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Month: August 2017

Fantasy

The Grisha Trilogy

I finally got round to reading the rest of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, only five years after reading the first book. There was plenty I had forgotten in the meantime, like the first book was called The Gathering Dark when I read it, not Shadow…

5 Star, Young Adult

Moonrise

Warning, you will need tissues for Sarah Crossan’s next book! Moonrise‘s sparse yet beautiful free verse tells the story of Joe whose brother is on death row. It follows Ed’s final weeks as well as flashbacks to their childhood, which builds up your compassion for…

Books In

Book Box Unboxing Bonanza!

I received three whole bookish subscription boxes this month, so I thought I’d unbox them in one post. This post contains spoilers for Illumicrate, Ninja Book Box and FairyLoot, so don’t scroll past the photo of Scully checking out the fairy scoop if you are…

Young Adult

Release

The contemporary story at the heart of Release is powerful and moving. Adam is a preacher’s son and he is gay. He’s quite comfortable with his sexuality but his family are in denial. The boy he thought he was in love with is leaving town…

5 Star, Science Fiction

The Real-Town Murders

Adam Roberts’ books are definitely for those people who want extra layers in the stories they read. On the surface, The Real-Town Murders is a locked room mystery, albeit in a future setting, but it’s also about how governments seek to control and manipulate their…

Young Adult

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

I loved this adorable story about Steffi and Rhys, filled with so much damp-eye inducing kindness, which can be so hard to come-by (although I hear a rumour that kindness is all set to be the next big publishing trend). Meekness is my camouflage; silence…

Uncategorized

The Reading Quest

Hosted by Read at Midnight, character art by CW @ Read, Think, Ponder. I saw Charlotte tweeting about this super fun reading challenge yesterday and I think there’s enough books on my immediate TBR that fit the Mage path so sign me up! The quest…