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Behind the Pages February Wrap Up - Book Talk

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February Wrap Up Graphic
February Wrap Up Graphic

Welcome to the Behind the Pages February Wrap Up! This year I'm really trying to focus on reading books from series I've already started. And I may have started yet another series despite also continuing a few in February. Oops..... ^_^

Shadowed Seats by Marguerite Ashton book cover
Shadowed Seats by Marguerite Ashton


Oliana knows that every family has a secret, but she never expected hers to come from the grave...

High school senior Oliana Mercer dreams of attending the prestigious Reyersen Drama Academy and pursue her acting career. But when tragedy strikes, Oliana discovers secrets hidden from her by her adopted parents, dimming the lights on Oliana's perfect world.

As the sins of the past surface, Oliana finds herself caught up in a tug-of-war between two families while the love for her boyfriend is tested.

Determined to find some form of happiness in life, Oliana focuses on her role as a student director in the high school's senior play. When her best friend, Devin Worthy, dies during dress rehearsal, Oliana is re-cast as the lead.

Everyone thinks the death was a suicide, except Oliana, whose search for clues may be enough motive for the killer to murder again.

Epilogues for Lost Gods by Cat Rector book cover
Epilogues for Lost Gods by Cat Rector



We survived Ragnarok and tried to usher in a new era.

Now the realms consist of two minuscule factions encamped in the remnants of Asgard and Vanaheim. But the gods are greedy. Anyone not under Asgard's control must fall.

When they come, they're going to win.

The realms are empty.

There's no one left to help us.

No one except the dead in Helheim.



When I died, I took everyone with me.

Almost everyone.

I've waited for Sigyn every day, but she never comes.

Never dies.

Everyone down here knows what I did.

Who I am.

And I must live-exist-with the weight of that guilt, those scars.

She's going to come back someday, and I'm going to be alright.

Be better.

I'd do anything for her. I'd do anything to be with her.

If only she'd ask.


Epilogues for Lost Gods is a story about grief and healing, and is the final chapter of The Goddess of Nothing At All

Book cover for Love and War Edited by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Love and War Edited by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman


The legend of Raistlin's daughter!

A strange story that cannot be confirmed, yet it is whispered among the elves of Silvanesti, gossiped about by the kender of Krynn, and told here for the first time by Caramon, the enigmatic mage's surviving twin.

A wondrous new novella journeying into secrets of the heart and rumors about the past that have bearing on the future of Krynn.

Plus 10 exciting short stories - untold tales of chivalry and affection, heroic quests and foul villainy, magic in battle and transcendent defeat - featuring all the beloved companions and fantastical creatures of the best-selling Dragonlance Saga.

The story that has enthralled over three million fans worldwide, as created by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.


Book cover for Kender, Gully Dwarves, and Gnomes Edited by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Kender, Gully Dwarves, and Gnomes Edited by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman


"Wanna Bet?"

The three adventure-seeking sons of Caramon Majere lose a bet to a flamboyant, magnificently bearded dwarf, and wake up, shanghaied, on an incredible gnomish sailing vessel questing after the legendary Graygem. Who is the mysterious Dougan Redhammer, and what perils are in store for Sturm, Tanin, and Palin, the young mage haunted by the legacy of Raistlin? In nine short stories by superlative writers, the companions confront wizards and dragons, magical spectacles and daggers possessed, and survive memorable encounters with the minor races of Krynn. Plus, a rolicking new novella by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman chronicling the outrageous fortunes of the next generation of heroes. The Dragonlance Saga, with three million copies sold, continues!

Upgrade by Blake Crouch book cover
Upgrade by Blake Crouch


Logan Ramsay is about to get the brain he always dreamed of. But will he be transformed into something more than human… or something less?

When the SWAT team gives the all-clear and Logan Ramsay steps into the basement, he has no idea that everything's about to change.

Then there's the hiss of aerosol. The explosion. The shrapnel that punctures his hazmat gear. Logan wakes up to find himself in a hospital bed, attended by doctors in their own hazmat suits, his wife and daughter looking on from behind the glass.

The doctors say he's been infected by a virus - one designed not to make him sick, but to modify his very genetic structure. In a world where the next-generation gene-editing tool known as Scythe is widely available - and has already reaped disastrous consequences - the possibilities are too many and terrifying to count.

Except that after the fever, the pain, the fear... the virus is gone. And according to his government bosses, Logan's got a clean bill of health.

But the truth is that with each day that passes, Logan's getting smarter. Seeing things more clearly. He's realizing that he's been upgraded in ways that go beyond even Scythe's capabilities - and that he's been given these abilities for a reason.

Because a holy grail of genetic engineering - one that could change our very definitions of humanity - has just been unearthed. And now it's up to him to stop it from falling into the wrong hands.

Logan’s becoming something more. Something better. Even with the whole world hunting for him, he might be able to outthink his opponents and win the war that’s coming.

But what if it’s at the cost of being himself?

The Alchemist Who Survived Dreams of a Quiet Life book cover
The Alchemist Who Survived Dreams of a Quiet Life


Two hundred years ago, the Kingdom of Endalgia was destroyed by the monsters of the Demon Forest. The sole survivor is an alchemist named Mariela who managed to escape through suspended animation. When she wakes up two centuries later, she learns that alchemists have gone extinct, and potions are now at a high premium. But what does the last alchemist standing want more than anything else? ...A laid-back, quiet town life!

Quick snippet of a review as I don't do full reviews for Light Novels: This was a great concept and was interesting seeing Mariela compare her world to the one she wakes up in. It slowed down a bit as time was taken to explain how each alchemic ingredient she used was prepared, but it is a good story.

A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden book cover
A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden


A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.

A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.

Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.

Green Rider by Kristen Britain book cover
Green Rider by Kristen Britain


On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G'ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount's neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a "life and death" message for King Zachary. He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission "for love of country." As he bestows upon her the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, "Beware the shadow man..."

Karigan's promise changes her life forever. Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, she herself becomes a legendary Green Rider. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

Book cover for Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder


The Apprenticeship is Over--Now the Real Test has Begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder--able to capture and release souls--spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before....

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself--and save the land she holds dear.

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Lashaan Balasingam
Lashaan Balasingam
Mar 17, 2023

It's hard to resist the temptation to start a new series haha! I'm currently listening to Blake Crouch's Upgrade! Quite fun so far! Happy reading! Cool blog, by the way! :D

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