Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen #3

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Main themes: Personal Growth, Society, War, Power

Rating: 4 stars

Mare Barrow has been captured and imprisoned by newly appointed Silver king, Maven Calore. As the months stretch by, Mare’s strong will is truly challenged as she spends most of her days in solitary confinement, is plagued by some of her most unbearable memories, and tortured in the worst way possible. And without her lightning, suppressed by the constant presence of Silent Stone and her Arven guards, Mare is suffocating. But Maven has no intention of letting Mare go. As one of the notable members of the Red Guard, Maven uses her as a pawn to help advance his political stance in fighting the rebel group. And then there’s his own hidden agenda; which sees Mare fall deeper and deeper into the dark labyrinth that is the catastrophic King’s mind. This is a deep one!

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Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Main themes: Family, Coming of Age, Racism, Empowering Women

Rating: 5 stars

The Secret Life of Bees follows the journey of 14 year old Lily Owens, a girl who’s always been troubled by the hazy memory of a fatal accident that killed her mother when she was just 4 years old. Her upbringing hasn’t been the best thanks to her mean-spirited father, and she’s wanted nothing more than to just get up and leave. One afternoon, Lily does find herself running away, but with Rosaleen, her housemaid and only friend after a racially motivated arrest and attack. Travelling to Tiburon, South Carolina, they’re led to a house painted Caribbean Pink, home to sisters and beekeepers August, May and June Boatwright…

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Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

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Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Main themes: Identity, Personal Growth, Power, Society 

Rating: 5 stars

This book! It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced an overwhelming excitement about picking up my kindle to continue reading a story, or felt a buzz of anticipation knowing I’ll be seeing my favourite character again. This Savage Song has genuinely impressed me and become one of my favourite reads.

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Review: The Auctor Trilogy by T.R. Wolf

Review: The Auctor Trilogy by T.R. Wolf

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Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy,  

Main themes: Personal Growth, Magic

Rating: 3 stars (3.5 is more accurate!)

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

After a devastating incident, Adelaide ‘Addie’ Auctor’s comfortable life back in Salem, Massachusetts becomes a thing of the past. In order to stay safe, she must pass an initiation test to get into a secret but prestigious university called The Wicked Cabal. This is no normal university though as it’s specifically for those who perform magic. Off to a jarring start, Initiation proves to be one of the hardest challenges Addie has had to face. It doesn’t help that she’s separated from her brother, Augustus- someone who’s always been her rock and protector. And so with such little experience, and with painful memories so fresh, is passing initiation something Addie can do? Read more

Bookish Habits

Bookish Habits

I’m hoping that these habits aren’t as unconventional as I fear they might be… It would be great to know if there are a few of you out there who also do the same (sometimes silly) things as me when it comes to books!

Looking up every unfamiliar word

Whenever I read, I like to have my phone handy so that I can Google any words I don’t understand. Sometimes I’ll ask whoever’s around but if I don’t find out the meaning then I find it really hard to progress with the book. Even if it’s easy to guess what the word means, I like to know it’s proper definition because it stops me from worrying about whether I’ve misinterpreted something, or whether I’ve missed out on what the author was trying to say.

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Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

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Genres: Crime, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance

Main theme: Revenge 

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 

Main themes: Forgiveness, Family

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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Genres: Children, Fantasy, Satire

Main themes: Society, Power

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, Children

Main themes: War, 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