[Review] ‘Circle of Shadows’ by Evelyn Skye

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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!

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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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