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Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

‘Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.’ Scarlett has been dreaming of the magic of Caraval since she was a young girl, and as a child wrote letter after letter to the mysterious man behind it, hoping to be invited. However, she has long since given up, and now only wants a means of escape… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

As much as I enjoyed my Harry Potter reread, it’s been kind of nice getting back to reading ‘new-to-me’ books. Both of the books I’ve read since finishing Harry Potter have been on my TBR for a while, one for a few months, the other for literally years, but thankfully they both lived up to my expectations! Check out my reviews below for more information! Scythe by Neal Shusterman ‘My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

Warning: Spoilers for the ‘Harry Potter’ series. So the other day I did a post about how I was going to reread the Harry Potter series for the first time in years. In that post I promised updates after reading each book, so here is the first of many! My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I had completely forgotten the bit before Dumbledore and co. arrive on Privet Drive! I don’t know why, but I always remembered the book as starting with McGonagall sitting in cat form on Privet Drive when Dumbledore arrives and starts putting out the lights. I completely… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Recently I read two YA books that I really enjoyed, both with strong female leads, vivid world-building, and if I may be shallow for a moment, absolutely gorgeous covers! It’s a shame I only own these books on Kindle, because I literally adore both of these covers, especially this edition of Flame in the Mist! But onto my thoughts about the books themselves… Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh “Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain. And you can do anything…” Mariko may be clever and accomplished, but… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Vicious’ and ‘Foundation’

Mini Reviews: ‘Vicious’ and ‘Foundation’

I’m a fan of V.E. Schwab’s work, so Vicious is a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages, and I’m so glad I finally got round to it this month! Especially because it lived up to my high expectations! I also read Foundation this month, which is by Mercedes Lackey, an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a while. I always see her books in the fantasy section of Waterstones, and I loved the look of the covers, so when I noticed Foundation for sale on Kindle, I snapped it up. Unfortunately I found myself being a bit disappointed by this book, so… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

This year I seem to be having a major science fiction kick, and have read so many great space opera style books! For example, a while ago I read and reviewed Revenger by Alastair Reynolds and The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and I absolutely adored both of them. And now I’ve read the first two books in Claudia Gray’s Constellation series – Defy the Stars and Defy the Worlds – and have really enjoyed them too (and am now anxiously awaiting the third book!). Check out my reviews below for more info! Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray ”Your soul is bigger than your programming.”… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ and ‘The Rose and the Dagger’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ and ‘The Rose and the Dagger’

Yay for new Sarah J. Maas releases! Even though this one was a novella, and so wasn’t quite as satisfying as the longer books, I still really enjoyed it! I also read The Rose and the Dagger a while ago, and thought I’d review that, although I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Wrath and the Dawn. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas ‘Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.’ A Court of Frost and Starlight catches up with Feyre and her friends and family a few… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Winter King’ and ‘Enemy of God’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Winter King’ and ‘Enemy of God’

Bernard Cornwell is an author whose books I’ve been meaning to check out for a long time but hadn’t ever found the time to (even though I’ve had a copy of The Last Kingdom for ages!). However, when I found out he’d written a series of books based on Arthurian legend (a topic I love so much I wrote my dissertation on it in university!) I decided not to wait any longer, and jumped right into the Warlord Chronicles. So far I’ve read the first two books, The Winter King and Enemy of God, and I’m really looking forward to reading the final book Excalibur soon! Check out my… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ and ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ and ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab “Sure I do,” countered Lila cheerfully. “There’s Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London,” she recited, ticking them off on her fingers. “See? I’m a fast learner.” Kell is one of only two people with the ability to travel between parallel universes and the three different Londons: the dull, magicless Grey London, the enchanting, magical Red London, and the bleak, desperate White London. Because of his rare abilities he acts as an official messenger between the different Londons, but unofficially he is a smuggler, a hobby that gets him into a… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ and ‘Three Dark Crowns’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ and ‘Three Dark Crowns’

As I said in a discussion post the other day, I seem to be getting really behind on my reviews, so its actually been a while since I read The Wrath and the Dawn and Three Dark Crowns. However, I enjoyed them so much though that I didn’t want to not review them, so I thought I’d do some quick, mini reviews as a lot of commenters suggested: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ by Renee Ahdieh “It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. to want something so much—to hold it in your arms — and know beyond a doubt you will never… Read more »

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