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Hey guys!

I am alive, and back ready for business! I’ve been so busy these last couple of months with work, exams and just a whole lot on my plate! Unfortunately life can sweep you away pretty hard sometimes and I’ve just had to leave books on the back burner for a while…

I am so pleased to say I am hoping to get back on track with more blog posts, videos and more reading! (That’s the most important thing, right?)

So keep your eyes peeled, normal scheduling is resumed!

Any of my UK readers/friends out there, stay safe this weekend! Ice is set to freeze over the snow in most parts so don’t go out unless you need to! And to be honest, it’s the perfect weather to have a cuppa and a book 😉

Happy Life!
Love, Em x


The Belles: Book Review

The Belles (The Belles #1)The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all, a BIG thank you to Net Gallery for sending me an arc for review. Release Date February 8th.

The Premise: We start with our girls, our Belles who are taken to the king and queen of their land to be chosen as their personal Belle. Belles bring colour to the greys, to bring out beauty and shape a person for a time, and the stronger the Belle, the more magnificent their power is displayed. I went into this not knowing how I would like it. Would it be too YA? Would it be too one layered and utterly basic?

But it wasn’t, it deserves the hype it’s been getting. I feels very deep and complex and relative to our obsession with beauty in our day to day lives. Hell, it made me sit back and think how a lot of it is not worth it and it doesn’t change the person inside of you.

This book was full of liquid writing, it glowed right off the page with description nostalgic of JK Rowling, it had me fully entranced in the world. The food was a great plus as well.

Political intrigue, jealously, sisterhood, great female characters, and a level of darkness that I was not expecting the Belles is a great comment on how obsessed we are with being beautiful in our society and the lengths we go to make ourselves ‘the best we can be’ as we are never happy. It’s also a comment on no matter how beautiful you make yourself, no matter how many trends you set or tweaks you make to your body, the darkness inside is always the same.

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Mortal Engines| Book Review

Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all this is classed as a children’s book. Ho no. Definitely YA, latter YA.

This book was so dark. And sad. And very very good.

We follow Tom, a Historian Apprentice on board London which is now a rolling, steampunk like engine, alive. Which needs other small towns, cities to eat to survive. This is definitely a unique setting, and really character driven – I am very surprised this escaped my notice growing up as this definitely captures my imagination and interest now.
There are loads of top female characters in here, really strong and it’s so refreshing to read them and known they were written more than ten years ago.

This book is hard hitting, graphic and daring. The characters are written in grey, they are human beings, good and bad making decisions that aren’t always the right ones to make. Reeve demonstrates how to write people, young or old, alone or in love- it’s one of the main beauties of this book.

I am definitely carrying on with the series, especially knowing the film adapted by Peter Jackson is soon to be with us this year, it would be nice to know the rest of the journey Tom goes on, and the fate of the rest of the Hunting Ground.

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Greetings 2018…

Hello dear friends into another page turning year,

I felt like I fell off the grid towards the end of 2017, November and December went by in the blur of Christmas shopping, wrapping and work. I also felt in the worst slump I’ve been in in a while, picking up books reading forty pages and then putting them down and WALKING AWAY. I’ve never done that. Normally it’s oooo I’ve got a book, I won’t let it go until it’s finished..

Well I am very pleased to say I am finally off of that train, and have no finished two books in the four days of Jan. Very pleased.

So I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to all those that read my reviews, who share bookish opinions, and really make me feel welcome in this bookish community. I have made some fast friends on this platform, and it’s something I will always be thankful for.

So leading into January 2018, I have my review of the adaption of Jessie Burton’s  The Miniaturist. I also have my top 17 in 2017, and my look back at the most surprising and disappointing books of 2017. I have also set my first TBR of the year and am already smashing through them – HELL TO THE YEAH.

Haven’t used that expression in years…

Well hears to another year, and as always Happy Reading guys!

Love, Em x

Language of Thorns Book Review

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable read with beautiful writing, imagination and lessons.

So the background: Language of Thorns is a collection of short stories all based in the Grisha verse and ones which I can SOOOO imagine Nina or Wylan reading to their children while Jesper and Matthias look on into the fire.
All of them were really interesting and you can see the Easter eggs from our own fairy tales and Grimm tales but all had a that Grisha darkness.

