Traitor’s Blade | Sebastien de Castell | a review

Traitor's Blade, Sebastien De Castell, Fantasy Fiction Paperback

“The first rule of the sword is – put the pointy end in the other man”

Traitor’s Blade is excellent. I picked this up as I’d seen it doing the rounds on Instagram and Goodreads and thought it sounded interesting. I am so glad I did.

We follow Falcio Val Mond in a first person narrative as he Continue reading

Reading Different Genres – The Story of my Book Slump

 

 

So for the first time in an age, I’m in a bit of a reading slump. I’m very much a mood reader and normally, once I’ve started a series I will binge read all the available sequels in a row but at the moment, I’m really struggling to commit to anything. In the past, if I’ve ever had a slump I just change genre and I get all excited about reading again. This isn’t really working for me this time and it’s making me feel a bit lost. I love to have a book on the go so I can just turn off, escape into a different world and forget reality for a while, and the knowledge that I have that escape at the end of my fingertips is calming. So it’s weirdly uncomfortable not knowing where to go next.  Continue reading

To Be Read Book Tag

The lovely Pippa over at thelittlebookowl posted this tag the other day and I enjoyed her answers so much that I thought I’d share mine as well.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Most of the books I want to read are listed in my Goodreads To Read shelf but I tend to only Continue reading

My 2016 Reading Round Up

 

2016 has been a great reading year for me. I’ve always been a reader but this has been the first year since leaving full time education that I’ve found my groove. I now know that fantasy fiction is my genre but that I also enjoy historical fiction, crime and YA. I’ve found it much easier to find new books to read since actively using Goodreads  and following more blogs/bookstagrams that enjoy reading similar works. I managed to read a total of 141 books this year which smashed my target of 52  and discovered several new series that I know I’ll reread and love for a very long time. Highlights include Continue reading

For the Love of Heist

One of my favourite things about reading is discovering a new genre/subgenre for the first time. It was last summer that I made the conscious decision to read more fantasy fiction and I haven’t looked back, but I do enjoy the occassional crime story (hello Sherlock Holmes). Luckily I have discovered a happy balance: fantasy heist novels. This realisation came after recently finishing Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. I loved it. I enjoyed the unpredictabiliy of the plot and how the impossibility of the job brought tension to the characters and affected their behaviour. It was when I began to write my review in my book journal that I remembered this was why I loved Sanderson’s The Final Empire, another heist story. Continue reading

Upcoming Releases | June – December


A handy little list of bookish releases from tomorrow to December that I am super excited for, including new works from Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, JK Rowling, Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo.

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Reasons to love Nevernight


Disclaimer: I won this beautiful proof in a Goodreads giveaway and I am so thankful because just look at it. I am under no obligation to write anything about it but I loved it so much I needed to tell you all. It is by Jay Kristoff and you can find out more about it here

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Pellinor Book Tag

Today I am doing the lovely Pippa’s Pellinor Book Tag. She loves the four book fantasy series by Alison Croggon and created this tag to show her appreciation for it and encourage others to pick them up. You can find her original post here over at her blog thelittlebookowl. I really enjoyed thinking about these questions so thanks for the tag! You don’t need to have read any of the books to participate so please give it a go if you fancy it! Continue reading

This Savage Song by VE Schwab – A Review 


Verity is a city split along the Seam, the dividing line between North and South, both sides on the brink of war against the other and both filled with monsters. In the North, Callum Harker reigns victorious, his citizens paying dearly for the protection of an iron medallion to keep the behemoths away. His daughter Kate is more trouble than she’s worth but after getting kicked out of numerous boarding schools over the past six years she is finally back in the city and desperate to prove her metal. In the South we have the Flynns, fighting every day to destroy the monsters lurking in the shadows and taking out those who would create them. August Flynn is the youngest of the family and is struggling to combine his monstrous needs with his good heart. Both Kate and August feel they know what is right and wrong, but after a botched assassination attempt that forces them on the run, it becomes clear that even they don’t know who the real monsters are.  Continue reading

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – A Review


Elantris has it all; religious fanaticism, political intrigue, compelling characters, moral ambiguity and, of course, an amazing magic system. Based on the drawing of symbols,  Elantris was the city of Gods where even the walls, buildings and ground shone with magic. Until one day ten years ago when it simply began to rot… Continue reading