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Most anticipated releases 2018

New publications are flying out these days and it’s so difficult to keep up with what’s what. YA Fantasy, Sci-fi and Magic Realism (as well as many other fiction and non-fiction genres)all had a great year in 2017 and 2018 doesn’t look to be much different. I’ve pre-ordered 4 new releases and already have a few more on my radar (finance dependent). Check out the list below. [Click the name of the book to find out more or pre-order your copy.] – A Court of Frost and Starlight Sarah J Maas Release date: 1st May 2018 The fourth addition to one of the most popular YA fantasy…

Seven-Sided Spy by Hannah Carmack: Review

This unique, standalone spy thriller comes out in just two days and it’s not one to be missed! Title: Seven Sided Spy Author: Hannah Carmack Website: https://hannahcarmack.com/books/ Publication date: January 2018 Genre: LGBTQ+ Thriller Pages: Renowned. Proud. Feared.  Diana Riley is not to be trusted.  The year is 1963 and in the midst of the cold war, the CIA’s finest and most fatal female agent, Diana Riley, vanishes. Kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the backcountry of North Carolina, her and her team of unsavory partners are forced to undergo illegal experimentation.  But, when the experiments leave them horribly deformed and unable to reenter society without someone crying monster, the previously glamorous and…

Happy New Year! [Resolutions]

2018 is off to a flying start; so far all I’ve seen is endless optimism, it has absolutely dominated my internet interfaces. For shining out in a world that doesn’t always inspire it I’d very much like to extend a much coveted high-five to all you beacons of positivity! You go Glen Coco. In that same spirit I’m going to charge straight ahead with my new years resolutions in the hope that I can succeed with at least a commendable 50% completion rate. Wish me luck! Get my Netgalley percentage up to a healthy 60%  Whilst I’d love to hit the golden 80% this year I definitely over-requested…

Etiquette for Book Borrowing and Lending

Sharing the gift of reading is a pleasure and a curse. On one hand it’s so, so fun to find someone who shares your love of Hogwarts, Narnia or Velaris. On the other hand, WHAT IF THEY SABOTAGE YOUR BOOK AND SUBSEQUENTLY YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM AND YOU CEASE TO BE FRIENDS FOR THE REST OF EVER?! Is it ever worth losing both? Thankfully there are steps you can both take to help you avoid the crippling sorrow of a soiled paperback. (And to help them avoid your wrath!) Lending Lending Procedure Don’t lend out books you won’t get over losing. Keep your favourites, your antiques, your first editions, signed, and personalised copies to…

My bookish Christmas list

Goodbye Halloween! See you next year! AND HELLO CHRISTMAS!!! I am already excited for all the loveliness the winter season brings, Christmas, of course, being a big feature. Last year I was packing to move off to Canada but this time I’m around a little longer and get to enjoy the whole, fabulous season. As such I’ve been holding off on some spending and keeping track of some wonderful things. Of course, I don’t expect to get all of them but I do enjoy the process of creating a Christmas list, it gives me a wonderful shopping list for the January sales! This is a bit like one of those fantasy sports leagues, except…

Vicious by V.E.Schwab: Review

I read my first Schwab book and it was marvellous! Title: Vicious Author: V.E.Schwab Publication date: September 24th 2013 Pages: 368 Blurb:  Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a…

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine: Review

Yep. It’s still one of the best series’ I’ve read this year. I’m waiting anxiously for book four. Title: Ash And Quill Author: Rachel Caine Publication date: Allison & Busby (11 July 2017) Pages: 368 Blurb:  Held prisoner by the Burner forces in Philadelphia, Jess and his friends struggle to stay alive in the face of threats from both sides …but a stunning escape guarantees worse is coming. The Library now means to stop them by any means necessary, and they’ll have to make dangerous allies and difficult choices to stay alive. They have only two choices: face the might of the Great Library head on, or be erased from…