Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday involves me picking a book or book series I’ve previously read to talk about, today I’m going to discuss The House of Night series by PC & Kristin Cast.

The House of Night series follows vampire Fledgling, Zoey Redbird, through her time at The House of Night, a school located in Oklahoma dedicated to educating young vampires. The series consists of 12 books & 4 novellas, as well as 5 graphic novels, a school textbook & a book explaining the mythology explored within the series. Over the course of the series Zoey goes from being a confused teenager to a powerful vampire who has more power & responsibility than she bargained for.

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Please excuse the awful quality, this is a very old photograph.

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Under Midnight Lights by Bree M Lewandowski

Under Midnight LightsUnder Midnight Lights is the sequel to the romantic & ballet obsessed Under Winter Lights, but brings a lot more heartache to the forefront that its predecessor.

I have wanted this sequel ever since I finished the first book & I was certainly not disappointed! Bree has grown as a writer & managed to write something incredibly intense & heart breaking. The sequel had a very different feel from the first book but concluded the story in an amazing way.

Some spoilers included, but nothing too extreme!

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The Diplomat’s Daughter by Karin Tanabe

The Diplomat's DaughterThe Diplomat’s Daughter is in part a story of love, but is also a story of hope, tragedy & survival. I read scenes unlike any other I’ve read before & also learnt things about the war that I did not know before. This book is beautiful in every way & Karin Tanabe has done an incredible job with it. I was given an advanced copy of this book to review & I cannot say how glad I am that I was. This is my favourite read of the year so far & I have a feeling it will still hold that spot by the end of the year.

This review may contain some spoilers!

Disclaimer: I was sent an eARC of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

Please note that this book contains scenes depicting rape, miscarriage & war, as well as anti-semitic language/hate speech & racial slurs appropriate to the time period of the book. There are also many scene of human suffering that some readers may find difficult to read.

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Medical Mondays

Better You Magnesium Original Flakes

MagensiumA member of one of the syringomyelia Facebook pages that I’m a part of posted a few weeks ago, telling us all about a new bath product she had tried. Better You Magnesium Original Flakes claim to “aid in skin and bone health and relief from muscle stiffness and cramping” so I thought I would give them a go.

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The Vestigial Tales by Laura Lam

Untold centuries ago, the Archipelago was ruled by the Alder – mysterious beings who vanished, leaving behind only scattered artefacts of unknown power, called Vestige. Sometimes, a person will be lucky or unlucky enough to discover that each piece of Vestige has its own tale to tell…

As a mini series attached to the Micah Grey books, The Vestigial Tales gives readers more insights into well-loved characters from the main series, as well as the history of Ellada & the Alder. The series consists of five short stories: The Snake Charm, The Fisherman’s Net, The Tarot Reader, The Card Sharp & the Mechanical Minotaur.

Be prepared for some very minor spoilers!

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday involves me picking a book I’ve previously read to talk about, today I’m going to discuss Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. You can find my original review here.

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SinnerCole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn’t just want her. He needs her.

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Isabel is trying to build herself a life in Los Angeles. It’s not really working. She can play the game as well as all the other fakes. But what’s the point? What is there to win?

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Cole and Isabel share a past that never seemed to have a future. They have the power to love each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go

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The Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1) by Julia Ember

Tiger's WatchThe Tiger’s Watch is a steady paced introduction to what is sure to be a thrilling & mysterious series by the author of The Seafarer’s Kiss, Julia Ember!

I read the book in one sitting & I’m devastated that I’m going to have to wait months & months for the sequel, The Shadow Wolf. I love the idea of being bonded to an animal & I’m so excited to see where the rest of the series is going to go.

Disclaimer: I was sent an eARC of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

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Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient book one) by Samantha Beiko

Disclaimer: I received a free eARC via NetGalley in return for an honest review!

Scion of the FoxSamantha Beiko has managed to create an incredible adventure that is full of emotion, strength, passion, tension & power. The rep in this book for POC and the disabled is brilliant & there were some lines about disability that really resonated with me. I’m incredibly excited for the rest of this series!

This review contains some very minor spoilers!

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