who gets sucked into the whirl of the popular trio – but they have a secret of their own…I didn’t entirely get on with it, I admit; I got bored a third of the way through. Might be good if you get on with high school drama…

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross

Magic and high school, but this time it’s a school for magic! This one’s got some bite; curses and drama. I did read this most of the way through…if you’re into Harry Potter it’s worth a try.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Now this one I did read all the way through! I’m not sure I’m going to pick up the next one, but it’s beautifully written. It’s a love story as well as a demon/angel mythos, finding a place in the world…I can see why the series is popular. Worth a read.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Another one that I liked a lot, and read all the way through! YA, mythology, a desert escape, rebellion, djinni and fighters, adventure and romance…I enjoyed the characters and the setting in this, and the writing tugs you along.

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

I think this is my favourite out of the pile. It’s not fantasy and doesn’t even have magic in it, but I loved it. It’s about a bookshop and a broken girl who gets less broken…it’s a romance, really, but it’s a sweet story. And it’s about books. And poetry. I like those.

Chasing Embers by James Bennett

Hmmm. I was warned that the first 70 pages or so are hard to get into, but after that, it grabs you…well, hmm. It hasn’t yet, and I’m struggling to get into it. It’s action-packed and nicely mythological, yes, but…I can’t put my finger on what the problem is. Sounds like I’m not the only one, anyway, and I’m probably going to persevere – possibly by doing my favourite trick of turning to a random page and continuing from there!

And still on my list…Skip by Perrin Briar, Free Wrench by Joseph R Lallo and Show Stopper by Hayley Barker.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.