Fairy Loot’s April ‘Dreams & Wishes’ – Unboxing & Review

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It’s that time once again! It’s FairyLoot unboxing time! This month’s theme was ‘Dreams & Wishes’ and is officially my joint favourite box so far (with the November box)! All the items in this box were amazing and whilst the book itself wouldn’t be one I’d pick up for myself I trust Anissa and her team enough to know it’s at least a decent read! 😀

So.. on with the unboxing!


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[Review] ‘Ensnared’ by Rita Stradling

32472740Title – ‘Ensnared’
Author – Rita Stradling
Published – 2017 by Kindle Press
Pages – 380
Format – E-Book


Book Summary –

A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse. Continue reading

[Book Tag] Unpopular Opinions

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So… I’ve never actually done a tag post before on this blog. Figured I’d delve into them as they seem rather fun to do as well as them being a good way for you guys, my dear readers and fellow bookworms (or book dragons.. depending on your preferences 😉), to get to know me a little better.

I figured as the ‘unpopular opinions’ book tag is one of the most well known out there it would be a good starting point in deed. I’ll say that I’m not 100% who created this tag but people have pointed out this video -> HERE <- as the original so yeah… that might be it. Anyway without further ado… let us begin!

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[Review] ‘Ink’ by Alice Broadway

32827036Title – ‘Ink’
Author – Alice Broadway
Published – February 2nd 2017 by Scholastic
Pages – 366
Format – Paperback 

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Book Summary –

‘Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all. Continue reading

[Review] ‘Caraval’ by Stephanie Garber

30964236Title – ‘Caraval’
Author – Stephanie Garber
Published – January 31st 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
Pages – 402
Format – Hardback

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Book Summary –

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. Continue reading

[Review] ‘King’s Cage’ by Victoria Aveyard

31323287Title – ‘King’s Cage’
Author – Victoria Aveyard
Published – February 9th 2017 by Orion
Pages – 507
Format – Paperback

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Book Summary –

‘In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
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Fairy Loot’s February ‘Emperors & Fugitives’ – Unboxing & Review

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This year the wonderful Anissa and Michael over at Fairy Loot are really pulling out all the stops. I really can’t fault these guys on a lot of the choices they make… the items they select are always of such wonderful quality and fit in the the months theme so well. I really can’t praise these lovely people enough.

This month’s theme was ‘Emperors & Fugitives‘ and was said to be perfect for fans of Rebel of the Sands, Guardians of the Galaxy and Illuminae… to name a few. This box was wonderful… it really was, the majority of the items impressed me massively and I can’t wait to show them and share them with you guys! Continue reading

[Review] ‘Truthwitch’ by Susan Dennard

25187640Title – ‘Truthwitch’
Author – Susan Dennard
Published – January 5th 2016 by Tor Teen
Pages – 415
Format – Hardback

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Book Summary –

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. Continue reading

[Review] ‘Nemesis’ by Anna Banks

27414431Title – ‘Nemesis’
Author – Anna Banks
Published – October 4th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Pages – 368
Format – Hardback

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Book Summary –

‘Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis? Continue reading

My 2016 Wrap Up & Goals for 2017

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What a year it’s been. I can honestly say this year has been simply bonkers. There really is no other way to describe it. But 2016 also holds a very special place for me because it’s the year I started bookstagramming and the year I started this blog. I genuinely can’t believe it was back in May I took the plunge into this community after it helped me rediscover me love of reading… it was honestly one of the best decisions I’ve made and I’m so happy I’ve stuck with it. Because along with helping me rediscover my love of reading, the community has been a big part in introducing me to wonderful new books, wonderful people, bookish merchandise and much, much more. I honestly can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me throughout my first steps into the bookish community… I’ve met some wonderful people and can honestly say I’ve made some incredible friends because of the simple appreciation of books. Continue reading