General: Hiatus

Hello everyone- just a quick post, but I think we have all seen this coming.

In fact, I am so far out of the blog-o-sphere, I doubt any of you remember my blog exists!

I started this blog up about 2 years before I moved cities for my dream job, and since then I have been trying to balance reading, and working full time shift work (including night shifts) with book reviewing. I have since moved departments multiple times, teams, locations, areas which has all been necessary in building my career and has been fantastic. But my social and personal time have suffered greatly for it, causing the blog posts to slow down and at times, cease altogether.

This year has been hard. My grandmother passed away suddenly early this year from a stroke. I had my first car accident and my first car was written off. My pupper died suddenly of an aneurysm in the summer and shortly after, I was signed off work with stress after I started having heart palpitations.

I learnt I wasn’t allowing myself the time. I wasn’t allowing myself time to process. And rather than constantly saying “oops I’ve not posted a review in months, my bad!”, I would rather take the time away and come back bright and refreshed.

So, my plan is- I will be starting this blog, brand new (although not changing or erasing any old reviews!) in JANUARY 2019. I will be aiming to review every book I read during 2019 and will be aiming to post at least a fortnightly review. I think the relaxed stance on this in the meantime may help me to get back into the swing of things.

Meanwhile, my other bookish social media are running strongly because they are quicker and easier to update. My account names on twitter- thebookheap, tumblr- thebookheap and instagram – thebookheap12 and I would love it if you would follow me/talk to me on those! I also post all of my initial reactions and what I am currently reading on Goodreads!

Thank you for your patience/continuation to follow my blog, and I will have new reviews for you hopefully in the new year. X

 

 

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183. Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1)

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Title: Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1)

Author:Leigh Bardugo

Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On the shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Fantasy/Romance

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him? (Goodreads 2018).

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182. Everless (#1)-Sara Holland

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Title: Everless (#1)

Author: Sara Holland

Rating: ⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fantasy

 

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself. (Goodreads 2018)

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181. Furyborn- (Empirium #1)- Claire Legrand

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Title: Furyborn (Empirium #1)

Author: Claire Legrand

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Young Adult- Fantasy

 

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other. (Goodreads 2018)

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180. A Court of Frost and Starlight- Sarah J Maas

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Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J Maas

Rating: ⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Fiction> New Adult> Fantasy

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it. (Goodreads 2018)

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179. The Cruel Prince- Holly Black

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Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On the shelves: Fiction> Fantasy> Young Adult

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. (Goodreads 2018)

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178. Flame in the Mist- Renee Adieh

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Title: Flame in the Mist (#1)

Author: Renee Adieh

Rating: ⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fantasy

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires (Goodreads 2018)

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177. The Bear and the Nightingale- Katherine Arden

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Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelf: Fiction> adventure/fantasy/retellings

 

‘Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.’ 

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.

But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods… (Goodreads 2018)

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176. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)- Sarah J Maas

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Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Rating:⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Fiction> Young Adult/New Adult (some explicit scenes)> Fantasy

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart. (Goodreads 2018)

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175. Nevernight- Jay Kristoff

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Title: Nevernight (#1)

Author: Jay Kristoff

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelf: Fiction> Fantasy

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

(Goodreads 2018)

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