2018 Most Anticipated Reads – Where Are We Now?

I recently enjoyed Marie’s post about books she was anticipating in 2018 and whether or not she has read them yet. I thought it would be fun to do something similar myself and Marie very kindly said she didn’t mind! Make sure you check out her post after reading this one 😉


As last year was the first year I became fully invested in keeping up with new releases, I was certainly anticipating a lot of books this year, particularly sequels/series finales. Let’s see whether or not I read my most anticipated books of 2018!

 

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Hooray! The first book on my list is a hit! The conclusion to the Strange the Dreamer duology was my most anticipated book of the year; I had Muse of Nightmares preordered for months and there was no way I was going to let it linger on my shelf. And it was a complete masterpiece.

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Fierce like a Firestorm by Lana Popovic

Oops, I’m slipping already. Wicked like a Wildfire was one of my favourite reads of 2017 so I was eagerly awaiting this conclusion to the duology. Unfortunately, it didn’t come out until later in the year, by which point I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of books I had to get through. So this one is still waiting patiently on the shelf for me. I’m hoping to reread the first book in the new year, closely followed by this one.

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A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke

Another follow-up to one of my 2017 favourites (A Shiver of Snow and Sky), I was delighted when I found this in Waterstones a good two weeks before it was due to be released. I promptly bought it and then… didn’t read it. There’s still a chance I’ll get to it before December is over though, because I am living for those wintery vibes.

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Shadowsong by S. Jae Jones

Are you sensing a pattern here? I loved Wintersong last year so I was desperate for this sequel. However, negative reviews quickly started pouring in and some reviewers said that the Goblin King didn’t even feature prominently in the second book. So I keep putting it off. I really do want to give it a chance at some point though.

 

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

The conclusion to Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands trilogy was way up on my list of anticipated reads. However, series finales scare me and I kept procrastinating on this one for fear that my precious children would all DIE. I am not ready for the pain.

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Ok, I am a terrible person. My bestie bought me this one for my birthday waaayyy back in February and I still haven’t got round to it. I genuinely have no reason why? So many books, so little time? I know, it’s feeble. Must. Do. Better. This one is definitely on my priority TBR.

 

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Finally, one I’ve read! The same bestie who got me The Hazel Wood was also kind enough to send me an ARC of The City of Brass. I was fully on-board the hype train after hearing all the rave reviews about it. Of course, I completely adored it and I’m so thankful I got to read it. Book two, The Kingdom of Copper, is now one of my most anticipated reads for 2019!

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Yay, another one I’ve read! Caraval was definitely one of the most hyped releases of 2017 and I’m not ashamed to say that I totally rolled with it. Anything even vaguely to do with circuses/carnivals is my jam. I couldn’t wait to see where the story went next, with the release of the second book this year; I picked up Legendary this summer, fairly soon after it released.

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Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

I’m sticking to my pattern – I don’t know, I guess I struggle to get excited about debut releases? Most of my anticipated reads tend to be follow-ups. After reading Love and Gelato with my book club in 2016, I was eagerly awaiting this second book from Jenna Evans Welch. I was dismayed when the original 2017 release date got pushed back to this year! But it was worth the wait and I really enjoyed breezing through this cute contemporary on a gorgeous sunny day at the seaside.

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The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

Another sequel to a bookclub read. I actually surprised myself with how much I enjoyed The Diabolic and I was looking forward to the second book; unfortunately, I feel like the characters were all totally different people in The Empress and I didn’t like the direction the plot took. I don’t think I’ll bother reading book three.


The final score: 5 read, 5 unread

I think we can conclude that I am ridiculously bad at reading my most anticipated books. Though actually, I expected the situation to be much worse. At least I’ve managed to read half of this list; let’s just hope I can get to the others soon before the 2019 releases start piling up!

What were some of your most anticipated releases this year? Did they live up to your expectations? Did we share any anticipated books? Let me know in the comments! x

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Mini reviews: ‘Love is Blind’ and ‘The Silence of the Girls’!

