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Bookish Merch Supplier Review - Chiqui Creates

Since I've been bookstagramming I've come across an entirely new world of amazing bookish things. As a book blogger I think our community is a fairly closed loop but Instagram creates an entirely new realm of possibilities: There are literally MILLIONS (more than 800 million at the moment!) of people using this platform and any one of them searching a hashtag that you have used could happen across your post. And being entirely a photo and video sharing platform, this visually pleasing social network is the perfect place for Bookish Merch Suppliers to show off their wares. 
@ChiquiCreates is one of my favourite bookish and fandom merch shops and I've already found myself ordering a number of things from her gorgeous jewellery and bookmark collections which are extensive and it shouldn't be hard for any bookworm to find something to love!
Chiqui Creates ships internationally from the Philippines and each product arrives individually wrapped in elegant packaging. 
This is …

Review: The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #1

My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Published January 2nd 2018 by Hot Key Books

Source: Purchased
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to …

Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Series: Montague Siblings #1

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Historical Fiction Fantasy
Published June 27th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Purchased
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade …

Review: Ruin of Stars - Linsey Miller

Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller
Series: Mask of Shadows #2

My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Expected publication: August 28th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Source: ARC received from Sourcebooks via Edelweiss
As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact that Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives.

And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can't be ignored.
** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes were taken from the advanced readers copy and as such may not be accurate or present in the final version**

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Review: To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Series: Standalone

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy Retelling
Published March 6th 2018 by Hot Key Books

Source: Copy received from Jonathan Ball Publishers
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And …

The Wrap Up: July Edition

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up! I hope that you've had a great month.

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I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.

Happy August everyone. Boy this year is flying. I hope you all have a good month and manage to get all the reading done! I had a ridiculously busy and crazy July - dinners, birthdays and birthday parties (both adult and kids!), weekends travelling to watch polocrosse and not to mention some pretty big happenings on the work front. My step-father-in-law was also hospitalized with a suspected stroke/TIA but now they're leaning towards a brain infection. Major panic stations but hopefully we'll have an answer soon about what is going on.

With all the above going on I totally failed in the reading department in July... As you will see below. But for Au…