Reviews

Fated by Benedict Jacka // Review


Title: Fated by Benedict Jacka

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 1st March 2012

Synopsis: Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle. 
In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won’t sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you’re looking for, he might just be able to help. That’s if he’s not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light, and investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.
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If you loved Harry Dresden, then welcome to the world of Alex Verus. Dangerous, fun and most definitely magical.

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Book Tags

Shuffle the Music Tag!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m back with a tag that is VERY unusual for my blog! I know that this is a book blog, but my lovely Ash from For the Love of Books tagged me in this and it looked WAY too much fun to pass on! I hope you all don’t mind!

I cheated and did 20 because it fit better! I thought since I use Spotify and my normal iPod songs I’d do 10 of each!divider-2461548_1280

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for this tag and link to their blog.
  2. Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs the songs are) and talk about the FIRST FIFTEEN songs that come up (anything like why they are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc.)
  3. Mention the songs as well as the artists.
  4. Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!

I’m excited because I have a VERY wide song variety so let’s get into it!

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Weekly Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR!

Hi everyone!

I’m back again with a new Top Ten Tuesday! ! TTT has actually moved from The Broke and the Bookish now and is actually over at That Artsy Reader Girl so go and check out everyone’s posts over there!

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Today’s TTT is about our summer TBR’s and let me tell you – I have A LOT of books I want to read this year so let’s get into it!

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Reviews

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan // Review


Title: The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 20th March 2018

Synopsis: Leigh Chen Sanders is sixteen when her mother dies by suicide, leaving only a scribbled note: ‘I want you to remember’. Leigh doesn’t know what it means, but when a red bird appears with a message, she finds herself travelling to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. Leigh is far away from home and far away from Axel, her best friend, who she stupidly kissed on the night her mother died – leaving her with a swell of guilt that she wasn’t home, and a heavy heart, thinking she may have destroyed the one good thing left in her life. Overwhelmed by grief, Leigh retreats into her art and into her memories, where colours collide and the rules of reality are broken. The only thing Leigh is certain about is that she must find out the truth. She must remember.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A beautiful and honest book focusing on the struggles of coping with loss, and the belief that there is more to life after death.

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Reviews

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo // Review


Title: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 6th March 2018

Synopsis: With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby – it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good. But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?divider-2461548_1280Review:

A brilliant Little Mermaid retelling that will make you want to fall in love with your very own Prince!

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Reviews

We Are Young by Cat Clarke // Review


Title: We Are Young by Cat Clarke

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 3rd May 2018

Synopsis: On the same night Evan’s mother marries local radio DJ ‘Breakfast Tim’, Evan’s brand-new step-brother Lewis is found unconscious and terribly injured, the only survivor of a horrific car crash. A media storm erupts, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at loner stoner Lewis. Everyone else seems to think the crash was drugs-related, but Evan isn’t buying it. With the help of her journalist dad, Harry, she decides to find out what really happened that night. As Evan delves deeper into the lives of the three teenagers who died in the crash, she uncovers some disturbing truths and a secret that threatens to tear her family – and the community – apart.divider-2461548_1280Review:

The new novel from Cat Clarke is here, and what a beauty it is.

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Reviews

BLOG TOUR: The Hanging Women by John Mead // Review


Title: The Hanging Women by John Mead

Rating: ★★★

Release: 28th February 2018

Synopsis: Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women, Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards. Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent investigation. As a result of Jack `stealing’ Philomena’s diary and his association with the Pinkerton detective agency, it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of Labour (the fastest growing workers’ rights movements in America of the late 1800’s). The women had been working together, tracing the man who was selling guns and dynamite to the more extremest factions of the workers movement. This led them to Ruby’s, a secret `nightclub for deviants’, where Stevens and Inspector O’Leary believe the pair fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader Joseph Mannheim. With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The Hanging Women before it’s too late.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A murder. A mystery. A unofficial detective. The newest crime thriller of 2018.

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Book Tags

Books I’ll Never Read Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m back today with a really interesting tag – the Book I’ll Never Read Tag! Thank you to Holly over at Nut Free Nerd for tagging me in this! Holly’s blog is absolutely stunning so make sure to go and check it out!

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A Really Hyped Book You’re Not Interested in Reading?

I’m really not too bothered about reading Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (PLEASE DON’T HURT ME!). I really enjoyed Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda, but I think for now at least I’m okay without reading the next one!

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Hauls

May 2018 Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

Where did May go? I CAN’T BELIEVE WE’RE NEARLY HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR??? Anyway last month was a hectic one, but I got some AMAZING books that I can’t wait to share with you all! I got some ARC’s, did some book swaps and naturally bought books too!

Let’s get to it!
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ARCs:


Title: Warlock Holmes: My Grave Ritual by G. S. Denning

This isn’t technically an ARC as the author sent me a signed finished copy of it and it means the world to me! I absolutely love this series, and I couldn’t be happier to have this book in my hands – I will be reading it so soon!

Synopsis: As they blunder towards doom, Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings. Christmas brings a goose that doesn’t let being cooked slow it down; they meet an electricity demon, discover why being a redhead is even tricker than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And, naturally, Moriarty is hanging around… in some form or other.

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Reviews

Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton // Review


Title: Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 8th February 2018

Synopsis: Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. And very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance, arrive and she sees her own body that she realises that she is in fact . . . dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and sees her family – her parents and her twin brother – start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A heart felt and moving story of love, loss and the lengths that people will go to live their life to the fullest.

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