I was recently sent two books by the lovely people at Penguin Books and today, I’m sharing my thoughts on them!


Love is Blind

What the book is about…

Love is Blind is William Boyd’s sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life.

When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future – and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie’s love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the nineteenth century becomes the twentieth.

Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man’s life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the twentieth century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain’s best loved storytellers.

 

What I thought of it…

I struggled to summarise how I feel about this one. I neither loved it nor hated it. I felt apathetic towards both the protagonist and the love story. I didn’t mind the writing at first but it did become a bit too wordy as it went on. It took a lot of concentration, especially with the inclusion of all the French and Russian names and phrases.

Considering this is historical fiction, I was surprised by the amount of swearing and lude sexual descriptions that were included. Coupled with a few other minor things that felt inconsistent with the time period, I felt frustrated on a number of occasions.

Obviously, I loved all the talk of pianos but, sadly, this was really just a device to move the story between locations. It felt like a bit of a geography lesson at times. The plot itself was very weak and if I had to describe to someone what this book is about, I would struggle to think of much to say!

Overall, this was fairly bland and I feel like I will forget about it rather quickly.

I rated this book 3 stars.
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The Silence of the Girls

What the book is about…

The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman: Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war’s outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and coolly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position to observe the two men driving the Greek forces in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate, not only of Briseis’s people, but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war–the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead–all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker’s latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives–and it is nothing short of magnificent.

 

What I thought of it…

I initially picked this up to read a couple of months ago but found it hard to get into. I’m really glad that I put it down and came back to it at a later point because I found it much more accessible and gripping on my second try!

It feels strange to say I enjoyed this, when it really is about the atrocities of war, so instead I’ll say that I found it a powerful and visceral read. Barker created some really strong imagery and captured the harsh realities of these women in some truly harrowing scenes. Briseis had a very compelling narrative voice and I sympathised with her enormously.

I’ve never read The Iliad but I’m intrigued now after this excellent feminist reimagining.

I rated this book 4 stars.

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Have you read either of these books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! x

‘Catwoman: Soulstealer’ spoiler-free review!

Hey everyone! I’ve got a review of Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas for you today! Thank you to Penguin Books UK for sending me a free copy. Let’s take a look at it!


What the book is about…

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.


What I thought of it…

This was a very cool origins story. I didn’t love it as much as Wonder Woman: Warbringer but I liked it more than Batman: Nightwalker.

At first, I wasn’t really feeling the whole ‘gangland’ vibe but Maas certainly created a strong opening atmosphere. I loved the explanation for Selina’s motives and found it highly believable. This was my main issue with the Batman retelling; it wasn’t realistic and I just couldn’t picture things panning out the way I was being told. But here, I could totally understand and accept Selina’s actions; even though Maas paints her as a real anti-hero, I found myself willing her to succeed.

In fact, all of the characters (not just Selina) had excellent backstories and I thought this was the book’s biggest strength. It was great to see Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn in there! Maas gave us believable reasons for their behaviour and really had me rooting for these anti-heroes. I also enjoyed the interactions between the three female characters; a bit of banter is always fun!

Maas has been slammed in the past for not making her books diverse enough but I think she did a good job here. It’s nice to see that she’s paying attention and adding persons of colour and gay characters that feel authentic and not shoehorned in. I was also pleasantly surprised to see some great mental health rep here. Mental health rep is something I always pay particular attention to and I liked how Maas handled it.

There were a few too many fight scenes in the book for my personal tastes but overall, I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one! If you’re a fan of the DC universe or comic book heroes in general, I’d recommend this for a fun read!

 

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Have you read any of the books in the DC Icons series? Which superhero would you like to see reimagined next? Let’s chat in the comments! x

November Wrap-Up! (In which I tackle my review pile)

Hi everyone! Sorry this wrap-up is a couple of days late; I’ve not been feeling well over the last week and it was a struggle to bring myself to blog or Instagram. Anyway, let’s look at what I read in November!


