Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Review: Dawn Study - Maria V. Snyder

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Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: {★★★★

Young Adult Fantasy
Published January 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Harlequin TEEN via NetGalley
New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars rounded up.

This is the thrilling and final instalment of the Soulfinders Trilogy. It's a well crafted and epic conclusion to an incredible series that has kept me engaged throughout.

Snyder is an incredible story teller with a concise and deceptively simple writing style. It's beyond easy to become completely immersed in her world full of spies and espionage, intrigue and mystery and this one had me sitting on the edge of my seat as all the threads of previous books came together. My heart was on tenter hooks as my favourite characters (new and old) were put through the wringer and tested time and time again.

What I love about Snyder is that her characters are always consistent - yes, they learn and they grow, but essentially they are still the same people. Valek is as calculating and ruthless as ever but he has learned that relationships and trusting in others is not necessarily a bad thing and can make a person stronger. Yelena is still reckless and brave (to a fault) but has learned to (sometimes) curb her impulses and assess the situation for risk, even if this means diving in anyway.

I also love knowing that the characters are not infallible - not every scheme goes to plan and things are allowed to go wrong.

The story line has been so complex from the very beginning and there's so much happening with different characters and different locations and yet Snyder manages to pull it all off with a flourish. This is such an epic fantasy with incredibly diverse world building; a strong cast of wonderful, resilient characters and positive role models for all ages. There's definitely relationships to aspire towards.

There were moments when I was holding my breath simply devouring the pages to find out if everyone was okay and there were moments when I was laughing out loud from the wit and the snark. This book was everything that I had hoped it would be. I'm going to miss this "herd" and their crazy adventures.

I'm (not so) secretly hoping that we will see more written about Ixia and Sitia in the near future. I would love to see more of Ari and Janco and 'Little Miss Assassin' not to mention Liana. This world is so vast and so well built that there's definitely room for more books.... Just saying!!!

Night Study (Study #5/Soulfinders #2)
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Monday, 30 January 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Court of Vampires - Megan Linski


Court of Vampires
Megan Linski
(The Shifter Prophecy #1)
Publication date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Vampires and werewolves shouldn’t fall in love.
Lysandra was born for one reason; to kill shifters. Princess of vampires, the heir to Vlad Dracula’s throne and the last descendant of Princess Anastasia, Lysandra lives in a castle of witches and human slaves,engaged to a dark vampire prince and prophesied as the one who will end the war between vampires and werewolves forever.
Everything changes when Lysandra finds a dying werewolf. She takes him into her care and quickly falls in love, unable to explain the magical connection between them. If she’s discovered, she will be put to death. But how can she stop the war when her worst enemy is her true love?
A heart-stopping love story filled with shocking twists, Court of Vampires is a thrilling young adult fantasy that readers will devour over and over again. The legend of what really happened to the Romanov family is retold in Megan Linski’s newest haunting paranormal romance.




Author Bio:
Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she was a little girl. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for teens and adults. When not writing, she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, and being outdoors. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder.
In December 2016, Megan signed a deal with Amazon's Kindle Press for her Kindle Scout Winner, Court of Vampires, due to be published 2017. You can find Megan at www.meganlinski.com, and receive a FREE book, The Witch's Curse, by signing up for her VIP List there.
Megan Linski also writes under the pen name of Natalie Erin for the Creatures of the Lands Series, co-authored with Krisen Lison.

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Weekly Round Up #17



Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.


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Last week was a pretty good week! I moved offices to a bigger, quieter and cooler office and settled in nicely. We went to our local monthly pub quiz night and our team managed to come first (I'm not sure how! We obviously had an eclectic mix of knowledge amongst us team members). 

I managed to get a couple of books finished and I even managed to post a few reviews last week so I'm slowly catching up. This week ahead is going to be a truly busy one so I'm a little worried about that, but hopefully I manage to stay on top of everything. 

What I read last week:

 Dawn Study Scarlet

After six study books I'm not really sure if I can cope with a life without Ixia in it, so I might go back to read the Glass series... 

