[Review] ‘The Hazel Wood’ by Melissa Albert

35997403Title – ‘The Hazel Wood’
Author – Melissa Albert 
Publishing –February 8th 2018 by Penguin 
Pages – 359
Format – Paperback

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Book Summary –

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD. 

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .

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[Let’s Have a Chit-Chat] Should Authors Behaviour Sway Whether Or Not We Read Their Books?

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If you’ve been active on Twitter recently or just follow bookish news you may have heard of a storm that brewed last week between two authors. The first, Tomi Adeyemi, hit the ball out of the park with her debut novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone‘ which was probably the most hyped and well received YA book of 2018. The second, Nora Roberts, is nothing but royalty in the bookish world with over 10 years worth of experience and numerous books under her belt.

The two ‘logged heads’, although I feel like that would require retaliation on Roberts part… which there wasn’t, after… to put it bluntly… Adeyemi accused Roberts of not only copying her book title but also trying to profit off it. And.. as with the mob mentality of some of our bookish community, an awful lot of people sent some awfully nasty things to Roberts. You can very easily search up the full story as a couple of articles have been written about it and Roberts also posted up a detailed and, in my opinion, classy response on her blog which you can find here. To say the situation has been rectified.. well it kind of has… but in a very beat around the bush kind of way with a lack of a direct apology.

But getting to the main point of this post… it got me thinking…
should the behaviour of an author sway how we choose to approach their books?

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[Unboxing] A World Of ‘Battles & Galaxies’ by Fairyloot

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So… with the notion that I had more money to spare because of my new second job I decided to treat myself by rejoining Fairyloot! I actually ended my original subscription back in June (I think) because of money issues and because at the time I was in the middle of a massive reading, blogging and all things bookish slump. As it is however I’m obviously back… and so figured ‘screw it.. why not treat myself!‘.

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Now… if you hadn’t guessed by the title I’ll be doing an unboxing of Fairyloot‘s recent November box – Battles & Galaxies! So… you know… don’t read on if you don’t want spoilers! 😛

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[Review] ‘Skyward’ by Brandon Sanderson

36642458Title – ‘Skyward’
Author – Brandon Sanderson 
Publishing – November 6th 2018 by Gollancz
Pages – 513
Format – Hardback

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Book Summary –

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul. 

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] Am I A Bad Person/Reader If I Don’t Actively Seek Out Diverse Authors?

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So.. just the other day I was browsing some post’s of my fellow bloggers and came across someone’s book haul post. Now, I’m all for hauls and I’m nosy as hell so I love reading about books my fellow readers have picked up recently. This haul post actually left me thinking about more than just books. In said post the blogger had mentioned how they were actively trying to pick up books by a more diverse range of authors and it got me thinking… I don’t do that.

Now before anyone (those of you with more violent tendencies anyway 😂) comes at me with pitchforks let me explain…

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[Review] ‘Everless’ by Sara Holland

37883497Title – ‘Everless’
Author – Sara Holland
Publishing – June 26th 2018 by Hachette Children’s Group
Pages – 368
Format – Paperback

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Book Summary –

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself. Continue reading

My ‘I Got More Books Than I Read’ October Wrap-Up & Haul

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**This post was meant to be finished a week ago but the editing just wasn’t publishing right so… redo!**

October was a funny month for me… I started a lot of books and didn’t finish barely any! AND to add insult to injury the books I did finish weren’t even on my initial October TBR to begin with! Funny how you want to go in one direction with your reading but your mind has completely different ideas! 😂

So yeah, considering I’ve only really just gotten out of my major reading slump I’ll take the 2 and a half books I’ve read and run with it! (I say 2 and a half because the third book I read was only a short story kinda book… 112 page short story so… I won’t count that as a full blown book…). It’s just funny how despite only just getting out of said slump I still want to buy books like I’m the richest person in the world, I’m not initially sure how I manage to contain myself to only 4 books (and an additional 2 ebooks from NetGalley) 😁

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[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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