Rated from least favourite to most favourite:

Little Knife
The Soldier Prince
The Witch of Duva
Ayama and the Thorn Wood
When Water Sang Fire
The Too Clever Fox

When Water Sang Fire & The Too Clever Fox I think tie first place because they both were just sooo good! When Water Sang Fire was amazing and beautiful and I knew when I was reading it it reminded me of Ursula and only when I read Bardugo’s acknowledgements did I know I was right. It was fascinating and the end of this book left me wanting more from the world.

A definite pick up for anyone hungry to know more about the Grisha world or for those just boarding on the boat – these are welcome and dark tales for all.

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The Toymakers: Book Review

The ToymakersThe Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Firstly I want to thank Net Gallery for an arc of this book. Release Date: 8th February 2018

Turning the last page of this book was like closing down the lid of my toy box for the last time. I believe we all as children had that one toy that brought our imagination to life, that lifted our spirits with magic and took us away from the cold harsh reality we live in.

The Toymakers marks my first book read of 2018, and it was a poignant one. We open with Cathy, a 16 year old girl who finds herself in an unfortunate situation of being pregnant out of wedlock and being set in the 1800s this is obviously unheard of. Her family mean to keep her locked in the house, and the baby when born given away, however Cathy finds her escape through the means of an advert for shop hands at the Emporium.

This book spans a lifetime filled with magic, tragedy and bittersweet notes of an ending. Travelling through two wars, the Emporium stood the test of time, and really speaks true of what we’ve lost over the years to change and development. I feel a pang of nostalgia for playing with my toys, setting up adventures around my room which turned into a whole world to trek over to reach safety, meeting foes and friends alike on the way.
The writing is incredibly descriptive reminiscent of Harry Potter, The Night Circus and Enid Blyton. I really enjoyed the pacing and the time skips, however my favourite scenes have to be when the toys come to life down the aisles for all those girls and boys- they were scenes of magic that were written so beautifully I cannot fault them.

I was surprised by this book. Pleasantly so. It reminds me of being a child, it reminds me of the harsh reality of growing up to face the real world. But it also brings a message that we shouldn’t forget those toys from our younger years, they are what made us, and they will always be there – in our most vulnerable moments, to make us feel at home.

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Fellside| Book Review

FellsideFellside by M.R. Carey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book, this book is dark. Really dark. It also contains a few triggers, so do be warned.

Now onto said plot of thrillingly dark novel. We have our main gal, Jess Moulson who wakes up to severe burns, being told she is charged with murder. Once she’s been through trial, she is sent to Fellside where things aren’t all they appear. The place is run from the inside out, politics stronger than you would think this book is full of violence, trauma and another dimension. Literally. I wasn’t expecting that part of it but Carey wrote it in in such a way it really fit.

The characters had great dark pasts, the actual place of Fellside stood tall and cold on the moors. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s definitely one for this time of year. Carey is an auto-buy author for me, and I am glad this book lived up to my expectations.

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Illumicrate November Unboxing!

So guys I know I say this every month, but I really mean it this time (until the Feb box comes along and then I might not be so sure) but here is my favourite Illumicrate box so far! I loved this box, it was like settling down for a cosy winter night in and it really brightened my day to unbox it!

Hope you enjoy it, and let me know what book boxes you love to receive!

Happy Reading,

Love, Em x

One Dark Throne Book Review

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I frickin’ loved this sequel to one of the best books I read last year. We follow on straight from the ending of the first book, with my love Arsinoe ❤ and Jules ugggh. I just love them.

As it’s the second book in the series I am not going to go into the plot, however I WILL say:

this book was waaay more action packed than the first, I mean, I loved the first anyway, I wasn’t one of those who had a problem with the set up, I thought it was well done. But it was refreshing to be rollercoastering with our characters. Blake has a great way of writing characters you can view by all sides. ❤
The only thing I would say would be she did what I like to call now a ‘Bardugo’. I wasn’t happy about how something happened at the end. But… hmm..

If you’re on the shelf about continuing on with the series, DO IT. It is witty, full of cunning and just beautiful. The character arcs and the plot are just A+!

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