I finished my buddy read of Scarlet and now can't wait to dive into Cress. I'm definitely becoming a Lunar Chronicles fan.

What I am currently reading:


The Hidden Oracle

I'm really enjoying reading a Riordan book again. There's just something so easy about his writing and with this one is from Apollo's POV (he's being punished by Zeus by being made mortal after the events of the last series). I'm reading this one for the Fantastically Diverse read-a-thon and I love seeing how he's made his MG fantasy series so wonderfully diverse from the very beginning. There's characters from all walks of life and of all sorts of sexual orientations which is just great to read about and something that MG readers should be exposed to in a way that isn't preachy or judgemental.

Up Next:

The Wrath and the DawnBlack Snow

Black Snow I've spoken about before - I'll hopefully be picking it up tomorrow at the latest. The Wrath and the Dawn is another off my Fantastically Diverse read-a-thon TBR.

New Arrivals:

Dream Me

Oh NetGalley... I just can't seem to help myself. Dream Me does however sound really interesting and is in the new BuzzBooks YA edition. I can't quite decide what this is - YA Fantasy of some sort I think... Dystopian? Paranormal? There's definitely romance in there. I guess I will find out!

Around The Blogosphere:

Nereyda discusses : How to support books if you don't buy books
Cait @ Paper Fury discusses : How to Find Time to Read More


And that's my week! How did yours go?
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Friday, 27 January 2017

Review: Night Study - Maria V. Snyder

Night Study
Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: {★★★★☆} 

Young Adult Fantasy
Published March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Purchased

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue.

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realise it's far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

"Maria V. Snyder has created an engaging and entirely original new fantasy, fascinating in its rich detail." — -New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey on Poison Study

“This is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Poison Study
I'm not sure just how much more I can rave about this series without everyone getting sick of it... Buuuttttt - there's only one more book to review after this, so you're just going to have to live with it.

I was actually far, far out in the "middle-of-nowhere" when I finished the previous book, Shadow Study. I didn't even have cellphone reception and yet I made a trek to the top of a large hill, found some precious bars of signal and I immediately purchased and downloaded this book. Let me just say - #worthit

This book continues to build on the world that Snyder created and my most loved characters are still at it and being amazing (I would expect nothing less). This is a complex plot and Snyder hasn't held back at all. It's not unnecessarily complex - it is as it should be when considering the scope of the world and its politics.

It's a pretty gritty tale, but I think that is to be expected when we are dealing with assassins, spies and political masterminds.


"Should I be upset by the warm blood gushing over my hands? By the final painful exhalation from my victim? By the stench of body fluids pooling under his dead body?

Yes—taking a life was never easy, no matter the circumstances.

But did I regret it?

No."


Snyder also took us down a road where our main characters become a lot more vulnerable and a little broken down. It's great to see the growth not only in the characters but in their various relationships and some of the twists and turns through this one made it virtually unputdownable. Gutwrenching would be a good description here.


"Dark shadows of grief haunted his expression. More than any person should be asked to bear. But that was the problem with grief. No one ever asked for it. It arrived with its bags packed for an extended stay. It settled into your best guest room and demanded to be waited on all day long, and when it finally shuffled out of the door, it left behind permanent scratches on your furniture."


Things are really hitting a boiling point now, from relationships to politics to what seems like an unavoidable war where I have people that I care about on both sides - so many things are hanging on a precipice and it's hard to say whether or not I'm going to like where they fall.

Our dream team is trying desperately to keep the peace and stop the war, but at what cost?

This is a fantastic series and overall is shaping up to be better than the original. There's more Valek, more action, more feels; I love it.


“Sneaks, spies, defenders, heroes, masterminds, tenacious bastards - it doesn't matter what you call us. We're the ones who will do whatever it takes to stop those who believe they're entitled to wealth and power at the expense of others."

