This post is not a book review or a nail art post, or anything like I normally write; it’s something that I am writing without planning and from my heart, after watching last night’s two episodes of Coronation Street, in which the murder of Sophie Lancaster, and the brutal attack on Rob Maltby, was recreated with characters Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin. I am ‘glad’ (if that’s the right word) that the country is being reminded of Sophie and Rob’s story; but I am also angry and devastated that 14 years later, a show as big as Coronation Street feel that there is need of a reminder. We should not need reminding that hate crime is completely inexcusable and that the events of August 11th 2007 should never, ever have happened. We should not need reminding, especially right now, of the damage hate crime can cause.
I am currently on a long break from reviewing and blogging, but this is a book that I couldn’t help but write about when I marked it as finished on GoodReads – what’s below isn’t really a full review, and it’s certainly not the best thing I’ve ever written, but Conjure Women shattered a very dark reading slump and helped me to reconnect with my love of reading (and learning) during a time where I don’t really know who I am anymore.
⚠️ Slavery, child birth, still-birth, whipping, racism, off-page lynching, sex, masturbation, corporal punishment, arson, self-administered / botched abortion, miscarriage, child deaths, torture, male genital mutilation, the Ku Klux Klan, hangings, cancer and other distressing themes and issues related to this time period ⚠️
When Time Lord Victorious was first announced I was disappointed that more recent Doctors were not part of the story – namely the 12th and 13th Doctors – but with Steve Cole & Una McCormack being the writers of these brand new novels, I just had to give them a go. And, to be honest, they did an awesome job; I loved being able to explore The Dark Times, a period of history that we’ve been teased about for years, & it was fantastic to have more of Nine as well! I’m definitely excited to explore more of this story in the comics and DW magazine!
September – November
So, university deadlines stole me away from my blog over the last couple of months, but I am back – at least between now and February, when the second year of my MA starts! I’m actually really proud of myself for finally completing the first year of my MA, as I had to pause my progress due to my mental health, and I even managed to get a couple of Firsts on my assignments and finished the year with 2:1 as my overall average. So, now it’s time to catch up on the 31 reviews I have outstanding, whilst also trying to finish His Dark Materials before the end of 2020… wish me luck!
In The Vanisher’s Palace took me a little by surprise because the cover misled me into thinking this was a middlegrade story – it is not a middlegrade story!! Nevertheless, I did rather enjoy this strange little novella & I when I finished it I was incredibly disappointed that it had not been longer; I’ve not read any of Aliette’s other work but I think I may have to now, just to get some more weirdness on my shelves.
⚠️ Violence, sexual themes & surgical scenes ⚠️
Winter, White & Wicked is a fresh take on the classic YA quest-trope, with most of the story taking place within the cab of a ice-rig! Add in a kickass driver & a trio of misfits, exciting magic & an icy setting, & you’ve got yourself a winner. I genuinely could have stayed on this journey for days longer than I did & I’m super excited about where the series is going!
I was sent a copy a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains addition, violence, torture, murder, kidnap, gun use, fighting/killing animals (wolves), a form of slavery & death of family members. There is also one scene including, & a few passages describing of the memory of, an attempted rape of a child, which her guardian allows. ⚠️
Earlier today my review of Belle Révolte went live, which you can find here & I loved the book, & its cover, so much that I just had to do a #BookishNails look for it – what do you think?
This was my first time doing a French nail type thing so it was a game of trial & error; the pink needed a few layers to cover properly, which was kinda’ annoying, so it wasn’t as neat as I would have liked but I was still quite happy with them in the end! I felt like the pink matched the colour on the cover really well too which I was super excited about, & then I did a gold, glittery tip to finish it off – I was really impressed with the gold actually & would definitely recommend it! For a finishing touch, I also had little fleur du lys on my thumbs which I #thought were super cute.
The varnishes I used are listed below with affiliate links for Amazon:
- Pink: Barry M Nail Paint Bubblegum (920) (Amazon.co.uk)
- Gold: Models Own Chrome Gold (NP238) (discontinued)
- Glitter: Seventeen Nail Colour Winter Coat (discontinued)
- Top Coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dry (Amazon.co.uk)
And you can purchase the stickers from Daizy Fashion Accessories on eBay by clicking here!
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this story & how devastated I was to discover that it’s a stand alone! The story kicked off at record speeds, I became obsessed with every magical detail, both protagonists were great fun to follow, & when things got tough towards the end, my heart was racing.
I enjoyed this book so much, & I’m so obsessed with the cover that I did a #BookishNails look for it which you will able to find here from 7pm today!
⚠️ This book contains murder, gory fights & medical scenes, classism, surgical scenes, sibling deaths, beheading, references to child neglect/abuse, discussions of drowning, medical neglect & manipulation & a government pushing heteronormativity ⚠️
I always feel a little strange reviewing (auto)biographies because it’s almost like I’m reviewing someone’s life, however this book hit me so hard that I felt that I needed to write something about it. This is such a beautiful & unique book in which Lisa Taddeo has documented the lives of three very real women – & somehow, whilst doing so, she has managed to explore experiences that all women readers will feel some kind of connection to, & there really are no words to express how magical that is.
⚠️ This book is about the lives of three real women & covers the following topics: alcoholic parents, drug use, very detailed sex scenes, eating disorders, car crashes, depression, suicide & the death of a parent ⚠️
⚠️ Additionally, the following sexual abuse/violence are featured in the book: grooming by a teacher leading to a sexual assault; a man in his 30s taking advantage of a 16-year-old girl; a teenage girl raped by three teenage boys whilst drunk ⚠️
I was really excited to read The Girl King so I’m really sad that it was a bit of a flop for me. I loved the ending but the rest of the book just didn’t really do it for me due to slow pacing & not enough world-building.
⚠️ Violence, gory sword fights, murder, animal slaughter, parental death/murder, hunting, genocide of a fictional community, imprisonments in labour camps, discussions of infertility & panic attacks (secondary character) ⚠️