[Reviews] ‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ by Samantha Shannon (ARC)

"You know the story of the Damsel and the Saint. You know how a knight rescued a princess from a dragon and took her away to a kingdom across the sea.  You know that they founded a great city and lived happily ever after." He smiled. "Everything you know is false." A world divided.  A …

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[Yearly Wrap-Up] My Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2018

Yo yo bookworms (and hiss hiss booksnakes, if you're a cool Slytherin), the end is nigh. You may be cramming these last few hours in an attempt to meet your reading goal (good luck, if that's the case); or, like me, you might have already completed your reading goal, and possibly gone far beyond (ahem, …

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[Yearly Wrap-Up] My Best Books of Each Month: 2018

So it's another year come and gone. We've had some brilliant new series releases this year, from The Cruel Prince to Children of Blood and Bone, and we've said goodbye to some beloved series with Kingdom of Ash, Obsidio, Queen of Air and Darkness (which I still haven't read . . .) and many more. Last …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt

"We don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are." Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life …

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[Reviews] ‘The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy’ by Mackenzi Lee

"I am a wildflower and will stand against the gales. Rare and uncultivated, difficult to find, impossible to forget." A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘The Last of the Wine’ by Mary Renault

"But Neon always said to Lysis, "How is beautiful Alexias?" and Lysis would say, "Still beautiful." Alexias, a young Athenian of good family, comes of age during the last phases of the Peloponnesian War. The adult world he enters is one in which the power and influence of his class have been undermined by the …

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[My Favourite Books]: ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller

This is part of a new series that I wanted to introduce to keep my posting schedule consistent - and I also I just wanted wanted to talk a bit about my favourite books and why I love them quite so much! They'll be short posts, (possibly somewhat rambly and not formal at all) but …

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[ARC Review] ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ by Tomi Adeyemi (Spoiler-Free)

"We are children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue." Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.  But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and …

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[Book Stuff] The Top Ten Most-Fabulous Books I Read in 2017

At the very beginning of 2017, I set up a Goodreads account. It took a half a year for me to finally gather the courage to make a bookstagram in late August, then create this blog in October-ish time, but essentially it all comes to this: 2017 was my year of beginnings, at least in …

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[Spoiler-free Review] ‘The Cruel Prince’ by Holly Black

"What they don't realise is this: Yes, they frighten me, but I have always been scared, since the day I got here. I was raised by the man who murdered my parents, reared in a land of monsters. I live with that fear, let it settle into my bones, and ignore it. If I didn't …

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