Review Books/Books I Was Sent

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

I pretty much hated this. I feel like it has scarred my brain. Heavy-handed writing aside, it was disgustingly misogynistic and had some of the grossest imagery I’ve ever come across.

 

The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby

I really connected with this one and thought the author gave a sensitive portrayal of teenage grief that didn’t come across as frustratingly angsty. I read this one in a single day and really enjoyed it.

 

The Promise by Katerina Diamond

This was a fun thriller that hooked me from the first chapter. It was a little open-ended for my liking but I did enjoy how all the seemingly-disparate plot threads were connected.

 

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

The third book in the DC Icons series, I didn’t love this as much as Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman but I liked it more than Marie Lu’s Batman. I’ll be reviewing this one in full very soon but, overall, my opinion is positive! I was pleasantly surprised.

 

The Lingering by S. J. I. Holiday

I read this one for a blog tour and it was majorly creepy! The author did a great job creating a Gothic setting and the tension was palpable from start to finish. A great spooky story.

 

Love is Blind by William Boyd

Another one that I’ll be reviewing soon but, sadly, I feel quite ‘meh’ about this one. I didn’t hate it, I just feel a bit apathetic towards it. It didn’t do anything for me and I feel like it will be easily forgotten.

 

Books from my TBR

Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft 

This was a great anthology of witchy stories. As with all collections, there were some hits and some misses; thankfully, I enjoyed a good percentage of the stories.

 

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

I seem to be in the minority with this one but I didn’t love it. I found it very confusing and it just didn’t hook me like I wanted it to. I think listening to the audiobook was the problem.

 

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

This adult fantasy was incredible and everything I never knew I needed. The writing was absolutely gorgeous and the use of flashbacks was masterful. There were just so many levels to this and I recommend it with my whole heart.

 

Rereads

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Of course, I had to reread this one; it is the quintessential November book! I loved it just as much the second time around.

 

Non-fiction

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Hypnotherapy: A Practical Guide by Hellmut W. A. Karle & Jennifer H. Boys

Like a good student, I read a book related to my diploma course. I found this introduction to hypnotherapy to be very informative and, on the whole, clear and concise.

 

Stats

Total pages: 4324

Average pages per day: 144

Longest book: The Queens of Innis Lear (568 pages)

Shortest book: The Lingering

Favourite read of the month: The Queens of Innis Lear

Biggest disappointment of the month: Damsel

Male authors: 3

Female authors: 9

Books read towards Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: 1

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How many books did you read in November? What was your favourite? x

My favourite blog posts of November 2018!

Hey everyone! Who else is in denial that it’s December tomorrow? I’M NOT READY.

Let’s just dive straight in and take a look at some blog posts I’ve loved this month!


Reviews

Jo took part in the blog tour for M. R. Carey’s latest novel, Someone Like Me, and convinced me that I need to add this one to my TBR!

Tina accurately summarised the hilarity of Sweet Pea by C. J. Skuse.

Rachel reviewed The Dreamers and compared it to Station Eleven, ensuring I’ll be waiting eagerly for this one’s release!

Deb reviewed non-fiction book Awkward, which sounds fascinating and SO relatable.

Steph wrote a great review of Sally Rooney’s Normal People, adding her voice to the multitude of bloggers I’ve heard raving about this one!

Joana reviewed Tales of the Peculiar, which has been sitting on my shelf for months now, and she has convinced me that I definitely want to read this one in the new year!

The Orangutan Librarian wrote a great review of His Bloody Project, which (you guessed it) has also been languishing on my shelves for an age and has now been bumped up onto my new year TBR!

Jenna reviewed My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (wow, long title!) Fredrik Backman’s books have kind of passed me by until now but this one sounds really good!

Margaret wrote a glowing review of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The more I hear about this book, the more interested I get!

Krysta reviewed the new Fantastic Beasts movie, The Crimes of Grindelwald, and confirmed my complete lack of desire to see it.

 

Discussions and Recommendations

Kelly asked if diversity and representation in YA is becoming obsessive. I always love Kelly’s discussion posts!

