Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

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Genres: Crime, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Note: I was sent a copy of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This chilling short story starts off with the main character, Veronica, who’s currently in a police station with her boyfriend, Sebastian. All readers know is that something has gone horribly wrong. He’s bone white, shirt soaked with blood. She’s trying to desperately hold onto him, eyes swollen from crying. Then we go back a month, to when Veronica and Sebastian first met on their first date in a haunted restaurant… Read more

Review: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

Review: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

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Genres: Historical Fiction, Cultural

Rating: 4 stars

Pika, meaning brilliant light. Don, meaning boom. Pikadon is what arrived on 9th August 1945 in the city of Nagasaki, and claimed the lives of Amaterasu Takahashi’s beloved daughter Yuko, and grandson Hideo.    Read more

Review: The Castle of Inside Out by David Henry Wilson

Review: The Castle of Inside Out by David Henry Wilson

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Genre: Children

Rating: 5 stars

“Lorina had to write about “A Special Place”, and the Castle had come into her mind the moment Mr Blair had set the subject.”

This adventurous and humorous tale begins with the young and inquisitive Lorina who’s making her way to the Castle on top of the hill. But what started out as an exciting trip soon turns into  a quest to try and save the green people, the ‘Outsiders’ who are dying from starvation and air pollution. Lorina must go in the Castle and seek help from the ‘Insiders’ who are actually all animals. There are mechangaroos, undertigers, haredressers and even osteopythons but the ones in charge are the likes of The Piggident, Mr Hogg and The Piggy Banker… Being pigs, it’s not hard to imagine what a battle Lorina will have with them!
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Review: Wondrous by Travis M. Riddle

Review: Wondrous by Travis M. Riddle

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Genres: Fantasy, Magic 

Rating: 3 stars

Note: I was sent a copy of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review.

One moment, Miles is troubled by the quarrels of his mum and dad floating through to his bedroom. The next, Miles is surrounded by thick violet bushes, being asked whether he’s a spy for the Queen by what appears to be a cross between man and scorpion. Somehow, Miles has ended up in the faraway kingdom of Rompu, completely alone and defenceless but with the help of a friendly Rompun, he’s soon on a journey to not only find his way back home, but to master his emerging elemental abilities, and to help save Rompu from a deadly creature known as the Veratt.

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Anticipated 2017 Book Releases

Anticipated 2017 Book Releases

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A new year, new reading challenges, and of course new book releases!

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This is the very much anticipated third instalment of the Red Queen series! With the cliffhanger that left me with so many questions at the end of Glass Sword, I really cannot wait to dive into King’s Cage. I’ve also kind of (really) missed the Silvers and their petty politics back at the palace, so I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ve been handling recent events. Plus, have you seen all the snippets Victoria’s been teasing us with? If not, be sure to check them out by clicking here because they’ve got me even more hyped for the release! There’s just a month to go, so mark 9th February in your calendars! Read more

Review: Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

Review: Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

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Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 4 stars

At one point or another, we’ve probably heard about someone who’s suffered second or even third degree burns. But I know I was shocked when I read about the main character, Maisie Winters, suffering burns so severe that parts of her face were completely destroyed.

Destroyed. The word sounds out of place here, in a hospital. Destroyed is what happens to villages in the path of tsunamis. To buildings when bombs drop. To ships that sink to the bottom of the sea. Destroyed isn’t something that happens to a thing as small as a person’s face.”

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The Christmas Song Book Tag

The Christmas Song Book Tag

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I saw this over at Spines and Covers and couldn’t resist taking part!

You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch

Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

Manon Blackbeak from the Throne of Glass series! I like that despite the risks and inevitable backlash she’d receive, she still always chose to follow through with what she believed in.

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Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah 🙂

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Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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Genres: Classics, Young Adult 

Rating: 3 stars

Kicked out of school (for the fourth time now) because of his poor grades, Holden Caulfield finds himself in a bit of a predicament when he spontaneously decides to pack his bags but it’s not home he’s headed… no, Holden isn’t ready to face his parents and so, opting to just make do with what money he has saved, readers accompany Holden on what promises to be an odd few days in New York.

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Review: Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

Review: Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

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Genres: Historical Fiction, Cultural

Rating: 5 stars

This rich historical account follows the life of Orchid, a 17 year old Manchu girl from Wuhu who’s been facing severe hardships due to the death of her father. We see that life for Orchid and her family has become increasingly discouraging, and all Orchid wishes for is a chance to better all of their lives. That chance arrives when it’s officially announced that Emperor Hsien Feng is on the lookout for future mates. Being eligible, Orchid puts herself forward and eventually, is selected out of thousands of girls to become one of the Emperor’s 7 wives. The rest of the story tells of Orchid’s journey in the Forbidden City and how eventually, she rises the ranks to become an Empress of China.   

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 5 stars

Maddy’s spent all her life inside the same four walls because she’s allergic to everything outside of them- all because of a rare illness that leaves her immune system majorly defective. And so 18 year old Maddy’s world is about as big as her air filtered home with only her mum, her nurse, and beloved books for company. But all that changes when new neighbour Olly bursts into Maddy’s life, and it’s not long before she falls for him… and that’s when everything changes. Read more