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Osiris by E.J. Swift

The writing in Osiris felt very beautiful to me. The story is told at a restrained pace allowing us to get to know and understand the vastly different lives of Adelaide Rechnov and Vikram Bai in the last city left on earth. It’s told in alternating chapters, starting with Adelaide at the ‘service of hope’ for her missing twin Axel. Adelaide is generally estranged from her family but has attended despite being desperately uncomfortable in their company. She’s certain that Axel is still alive, somewhere, and resents the inference that he has committed the unspeakable sin of suicide, as well as the grieving tone of the affair.
The rarefied and privileged world that Adelaide inhabits is spatially and materially distant from Vikram’s existence in the western sector of Osiris. It’s the difference between the haves and the have nots. The west is cold, the people starving and sick, on the wrong side of the militarised border. It wasn’t originally meant to be like this, but a combination of s…

The Battles of Ben Kingdom: The Claws of Evil by Andrew Beasley

Dark Vision by Debbie Johnson

I’m a bit torn by this book; my opinion is inconveniently divided between enjoying the story and not enjoying specific bits of it.
To the positives first, of which the book does have many. Dark Vision has a good story and doesn’t mess about in the telling of it. Lily has had a strange childhood, orphaned at a young age she’s grown up with a cold, hard, and strict grandmother. This coupled with her propensity for disturbing visions triggered by touching another person has left her socially isolated and the least tactile person in the world. Her carefully closed off lifestyle is about to get exploded when Gabriel appears beside her one night and begins to explain who she really is: not Lily McCain but The Goddess. So begins a crazy ride featuring all kinds of supernatural entities and the destiny of the world.
Lily is an interesting character, seriously damaged and with a stunningly low opinion of herself for the most part – understandable considering her upbringing devoid of affection…

Blackberry Blue by Jamila Gavin

A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford