• An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

    An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

    Release date: 28 April 2015 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) blurb: An orphan fighting for her family. A soldier searching for his freedom. A story burning to be told. Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested in the dead of night for treason and her loved ones slain, Laia must go undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from those…

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    10 amazing fantasy classics you should read (one day)

    Good morning bookworms! Just in case you haven’t heard me scream about this previously, YA wasn’t really a thing when I was growing up. You had board books for toddlers, picture books for children, then like this weird sort of tween stage (now lovingly referred to as middle grade) where you read 846 books from series such as The Babysitters’ Club (including the mysteries, the super specials, Logan’s stories, the super mysteries, AND Little Sister if you got in on that), Sweet Valley High, Sweet Valley Uni, The Saddle Club,…

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    Serpent and Dove – Shelby Mahurin

    Release date: 3 September 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Serpent and Dove (Serpent and Dove #1) blurb: Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s,…

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    Darkdawn – Jay Kristoff

    Release date: 3 September 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) blurb: The greatest games in Godsgrave’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic. Mia Corvere, gladiatii, escaped slave and infamous assassin, is on the run. Pursued by Blades of the Red Church and soldiers of the Luminatii legion, she may never escape the City of Bridges and Bones alive. Her mentor Mercurio is now in the clutches of her enemies. Her own family wishes her dead.…

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    Top 5… series I need to finish

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘series I need to finish’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up! Gentlefriends, I must say, it’s not very often that I start a series and don’t finish it quickly. The only real hinderance here is if I choose to DNF it (a la Hush, Hush), or if I’m waiting for the…

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    Top 5… books I don't talk about enough

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘books I don’t talk about enough’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up! A-HA! I see what’s going on here… Shanah is clearly sick of me screaming perpetually about The Nevernight Chronicle, Obernewtyn, The Folk of the Air, and The Old Kingdom series… I get it!! So, I’m going to attempt to…

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    Top 5… P, Q, R, S, T

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday post is ‘P, Q, R, S, T’! Yes, we are making our way through the alphabet. My A-E post is HERE, the F-J post is HERE, and the K-O post is HERE. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up! This week is pretty fantasy heavy… but in a strange twist of fate, also heavy…

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    Top 5… K, L, M, N, O

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday post is ‘K, L, M, N, O’! Yes, we are making our way through the alphabet. My A-E post is HERE, and the F-J post is HERE. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up! This week is VERY fantasy heavy… which is great, because that IS what I primarily read! (The last few months…

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    Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: 5 June 2012 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Shadow and Bone (Grisha, #1) blurb: “I’ve been waiting for you a long time, Alina,” he said. “You and I are going to change the world.” The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a man of…

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    Top 5… F, G, H, I, J

    Good morning bookworms! Today is my 400th post!! 😱  That  feels like a lot, so I thought I’d mention it. 🎉 Today’s Top 5 Tuesday post is ‘F, G, H, I, J’! Yes, we are making our way through the alphabet. Last week’s post of A-E is HERE. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up! OK, F is for The Foxhole…

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    Top 5… A, B, C, D, E

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Yesterday’s Top 5 Tuesday post was ‘A, B, C, D, E’, and I am so disappointed that my scheduler didn’t post that I am correcting this now! Also, I’m sure it’s still Tuesday somewhere in the world!! Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up! OK, A is for Abandon by Meg Cabot. If you haven’t read this,…

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    Top 5… fantasy… this year

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday post is ‘fantasy’, however, given my top 10 faves of all time was 90% fantasy, I’m going to mix it up a little and give you my top 5 fantasy books THIS YEAR. Which really, should be a pretty short list given my complete contemporary / romance binge I’ve been on lately. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing…