Weekly Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday – Series I Don’t Plan on Finishing!

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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This week’s TTT was about books and series you’ll never finish, and I genuinely didn’t know there was so many! I am also VERY sorry that this is so late, this week has been crazy with some exciting things (to be announced soon!), so all my weekly posts have been pushed forward – I’m so sorry! Let’s get to it!

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I really enjoyed Red Rising when I read it a couple of years ago, I thought it was super interesting. However I’ve had SO many chances to pick up the next books in the series, and it just never took my fancy so I don’t think I’ll carry it on!

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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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Monthly Wrap Ups

Fiance Chooses my TBR – Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

So last month I got my fiance, Ben to choose my TBR for the month! I thought I’d do a quick summary post of how I got on with the books he chose – I think I did pretty well! As a reminder here are the books he chose: Fiance Chooses my TBR!divider-2461548_1280

A classic book:
To Kill A Mockingbird

I actually got this read and I’m SO glad I did! It was so interesting and I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to get to it. I can’t wait to write my review of it, I can see why it is Ben’s favourite book.

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Reviews

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody // Review


Title: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 17th May 2018

Synopsis: Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school―and her reputation―behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives unchanged.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected―he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless society. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her family, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city… And she’ll need to play the game.divider-2461548_1280Review:

Welcome to the City of Sin – play the game and survive. Or pray you get out alive.

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Weekly Book Memes

The Sunday Post – 22nd April 2018!

Hi everyone!

I’m back once again with a new Sunday Post!

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

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I completely missed the Sunday Post from last week, so I’ll try to include both weeks together! Last week it was my birthday! I’m OFFICIALLY 21 years old now – how crazy! I had the best birthday ever, ate so much food and spent it with my favourite people! I also got lots of books, which is always a plus in any situation! I also got some birthday money so I’m obviously now shopping for books – so please leave any recs below!

This week has been nice and sunny in the UK which is absolutely CRAZY because it’s been snowing so often, it’s nice to have a change!

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Reviews

Vicious Rumer by Joshua Winning // Review


Title: Vicious Rumer by Joshua Winning

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 24th April 2018

Synopsis: Rumer Cross is cursed. Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade. Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she’s targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she’s hiding an occult relic, she’s drawn into the very world she’s been fighting to avoid. Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront a terrible truth: that she’s cursed, because no matter what she does, everybody she’s ever grown close to has died screaming.divider-2461548_1280Review:

Impossible to put down, this book is definitely the book 2018 has been waiting for. Think Jessica Jones meets Ellen Ripley, and you’ve got the perfect character – Rumer.

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Hauls

February Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

January went so slowly, and I can’t believe how quickly this month has gone? I had one of the best haul months this month, and got the most amount of ARC’s I’ve ever received in one month before, so thank you to everyone who sent me one! Let’s get into it!
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ARCs:

I am in awe about the amount of books I received this month! Thank you to the lovely authors and publishers for sending these my way, it’s such an honour!


Title: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I got the most amazing email from Pan Macmillan asking if I wanted to be on the blog tour for this book, and they said they’d send me an ARC and I basically screamed! This one of my most anticipated reads of the entire year so finally having it in my hands I could cry! I am so excited!!!

Synopsis: Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

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Book Tags

The Cookie Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

Happy February! I hope you’re all having a great month so far, and enjoy this brilliant tag that I found! I saw it on Book Princess Reviews and well I LOVE cookies so I mean it was really just meant to be – right???

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  • In addition to linking back to the person who tagged you, it would be awesome if you link back to Nicole’s original post!
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’.
  • Have fun!
  • Tag 1-3 people.

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Reviews

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor // Review

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 6th November 2012

Synopsis: Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. This was not that world.

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Review:

A thrilling sequel to a completely original and stand out trilogy!

I dived straight into this after finishing the first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I definitely think takes the cake for being my favourite of the three books, because it was OUTSTANDING!

Once again Laini Taylor completely blew me away with her writing style. Her descriptions are so vivid it transports you straight into the book, and feels as if her writing is just projected right off the page. Not only did her writing style excel within this book, but her character development was brilliant.

I loved how we could see the wear and tear on Karou after the events of the previous book. It added so much realism to the story, which I always feel is important for novels, especially Young Adult Fantasy.

The relationship with Akiva was also portrayed with such tension, and emotion, I was thriving for their scenes together! There are a few parts I can’t mention that I loved without spoiling, but let me tell you Laini is so deceptive with the story I couldn’t read the book quick enough.

The plot is so well thought out and clear that you can tell Laini knew exactly where she was going with the story and I loved the change of direction from the first book.

Emotional, thrilling and just outright brilliant, this is the sequel that the world needed. If you think Daughter of Smoke and Bone was good – just you wait!

You can buy Days of Blood and Starlight on Amazon UK here!

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Guest Post: Top Ten Writing Tips from Author Louise Dean!

Hi everyone!

Today I have my first ever guest post! To celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo last month the lovely author Louise Dean offers her top ten tips for novel writing. Hopefully this will inspire you to continue writing next year!

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    1. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t over-indulge in binge writing. You’ll upset your system. A solid hour a day will see you right. Keep faith with your novel. Don’t miss a day.
    2. Make sure you write every day, same time, same place. You need to read every day too. If you do those two things, then your day job will leaven your bread and bring a healthy reality check to you and your writing, and your writing will flourish thanks to the tidbits you bring home from your labours and time in goodly society.
    3. Keep your notebook with you all day every day for 90 days to catch novel thoughts and insights gleaned from daily life.
    4. Don’t fret the plot, think character and problem; think ‘what does he or she want?’ Don’t worry about word count. The daily habit of writing is what matters.
    5. Write into a notebook, type up for a very first early doors edit
    6. Creating material freely is what this first draft is all about and heading back to the notebook of your childhood, the secret diary, the handwriting of your first scribblings is very freeing.
    7. Don’t be tempted to go back over the work and tweak it. You need to get the story down before you know what to include and what to leave out.
    8. You have two pedals. One is writing, the other is reading. When one runs out of juice, use the other to take the pressure off and hey presto you’ll be moving again!
    9. Journal your writing process. All the evidence shows this works a treat. Keep an eye on yourself during the write. You will find this very valuable throughout your write to see that yes, you suffered and worried and yes you found a solution and got through it. Many great writers found this a necessity. Try it.
    10. If I were to leave you with one ‘prose tip’, it would be this:
      Write a terribly good sentence that no one has written before, that is true for you and you alone, beautiful, sad and funny, perhaps controversial or contentious, and also understated. Write the next sentence.
      Delete the second sentence. I can be almost completely certain that in the second you went too far, exaggerated, and spoilt the effect of the first. I see it all the time, in my work and in my writers’. It’s the most common error. Catch it sooner rather than later and your work will improve rapidly as you learn to train the wayward growth of your prose by tying it to a strong trellis.

And here’s one just for luck – Your novel is a jealous God. Put it first for 90 days. That’s just 0.3% of your life. Only children or emergencies come before.

Louise Dean is an award-winning author published by Penguin and Simon & Schuster and nominated for The Dublin International Literary Award, The Guardian First Book Prize, and the Man Booker Prize. She is the founder of Kritikme.com, an online creative writing course which teaches people how to write a novel in ninety days. You can get a 10% discount on this course by using the code MYNOVEL10 at the check-out.

Go check her out now, and Happy Writing!!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x