[Review] ‘Cruel Prince’ by Holly Black

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Title – ‘The Cruel Prince’
Author – Holly Black
Publishing – July 26th 2018 by Hot Key Books
Pages – 480
Format – Paperback

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Book Summary –

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. Continue reading

A Very Cautious October TBR (& First Thoughts)

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So… as you can tell by the title this is going to be my October TBR… but an extremely cautious one. To those of you that have been paying attention, or if you’ve read my previous real life blog post a couple days ago, you’d of noticed that I haven’t been posting here much this year. And the main reason is because of a major reading, photography and blogging slump… I pretty much abandoned everything for the last bit of last year and for the majority of this year so far. As it is the reading urges have only just come back and I’ve actually managed to start reading again for the first time in months! It’s a miracle!

So yeah… I’m going to share my very small TBR (plus my first thoughts) for October because frankly it’s not 100% that I’ll end up sticking to it. But I’m going to try anyway! 😊 Continue reading

[Review] ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ by Kerri Maniscalco

28962906Title – ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’
Author – Kerri Maniscalco
Publishing – September 20th 2016 by Jimmy Patterson
Pages – 326
Format – Hardcover

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Book Summary –

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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Life Update – A New Kitten, Mental Health, Money and a New Job at the Library!?

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I’m back again! 😁

So I’m not going to lie, I didn’t expect to have 7 months between my last post and this one. But as it is a lot has happened and while the urge to read came back… I still didn’t really have any determination to read. I ended up reading one book, it was a good book but that spark within me still wasn’t lit enough for me to find the determination to pick up another book until very recently.  Continue reading

[Lets have a chit-chat] Bookstagram, Booktube or a Book Blog? Which do you choose?

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Pre warning right here and now – this post is a mammoth! 😂 (a 3000+ words kinda mammoth!). So be prepared for a lot of reading.

I wanted to have a little chat today about that moment when you decide to join the online bookish community. That moment when you decide you want to contribute in some way… that moment when you have to decide which platform to choose!?

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[Meme] ‘Top 10 Tuesday’ – Struggle Town

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I’ve decided to hop on board to the ‘Top 10 Tuesday’ tag hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme was ’10 books you struggled to get through.. or didn’t get through at all’…. or even your interpretation of a bookish struggle of some kind.

I’m going to go with a couple of books that it took me forever to get through and a couple of books I’ve just had to add to my DNF list! I would also like to point out there will be some popular books and not to judge me for said books being on this list… I just couldn’t 😂

Without further ado – let us begin!


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[Review] ‘Flame in the Mist’ by Renée Ahdieh

34410197Title – ‘Flame in the Mist’
Author – Renée Ahdieh 
Publishing – May 16th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
Pages – 416
Format – Hardcover

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Book Summary –

‘The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.’ Continue reading

[Awards] The ‘Blogger Aesthetics’ Award

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Hi there everyone! So yesterday (or was it earlier today… I can’t remember!? 😂) I was nominated for the ‘Blogger Aesthetics’ award (& tag). Also just a thank you to the lovely Bella over at Bella Blogs Because Books for the nomination! As a quick note as well… not entirely sure where this award/tag is originally from so if anyone can point me in the right direction to credit the original creator then much appreciated!

Anyway the aim of this award/tag hybrid is to simply share an aesthetic collage that represents you or represents what you love etc. It doesn’t have to appeal to anyone but yourself and in some sense the aim is to let readers get to know you in a different fashion… through photos! ❤️

So without further ado… let us begin! 😊


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