Shadow Study (Study #4/Soulfinders #1) -- Dawn Study (Study #6/Soulfinders #3)→
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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Review: Shadow Study - Maria V. Snyder

Shadow Study
Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: {★★★★☆} 

Young Adult Fantasy
Published March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Borrowed

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous…

Praise for Maria V. Snyder:

“Doing full justice to the plot of this original and entertaining epic fantasy is impossible. Suffice it to say that the action is nonstop. The many characters leap to life, particularly Yelena, whose first-person narrative is riveting.”—RT Book Reviews on Fire Study

For lovers of the Chroicles of Ixia, this was an unexpected and yet completely welcome continuation of the Study series and centered once again on Yelena and Valek. I absolutely adored Poison Study (enough to make it one of my favourite YA fantasy books ever!) and Snyder's writing, her characters and her overall plot arc drew me in utterly, but even I have to admit that Magic Study and Fire Study were not her best work. Shadow Study, however, took me right back to everything that I loved about Poison Study.

Although I haven't read the Glass series of which the events took place between Fire Study and Shadow Study, I was easily able to get reacquainted with this world and catch up with all the characters again. I do think I will go back now and read the Glass series because after 6 Study books, I can't really imagine my life without this series anymore!

The world building is pretty epic with so many things being well thought out and intended from the very outset. There's a well planned and consistent system of magic, a diverse and believable social structure and an immense history and political movement. What I also love about this series is that magic isn't the be all and end all - it isn't all powerful and it's not the only means to an end. There's emerging technology and science and there's a whole host of non-magical characters who are kick-ass in their own ways.

In this trilogy there are multiple POV's and it was great to have chapters from Valek's perspective although I did have a slight issue with switching from first person with Yelena's chapters to third person with everyone else.

There's a certain chemistry about Valek that makes every scene he is present in something more, something better (this is probably also influenced by my love for him since Poison Study!!). We also got to see more of his background and motivations and a young Valek? That was definitely something to behold - he was a pretty terrifying tyke!

The relationship between Yelena and Valek is just fantastic to see and read. They are true soul mates, heart mates and equals. Their love and trust in each other is pretty incredible and they hold a place in my 'favourite couples of all time' list and (I've said this before) I love that Snyder doesn't use any unnecessary cliches or tropes to add drama to that relationship. In saying that though, there isn't a whole lot of romantic suspense or build up in this book because our main couple are already together. Their love story is served on the side but it was still satisfying to me. It's a strong and healthy relationship and I think that it's important for YA to have more examples of that.

This book completely reignited my love for Snyder's world. It's a well plotted character driven fantasy full of diversity and action. There's romance and friendship, humour and magic and it's brimming with positive role models.

Fire Study (Study #3) -- Night Study (Study #5/Soulfinders #2)→
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Valiant - Lesley Livingston


Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday originally run by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. 


This week my #WoW is The Valiant. As if female gladiators and historical Rome weren't enough - this one also has been getting rave reviews lately (check out Alyssa's review over at The Eater of Books for a great one!). Described as ferocious and kickbutt I cannot wait to get my hands on this one next month!

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Expected publication: February 14th 2017
by HarperCollins
The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha's legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father's royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon's worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.

The Valiant
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Weekly Round Up #16



Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.


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Finally back at home for a week at a time and it's been great! I've had a bit of normalcy in my life for the first time in a while. Sometimes just being at home is exactly what I need to re-center myself, revive and recharge. 

Last week I posted a couple of challenge/read-a-thon posts that I am participating in this year to try meet my bookish resolutions for 2017. If you missed it have a look at the posts below:

What I read last week:


Breath of Fire

I only actually managed to complete one book this week but I've made progress on a few and I feel like it's been a better week for reading overall. 

Breath of Fire was another five star for Bouchet from me. I just love the snarky humour and non stop action. Not quite as good as her first book, but still an awesome sequel. My review will come soon. 

What I am currently reading:


 Dawn Study ScarletThe Hidden Oracle

Still working on The Chronicles of Ixia with Dawn Study which I actually managed to really start and get into this week, still buddy reading Scarlet (book 2 of The Lunar Chronicles) and I've finally started my Fantastically Diverse reads beginning with The Hidden Oracle (Diverse MG Fiction category).

