Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #13

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017!

2017 has been an amazing year for YA books, with some fantastic debut authors who I hope to see more from, along with releases new releases from authors we already know & love. Here is my list of my favourite reads this year, a mixture of new & old. What have yours been?
  1. Contagion by Teri Terry 
  2. The Hate U Give (THUG) by Angie Thomas 
  3. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh 
  4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 
  5. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini 
  6. The Call by Peadar O Guilin 
  7. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin 
  8. After the Fire by Will Hill 
  9. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab 
  10. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #12

Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It's a fun way of discovering new books and genres, and is open to everyone.
This weeks Top Ten is Bookish setting you'd love to visit! Here are some of the places I'd love to see and explore. What would yours be?
  1. Hogwarts/Hogsmeade/Diagon Alley: I know am way too old now to get a letter, but that doesn't mean I haven't given up hope! Who know's, maybe they take in older students whose magical talent took longer to appear.
  2. Middle Earth: I can't think of any one place to visit, so I'd definitely go backpacking. I'd of course avoid the less than savory areas.  
  3. Red London: Omg!! I would love to go to the night markets! Or maybe even compete in the Element Games. I can already smell roses!
  4. The Night Court: Velaris, a city for dreamers, it'd be paradise! 
  5. Chateau de Montsegur: A real place in the south of France it was the last stronghold for the Cathers during the Thirteenth century. Now in ruins the castle is open for tours. I found out about it whilst reading Daughters of the Grail by Elizabeth Chadwick. The book is purely fictional in terms of the characters but the history is as true as it can be considering how well things were recorded back then. Although it was a place of loss towards the end, it felt like it still holds some significance.  
  6. Konohagakure:  Village Hidden in the Leafs, and home to one of the best and most unpredictable ninja's, Naruto! I'd love to visit especially if I got to be a ninja. It's such a beautiful village. 
  7. Camelot: I mainly want to go to discover if the myths are true. It'd be amazing if it turned out they were! 
  8. Mytica: From the frozen beauty of Limeros, to the woods of Paelsia, and finally the glittering city of Auranos! Again this would be a magical place to go backpacking a round.
  9. Jersey: I've wanted to visit Jersey ever since reading Half Hidden by Emma Blair. Again a real place, there is so such that happened to this island during the second World War. The tunnels the Germans had war prisoners build during the islands occupation are still there, and part of me would love to learn more about what it must of been like for the people who lived there during that time.
  10. Kyralia: The Magicians Guild would be the first place I'd visit! All that magic and knowledge!! I'd write an entire history book on magic, and the surrounding areas.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #11

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books on my Winter 2017 TBR.
  1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
  2. Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab
  3. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
  4. Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
  5. The Novice by Taran Matharu
  6. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  7. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  8. Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell
  9. Invictus by Ryan Graudin
  10. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Friday, 24 November 2017

Review: Night Shift by Debi Gliori

Night Shift by Debi Gliori

Three Words: Beautiful, Poignant, Thoughtful

I love the illustrations & how few words there are. Many feel a depth of despair, or inadequacy, or loneliness, or any other negative emotion that leaves them with a loss for words, and Debi Gliori portrays this beautifully in Night Shift. The cover is gorgeous, and the dragon captivated me straight away whilst it was sitting on our prep trolley. This book is perfect for both those with depression and those without. For those like myself who do struggle with mental illness or times when they've felt down, it is relate-able and a comfort to know you're not alone. For those who haven't experienced depression, Night Shift offers an insight as to what it can be like, helping the reader to understand a bit better how it effects those who do suffer from it.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #10

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For!
  1. Lucas by Kevin Brooks
  2. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  3. The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan
  4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  5. The Glass Mountain by Martina Evans
  6. The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
  7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  8. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
  9. Slated by Teri Terry
  10. A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao


Three words: Power, Magic, Control

I received my copy of a Forest of a Thousand Lanterns in October's FairyLoot Box themed Villainous. I'd heard loads about it from from my best friend who loved it, & was very intrigued. 

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is an East Asian re-imagining  of The Evil Queen. Now I love fairy tale retelling especially ones from the protagonists perspective, & could not wait to get stuck in! Forest of a Thousand Lanterns follows eighteen year old Xifeng in pursuit of her destiny that has been foretold by the cards read by her abusive Aunt Guma, also known as the witch. The cards foretell that Xifeng has great potential, & if she so chooses can become Empress of Feng Lu. However to become Empress she must give in to the darkness residing within her, & forsake her Aunt & childhood love, Wei. 

Wei has loved Xifeng since he was ten, & has wished to take her away from her aunt. He's portrayed as being strong, & kind along with having talent in sword lore. He believes Guma is poisoning the good he sees in Xifeng, the light that shines within her. Little does he know it is not Guma who whispers to her, but something more sinister & ancient, something that has been waiting, lurking in the shadows for Xifeng. 

Xifeng has to choose a path & each promise a better life then what she has now, one of light which will lead to happiness, & the other of darkness which will take her to the throne.

A beautiful mix Asian folk tales & prophecy Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a dark & captivating read that will ensnare you in its inky blackness, & leave you wondering if you should love or despise Xifeng. I know I am still trying to decide. I love her for her development from meek abiding niece to the strong determined young woman she blooms into, yet despise her for her dark ways. I always kept wanting to know how her life would of turned out if she had chosen a different path. Could she of still had everything she wished for if she'd been given a glimpse of it? Or would she still desire to rule Feng Lu? 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #9

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read
Or sisters and brothers, or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.

I am so pleased I have managed to get my younger sister to read some of these titles already, and she loved them too! Which books would you want your future relatives to read?
  1. Slated by Teri Terry
  2. The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
  3. The Doomspell by Cliff McNish
  4. Any Elizabeth Chadwick book
  5. The Hate U Give (THUG) by Angie Thomas
  6. After the Fire by Will Hill
  7. The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan
  8. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  10. Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud

Top Ten Tuesday #13

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish . Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017! 20...