[Review] ‘Fire & Heist’ by Sarah Beth Durst

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Title – ‘Fire & Heist’
Author – Sarah Beth Durst
Publishing – December 4th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers 
Pages – 290
Format – Fairyloot Exclusive Hardback

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BOOK SUMMARY –

Leading your first heist is a major milestone in Sky Hawkin’s family—even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated—especially when you’re a wyvern, a human capable of transforming into a dragon.


Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky’s mission uncovers deep secrets about the mother who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.
With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist—and get back the people she loves in the process. But instead, she ends up discovering a dark truth about were-dragon society—a truth that is more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] New & Upcoming YA Releases I’m Just Not Bothered About

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(I totally haven’t already broken one of my blog goals of being consistent and of trying to post 2-3 times a week… nooooo…. not me… no way *sarcasm detected* I’m a failure at life 😂)

So just because I’m totally original and completely missed the prompt for a ‘top 5..’ something or other and because honestly I have no idea what to post at the moment I’m doing a ‘new and upcoming YA releases I’m just not bothered about’ post! *If anyone could tell me where this prompt came from originally that would be great so then I can credit the owner!* 

This post is legit just going to be me rambling but I figured it’d be interesting to see what 2019 releases I’m genuinely not bothered about and why! I’m going to select 5 books.. which are relatively hyped/well known new and upcoming releases that I just can’t get aboard the hype train with!

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[ARC Review] ‘Glow’ by Aubrey Hadley

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Title – ‘Glow’
Author – Aubrey Hadley
Publishing –February 13th 2019 by Ruby & Topaz Publishing 
Pages – 699
Format – eBook

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Book Summary –

The Maasai Mara Sleeping Syndrome has returned after a six-month hiatus. This time, it’s popped up in New York, and it’s wiped out an entire homeless shelter.The same night of the outbreak, Harper, a seventeen-year-old girl, stumbles across a glowing figure in the desert outskirts of her neighborhood. As her suburb goes on lockdown, Harper finds herself isolated from her friends and family, and soon begins to suspect that the events — though thousands of miles apart — may have something in common. Harper must find her bravery and embark on a plot-twisting adventure that will have her looking for answers in unexpected places… and worlds.

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My ‘I’m Actually Super Excited To Be Reading Again’ January TBR

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New year new TBR’s. I’m kinda iffy about doing TBR’s because half the time I don’t stick to them but hey ho… I’ll never know unless I try right! Plus this year I do want to attempt to be a little more organised! I’ve lined up 4 books (one for each week) that I want to read this month… technically 2 of them haven’t arrived yet but they’ll be here soon so… 😂

Onward and upwards!

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] My 2019 Reading, Blogging & Life Goals (a.k.a Can I Go A Full Year Without Getting Into A Slump Please?!)

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Wow.

How is it nearly 2019 already!? I thought 2017 went fast but 2018 completely blew that out of the water! Another year over and here comes the new years resolutions! Honestly I don’t like setting new years resolutions because well… a) I don’t stick to them and b) I just can’t be bothered! Plus.. I am who I am and you’ll either take it or leave it you know. I’ve definitely come to learn that this year!

But despite not liking setting resolutions I do have some goals I’d like to do in 2019 in relation to both my blog, reading and real life. To be honest it’d be a legit miracle if I actually complete any of them! 😂

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[Arc Review] ‘A Pack of Blood and Lies’ by Olivia Wildenstein

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Title – ‘A Pack of Blood and Lies’
Author – Olivia Wildenstein 
Publishing – April 18th 2019 by Twig Publishing 
Pages – 362
Format – eBook

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Book Summary –

The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender. 

Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.

Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?

When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him. 

Except Ness. 

Thus begins a treacherous game. 

The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.

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[Review] ‘The Hazel Wood’ by Melissa Albert

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Title – ‘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

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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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