Book Reviews

Graphic Novel Review: Heartstopper, vol. 1 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman
Series: Heartstopper #1
Genre: LGBT | Graphic Novel | Contemporary
Length: 288 pages
Published on 7th February 2019 by Hodder Childrens Books
Purchase: Amazon
Alice Oseman: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis: Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

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Book Tags

A- Z Book Tag!

atozsurvey-1017x1024A-Z Book Tag | created by The Perpetual Page Turner
Stephanie created this tag as she remembers being a fan of similar ones from her MySpace and Xanga days but made this one bookish themed!

& the very lovely Destiny did this last week and tagged me in it. I promised I’d do it, like I have with others, and for once I’m pulling through and completing this tag.

I’ll aslo tag: Allie | Jenny | Amanda | Lee | Nevs | Adele | Anisa
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Book Reviews, Received for Review

Review: Blood Crescent by Stevie McCoy

Blood Crescent by Stevie McCoy
Series: Divine #1
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Young Adult
Length: 262 pages
Published on 21st September 2018 by Broken Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Stevie McCoy: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: A missing mother. A magical birthright. Can she uncover the secrets of her family legacy before the bloodline runs dry?

Sixteen-year-old Crystal Dylan thought magic only existed in storybooks. But everything changes when she finds out her long-departed mom isn’t dead: she was stolen away by the same power-hungry league now hunting her own enchanted blood. In search of answers, she must make sense of a hidden mystical realm and two mysterious protectors.

Victor is more than just the boy-next-door. As a shifter, he’s lost track of the many lives he’s led and the memories of his true self. But as he stands close to the beautiful Crystal, he can sense his past coming back into focus. So when dark forces threaten to drain Crystal’s powers, he may just have to risk an enchanted kiss that could save her life… or seal her fate.

With enemies closing in, Crystal must find her mom and uncover her magical destiny before her powers fall into the clutches of evil.

Blood Crescent is the first novel in the exhilarating Divine Series of YA paranormal fantasies. If you like hidden magical realms, fresh new takes on vampire lore, and heartfelt journeys of self-discovery, then you’ll love Stevie McCoy’s spellbinding coming-of-age tale.

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Author Interview, Books and Tea Book Club

For the love of Merms | Q+A with Tiana Warner, Mermaids of Eriana Kwai author.

tiana warnerAuthor Interview | Tiana Warner
Its really should come as no surprise that I reached out to Tiana in hopes of a Q+A about her Mermaids of Eriana Kwai series with the book club and she was kind enough to say yes!

If you’re unfamiliar with Tiana’s work here is what you need to know; Mermaids of Eriana Kwai is a trilogy she self published from 2014 – 2017 and its made up of Ice Massacre, Ice Crypt, and Ice Kingdom.

The series follows eighteen year old Meela who’s been trained to fight in The Massacre to venture out to sea and slaughter the monsterous mermaids who threaten her island’s survival. She’s already lost her brother to these creatures, but she also has a secret friendship from her childhood – Lysi.

Lysi is a mermaid and after a chance encounter the two became childhood friends, unfortunately Lysi has also been trained as a warrior to protect her Kingdom from the humans who’ve been harming their seas.

At core the series is action packed, a dash of magic, and over coming taught hatred and violence. Oh, did I mention its also features a f/f romance? I got your attention now haven’t I?

Heres some reviews from my book club: Allie | Cat | Alexa | Jenny | Anthony | Arbor
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Books and Tea Book Club, Monthly Updates

Books and Tea Book Club | 2019 Series + January Read-alongs

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Books and Tea Book Club | 2019 Series + January Read-alongs
Happy 2019 guys, we’re starting off the year with lots of choices for the Book Club! We not only have our regular monthly read-along themed around “We can’t believe we’ve not read it yet”. But we also launched 2 full series read-alongs for the full year.

I know, I simply like to keep everyone busy with good books!
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Book Reviews, Received for Review

Review: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 384 pages
Published on 8th November 2018 by Gollancz
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Emiko Jean: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy received from the Publishers in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel Reivew: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures: The Graphic Novel by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, illustrated by Cassandra Jean
Series: Caster Chronicles Adaptation
Genre: Paranormal | Romance | Young Adult
Length: 240 pages
Published on 5th february 2013 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon
Kami Garcia: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Margaret Stohl: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Cassandra Jean: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy picked up from a book swap at a blogger event

Synopsis: Some loves are meant to be…
Others are cursed.

In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets.There is a girl.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head.
Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse.
On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year,
the Book will take what it’s been promised.
And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep,
powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her
sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.

Ethan never even saw it coming.

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Book Reviews

Series Review: Alice & Red Queen by Christina Henry

Alice by Christina Henry
Series: The Chronicles of Alice Series
Genre: Fantasy | Horror | Adult
Length: 325 + 313 pages
Published on 28th June 2016 by Titan Books
Purchase Alice: Amazon | TBD
Purchase Red Queen: Amazon | TBD
Christina Henry: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis:
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place-just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood… Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

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Author Interview, Book Tours

Author Q+A: Nillu Nasser

nnq+aQ+A with Nillu Nasser | author of Hidden Colours

Today I’m super thankful to be able to have Nillu Nasser here on my blog to take part in a Q+A as part of the blog tour hosted by Faye Rogers!

I know how swamped I am with review copies right now so I opted to just be a host instead and had a great time coming up with these questions.

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Bookend Events, Discussion

2019 Reading Goals | Bookending Winter

BKW RGReading Goals for the New Year | Setting out a plan for what you’d like to read in 2019
For my final day hosting Bookending Winter I’ve given us the chance to set out some goals we’d like to achieve next year when reading. I picked this for two reasons; one that I never made any goals for 2018 and two, we’ve all just shared recommendations so maybe you want to pick up something another blogger shared.

If you’ve written your own post for this prompt please feel free to leave a link in the comments so myself and others can see your Fireside Favourites! Alternatively you can tag me on twitter.

For this post I will just be focusing on reading and bookish goals but if you want to add in some blogging goals too feel free. Continue reading “2019 Reading Goals | Bookending Winter”