A Year of Orenda – The First Six Months

I know – I’m a little bit late with this post. It is the 13th July after all! But in my defence I’ve been very busy at work and, things being as they are in the world, a tad distracted to boot. But no matter what is happening out there, it hasn’t stopped what is happening on here and Mandie and I have made great inroads into our challenge to feature every single Orenda title by the end of the year. More than great – in fact some of the books tempted Mandie so much, she reviewed them on top of her challenge 50, and she’s so getting into reading them all, we’re even looking at continuing on next year until she has fully caught up. Watch this space …

I’m not going to lie – plans have changed several times throughout the year so far and the impact that Coronavirus has had on the world has been felt very strongly in the publishing sphere, none more so than at Orenda Towers. I know that we are not the only ones who were very worried about our lovely Mamma Orenda, Karen Sullivan, and relieved to hear that she is slowly on the mend. It’s meant a few changes in the publishing scheduled and a reduction in the number of titles we thought might be available, but not by much. Orenda Books and Team Oreanda always ensure that the show will go on, and although we’ve already had a bumper first six months, we still have some absolutely cracking titles to come.

So … how are we doing and what have we reviewed so far? Well, quite a few books actually. Six months in and we have actually published a staggering 68 reviews and a whole host of Orenda Roadshow posts and features. And we are still on target for reviewing all 106 books by the end of this year … 107 if we include the brand new Ari Thor books from Ragnar Jonasson – due in ebook format just in time for Christmas. Cannot wait. But it will be far more than 107 posts and we could not be happier. For a full recap of all things Orenda so far, read on:


Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
The Home by Sarah Stovell
Hydra by Matt Wesolowski
A Modern Family by Helga Flatland
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone
The Last Resort by Steph Broadribb
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
Blue Night by Simone Buchholz
The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen

The Orenda Roadshow Memories – Liverpool
The Orenda Roadshow Memories – Warwick


The Orenda Roadshow Memories – Edinburgh
The Orenda Roadshow Memories – London
The Orenda Roadshow Memories – Birmingham

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Beast by Matt Wesolowski
Beast by Matt Wesolowski (Mandie)
Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F. Ross
Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb
Overkill by Vanda Symon
Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst
The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon
Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz
Deep Dirty Truth. by Steph Broadribb

The Orenda Roadshow – Glasgow
The Orenda Roadshow – Stockton
The Orenda Roadshow – The Wirrall
The Orenda Roadshow – Southwell
The Orenda Roadshow – Penarth


Inborn by Thomas Enger
Containment by Vanda Symon
The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty
The Evolution of Fear by Paul E. Hardisty
Reconciliation for the Dead by Paul E. Hardisty
Absolution by Paul E. Hardisty
Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty
The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl
The Last Days of Disco by David F. Ross
Block 46 by Johanna Gustawsson
Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb
Keeper by Johanna Gustawsson
Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz
Blood Song by Johanna Gustawsson


Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald
I Am Dust by Louise Beech
Cursed by Thomas Enger
Killed by Thomas Enger

Inborn by Thomas Enger
Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst
Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone
Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay
Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl
The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl
Sister by Kjell Ola Dahl


The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl
The Mountain In My Show by Louise Beech
Dead of Night by MIchael Stanley
Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech
Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald
The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech
The Creak On The Stairs by Eva Bjørg Ægisdottir
Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
The RIse and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas by David F. Ross


Breakers by Doug Johnstone
The Closer I Get by Paul Burston
Containment by Vanda Symon
We Shall Inherit the Wind by Gunnar Staalesen
Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson
Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen
Wolves In The Dark by Gunnar Staalesen
Big Sister by Gunnar Staalesen
Wolves At The Door by Gunnar Staalesen
Fallen Angels Preview – Gunnar Staalesen
In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings
The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith
House of Spines by Michael J Malone
Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty

Phew … That’a a lot of books and we haven’t even finished yet! I’m really looking forward to the second half of the year, some absolutely cracking titles to be released and I’ve still a few books left to read myself, although I’m thrilled to say that it is now only ten, and four of them aren’t even technically available yet.

Keep an eye out next week as it’s my birthday and I feel like being a little generous, so I may well be having a few giveaways on the blog and over on Twitter to celebrate. Stranger things have happened.

Happy reading everyone.


7 thoughts on “A Year of Orenda – The First Six Months

  1. You are both doing INCREDIBLE 👏
    So much ahieved and it is only July!
    Loving your posts and your Orenda-tastic positivity,looking forward to the rest of 2020’s posts. You are amazing!

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