Sunday, 11 March 2018

Review: By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime QuestellNetGalleyBy a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell (eProof) - Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.
From Goodreads.

Trigger Warning: This book features accidental death, animal death and violence.

Monday, 5 March 2018

London's The Like A Woman Pop-Up Bookshop

The Like A Woman Bookshop Banner

This week, to celebrate International Women's Day, Penguin Random House have opened a pop up bookshop in Shoreditch, in partnership with Waterstones, The Like A Woman Bookshop, in which they sell only books by women authors. Today is it's opening day, and so I decided to pop down to show my support.

Photo of The Like A Woman Bookshop from the outside
The Like A Woman Bookshop.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Review: The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty LoganThe Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (review copy) - A flooded world.
A floating circus.
Two women in search of a home.

North lives on a circus boat with her beloved bear, keeping a secret that could capsize her life.

Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, tending the graves of those who die at sea. As penance for a terrible mistake, she has become a gracekeeper.

A chance meeting between the two draws them magnetically to one another - and to the promise of a new life.

But the waters are treacherous, and the tide is against them.
From Goodreads.

Trigger Warning: This book features an attempted forced marriage (though not a cultural one), and sexual assault.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February's First Class Post & Monthly Recap

first class post
First Class Post - because this post is first class!

Blog Tour: A Far Away Magic by Amy Wilson (+ Giveaway)

Today is my stop on the blog tour for A Far Away Magic by Amy Wilson. Amy is stopping by with a guest post on her inspiration behind writing A Far Away Magic, plus a giveaway!

Amy WilsonWriting Magic.

I have always enjoyed reading books with magic. I loved The Magic Faraway Tree, and Diana Wynne Jones’ novels will always have a very special place in my heart. I’m currently reading VE Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic series, and completely carried away by it. I love the possibility, the beauty, and the darkness that comes with magic, the exploration of worlds and people, of action and consequence.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The Cover for Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

The cover of my friend and colleague, Chloe Coles' debut UKYA novel, Bookshop Girl has been revealed, and I just had to share it here on the blog!

Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles by Dhonielle ClaytonNetGalleyThe Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (eProof) - I am a Belle. I control Beauty.

In the opulent world of Orléans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle's powers can make them beautiful.

Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle - the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family.

But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater - and far darker - than she ever imagined.

When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change the world forever.
From Goodreads.

Trigger Warning: This book features sexual assault.