Sim talked about her fear of big books. #relatablecontent

Callum recommended some YA books for adult readers. As an adult reader of YA myself (albeit I still consider myself young at 25), I really appreciated this post.

Aurora wrote a great list of books about books, something I’m always interested in!

Rebecca debated whether she is sick of YA books. This is something I’ve been thinking about myself recently so it’s nice to see someone else questioning their reading tastes!

Rae wrote a list of cosy books to read this winter. There are some great recommendations on this list!

 

Other fun posts

Nicole put up some posts for my ‘Alphabeticals’ meme – I’m so happy people are doing this! It’s something I just created for myself but I love that there are other people who want to participate! I suppose I should resurrect my own series as it’s been a while since I posted, oops haha.

Books and Waffles (I’m so sorry, I don’t know your name!) also joined in with the Alphabeticals and made my little heart happy 🙂 I’m definitely going to bring this series back hehe.

Fran tried to combat some of the negativity in the world by bringing together some lovely news stories.

Kristin wrote a lovely post listing 50 things that make her happy. We could all use a little happiness.

Ayunda interviewed yours truly!! I’m not great at talking about myself on this blog but Ayunda asked some great questions so if you want to know a little more about me, please give it a read!

Mandy asked some hilarious questions of bookstagrammers and gave me a good giggle. I don’t know where they get the knives either, Mandy.

Melanie listed 10 books she’s thankful for, for Top Ten Tuesday, and made me rather emotional.

Swetlana listed some great ideas for anyone taking part in Blogmas and still needing inspiration!

Drew wrote an amusing but helpful list of blogging tips.

Marie celebrated 4 years of blogging and gave me all the warm fuzzies with her blogging appreciation post.

 

I hope you all find some new blogging friends to follow from this list! I am so looking forward to seeing what everyone posts in December!! Who’s participating in Blogmas? x

‘The Lingering’ spoiler-free review!

Hi everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Lingering by S.J.I. Holiday! Huge thanks to Anne Cater/Orenda Books for sending me a copy to review 🙂


What the book is about…

Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient spiritual commune in the English Fens, desperate for fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided there and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history.

When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution…

At once an unnerving mystery, a chilling thriller and a dark and superbly wrought ghost story, The Lingering is an exceptionally plotted, terrifying and tantalisingly twisted novel by one of the most exciting authors in the genre.


What I thought of it…

This was a great thriller! Right from the prologue, I was completely hooked and the book never lost my attention once. The short chapters made this an incredibly pacey read.

The Lingering is told in alternating POV chapters between Ali, who has just moved into the commune with her husband and is struggling to adjust, and Angela, a longer-term resident who is intrigued by the idea of paranormal activity in the building. We are also given glimpses into the mind of Smeaton, who runs the commune, as well as journal entries from a doctor in the 1950s who was investigating reports of mistreatment at the old asylum. These perspectives are all fascinating and each one adds something to the story. There is not a single superfluous word.

The thrills start very quickly in this one; in fact, it was creepy before anything even happened! You could not pay me to move into an old asylum! Holiday conjured the setting perfectly. Things were very vague at first, which added to the creeping sense of dread; it’s great to go into this book not knowing much about it because it will only add to the spooky atmosphere! There were some genuinely scary moments.

This felt like a book of two halves, with part one successfully building the tension and part two erupting into madness. Every piece of information that was slowly revealed had me on the edge of my seat; I couldn’t believe some of what I was reading. It was really exciting. However, it wasn’t all cheap thrills; there was real substance to the story as well.

I’m not going to say any more because I recommend going into this one blind. But I’d say this is the perfect read for a dark and gloomy night… just maybe leave the lights on!!

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You might also like…

 

If you’d like to find out more about this book and what other readers thought of it, check out the other stops on the blog tour! x

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‘Fall Time, Cosy Time’ book tag!

Hey everyone! I was recently tagged by the lovely Rita for the ‘fall time, cosy time’ tag. Hopefully, I’m not too late in squeezing this one in (in my mind, it’s not Winter until December 1st so I’m still ok hehe). As usual, I’m going to be a little rebel and provide more than book in answer to each question 😉


1. Crunching Leaves: Pick a book that has reds, yellows, and oranges on the cover.

 

2. Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm, cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzy feelings?

 

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pouring. Pick your favourite book or genre to read on a stormy day.

Gothic classics every time!

 

4. Cool, Crisp Air: What cool character would you like to trade places with?

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I don’t know about trading places but I’d like to be friends with someone awesome like Luna! She might not be ‘cool’ by traditional standards – but what is normal anyway? 😉

I found this gorgeous fanart online but I don’t know who made it so if you do, please let me know so I can credit them!

 

5. Hot Apple Cider: What is an under-hyped book that you want to see being the next big thing?

 

6. Coats, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather is turning cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most amazing book cover you have seen this year?

 

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall-time snack to eat while reading?

I love anything salted caramel in the autumn but definitely not while reading! Too messy!

 

8. Warm, Cosy Bonfire: Spread the warmth! Who are you going to tag?

I’m not going to tag anyone since I cut it close doing this tag myself and don’t want anyone to feel pressured to fit it in! But if you think you’ve still got time, go for it!

‘The Queens of Innis Lear’ spoiler-free review!

the queens of innis learPeople. If you have not yet read this book, please do yourself a favour and pick it up. If you call yourself any kind of fan of fantasy or Shakespeare or just damn good writing, you NEED this book in your life.

I buddy read this book with Melanie, who is one of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever known, and I feel like it just increased my love for this book even more. If you ever get the opportunity to buddy read with this girl, do not hesitate!

And now, let’s talk about this awesome book!


What the book is about…

Tessa Gratton’s debut epic adult fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear, brings to life a world that hums with ancient magic, and characters as ruthless as the tides.

The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.

The king’s three daughters – battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, star-blessed Elia – know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.

Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war – but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.


What I thought of it…

I did not expect to adore this so much! Oh my gosh, it was fantastic. Gratton totally captured the timeless feel of Shakespeare, making this book feel both ancient and relevant to modern life at the same time.

At first, I was nervous because the writing felt very dense and almost Tolkien-esque in its description. Don’t get me wrong, it was gorgeous; I just felt like I really had to concentrate. However, I soon got into the flow and could NOT stop reading! It didn’t take me long at all to realise just how amazing this was going to be.

I really loved the multiple perspectives and the use of flashbacks; I feel like Gratton treated us to a wonderful level of detail that added so much to my understanding of the characters’ motivations. Everyone was so morally grey and I was LIVING for it.

I adored the way Gratton created these three unbelievably strong women who all showed this strength in different ways. Elia in particular was glorious. And I’m really impressed at the level of diversity Gratton managed to fit into her novel (without it feeling in any way forced). All three queens were POC and one of them was asexual, which was so refreshing to see.

Gratton’s writing is so sumptuously gorgeous. I have not read King Lear but I had an idea of what to expect and this seems to be quite a faithful reimagining. Obviously, any attempt to rework Shakespeare is ambitious but I really love what Gratton did here. The drama was REAL! There were times when the Shakespearean vibe really came through in the dialogue and action.

I love books where the setting is almost a character in itself, and that has never been more true than it is here. I was head-over-heels in love with the concept of sentient trees and the nature-based magic system! Honestly, the level of detail was stunning and it was clear that Gratton had done a lot of research to create such a rich world. World-building is always one of my key factors in giving a 5-star rating and this book is so deserving of it.

I genuinely could not have loved this book more. If you’ve been putting this one off because of its size (like I did), stop being silly and pick it up now!

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What are some of your favourite Shakespeare retellings? Or books with amazing settings? Let me know in the comments! x

‘The Promise’ spoiler-free review!

Hello lovely people! Today, I’m saying a big thank you to Avon Books for sending me a copy of The Promise to review. Let’s check it out!


