Abuse Is Being Romanticised

I'm sure you've heard of "bad boys." They're the stereotypical anti-heroes who are usually darkly handsome, mysterious, and a little dangerous. It's also those qualities that make them some of the most desired male heroes in YA today.

Today is The International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women. It's appropriate, then,  that I publish this post today. I'm going to share my thoughts on the shocking increase of violence against women in films, books, and TV shows and how that violence - and abuse - is being normalised. It's a topic I feel very passionately about.
Please share your own thoughts in the comments section and let's discuss :)

Abuse:  "use something (someone) to bad effect or bad purpose; misuse" "treat with cruelty or violence" (Oxford Dictionary)

Trigger Warning: There are frequent mentions of rape and descriptions of abuse in this post.

- Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl) -  Chuck is Gossip Girl's bad boy turn…

SPINNING SILVER - by Naomi Novik

Published: July 2018 - Macmillan.
Genres: Adult / fairytale retelling / fantasy
Pages: 466.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mild sexual innuendo.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of…

Life Update! I'm back.....I think?!

It's been forever since I ventured onto the blogosphere and even as I type this post, I'm not actually sure if I'll be able to stick around. *Sigh.* My Mac isn't fixed yet, so that's been a pain. It's so frustrating.

But while I'm here, I thought I'd do a life update. It's too late for a October wrap-up, which I missed, and so a general update seems more fitting.

Hope you're all doing well!

A summary of recent life events ;) 

- NaNoWriMo isn't happening for me this month. I decided I was putting too much pressure on myself to get 50k words in about  days ;) That just wasn't looking good. So I took a deep breath and resigned myself to the fact NaNo wasn't gonna happen this month.
However, I plan to start my novel in December. Writing needs to happen either way :)

- Reviews haven't been written, thanks to my stupid Mac, so my backlog is looking rather intimidating. As soon as I'm permanently back, you're gonna be inundated w…

Life Update - ft. Indefinite Hiatus!

Hey all, just popping on here quickly to explain my sudden disappearance from the blogosphere! My MacBook has been taken to be repaired and so I haven’t been able to blog or have access to any of my designs and resources etc etc. I’m writing this post from my phone, which is kinda difficult lol ;)

I hope to be back soon. I have so many reviews to write, not to mention a monthly wrap up, and I am dying to blog hop again and comment on all your posts! Fingers crossed I’ll be back soon.

It doesn’t help that NaNoWriMo began on Thursday and I haven’t been able to write a word yet either 🙈 Scrivener and my outline etc are on my MacBook :( IT IS FRUSTRATING TO SAY THE LEAST.

My mental health has been trash recently too. A part of me thinks this hiatus is a good thing because of all of that, so I guess I should try use the time to chill a bit. Well, try.

Anyway, just wanted to let you guys know! Hope you’re having an awesome weekend :)

P.S. I’m also planning a major blog redesign and I’m gon…

LYING TO YOU - by Amanda Reynolds

LYING TO YOU - Amanda Reynolds
Published: July 2018 - Wildfire.
Genres: Adult / thriller / contemporary
Pages: 355.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Sexualinnuendos / stronglanguage
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
You'd know if you were lying to yourself, wouldn't you? When Jess Tidy was Mark Winter's student, she made an accusation that ultimately saw him sentenced to three years in prison. A jury found him guilty, but he always maintained his innocence. Now, Jess's mother's death has brought her back to the village where she grew up, and where Mark still lives with his wife. And the truth about that night ten years ago which nearly destroyed them both is finally going to come out.

Unfortunately, this is one of those books that I knew from the first chapter wouldn’t be getting 5 stars. I didn’t love the writing; it’s very boring and too impersonal. The dialogue is also extremely weak…

THE GRISHA TRILOGY - by Leigh Bardugo

( A huge thank you to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me these beautiful books in exchange for an honest review )
Shadow and BoneSiege and StormRuin and Rising

I first read this trilogy last year and really enjoyed it. When Pan Macmillan were kind enough to send me these new editions, I jumped at the chance to re-read them. Since I've already done separate reviews for each book, however, this post is an overall "review" of the whole series, in a different review format. Hope you like reading it :)

Bardugo is one of my favourite authors. The amazing thing about these new editions, apart from the gorgeous covers, is also the awesome bonus content inside. There are interviews with Leigh about her writing process and this specific story and characters, a sneak peek of Six of Crows, and lots more. Please read this trilogy! And get these editions! They're incredible.

This post does not contain spoilers.

I love Leigh Bardugo's writing. But her style in this book is quite dif…