Category: Reading

Trope Time: Mentors

Trope Time: Mentors

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! This is a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. Today’s trope is actually more of an archetype: the mentor character. As one of the eight character types identified in the classic ‘hero’s journey’ story formula, they appear over and over again in books, TV shows and films, and can come in a huge variety of different types. However, the one thing they all… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Wolf of Oren-Yaro’ and ‘The Ruin of Kings’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Wolf of Oren-Yaro’ and ‘The Ruin of Kings’

I recently read two fantasy books that have been on my TBR list for a while, and I really enjoyed them. As much as I adore the fantasy genre, some of it came feel quite samey but both The Wolf of Oren-Yaro and The Ruin of Kings felt very unique! Check out my full reviews: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso The marriage between Queen Talyien and Rayyel, the Ikessar heir, was supposed to bring peace to the fractured lands of Jin-Sayeng. However, when Rayyel flees before their reign can truly begin Talyien struggles to hold it together. When… Read more »

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Trope Time: The Chosen One

Trope Time: The Chosen One

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! I’m planning on doing this as a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. So I hope you enjoy these posts, and if there’s any particular tropes you’d be interesting in seeing me cover, feel free to make suggestions in the comments! Today’s trope is a fantasy classic: the Chosen One. You know how it goes: they might just want to be an average… Read more »

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My Reading Recommendations: Historical Fiction

My Reading Recommendations: Historical Fiction

I’ve already posted my reading recommendations for my all time favourite genre – fantasy – so I thought it was about time I covered another of my favourite genres: historical fiction! I’ve always been something of a history nerd, so it really isn’t surprising that I love historical fiction, but I think there are so many great stories out there that you don’t even need to be overly interested in history to love historical fiction. Depending on the type of historical fiction you read they can be beautiful literary masterpieces, sweeping romances or epic tales of action and adventure. There’s… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘I Was Born For This’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’

Mini Reviews: ‘I Was Born For This’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’

It has literally been so long since I’ve posted any reviews, and I am so behind! I’ve been really struggling to find motivation to write reviews recently though, so I’ve decided to try mixing up my format a bit to see if it makes it easier and more fun to write them. I’m still going to be doing two mini-reviews in each post, but I’m going to be using subtitles to try and make sure they actually stay mini-reviews, instead of turning into my usual lengthy rambles! Anyway, today I’m reviewing two contemporaries I read recently, both by authors whose… Read more »

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5 Books I’d Like To See On Screen

5 Books I’d Like To See On Screen

I don’t know about you, but I have a weird love/hate relationship with book-to-screen adaptations. On one hand there’s something exciting about the thought of a story you adore being adapted, and the characters coming to life in a more physical way than they do in the book…but the potential for it to completely miss the mark is pretty high. Because let’s face it, however much the author may describe the characters and settings in their books, we all picture things a little differently in our heads, and our image of the book might not be what makes it onto… Read more »

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Life Lately #45

Life Lately #45

Remember six months ago when we were all like: ‘woo, 2020! New decade, new start!’? Seems like a long time ago now, doesn’t it? I think we can all agree that so far, 2020 has sucked. I mean, we’ve been dealing with a literal pandemic that has sent countries into lock downs, interfered with daily life on a huge scale, and sent economies crashing and burning. And we’re not even close to being on the other side of it yet. And then in the past few weeks the news and social media have been reporting the horrific killing of George… Read more »

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My Reading Recommendations: Fantasy

My Reading Recommendations: Fantasy

I’ve been a little slack on the blogging front recently, and whilst some of it has been to do with concentrating on fiction writing, at least some of it has been down to lack of inspiration. I mean, with the world the way it is right now, I think a lot of us aren’t feeling our best selves, so I guess it makes sense! So I thought, what better way to reignite my love of blogging than by writing a series of posts just talking about my absolute favourite books, and encouraging other people to read them? This post is… Read more »

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I want a book hangover!

I want a book hangover!

Recently, I seem to have been reading a lot of really great books. In fact, of the twelve books I’ve read so far this year, eight of them have been four star reads, which is a pretty high percentage! But at the same time, I still feel like there’s something missing… I’ve loved books like Heartless by Marissa Meyer and A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien, but neither of them left me bereft at the end of it. That might seem like a good thing, but I just feel like it’s been way too long since I loved a… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Red Seas Under Red Skies’ and ‘The Republic of Thieves’

Mini Reviews: ‘Red Seas Under Red Skies’ and ‘The Republic of Thieves’

Last year I read and loved The Lies of Locke Lamora (the first book in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series), and this past month I finally got around to reading the next two instalments, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves. Check out my reviews below! Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch ‘“I want to hug you. And I want to tear your gods-damned head off. Both at once.” “Ah,” said Locke. “Near as I can tell, that’s the definition of ‘family’ right there.”’ Following an almost fatal fight against members of the Camorri underworld… Read more »

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