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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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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Happy New Year!- my 2017 Reading Wrap Up!

Hello everybody! First and foremost, let me say “Happy New Year!” to you all! I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and are excited to jump into a new year of reading.

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Now, I intend to use this post as a bit of a cheat “Wrap up” reviews for the books I read in 2017 which I did not get around to writing proper reviews for yet. 2017 was a really good year for me in books. For the last three years, I have been focussing on my new job, and new life in a new region of the country so sadly, my reading and definitley my reviewing has suffered as a result of this. As you can see below:

 

2017 reviews- 30 books read / 11 reviews posted
2016- 16 books read / 9 reviews posted
2015- 33 books read / 13 reviews posted
2013/2014-  203 books read /142 reviews posted- good grief!

So, I have decided to do a masterpost of sorts for the 30 books I managed to read in 2017, and my general rating/thoughts on them. 30 books is the most I have read over the last three years so I am very happy with that! I will save the rest for under the cut and I ambition, as usual, to review more this year- which may be more of a reality because things are finally settling a little bit for me!  I will aim to post one review a month at least. This blog is definitley not as active as most bloggers out there, but in fairness, this is my hobby, not my job or income so…it is for fun and not professional at all.

Without further delay- my 30 books of 2017 and their reviews are listed below!

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173. The Heart Goes Last -Margaret Atwood

 Title: The Heart Goes Last

Author: Margaret Atwood

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Fiction> Dystopian

Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid’s Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin.
Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around – and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in… for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their “civilian” homes.
At first, this doesn’t seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one’s head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan’s life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. (Goodreads 2017)

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164. Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Author: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne

Rating: ★★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Young Adult/ Fantasy

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places (Goodreads 2017)

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161. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)- Susan Ee

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Title: Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1)

Author: Susan Ee

Rating: ★★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> YA fiction> Post-Apocalyptic/dystopian/Fantasy

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again (Goodreads 2016)

TW: this is not a very positive review- if you adore and love the series, or the author- while this isn’t particularly nasty, it isn’t exactly singing praises so you may not want to read this.

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147: Maus- Art Spiegelman

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Title: Maus (The Complete, Vol 1 & 2)

Author: Art Spiegelman

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Graphic Novels

Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.(Goodreads 2015)

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138. The Eyre Affair- Jasper Fforde

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Title: The Eyre Affair (#1)

Author: Jasper Fford

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Mystery/Suspense

There is another 1985, where London’s criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of the new crime wave’s Mr Big.

Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.

Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes against literature isn’t easy when you also have to find time to halt the Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you, and figure out who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

Perhaps today just isn’t going to be Thursday’s day. Join her on a truly breathtaking adventure, and find out for yourself. Fiction will never be the same again… (Goodreads 2014)

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Monthly Round Up: November Wrap Up!

I cannot believe it is the first of December today- November flew by so quickly!

Here is my Round Up of all that I did blog-wise and book-wise in the month of November. I’d also like to apologise for my last post ( a Friday’s Fairy tales), where I forgot to put a large bulk of text under a cut! Many apologies, I normally always, always use cuts in order to save your dashes but the post was hastily put up and I must’ve forgotten-whoops!

November Wrap Up!

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