Up Next:


Black Snow

This one is hitting a number of birds with one stone - it's on my review pile, it's a book on my TBR for my Fantastically Diverse readathon AND it's part of my #LetsReadIndie challenge - not to mention my excitement for reading it and the fact that it's been on my personal TBR since Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight reviewed it a while ago. 


New Arrivals:

Buzz Books YA 2017Strange The Dreamer

I love Buzz Books and can't wait to steal some reading time to go through all of these little treasures to add to my TBR. 

I have only just featured Strange The Dreamer as my Waiting On Wednesday and by some stroke of luck I managed to secure an ARC of this exciting upcoming release! I'm THRILLED!

Around The Blogosphere:

Danya @ Fine Print discusses : Does Your Mood Impact Your Reading?
Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight is compiling a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books with Disability Masterlist!



And that's my week! How did yours go?
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Review: Fire Study - Maria V. Snyder


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Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
first published March 1st 2008

Source: Borrowed
The apprenticeship is over—now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before...

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.

At times the plot was frustrating and at times it had pacing issues, but in general it was a solid instalment in the Chronicles of Ixia and I was entertained throughout.

Fire Study is pretty action packed but does suffer again from being less tightly plotted than Poison Study and some of it even seemed circuitous and dare I say... repetitive. However the characters and their development saved this for me along with the wonderful world building and sheer scope of this fantasy series. There's some wonderful magic and some well written emerging technology and a great political arc that keep this series alive.

Also worth mentioning is how completely diverse Snyder has made her world and I love the depth in which she has developed not only the layout but also the culture.

I love Snyder's writing style - it's uncomplicated and concise and it's easy to become immersed in her books. There's also some things throughout the entire series that I love, and yet they are the very things in other series that have turned me off the series or pushed me to drop my ratings. There's something about the way Snyder weaves her story that just makes everything work.

The relationship between Yelena and Valek is fantastically done - well developed, mature and no insta-love or interfering love triangles or anything unnecessary really. Unbounding love, trust and the fact that they are true equals in everything - there are some definite relationship goals there.

The side characters are also fully developed and have their own arcs and never disappear into the background. I know and love all so many fictional people through this series.

Could this have been better? Definitely. As a series finale I know that Snyder did not produce her best work here. All in all though, this series is definitely worth trying - Poison Study was excellent and while books two and three are not quite as good it is definitely worthwhile. I must also mention that the continuation of the Study series beginning with Shadow Study is fantastic. ;)

There's a lot of adventure interspersed with humour all housed in an epic fantasy world.

“There's always another storm. It's the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow.”

Magic Study (Study #2) -- Shadow Study (Study #4/Soulfinders #1)→
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor



I haven't done a Waiting on Wednesday in a while and truthfully I have no idea if it's still an active meme, but there are still upcoming books that I want to highlight and be excited over and I love looking around all the other blogs to see what I might not know about - because my TBR always needs new books on it!


My pick this week is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I've never read her books (YET!!!!) but Daughter of Smoke and Bone has been on my TBR forever. This one sounds really intriguing and is a YA fantasy (high fantasy too I believe) with paranormal and magical elements.


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Expected publication: March 28th 2017
by Hodder & Stoughton
A brand new, heart-stopping novel and the first in a thrilling duology from the much-loved author of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy, Laini Taylor.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries - including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Strange the Dreamer
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Review: Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones


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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne

Source: St. Martin's Press via NetGalley
Dark, romantic and unforgettable, a fantastical coming-of-age story for fans of Labyrinth and The Darkest Part of the Forest.

Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark shadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother has always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter, she claims, the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it’s her duty to keep her beautiful sister Käthe safe from harm. But Liesl finds refuge only in her wild, captivating music, composed in secret in honor of the mysterious Goblin King.

When Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despite herself to the strange, beautiful world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Set at the turn of the 19th century, when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music, S. Jae-Jones’ richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman’s search for self-actualization.

This is a beautifully written book - the prose is eloquent with an almost classical sense to it and the world is exquisite without being too heavy in detail. While I was reading it I felt as though I were under Der Erlkönig's thrall myself. It is compelling, dark and sensual; a riveting read full of poetry and a truly incredible atmosphere.

