• Book review: The Night Country by Melissa Albert

    The Night Country – Melissa Albert

    Release date: 9 January 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating The Night Country (The Hazel Wood #2) blurb: Alice has fought hard for a normal life. Having escaped the Hinterland – the strange, pitch-dark fairy-tale world she was born into – she has washed up in New York City, determined to build a new future for herself. But when her fellow survivors start being brutally murdered, Alice must face the fact that the Hinterland cannot be so easily escaped, and that, from the shadows of her past, something –…

  • Havenfall by Sara Holland

    Havenfall – Sara Holland

    Release date: 3 March 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Havenfall (Havenfall, #1) blurb: Maddie Morrow knows that Havenfall is more than it seems. Beneath the beautiful sprawling Inn lie the hidden gateways to three ancient realms: Byrn, Fiordenkill and Solaria. Maddie’s destiny is here, rooted in her family’s promise to protect the fragile alliance between the worlds. But when a brutal murder shatters the peace and someone she loves stands accused, Maddie must step forward to protect the place – and the people – she cares for most.…

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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,…

  • Book review: A Darker Shade of Magic

    A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab

    Release date: 27 February 2015 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) blurb: Kell is one of the last travellers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, without magic and ruled by the mad King George III. Red London – where magic is revered, and where Kell was raised alongside the heir to the empire. White London – where people fight to control the remaining magic and magic fights back.…

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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…

  • Book review: The Hazel Wood

    The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

    Release date: 30 January 2018 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1) blurb: Seventeen-year-old Alice Proserpine and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come…

  • Book review: Wicked King

    The Wicked King – Holly Black

    Release date: 8 January 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Book 1: The Cruel Prince The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) blurb: ‘I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear.’ Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed. Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is…

  • Book Review: Wonder Woman Warbringer

    Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: 28 August 2017 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1) blurb: DAUGHTER OF IMMORTALS Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law – risking exile – to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world. DAUGHTER OF DEATH Alia Keralis just wants a chance…

  • Book Review: The Wicked Deep

    The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw

    Release date: 6 March 2018 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating: The Wicked Deep blurb (my copy had two different blurbs… not sure why): The Swan sisters arrived in Sparrow, Oregon, in 1822. Marguerite, the oldest, had long auburn locks, full lips and a sharp jaw. Aurora, the middle sister, boasted soft waves of hair and bright, full-moon eyes. And Hazel, the youngest, was the plainest of the three, with smaller features and hair that twisted into a tumbling braid. Each was beautiful, and each was misunderstood. A year later…

  • Book Review: The Lightning Thief

    The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

    Release date: 28 June 2005 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) blurb: Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the east of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy…

  • Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me

    My True Love Gave to Me – edited by Stephanie Perkins

    Release date: 25 October 2016 Goodreads link Book Depository link My True Love Gave to Me blurb: If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favourite sitcoms, and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by the internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up…

  • Book review: Blood Promise

    Blood Promise – Richelle Mead

    Release date: 1 August 2009 Rating:★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) blurb: The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters… Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honouring her life’s vow to protect Lissa —…

  • Grim Lovelies

    Grim Lovelies – Megan Shepherd

    Release date: 2 October 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1) blurb: Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the…

  • Book Review: The Price Guide to the Occult

    The Price Guide to the Occult – Leslye Walton

    Release date: 13 March 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Price Guide to the Occult blurb: “Disaster can come in all shapes and sizes. It’s best to be prepared.” – Rona Blackburn, witch All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life on the sweet little touristy island she calls home. But then a mysterious book comes out, the island’s flora and fauna raise their hackles, and strangers and acquaintances alike begin sprouting ominous fern tattoos. A storm is coming. And it’s coming for Nor.…

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    Top 5… books with magic

    Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘books with MAGIC’. 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 we have coming up! Ahh Shanah, this is a topic I can totally get behind!! So, it may surprise you (keep your poker faces on, friends) that I read a LOT of fantasy novels. And, while there are fantasy novels that don’t have magic in them, I tend…

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    Top 5… fantasy

    Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘fantasy (YA or adult)’. 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 we have coming up! Shanah, you are EVIL!!! How can you make me pick only five??? I have to double it… And then add some more… First off the bat is (surprise!!) The Nevernight Chronicle by Aussie author Jay Kristoff (Nevernight is book one). I know, I know,…

  • The Girl Who Fell – Violet Grace

    Release date: 3 September 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Girl Who Fell (The Chess Raven Chronicles, #1) blurb: I’m an orphan. A hacker. I grew up with nothing and no one. But it turns out my whole life has been a lie. All of a sudden, I’m a hero, a villain, a weapon, a puppet, and the last great hope. There’s only one person I can trust – but even he is not what he seems. I am not the girl who fell. I am the…

  • The Darkest Part of the Forest

    The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

    Release date: 19 January 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Darkest Part of the Forest blurb: In the woods there is a glass coffin. And in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin: that he is a prince and they are valiant…