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Review: Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Series: Flame in the Mist #1
My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy
Published May 18th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton

Source: Hachette Australia via NetGalley
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly…

Weekly Round Up #33 : The One Where Everything Changed

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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It's been a somewhat frustrating week! Our internet has been up and down a lot which hasn't been helpful, especially when I'm trying to catch up on so much in my digital life, both at work and on the blog! My reading time has also been cut down a lot so I haven't managed to read as much as normal and I'm still trying to catch up on that a bit as well. At least I managed to finish one book this week and hopefully I'll be back to normal soon. I managed to get from being about three weeks behind to answering last week's Sunday post comments on Friday... So normal might be just around the corner?

In other news on a whim I decided to change my entire blog layout.…

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration Part XI

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions.
A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS - AmyNikita  BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K  BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett



What is the best blogging advice you have ever been given?
I’ve received loads of advice from my fellow bloggers ever since I started my blog and most of them have been extremely useful advice that have helped me a LOT. To state the best, I think one of the advice that MOST bloggers gave me was to stay true to who I am and not try to copy or imitate any other blogger. This is VERY important. There are so many bloggers who are extremely inspiring but it’s never okay to imitate their blogging style. It’s important to be true to yourself and keep doing what you love. Don’t do something because someone else is or jump …

Review: Red Winter - Annette Marie

Red Winter by Annette Marie
Series: Red Winter Trilogy #1
My rating: {★★★★★}

YA Fantasy
Published October 21st 2016 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.

Source: Xpresso Book Tours
In a few short months, Emi's mortal life will end when she becomes the human host of an immortal goddess. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. Shiro is a spirit of the earth and an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not. On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … …

Weekly Round Up #32 : The One Where My Computer Died

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.



Please leave a link to your blog (if you have one) in your comment or make sure your Disqus profile has your address so that I can visit you back! 


I have been a bad bad blogger - and while travelling and jet-lag and catching up on work was a whole big thing, even WORSE was the fact that my computer (my faithful old laptop!) decided to give up on me and absolutely refused to turn on. Luckily I have a desktop at work  (to which I returned last week) so it wasn't the complete apocalyptic event that it could have been, and luckily enough I also managed to revive my laptop after a fashion (meaning I've completely formatted and started from scratch). However it did put me another week behind in my blogging, completely derailed my schedule and I'm floundering around trying to get my digital life back on course. I'm getti…

The Blog Squad: Special - What have we discussed so far?

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Blog Squad posts so far! We’ve really enjoyed answering the questions and reading your responses in the comments - it’s so awesome to hear everyone’s different experiences.

We aren’t finished with The Blog Squad posts, but we thought we’d do a wrap-up just to show you what we’ve done so far and let you read posts you might have missed.




The Blog Squad: Part I - Friday 10 February
Di’s Post | Amy’s Post | Uma’s Post What made you start your book blog? Have you received any books to review from publishers or authors? If an author has taken the time to research your blog and is asking you to review a book in your scope, should you say yes? The Blog Squad: Part II - Friday 17 FebruaryDi’s Post | Amy’s Post | Uma’s Post Do you have to get ARCs to be a "proper" Book Blogger? What's your ‘review process’? Do you write a review of every book read (including negative reviews?) The Blog Squad: Part III - Friday 24 February