There's a wonderful sense of values here and I enjoyed the fact the Liesl was not conventionally beautiful however she is brave, clever and a wonderful composer. There are plenty of faults to be found in our main character, but above all I felt that just made her more accessible. There's envy, bitterness, selfishness and selflessness. At the end of the day, for me, there was nothing that Liesl would not do for the love of her family and I find that incredibly courageous.

It's a journey of self discovery for so many of the characters. We get to know Käthe, Josef and Der Erlkönig through Liesl's POV and I was entranced for almost all of the story.

The romance was bittersweet with all the nuances of complex emotions and although somewhat foreign and odd, it was spellbinding all the same.

I'm not sure how I feel about the ending but I've heard rumours of a companion novel coming next so that is definitely something to look forward to.

This book is eerie and ethereal, poignant and strange and geared toward a sophisticated audience. If you get the opportunity to read this one, definitely take it. I can't wait to hear what you think.

“That one . . . burns like kindling. All flash, and no real heat. But you,” he said. “You smolder, mistress. There is a fire burning within you, but it is a slow burn. It shimmers with heat, waiting only for a breath to fan it to life. Most curious.” A slow grin spread over his mouth. “Most curious, indeed.”
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Reading Challenge: #LetsReadIndie


It was a bookish resolution of mine to read more #IndieBooks this year, and then I stumbled across this reading challenge that is being hosted by As Told By Tina and Lavender Prose

It's pushing for self published authors to get a little more love and recognition and it's definitely a movement I would love to get behind.


My personal goal is to read at least one book a month for this challenge and maybe to try and complete a line of the Indie Reading Bingo by the end of the year.

 

I hope that you'll consider joining the challenge and/or that you'll enjoy following my journey this year!


Do you enjoy reading #IndieBooks? Will you take part in the challenge? Do you have any recommendations for anything that I can knock off my bingo page?

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Read-A-Thon: Fantastically Diverse by Books.Bags.Burgers


I'm participating in my very first blogger Read-A-Thon and this one is run by Uma over at Books.Bags.Burgers.

For more info and/or to join this Read-A-Thon yourself please head on over to the Master Post. You can join anytime before 30 Jan.




I'm going to attempt to go 'Around the World' once in this challenge which is a level one participant where I will try to read one book from each category before the end of this read-a-thon (1st March).

Without further ado here is my TBR for this challenge:

(thanks Uma for the graphics for the category headers!)




Rebel Of The Sands
This was a 2016 release that I wanted to get to last year and is still on my TBR for this year. Persian fantasy mixed with a western theme in a YA package? I'm in!


The Wrath and The Dawn

This is a mega hyped book but it's one that I'm still dying to read and best of all it's a retelling of 1001 nights. :)



Black Snow
This one is one that is already on my review stack so I'm hitting two birds with one stone here but it is definitely a fantasy and it's definitely MM romance, so I feel it's meeting the requirements! ;)




An Ember in the AshesAnother hugely hyped book that I've missed so far but with a sequel now out I think this would be a perfect time to catch up.



The Hidden OracleRick Riordan has long written diverse MG fantasy and I can't wait to start this new series in the Percy Jackson universe. I'm sure there's going to be a huge amount of diversity in here.


Six of Crows
I've long had Leigh Bardugo on my TBR and for some reason I've just never been able to get around to her books. I'm not sure if it's entirely correct to read this one before I read Shadow and Bone (the first of The Grisha trilogy) but I do know this fits this category!



Star Touched Queen

This was another huge 2016 release that I just haven't got to yet and I can't wait to read. It's always scary considering the hype but it must be read!





Hopefully I'll be able to get through all of these before the end of the read-a-thon and hopefully they all meet the category criteria but regardless they will all stay on my TBR. Diversity in writing is something that I would like to read more of and I can't wait to see how these books turn out for me.



Do you like diverse books? Does diversity in fantasy make for better world building? Do you have any other suggestions for my TBR?
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