79. Black Apples- An Anthology of Dark Fairytales.

(I have no idea why but for some reason, all my wordpress account stuff is coming up in another language today- whut is going on)



Title: Black Apples

Author:   Sarah L. Byrne, Maigen Turner, Alison Littlewood, Pat R. Steiner, David Turnbull, Angela Rega , Rose Williamson, Caren Gussoff,Alex Petri, Nadia Bulkin, Nicki Vardon,, Kate O’Connor,Martine Helene Svanevik, Elin Olausson, Ephiny Gale, Molly Pinto Madigan, Natalia Theodoridou, Karen Heuler , Liv Lingborn (Editor) and Camilla Bruce (Editor)


On the Shelves: Fiction> Anthologies>Retellings


Strip the fairytale princesses of their petticoats and tiaras, and what you have left are the Black Apples. These are stories of trials and survival, strength and defeat, exploring the bones of fairytales. Carolyn has stolen from the temple and is on the run, the mistress of the Gingerbread house is out of control, Bluebeard’s child collects hearts on her wall and a horse is not a horse… 
This collection offers eighteen new dark and delicious fairytales, some exploring the classic tales, others presenting brand new ones.” (Goodreads 2014)

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Austen August- a Read-A-Long Proposal


Ahhhh it’s that time of year again. Cloudy English Summertime, where the heat is too hot and sticky to actually do anything apart from sit on the couch or in the garden, perfect reading weather. I always seem to get bitten by the Jane Austen bug around this time of year, which is hilarious considering I loathed studying Austen in sixth form.

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78. Tarnish- J.D Brink


Title: Tarnish

Author: J.D Brink


On the Shelves: Fiction>Young Adult>  Netgalley/Arc Reviews/ Fantasy

What kind of hero would you be?

Silver, they call it, the light of the full moon: celestial magic that changes men into beasts and calls the dead from their graves—and young men to their destiny…

When his village is attacked by creatures from Blood Marsh, Billy Cole volunteers to find help. But it’ll take more than a sword and the inspiring tales of his legendary idols to survive the harsh world beyond Redfield. Taking the name Wil Thunderstrike, he sets off to save his home and begin his own heroic legacy.

On Fate’s fickle course, however, sixteen-springs-old Wil Thunderstrike will become a storyteller, adventurer, and thief; discover romance, danger, and betrayal; and return home both a hero and a villain (Goodreads 2014)

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Top Ten Tuesday 16: Cover Loves/Hates


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish.  This week the theme is cover trends you either love and/or hate! I can only actually think of two of each that I love and hate- I’m quite tolerant when it comes to covers (although yes, in YA they get incredibly repetitive). I’m not doing very well with these Top Ten Tuesdays lately, I haven’t actually done the last two, purely because I couldn’t think of ten things!

Let’s start with a trend I love, shall we?

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77. The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Title: The Shadow of the Wind

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon


On the Shelves: Fiction> Historical Fiction (maybe?)


Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. (Goodreads 2014)

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General: A wedding and a blog nomination? lovely.

I came online today to find I’ve been nominated by the lovely Brin for


This is just a lovely end to a lovely weekend. Seriously. Yesterday one of my good friend’s got married, and it was the longest day of the year/ summer solstice, and the weather was amazing and it was such a great day! (I’ll put a picture at the end of this post.)

Anyway, what a brilliant way to end the weekend, my second blog nomination! Thank you so much, Brin!

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76. Can You Keep A Secret?- Sophie Kinsella

NB: I normally post “Friday’s Fairytales on well…fridays. But this week and next week has been/will be so hectic that I don’t have time to sit down and read all the information I do for them- so that feature will be on a temporary hiatus for two weeks.


Title: Can You Keep A Secret?

Author: Sophie Kinsella


On the Shelves: Fiction> Romance/Contemporary

Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: ” Secrets from her boyfriend: “I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.” Secrets from her mother: ” I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching “Ben-Hur”.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: “I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger….Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her… (Goodreads 2014)

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75. Juliet, Naked- Nick Hornby


Title: Juliet, Naked

Author: Nick Hornby


On the Shelves: Fiction> Contemporary


Nick Hornby returns to his roots-music and messy relationships-in this funny and touching new novel which thoughtfully and sympathetically looks at how lives can be wasted but how they are never beyond redemption.

Annie lives in a dull town on England’s bleak east coast and is in a relationship with Duncan which mirrors the place; Tucker was once a brilliant songwriter and performer, who’s gone into seclusion in rural America-or at least that’s what his fans think. Duncan is obsessed with Tucker’s work, to the point of derangement, and when Annie dares to go public on her dislike of his latest album, there are quite unexpected, life-changing consequences for all three.

Nick Hornby uses this intriguing canvas to explore why it is we so often let the early promise of relationships, ambition and indeed life evaporate. And he comes to some surprisingly optimistic conclusions about the struggle to live up to one’s promise. (Goodreads 2014)

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