What the book is about…

When troubled teen Connor moves to Exeter from the US to escape his past, he finds himself embroiled in a world of popular kids and easy girls. Everyone wants to be his friend, but they don’t know about what he did…and they don’t know about his father.

As Connor’s life in England begins to unravel, DS Adrian Miles and his partner Imogen Grey are working up against the clock to catch a serial killer who dates his victims before he kills them. Determined to uncover the truth, Imogen is forced to act as bait – but will she take it too far and risk her own life?


What I thought of it…

I really enjoyed this thriller! I was absolutely hooked from the first chapter and couldn’t put the book down thanks to its extreme pace.

At first, there appeared to be a lot of seemingly unconnected threads to this story but I felt equally invested in all of them, and I found the way that everything was eventually brought together very clever.

I haven’t read the previous books in this series but I don’t feel as though I was missing huge amounts of information. I don’t think reading this as a standalone did me any kind of disservice. I do have to say that the romance introduced in this one didn’t really do it for me – but maybe if I had been following the characters from book one, I might have been happier about it.

I found the ending of the book quite abrupt and didn’t get all the answers I wanted. The author didn’t tie everything up in a neat little bow.

Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot more I can say about this book without spoilers! But overall, it was a fun read!

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Who else is a fan of thrillers? Are there any particular tropes in the genre that you like/dislike? Let’s chat in the comments! x

The ‘Greek Gods’ Book Tag!

Hi everyone! I’ve been seeing the Greek Gods book tag floating around, which was created by the awesome Zuky. I love the prompts in this one so I decided to give it a try!

Also, I’ve noticed that whenever I do book tags, I’m rarely able to stick to just one recommendation per prompt – is that against the rules?! Oh well, the more I add to your TBR the better, right? 😉

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Rules:

  • Pingback to Zuky so she can see your posts
  • Use Zuky’s graphics if you want to – but equally, you don’t have to use them
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please, share the love

Zeus: King of the Gods – Your favourite book

My standard answer when I get asked this question tends to be Wuthering Heights/The Book Thief. I can’t choose between the two because they’re both so different.

 

Hera: Queen of the Gods – A badass female character

The Unnamed Midwife, Kate ‘Puck’ Connolly, and Daenerys Targaryen are the ones that instantly spring to mind.

 

Janus: God of Beginnings – Your favourite debut

It’s impossible to pick just one. These are a few 2018 debuts I’ve loved!

 

Athena: Goddess of Wisdom – Your favourite non-fiction book

I don’t tend to read a lot of non-fiction because it feels too much like studying – and I’m already doing enough of that for my diploma! But Matt Haig’s take on mental health is always amazingly relatable and I think these books should be required reading for everyone.

 

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love – A book you adore and recommend everyone read

I don’t really have books that I will blanket recommend to everyone because we all have different tastes. But these three are books that I consistently name when people ask me for a dystopian, fantasy or historical fiction recommendation!

 

Hades: God of the Underworld – An evil book you wish didn’t exist

I recently read Damsel and wish I could erase some of the disgusting imagery from my mind! A similarly hurtful ‘feminist’ story was The Surface Breaks. I just can’t get behind books like this.

 

Poseidon: God of the Sea and Earthquakes – A beautiful and ground-breaking book

More Than This is such a brilliantly unique book that really moved me. In fact, everything I’ve read by Patrick Ness has been pretty ground-breaking and beautiful.

 

Apollo – God of the Arts – A beautiful book cover

I feel like I always pick the same books for the beautiful cover prompts so here are some I haven’t featured as often!

 

Hypnos: God of Sleep – A book so boring you almost fell asleep

the castle of otranto

This one has not aged well at ALL.

 

Hermes: Messenger of the Gods – A book you sped through

I flew through all three of these and definitely recommend them!

 

Well, there you have it! I hope you’ve found some new books to add to your TBRs 😉 I don’t know who’s done this tag and who hasn’t so if you’re interested, consider yourself tagged! X