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Fantasy

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

When Mary Jekyll’s mother dies, she discovers a secret bank account used to make payments in connection with Mr Hyde. Mary cannot fathom why and faced with an uncertain financial future, she seeks out Sherlock Holmes to find out if there’s still a reward for…

monthly round-up

The Month That Was… July 2019

Whilst I didn’t get the extreme temperatures many people suffered, July has been a hot old month. My parents came to visit and it’s the second year that I’ve swum in the English Channel. I guess I should be worried about climate change, but it’s…

Historical Fiction

Trinity

Trinity was the code name of the US project to create a weapon to end all wars, the atomic bomb. Behind that invention was a man who had to come to terms with what he had created, J. Robert Oppenheimer. Louisa Hall has chosen to…

5 Star, Crime Fiction

Sadie

When Sadie’s little sister is murdered and the investigation goes nowhere, she sets off to bring the killer to justice. Some months after, a journalist picks up the story of a missing girl and her murdered sister. Can he piece together what happened and where…

Readathon, Uncategorized

N.E.W.T.s Required Reading

Magical Readathon is hosted by Book Roast. I nearly forgot that the N.E.W.T.s protion of the Magical Readathon was happening, after all that hard work to get my O.W.L.s! It runs for the month of August and I’ll be reading for the Magizoologist career which…

New Releases

On My Radar: August

Sometimes I think I spend more time looking for books to read than I do actually reading. Ah the perils of being a book blogger. Here is another month’s worth of tantalising new releases for you to add to your wishlists and TBRs. Dates are…

Fantasy

The Binding

Emmett is recovering from an illness when his parents receive the summons; he is to train as a binder. Those who wish to forget can have their memories bound in books. The Binding wasn’t really what I expected but I ended up loving it. It…

Young Adult

The Paper & Hearts Society

When Tabby moves to Dorset, she hopes to leave her old life behind. Her nan encourages her to make new friends, but she’s perfectly fine by herself. At least she has her books. Blogger Lucy Powrie‘s debut novel is adorable. It contains the best sounding…

Science Fiction

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. Walking the streets…

New Releases

On My Radar: July

Is your TBR getting a little sparse? Haha, yeah right, but I bet you’re still interested to see what’s hitting the shelves next month. These are all books that have caught my eye, but as always inclusion is not an endorsement because I haven’t read…

List, Top Ten

Top Ten: Most Anticipated

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Here are my top ten most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019 (I can’t believe we’re nearly half way already). There are some fabulous sounding books to look forward to. There are a…

General Fiction

This Green and Pleasant Land

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. Bilal isn’t a…

monthly round-up

The Month That Was… May 2019

+International Giveaway It’s starting to feel like summer! There are flowers everywhere, from the beach to all the wildflowers in our little front garden. Scully is getting quite skilled at photobombing it seems, as here’s a nice photo of the cliffs at Barton-on-Sea, with a…

A Thousand Ships

The tale of the Trojan War has been told many times, the heros and gods taking the starring roles. But the women in the shadows had just as much impact of events, showed bravery beyond the battleground. It was a women’s war and A Thousand…

New Releases

On My Radar: June

June seems a slightly quieter month for new releases but there is still plenty to catch my eye. Dates shown are for UK print editions unless otherwise noted and the books may be available earlier elsewhere or in a different format. 1st Lent by Jo…

Science Fiction

Across the Void

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. Commander May Knox…

Fantasy

Girls of Paper and Fire

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. In Ikhara there…

Science Fiction

Emily Eternal

Scientists predicted the sun would die, just not how soon that would be. At MIT, the dedicated few are working on an artificial consciousness, able to access the minds of her subjects and help them come to terms with their issues. She’s a virtual therapist….

5 Star, General Fiction, Romance

The Flatshare

Tiffy needs somewhere new to live but her editorial job at a hobby-based publisher just doesn’t pay enough. After viewing the dregs of the London rental market she answers an ad for someone who wants to share a bed… Leon is a palliative care nurse…

Fantasy

The Devouring Gray

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. Following the death…

5 Star, Historical Fiction

Wakenhyrst

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain. The journals of…

Books In

April Book Haul

I’ve missed a month or two of book hauls, and got a bit out of the habit of tracking my new books. So this is a bit of a guess at which ones arrived April. Apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone’s books! For review: Girls of…

monthly round-up

The Month That Was… April 2019

+International Giveaway My monthly updates and giveaways are back! I liked the idea of more frequent life and book updates, but they were just too hard to keep up with. I know I can manage once a month at least! If anything particularly exciting happens,…

Readathon

Magical Readathon Wrap-Up

Grade Achieved: E Career Path: Magizoologist The Magical Readathon is hosted by Book Roast. I kinda got a bit distracted reading books that didn’t fit any of the prompts, so I didn’t quite make it to an O grade. So close! I did manage to…

New Releases

On My Radar: May

I’m sure each month there are even more books that land on my wishlist. Here you’ll find a mix of genres hitting the shelves in May. As always, these are books I haven’t read so inclusion is not an endorsement. Quoted dates are based on…

Young Adult

They Both Die at the End

Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio are strangers but both receive a call from Death Cast in the early hours of 5th September. The call is to tell them some bad news, they are going to die today. Mateo is all alone, his father in a…

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