Book Exclusives, Guest Post

How Bad Books Make Me a Better Writer | Guest Post from author Kathryn Troy

Kathryn TroyGuest Post | Kathryn Troy
Curse of the Amber by Kathryn Troy ccame out yesterday! I was offered the chance to read and review it but I’m so behind with my current stack I had to do the smart thing and say no even though I’m really interested in the synopsis. (Full book and author information within the post)

But I also don’t know how to say no completely, so instead I have a wonderful guest post for you from Kathryn herself.

Keep reading to find out why bad books made Kathryn a better writer! Continue reading “How Bad Books Make Me a Better Writer | Guest Post from author Kathryn Troy”

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Book Exclusives

Cover Reveal: The Sisters of Salem by Tish Thawer

First time this year I’ll be unveiling a cover for a book. I don’t do these often as I like to wait for books that really interest me or covers I think I’ll love.

Today I’m bringing you the reveal of The Sisters of Salem by Tish Thawer, this is the third in a series which honestly I haven’t read BUT OMG DO I LOVE THE COVERS OF THE PREVIOUS TWO. They’re so simple but such a lovely aesthetic?!

*This post contains amazon affiliate links.
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Discussion, Guest Post

In Defense of Trashy Romance

trashyromanceContent Warning: The following essay deals in detail with cisnormative notions of gender and gender roles, and the sexism that goes along with it. It is heavily critical of this content, but if this subject upsets you, I suggest you read something else. There’s also lighthearted mention of drugs.

In Defense of Trashy Romance, by Gail

When I was younger, I had trouble reading English, despite being a fluent speaker. I was raised in a bilingual household; these things happen. At seventh grade, I was reading at tenth grade level Hebrew, but only about fifth grade level English. The year previously, as a Bat Mitzvah gift, I’d been given the entirety of the Lord of the Rings (a family tradition), and I struggled through every page. It’s not only that I wasn’t a great reader in English, but also that I was just that much better in Hebrew – it frustrated me that I was so slow that it took me about four times longer to get through a page in English than it did for me to get through a page in Hebrew.

Then the first day of Eighth grade came along.

I had already made a deal with my friend to sit next to him on the first day, but of course, fate intervened. Our teacher decided she was going to give us assigned seating, and I was sat next to the new girl.

That was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Continue reading “In Defense of Trashy Romance”

Book Reviews

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, Received for Review

DNF Reviews: Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton and Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton
Genre: Historical | Middle Grade
Length: 220 pages
Published on 2nd November 2017 by David Fickling Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Tony Mitton: Website
ARC picked up at YALC 2017

Synopsis:
An epic journey of self-discovery that will resonate with anyone searching for their place in the world.
A Moving a beautiful story about a boy who finds his true path whilst learning the importance of mindfulness and living in the moment, Potter’s Boy follows the story of Ryo. After witnessing a lone warrior scare bandits away from his village, Ryo sets his heart on training to become a hero.

Setting out on a journey to find his way in the world, his encounters with the people he meets leads him to a true understanding of what it meanst to follow his dreams.

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