Showing posts from November, 2017

NEVERMOOR - by Jessica Townsend

NEVERMOOR - Jessica Townsend
Published: October 2017 - Orion's Children's Books.
Genre: Middle grade / fantasy / adventure
Pages: 384.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Very mild fantasy violence.
Format: ARC hardcover.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor - the most fantastical children's release of the year.Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has…

HEART OF THE FAE (The Otherworld #1) - by Emma Hamm

Published: December 2017 - Emma Hamm
Genres: Fairy tale retelling / romance / fantasy
Pages: 368.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Fantasy violence and mild gore, sexual innuendo, and a scene of very strong, erotic sexual content.
Format: eARC.
Source: Thank you so much to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Beauty and the Beast meets Irish Mythology in this sweeping retelling of the beloved fairytale.... Once upon a time… A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill, leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne. Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom… until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people bani…

Weekly Round-Up: Reading and writing

It's a very short round-up today because I'm in a rush, so sorry about that! I have to go out this evening :(
Anyway. I've been writing a lot this week and I've spent a lot of time doing school and studying. But next week I've only got a few school things to finish up and sort, and then I'll be done for the term. YAY! 
You also may have noticed I've had a partial blog makeover ;) I added another sidebar (which I desperately needed) and changed a few things with my header as well. Please let me know what you think! 

Posts of the week: The Blog Squad: Part 29 Abuse is being Romanticised

I am loving Nevermoor. It's such a beautiful, magical story. 

Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky have split They've been dating for a whole year, which in Hollywood terms is a long time.
Jude Law has been cast in the upcoming Captain Marvel Law will be starring opposite Brie Larson, who plays the title character in the movie that's scheduled for release in 2019. I …

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…

The Blog Squad: Part 29

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 
Would you read a book that no/few reviews? 

Absolutely - it’s difficult for indie authors to get readers and to get those first few reviews in! I’ll especially pick up the book if it’s an author that I know and I am interested in the author/plot/premise/all of the above.
I’m pretty sure I’ve read many books that had few reviews of Goodreads and I think I’ve read books with no reviews on Goodreads at least 2 times. I think this was mostly when I first started my book blog. Even now, I’m definitely not against reading books with few reviews but now that I’m drowning in review copies and ARCs, I don’t have a choice but t…

Weekly Round-Up: Writing and watching

Another busy week, but overall it was fine. I hit 30k for NaNo, and started watching Doctor Who again (on season 6 at the moment, and can we please just talk about how ABSOLUTELY SQUAD GOALS Eleven, Amy, and Rory are???!! Seriously, those three are magic together. I wish they could always be the Doctor and companions). 
Oh, and in other news, I've had to delete my Blog Roll in the sidebar because of space, etc (long story). But I've made a page you can find here where I've listed some of my favourite blogs. I'm still in the process of adding to it. 

Posts of the week:  5 books I'm looking forward to! // part 1 5 books I'm looking forward to! // part 2

Still buddy-reading Heart of the Fae, and this week I also started Nevermoor :)

I am super excited about these books! I've heard so much about Lee Child's (and my Mum is a HUGE fan, so guess who grabbed the book to read it first?) and I'm also ecstatic to finally start The Mortal Instruments series. This…

5 books I'm looking forward to! // part 2

I just HAD to do a part 2. It's kind unfair that there are so amazing books in the world that I haven't read, but at least I can drool over them - even if I can't buy them. Oh, and won't you agree that 2017 has been an amazing year for debuts? There honestly seems to be so many incredible new authors taking the spotlight. It's awesome.

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her…