My Favourite Films And Why I Recommend Them

I'm actually surprised that I haven't posted on this topic before. Or, well, maybe I have and it's lost somewhere on my blog, but I don't think so...
Anyway. I have a ton of favourite films, but the ones listed here are my absolute faves. They're all so incredible, some of them extremely underrated (at least I think so, lol) and I hope you'll give one or two of them a watch and end up loving them as much as I do!

Blog Tour and Review and Excerpt: WICKED SAINTS - by Emily A. Duncan

This book. People, this book. I could not be happier to share this post with you today, because this novel is about to rock the YA fantasy genre. I simply adored it. It's electrifying, it's frightening, and it's beautifully written. Hope you like the post!

BLOOD ORANGE - by Harriet Tyce

Goodreads | Book Depository
Published: March 2019 - Wildfire.
Genres: Adult / thriller / mystery / contemporary.
Pages: 336.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Strong language / substance abuse / explicit sex scenes / rape / mild gore / violence.
Format: ARC Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read & reviewed this copy. All thoughts are my own.

Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise - she's just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems...

Alison drinks too much. She's neglecting her family. And she's having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle. 

Alison's client doesn't deny that she stabbed her husband - she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

But someone knows Alison's secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she's done, and who won't stop until she's lost everything....

The Bargain Books Warehouse Sale - March 2019

Happy Wednesday everyone! I'm so excited to be talking about my recent visit to the Bargain Books Warehouse Sale, and of course, showing you all the amazing books I picked up :) If you'd like to check out my post from last year's sale, here's the LINK.

Falling In Love With: Friends-To-Lovers

Tropes are tricky things to pull off. They're loved, they're hated, they work terribly, they work well.  But I guess everyone has a trope they're a sucker for, and this post is about my personal favourite: friends to lovers.

ENCHANTÉE (Enchantée #1) - by Gita Trelease

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Published: February 2019 - Macmillan.
Genres: Young adult / historical fantasy / romance.
Pages: 459.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Substance abuse / gambling / inexplicit sexual innuendos / mild violence.
Format: ARC Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read & reviewed this copy. All thoughts are my own.

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire— Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she's playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…

The Dark Side Of Beloved Fairytales - Part II

Welcome to Part II of the morbid fairytale truths! If you weren't disturbed enough by Part 1, then this ought to do it. I guarantee you won't look at any of these fairytales in the same way ever again. Sexism, abuse,'s here and it's rampant. 

The Dark Side Of Beloved Fairytales - Part I

Researching for this post disturbed me, to say the least. Who knew that fairytales had such dark, shocking origins? Who knew that underneath Disney's sugary romances were tales of abuse, sexism, and murder? To be honest, it worries me that Disney is so quick to wring beautiful romances from grotesque origins and yet do nothing to address those serious themes in their pretty retellings.

DAWN OF COBALT SHADOWS (Burning Empire #2) - by Emma Hamm

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: February 2019.
Genres: Young adult / fantasy / romance.
Pages: N.A.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Strong violence.
Format: ARC eBook.
Source: Thank you so much to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read & reviewed this copy. All thoughts are my own.

A tamed dragon may be loyal, but it will forever be free.

Loose from her cage, Sigrid of Wildewyn returns to her homeland with a heavy heart. An army of Beastkin await her orders in a new kingdom made out of animals and forgotten rules. When she begins to lose faith in herself, she embarks on a journey to find her history and that of all the Beastkin.

Far in the desert, Nadir tightens his control over his kingdom. For a time, he’s the Sultan they’ve all waited for. Until an assassin arrives in his palace declaring a legendary warrior has summoned him. A warrior who claims to be his mother. Both struggle to discover their own history, while remaining tied to each other regardless of distance. But a war brews between the kingdoms. Sigrid and Nadir must once again choose between each other, or their people. Only this time, they aren’t certain what they’ll choose. 

International Women's Day: My Favourite Female Characters

Happy International Women's Day! I only remembered it was women's day yesterday, so this post came together very last minute. But it's here. And it's long. Sorry about that ;) I just have so, so many favourite female characters and I wanted to mention as many as I could. Even now, I still haven't managed to list all of them. But without further ado, here they are!

BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR (The Evermore Chronicles #1) - by Emily R. King

fantasy, romance, fairytale, book, review
Book Depository | Goodreads
Published: June 2019 - Skyscape.
Genres: Young adult / fantasy / romance.
Pages: 300.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Violence / sexual innuendos.
Format: ARC eBook.
Source: Netgalley. I voluntarily read & reviewed this copy. All thoughts are my own.

Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.

Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny. 

The Best Resources To Find Writing Tips and Advice

This post is for all the writers out there! The following resources have been invaluable for me, and I hope they can of use to you, too.

I published a post like this sometime last year, but I decided it was time for an updated version with updated resources. Happy reading :)

Monthly Wrap-Up: February-March

February has been the month of writing! There have been a few bad anxiety moments, but generally I've just been busy, productive, and content. How has your Feb been? Tell me what you've been doing and what you've been working on. Feel free to link to your monthly wrap-ups, too!
Here's a run-down of what happened in my February: