[Review] ‘To Best the Boys’ by Mary Weber

44663949Title – ‘To Best the Boys’
Author – Mary Weber
Publishing – March 2019 by Thomas Nelson
Pages – 322
Format – Hardback (Fairyloot Exclusive)

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BOOK SUMMARY –

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] The ’50 Bookish Questions’ Tag

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*don’t ask me how I’ve kept up with Sunday posts thus far but I have and I’m proud of myself for it!!*

I did not know what to post today. So I did a quick google search for bookish tags and long and behold this one popped up. Unfortunately the person who’s post I read didn’t mention if it was their tag or a tag created by another so I can’t properly credit the creator. Let me know if you know who it is though! Then I can give credit where credit is due!

So… let us begin with the 50 Bookish Questions tag! Also.. not going to ‘tag‘ anyone so feel free to do this tag if you so wish!

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[Let’s Have A chit-Chat] Mini Discussions: ARC Drama, Why Book Bloggers ARE Important & Why Failing At Reading Is Ok!

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*apologies for the long as hell title but as it was I couldn’t find one topic I could talk about for a WHOLE post by itself so have 3 mini ones instead!*

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There’s been a lot of discussions going on in the world of books at the moment and if I’m being completely honest… I’ve pretty much ignored all of them.. thus far. BUT NO LONGER! I shall now share my 2 cents on these topics and probably not really actually add to the discussion… but hey my opinion is important too! Kinda. Plus the third one if more of an reading update on my end but… hey ho I wanted to include it anyway!

Therefore today I will be sharing with my take on the whole ARC Drama, why book bloggers should be treated with more respect and why it’s ok to not feel like a failure if you’re behind on your reading goals!inbetween

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[Review] ‘The Wicked King’ by Holly Black

26032887Title – ‘The Wicked King’
Author – Holly Black
Publishing – January 8th 2019 by Hot Key Books
Pages – 326
Format – Hardback

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BOOK SUMMARY –

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] 5 Books That I’d Love To See Adapted Into A Movie/TV Show

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*Would you look at that… this is the 9th Sunday in a row I’ve posted! Woop Woop! Not going to lie when you work in a library by yourself for 6 hours on a Sunday you find ways to pass the time and writing a blog post is one of them!*

So I’ve always seen this post around but I’ve never actually comprised my own list of books I’d love to see made into either movies or TV shows. Now.. whats funny is that the amount of TV and movies I watch these past 2-3 years has dramatically reduced… I mean… I’m not even watching them on Netflix or anything. Obviously there are some exceptions, for example all the How To Train Your Dragon items on Netflix I’ve watched at least 4-5 times.. and the Great British Bake-off I’ve just started my 3rd rerun, but in general I just don’t watch a lot of TV anymore and even movies I only really get excited about Marvel…

So this will be an interesting one for me. 

You may also notice a slight theme, I would like to say I would choose from a variety of different genres but we know that won’t happen because I barely read different genres! But anyway.. I shall now get on with my top 5 picks of books I’d love to see become a movie or TV show!

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[Review] ‘Circle of Shadows’ by Evelyn Skye

39938149Title – ‘Circle of Shadows’
Author – Evelyn Skye
Publishing –January 22nd 2019 by Balzer + Bray
Pages – 464
Format – Hardback

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BOOK SUMMARY –

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.

So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart forever.

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] Why I Think ‘Pages Read’ Is A Better Judge On How Much You’ve Read In A Year In Comparison To ‘Books Read’!

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*I’m keeping on top of the Sunday posts guys! I’m being successful and consistent at something! The horror!! 😂 Although this is a very all over the place, random piece where I waffle a lot… oops!*

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Have you ever come across a fellow readers ‘end of year summary’ and been amazed at how many books they’ve read? Jealous even? I know I have. Let’s be honest I genuinely don’t think I’ll ever be at a point where I can say ‘ooooh I read 100+ books this year’. I just don’t have the time or patience to sit down and read for that long… don’t get me wrong I love reading… but I get very bored and very fiddly very easily.

But it’s occurred to me how inaccurate this structure actually is. For example… someone could have read a single 500 page book one month whilst another person could have read 4 100 page books… to a lot of people that’s still 4 to 1… even when the total amount of pages equates to the same total. So would it be fair to say that actually judging a reader on how many pages they’ve read in comparison to how many books they’ve read would be a better representation on how much they’ve read during the year? (that’s a mouthful I apologise 😂)

I think it would.

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[Review] ‘Evermore’ by Sara Holland

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Title – ‘Evermore’
Author – Sara Holland
Publishing – December 31st 2018 by Orchard Books
Pages – 349
Format – Hardback

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BOOK SUMMARY –

Jules confronts the girl who is both her oldest friend and greatest enemy in the highly anticipated sequel – and conclusion – to the Top Ten Bestseller Everless.

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro – a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood – is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.

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[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!

Without further ado… lets begin!inbetween

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